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New Ryanair chief operations officer to get Killarney talking about tourism




THE man handed the responsibility of steering Ryanair out of its current difficulties and plotting a successful future for the low-cost carrier has been lined up as one of the keynote speakers at a major tourism conference planned for Killarney.

Peter Bellew, who has just been appointed to the high-profile position of chief operations officer with the airline, will be one of the guest speakers at the second annual Let’s Talk Tourism forum on Friday and Saturday, November 10/11.

He is leaving his post as chief executive of Malaysia Airlines to join Michael O’Leary in an airline he has worked for in the past. “I am excited to return home to Ryanair and take up the challenge to grow the operation sustainably,” he said.

Mr Bellew, 52, a native of Meath and a graduate of Trinity College, has been living in Fossa, Killarney for several years. He is married to Grainne and they have four children.

He previously worked with Kerry Airport as marketing manager and airport manager and later became director of flight operations with Ryanair before being headhunted by Malaysia Airlines.

Other key speakers at the one-day forum in the Brehon Hotel will include Fáilte Ireland chief executive
Paul Kelly, Mark Henry of Tourism Ireland, Fiona Monaghan, head of the Wild Atlantic Way project at Fáilte Ireland, Guinness Storehouse boss Paul Carty, Minister of State for Tourism Brendan Griffin and Kerry County Council CEO Moira Murrell.

Also on the panel will be John McGrillen, CEO of Tourism Northern Ireland, Shannon Group CEO Matthew Thomas, John Brennan of the Park Hotel, Kenmare, B+B Ireland CEO Helena Healy, travel and food writers Eoghan Corry and Pól Ó Conghaile and Solas chief Paul O’Toole.

Let’s Talk Tourism is a forum for the grassroots of all sectors within tourism to discuss and debate the industry going forward. Issues to be addressed include regionalisation and seasonality, access, skills and manpower and digital trends.

The forum moderator will be broadcaster Olivia O’Leary and the event chairperson is Killarney-based Margaret Cahill who previously headed up operations for Bord Fáilte and, later, Tourism Ireland in North America, Canada and the UK. “This event will have appeal to a cross section of senior professionals. This a not-for-profit event as it is simply an attempt to create a vibrant and meaningful debate on some current aspects of travel and tourism,” Ms Cahill said.

To attend the conference or for further information contact 064-7767181 or email:

Above: At the launch of the National Tourism Forum/Let's Talk Tourism Conference which takes place in The Brehon Hotel, Killarney, on November 10 and 11 were front from left, Emer Corridan, IHF, Sean Healy, AIB and Margaret Cahill, Chairperson, NTF. At back, Ciara O'Grady, NTF, Paul O'Neill, President, Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, and Joan McCarthy, Kerry County Council. Pic: Don MacMonagle



Ring of Beara Cycle launches school programme

The Ring of Beara Cycle is for kids too! As part of its commitment to make a positive impact on the local community, the Ring of Beara Cycle are proud […]




The Ring of Beara Cycle is for kids too! As part of its commitment to make a positive impact on the local community, the Ring of Beara Cycle are proud to continue to with two great initiatives: its Kids’ Cycle and its sponsorship of the School Cycle Safety Programme.

The Ring of Beara Cycle will take place on May 25 with over 4,000 cyclists taking part. The event starts and finishes in Kenmare town, Co Kerry to complete either a 110km or 140km route encompassing the magnificent mountains, valleys and the rugged coastline of the Beara Peninsula.

Kids’ Cycle
Adults are not the only ones getting on their bikes on May 25 for the Ring of Beara Cycle. The event also has its very own cycle for children around the town of Kenmare. Not only does this give kids a chance to join in the days’ activities with their parents, but it’s free and a great way for kids to get outdoors and exercise in a fun and safe environment.
Open to any child in national school between third and fifth class and following a 2km route around Kenmare and a slightly shorter route for tinier ones, registration is from 9.15am in Kenmare town square. Parents and guardians are welcome to cycle with their children. All participants should bring and wear a safety helmet for the cycle.
School Cycle Safety Programme
Another community initiative from the Ring of Beara Cycle is the Cycle Right Programme, working with local schools to get kids’ up to speed on road safety and cycle best practices.
The Ring of Beara Cycle is working with Cycle Sense and Wheely Good Cycling Academy to deliver this 4-week programme to local schools in and around Kenmare and the Beara Peninsula.
Some 250 students across 8 schools are participating in this initiative, and the schools involved are: St John’s National School, Realt Na Mara National School , Lauragh National School and Tulloha National School in Kenmare, and on the Beara Peninsula: Scoil Chaitigheirn in Eyeries, Oir Cheann iNational School in Eyeries, Cahermore National School in Allihies, Scoil An Croi Ro Naofa in Castletownbere, Mhichil Naofa in Castletownbere, Adrigole N S in Bantry, and Trafrask Mixed N S in Ardrigole.
This initiative is normally paid for by the schools themselves but is now free for all the children taking part thanks to a generous donation by the Ring of Beara Cycle Committee that covers the cost of delivering the programme to these schools.
Cycle Right is the National Standard for Cycle Training and provides practical cycle safety and skills training through Department of Transport, the Road Safety Authority and Cycling Ireland. The aim of the programme is to promote cycle confidence on the road in increasingly complex scenarios delivered by qualified, registered trainers.
No stranger to giving back to the local community, not only does the Ring of Beara Cycle make a significant, positive impact on the local economy, it also encourages kids to enjoy themselves on their bikes and to do this safely with confidence.

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Browne’s Agri Open Day is a must-attend event

Browne’s Agri Open Day is always one that was marked in  Agri calendars as a ‘must-attend event’. This year’s event is taking place on Wednesday May 22 on their site […]




Browne’s Agri Open Day is always one that was marked in  Agri calendars as a ‘must-attend event’.

This year’s event is taking place on Wednesday May 22 on their site in Castleisland.

The event was always renowned for getting great advice on the Agri topics of the day as well as a window into modern developments taking place in all aspect of Agriculture and country living.

The extending of the yard area will allow more space to be given over to even more exhibitors, ensuring all areas of agriculture, and rural life will be showcased on the 22.

There will be experts on hand to advise on Calf Rearing, Grassland management, Weed control, Drainage, Fencing , Shed and Yard Layouts as well as bee keeping, and helpful health advice.

“As well as the great advice, you will be ensured of great deals, great food, great craic and free entry to the many spot prizes that will be available on the day,” said general manager Denis O’Connor.

“All that is asked is your attendance and if at all possible, to make a small contribution to our chosen charity Pieta House.”


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