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FÁILTE IRELAND is looking to broaden the appeal of the iconic attraction that is the Skellig coast and today announced the formation of the Skellig Coast Tourism Network.

The tourism authority launched this visitor experience plan for the area in a bid to increase “dwell time” in the wider surrounding region and ensure that developments along the local stretch of the Wild Atlantic Way route are compelling and motivating to international visitors.

Speaking at the launch in Waterville, Orla Carroll, Director of Strategic Development at Fáilte Ireland, said: “This project is all about widening the current visitor experience from just simply being ‘a trip to Skellig Michael’ to a more immersive engagement with ‘the Skelligs experience’. This approach will generate increased visitor dwelling times and revenue as well as help increase job creation in the local area.”

This plan also sets out to protect the special environmental character of the place by spreading tourist activity more evenly across the destination, according to Ms Carroll.

Key to the success of the development of the Visitor Experience Plan was an extensive programme of consultations and workshops held locally between June and September last year.

“This inclusive approach gave everyone the opportunity to contribute to the plan and shape the visitor experiences that are unique to this area,” Ms Carroll added.

The plan will focus on a number of projects based on the following themes: journeys inspired by the history of the Skellig monks; the cradle of Ireland’s nationhood (centred on Daniel O’Connell’s birthplace); a history of global connections; and where the ocean meets the sky at the edge of the world (incorporating the ‘Dark Skies’ experience).

Central to the success of the plan will be the Skellig Coast Tourism Network which is being formally launched today. The network is an umbrella organisation for the tourism, community, business and development groups that fall within the defined catchment area and will work under the chairmanship of local Caherciveen man Frank Curran.

Fáilte Ireland worked collaboratively with key stakeholders in the area including Kerry County Council, South Kerry Development Partnership (SKDP), Udaras na Gaeltachta, OPW, Local Enterprise Office (LEO) and Institute of Technology Tralee as well as a local working group comprised of tourism and community groups in the Skellig Coast area.

Commenting on the initiative, Chief Executive of Kerry County Council Moira Murrell said: “There is no doubt that the Wild Atlantic Way has already been a major boost to coastal areas. This Development Plan will help ensure continued growth in visitor numbers and will also help to extend the season and spread business to our smaller villages. This will result in increased profitability in hotels, guesthouses and tourism related businesses which in turn will lead to an increase in jobs.

“The Skellig Coast has always had an abundance of riches to offer the visitor. However this plan with its associated operators' workbook will now ensure consistency and an in-depth understanding in the marketplace of the key messages from the region that will help to create the unique selling points and experiences our visitors are seeking.”

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  The coveted KY-1 plate has been allocated to Adams of Tralee for the second year in a row. The county’s Hyundai dealership secured the coveted plate as a result of the Hyundai Tucson topping the individual model sales charts for 2021. Available in diesel, petrol and pug-in hybrid, the Tucson offers something for every motorists. […]

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The coveted KY-1 plate has been allocated to Adams of Tralee for the second year in a row.

The county’s Hyundai dealership secured the coveted plate as a result of the Hyundai Tucson topping the individual model sales charts for 2021.

Available in diesel, petrol and pug-in hybrid, the Tucson offers something for every motorists.

With the switch to full electric not far away, Adams of Tralee’s general manager Marcus O’Shea believes that hybrid offers the perfect transition from fossil fuelled-cars to electric.

“It is a steeping-stone towards full electric,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “It reduces the range anxiety for those not ready for full electric and it gets people used to new ways – plugging in the car at night at home will become normal and hybrid is the first step.”

The Tucson range has a model to suit all tastes and budgets. As well as being available in petrol, diesel or hybrid, each power variant is also available as in entry-level, mid or high specification formats.

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Hairdresser reveals women “open up” on safety while getting their hair done

By Sean Moriarty Nicole Coffey of Nicole’s Hair Salon on St Anne’s was inspired to run a fundraiser for a women’s refuge after hearing distressing stories from some of her clients. On Saturday last she offered a wash and blow-dry to clients and rather than charging them for the her services her customers made a […]

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Nicole Coffey of Nicole’s Hair Salon on St Anne’s was inspired to run a fundraiser for a women’s refuge after hearing distressing stories from some of her clients.

On Saturday last she offered a wash and blow-dry to clients and rather than charging them for the her services her customers made a donation to Adapt Women’s Refuge in Tralee.

Nicole was inspired to run the charity day because a lot of her regular clients opened up to her while they were getting their hair done.

The timing of her charity day was poignant as it came just days after Ashling Murphy was murdered while out for a run in her own town of Tullamore.

“People open up while I do their hair, many of them would not know that there is a refuge in Kerry,” she told the Killarney Advertiser. “I have experience with clients who are struggling. I had this idea to create more awareness for Adapt.”

She raised €2,000 for Adapt and the cheque was handed over to the Tralee-based charity on Thursday night this week.

Such was the success of her charity day Nicole worked from 7am to 7pm and as well as cash donations customers also donated vouchers and care packs to the charity.

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