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MacGillycuddy’s Reeks’ walking trails to get government funding

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Walking trails in the MacGillycuddy Reeks are one of 12 tourism projects in Kerry that are set to benefit from new funding under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme.

Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley announced that €354,606 in funding will be made available for 12 key tourism projects across Kerry.

The finance is provided under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme.which aims to provide investment to attract visitors to mountain trails, forest walks, rivers, lakes and beaches.

A total of €26,523 has been earmarked for works on the Hag’s Glen and Lower Cronins’ Yard tracks.

Minister Foley said: “I am delighted that this funding will help maintain, enrich and develop 12 key recreation and outdoor adventure facilities in local Kerry communities.

“Today’s announcement provides significant investment in the Kerry tourism industry with particular focus on maintaining our excellent outdoor adventure offerings. This funding will develop, enhance and support some of Kerry’s world-class outdoor tourist attractions.”

Other projects included in the scheme are: Ballyheigue Beach toilets upgrade: € 30,000; Maintenance to existing paths and wooded areas at Ballyseedy Wood: € 29,700; Develop Plan for Mount Brandon base, Faha, Cloghane: €49,950; Provision of seven additional beach wheelchairs to improve accessibility to Fenit, Ballyheigue and Rossbeigh: €25,601; Tralee upgrade at Bernard Brothers’ loop of the Glanageenty Walks: €24,702; Kingdom of Kerry greenways development of greenway website and develop a content pool: €30,000; Essential maintenance of Nun’s Wood, Trlaee and identification of potential for trail development: €27,900
Skellig Coast Showcase: €29,700; Rebranding Slí Ár Sinsear’ (The Way of our Ancestors) ancient pilgrim path on Kerry Way from Glenbeigh to Cahersiveen: €19,480; Drombohilly Stone Circle near Tuosist-route 35km of the Beara Way off-road: €30,000 and Tralee Ship Canal: €31,050.

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Celtic Whiskey Bar now offering wine Wednesdays and Sundays

The Celtic Whiskey Bar and Larder on New Street is adding another string to its bow and as well as offering whiskey tasting sessions the popular bar is set to […]

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The Celtic Whiskey Bar and Larder on New Street is adding another string to its bow and as well as offering whiskey tasting sessions the popular bar is set to become a wine lovers paradise.

The bar is launching a Wine Wednesday and Sunday experience.Every Wednesday and Sunday, with a full wine menu available, offering a delightful selection ranging from fizz to rich reds and delicate rosés. Whether you’re a seasoned sommelier or just beginning to explore the world of wine, there’s something for everyone to savour.“Step into the cosy establishment nestled in the heart of Killarney and prepare to embark on a journey through vineyards and varietals, all at heavily discounted prices that won’t break the bank,” said the bar in a statement.“And the best part? Bottles start from just €20, making indulgence accessible to all.”Each week, the bar will be showcasing special wines available by the glass to  complement a delectable menu offerings.“The perfect pairing with their new and updated menu. The perfect spot for some casual drinks and dinner. Treat yourself to cheeseboards, chowder or any of the tasting offerings the new menu has to offer. Whatever your preference, their knowledgeable staff are on hand to guide you through our extensive wine selection, offering expert recommendations and ensuring that each sip is nothing short of perfection,” added the statement.

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Gleneagle Concert Band Annual Charity Concert

A brilliant big band sound will ring out in Killarney at the eagerly awaited annual charity concert by the Gleneagle Concert Band on April 28 at 7.30 pm at The […]

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A brilliant big band sound will ring out in Killarney at the eagerly awaited annual charity concert by the Gleneagle Concert Band on April 28 at 7.30 pm at The Gleneagle Hotel.

The town band will be joined by guest artists from Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine Choir Kenmare and all proceeds from this concert will be allocated to local causes – the Children’s Disability Network Team for South Kerry, Brothers of Charity Services Kerry, CanTeen Ireland and the Gleneagle Concert Band Music Education Programme instrument loan scheme.

The concert will cater for all musical tastes and will include military marches, classical music, jazz numbers, film music, choral music and vocal hits.

Gleneagle Concert Band Music Development Officer Vincent Condon said:
“We are delighted to collaborate with local charities and hope the public will come out in great numbers again this year to support this worthwhile fundraising venture.
The Children’s Disability Network Team for South Kerry, in partnership with Brothers of Charity Services Kerry, provides essential services to children and young people with complex needs and support for their families. CanTeen Ireland is a support group for young people between the ages of 12 and 25 years who have cancer or had cancer in the past. A large audience on the night of the concert will raise much-needed funds to support the wonderful work being done by both charities to empower and help young people who need support.
The band and choir musically are in excellent form and I extend an open invitation to music enthusiasts and all to come and join us for what will be an evening of great entertainment.”

The Gleneagle Concert Band has performed with distinction for former President Mary McAleese and President Michael D. Higgins on their visits to Kerry in recent years and has been proud ambassadors on tours to Germany, Holland, Sweden, Austria, Portugal, Paris, Lisbon, Monaco and Cannes over the past four decades.
Band manager Ciaran Lynch added:

“These are very exciting times for the band which would not be possible without the encouragement and support we receive from the political, business sector and general public in Kerry. This concert will be a highlight and a celebration of the voluntary work, community service and musical excellence that exists here in Kerry. “

Tickets are priced at €18 for adults and €12 for children/OAP and are available from the INEC Box Office, band members, Brothers of Charity Office 7 Countess Road Killarney, St. Francis Special School Beaufort, Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine office in Kenmare and at the door on the night of the concert.

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