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‘Killarney Wears Masks’ campaign launched by Rotary Club

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WEAR A MASK: Killarney Rotary have launched a mask-awareness initiative. Pictured were: Anne Alcock, Paul Sherry, Ciara Irwin Foley, Rayle Tadjimatova, Angela O’Connor, Mike Stack, Grace O’Neill, Barry Murphy, Edward Schmidt-zorner. Photo: Grigoriy Geniyevskiy

By Michelle Crean

One local proactive group is this week appealing to the public to 'mask up' when out and about in town and have even erected mask-aware signage on two approach roads as well as window posters in retail outlets.

Killarney Rotary Club launched their new 'Killarney Wears Masks' awareness initiative on Wednesday afternoon.

The importance of wearing masks has been highlighted recently by the Government and the HSE as a significant measure in reducing the spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus. It is compulsory now to wear face masks or coverings in all retail premises and indoor shopping malls.

Newly elected President of the Killarney branch, Anne Alcock says they're respectfully asking people to be conscious of putting the mask on when going about their business.

“While we are respectfully aware that there are situations where not everyone can 'mask-up' we think it is important that as many who can, do," Anne said.

"We welcome a lot of visitors to our town, and our club is united in wishing to protect visitors’ safety and well-being as well as that of our local community. Thus we are hoping to raise awareness of the appropriateness of wearing masks to help protect the spread of infection.”

Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce President and long time Killarney Rotary Club member Paul Sherry praised Killarney Rotary Club for coming up with and implementing the campaign.

Any initiative that helps to prevent the spread of the virus ties in nicely with Kerry County Council's campaign to promote Killarney and the wider county as a 'Safe Destination' to visit, live and work, she added.

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Promoting Killarney as a business and conference destination

Two prominent Killarney businesses were in Frankfurt this week to promote Ireland and Kerry as an ideal place to host business conferences. The Europe Hotel and Resort and Killarney Convention […]

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Two prominent Killarney businesses were in Frankfurt this week to promote Ireland and Kerry as an ideal place to host business conferences.

The Europe Hotel and Resort and Killarney Convention Centre attended IMEX Frankfurt 2024 in Germany this week to promote the island of Ireland for corporate meetings and incentive travel ~

Tourism Ireland – together with Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Northern Ireland, as part of the ‘Meet in Ireland’ team – is showcasing Ireland as a world-class Business Events destination to thousands of buyers who organise international meetings and incentive travel.

IMEX Frankfurt is one of the leading global exhibitions for Business Events i.e., the corporate meetings, events and incentive travel industry. Thirty-five tourism companies specialising in Business Events from around the island of Ireland – including The Europe Hotel & Resort and Killarney Convention Centre were on the ‘Meet in Ireland’ stand at IMEX.

Around 1,900 commercial meetings will be conducted with global meeting and incentive travel planners this week, which will, in turn, deliver Business Events for Ireland from around the world worth millions of euro in 2024 and beyond. Tourism Ireland’s goal is to enable thousands of commercial Business Events meetings this year – connecting our tourism partners from Ireland with overseas buyers to grow Business Events and support businesses across the island.
According to the latest CSO figures for overseas tourism, Ireland welcomed almost 1 million Business Tourists, for the 12 months from April 2023 to March 2024.

“IMEX Frankfurt is a key event in the industry calendar and an extremely important platform for us to promote the island of Ireland as a premier destination for Business Events. Business travel is high value and often midweek and off season by its nature, thereby aligning with Tourism Ireland’s strategy to grow overseas tourism revenue outside of the peak summer season,” said, Siobhan McManamy, Tourism Ireland’s Director of Markets, said:

“We are delighted to have 35 tourism companies from across the island of Ireland with us at this year’s IMEX Frankfurt. They’re engaging in almost 1,900 commercial meetings and showcasing the best of Ireland to influential meeting and incentive travel planners from around the world.”

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One way traffic system mooted for St Oliver’s National School

The Killarney Advertiser understands that a one-way traffic management system will be introduced at St Oliver’s National School. The plan remains subject to confirmation by Kerry County Council and other […]

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The Killarney Advertiser understands that a one-way traffic management system will be introduced at St Oliver’s National School.

The plan remains subject to confirmation by Kerry County Council and other statutory bodie. It is  understood that the system will be trialled at the beginning of the new school year in September.

The area is subject to serious traffic congestion during school drop-off and pick-up times every day.

Over 650 pupils and 80 staff attend the school every day. New housing developments in the area have added to traffic congestion.

Cllr Martin Grady has being pushing for enhanced road safety measures at the school since his co-option to the council in September 2023.

“The issue has worsened in recent years with Woodlawn, Rookery Road and Ballycasheen having more domestic property developments which brings with it more road activity,” Grady told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I’ve seen first-hand several accidents occur when dropping and collecting my children from the school. It needs a safe solution by means of a drop off- pick up point or a traffic management system put in place.

“It is unfair on all stakeholders involved. I will keep working on this until results are achieved in the interest of everyone’s safety. “

The lack of urban school bus services, not just at St Oliver’s but at all schools is adding to Killarney’s traffic woes.

“I would like to see school bus services return for all students, in both urban and rural schools, this service was a massive loss, it would greatly reduce the volume of traffic on our roads and mitigate the risk of accidents and near misses,” added Cllr Grady.

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