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There's a whole lot to explore in Killarney - and it's even easier now for locals and visitors to the town - with the launch of a new App driven by the Killarney Advertiser.

From shopping and local attractions to visit - including self-guided tours, as well as places to eat, and the best local news from "Your Favourite Friday Read" - the Killarney Advertiser - the Xplore App is now available and ready to be downloaded to your smartphone from the Apple Store and the Google Play Store.

Developed by Galway based company, Booniverse Limited, the platform’s simplistic design allows users to interact with a variety of towns without having to download multiple Apps or websites. Users enable location services or select a region to stay local.

Killarney is the latest town to become part of Xplore’s growing network which extends from Galway to Kerry, and Cork to Carlow. The launch is indicative of a wider movement in towns across the country, where enterprising locals are seeking out new and efficient ways to boost their local economies, attract tourists and promote their towns' amenities.

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NEW APP: Killarney Advertiser’s Aidan Quirke (General Manager) and Chris Davies (Business Development Manager) with Maevita De Barros from Xplore pictured at Killarney House for the announcement that Killarney town has joined the Xplore App.

General Manager of the Killarney Advertiser Aidan Quirke, and the team have been working tirelessly over the past number of months to get the App ready for release.

“Xplore Killarney aims to better serve the needs of locals and tourists alike - especially in times like these when shopping and exploring locally has never been more important," Aidan said.

"With retailers fully reopened, local businesses are sure to be delighted with the e-commerce features of the App that are coming very soon. Hospitality won’t be forgotten either, with access to features that highlight their services, people and community impact.”

Commenting on the launch, Xplore COO James Finan said that they are "delighted to be in partnership with Killarney".

"The response has been amazing and it shows how valuable and needed something like the Xplore Killarney App is. We are working with the communities in Galway, Fermoy, Tralee, Clonakilty, Gort, Portumna, Bagenalstown and Youghal to keep them up to date and are currently preparing Killarney for rollout. We want Xplore to matter - to our clients, to our people, and in our communities - both here in Ireland and other communities around the world, wherever we do business."

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County Board open to GAA museum proposals

By Sean Moriarty The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county. There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county.

There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built in their home town.

Before he retired from politics in April, Michael Gleeson was campaigning to build a GAA and cultural museum on the grounds of Fitzgerald Stadium.

His campaign goes back several years before the recession set in, with a €0.5 million bridging loan secured from Croke Park along with funding from Fáilte Ireland. That funding was lost with the onset of the recession before 2010.

Tim Murphy, the outgoing chairman of the Kerry County Board, has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser that no approaches have been made to the County Board at executive level during his five year stint at the helm.

However, he said the Board would be open to such approaches provided there is sound financial planning behind the project in place.

“The first and most important aspect is the capital funding and my understanding is there needs to be Fáilte Ireland funding in place first,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “If it gets up and running, there needs to be very clear talks with all stakeholders so everyone knows each others expectations. A museum attracts footfall, but it costs a lot of money to run. We would offer an open door policy to all proposals but funding, first from a capital point of view and then from an operational point of view, will need to be in place.”

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Loreto pupils are happy to help save the planet

By Michelle Crean School pupils are fast becoming the next generation of environmentalists thanks to a brand new litter-picking campaign. Happy to help save the planet one bit of litter at a time are the children from Scoil Bhríde, Loreto NS, who are currently partaking in the Picker Pal Programme. It’s all about taking on […]

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By Michelle Crean

School pupils are fast becoming the next generation of environmentalists thanks to a brand new litter-picking campaign.

Happy to help save the planet one bit of litter at a time are the children from Scoil Bhríde, Loreto NS, who are currently partaking in the Picker Pal Programme.

It’s all about taking on a litter-picking adventure in their local area as well as learning songs, reading storybooks, filling in activity books while witnessing that their real-world actions are making a positive difference and inspiring others to join the movement.

Picker Pals is a unique primary school programme that gives children the tools and motivation to become the next generation of environmentalists, teacher Claire O’Meara explained.

“The Picker Pal Programme is a fantastic initiative and will go a long way to raise awareness of the impact litter has on our environment,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

Real litter-picking is motivated by a Picker Pack made from upcycled dinghy sails and containing adult and child litter-picking tools, gloves, hi-vis vests and safety information.

“This pack is then taken home by a different pupil every week. That child takes their adult on a litter-picking adventure. The children then tell the story of their litter-picking adventures through art and writing. Raising awareness is an essential part of the solution to littering. Picker Pals gives young people the tools and positive motivation to steward their local environment and make the world a better place.”

The programme, run by environmental NGO VOICE Ireland, is funded by the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications and various local authorities across Ireland.

Now in its third year of operation, over one thousand schools all across Ireland will be taking part in the Picker Pals programme this year. In Kerry, 29 schools are taking part, and Scoil Bhríde, Loreto is delighted to be included, she added.

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