Connect with us

News

Official launch of Storied Kerry website today (Tuesday)

Published

on

By Michelle Crean

A website which has a feast of stories from all over Kerry is to be officially launched today (Tuesday). Storied Kerry, www.storiedkerry.com, was set up to entertain and stimulate in these difficult times. And since last March the site has published stories every Tuesday and Thursday from the eight districts, and include a mixture of legend, landscape, plants, animals, archaeology, history, folklore, with some contemporary work.

“Setting up the Storied Kerry website was our big step forward this year," Storied Kerry Chairman Frank Lewis explained. “This was to make all of us know more of our Kerry story and in this way enrich and enhance all of our lives, bonding us more closely to our own place, encouraging us to look at the potentials of our place and play our part in developing it, sharpening our awareness of the problems and committing to solving them.”

The ambition was to encourage all of us to research a Kerry story that interested us, he explained.

"Storied Kerry directors from each of the county's eight districts encouraged all of us to research and present our Kerry story and publish all of these on www.storiedkerry.com. Now, after 10 months, it is time to officially launch the website. This is taking the place of the day long conference we ran around Hallowe'en in 2018 and 2019 in St Oliver's National School."

The 45 minute official launch will take place at the Institute of Technology in Tralee (ITT) and will be live on the website and on the Storied Kerry Facebook page at 4pm today (Tuesday). On Saturday December 12 it will be repeated with comments from viewers.

The technical preparation and presentation of the launch is being done by Phillip Doyle and his students from the Creative Writing and Technical Department of the ITT, which on January 1 becomes part of the Munster Technological University (MTU).

"My students and I are delighted to assist in the official launch of the website. This live-streamed broadcast will help bring the Kerry story to a global audience,” Phillip said. “We hope to continue our collaborations with Storied Kerry as we transition into our university status, with increased benefits for all involved."

Continue Reading
Advertisement

News

Kerry base confirmed for Rás Mumhan

By Sean Moriarty Preliminary details of the Rás Mumhan have been announced by Cycling Munster. The four-day international cycle race will, once again, be based at the Riverisland Hotel in […]

Published

on

0249724_20180523-DSC3402.jpg

By Sean Moriarty

Preliminary details of the Rás Mumhan have been announced by Cycling Munster.

The four-day international cycle race will, once again, be based at the Riverisland Hotel in Castleisland and will run from Good Friday until Easter Monday.

The final route has not yet been revealed but it is expected to follow a similar path to the 2022 edition.

Last year, due to organisational difficulties, the Rás Mumhan committee asked local clubs to take charge of each day of the race.

Killarney Cycling Club hosted the Easter Saturday leg of the race, including managing the stage start in the town centre, the Category One mountain climb at Bealach Oisin Pass and the stage finish in Sneem.

“We are looking forward to seeing everyone at Easter and we wish all the riders the best of luck in their preparations for the event. Further details to follow as they are confirmed,” said Race Secretary Sinéad Moriarty.

Attachments

Continue Reading

News

Showcasing Killarney to an influential audience

Kerry’s hospitality professionals turned out in style for the Skal President’s Dinner on Saturday night. It’s the social highlight of the year for professional tourism and travel organisations and it […]

Published

on

0249693_Kerry_Skal_President_Michelle_Rosney_with_Kerry_College_and_Kerry_Education_Training_Board_Chairman_Cllr_Jim_Finucane.jpg

Kerry’s hospitality professionals turned out in style for the Skal President’s Dinner on Saturday night.

It’s the social highlight of the year for professional tourism and travel organisations and it was also a perfect opportunity to show the best of Killarney. Held in the Plaza Hotel, it was hosted by Kerry Skal President Michelle Rosney who used the occasion to highlight the best of Killarney’s performing arts talent, cuisine and locally produced drinks. There were special performances on the night by singers and dancers from St Brigid’s Presentation Secondary School and the West End House School of Arts who brought The Liberator, Daniel O’Connell, back to life for one night only to deliver a passionate dramatisation of a famous speech. Skal is the largest international hospitality networking organisation in the world with 13,000 members in 308 clubs in almost 90 countries. Fáilte Ireland Chairman Paul Carty said in his speech that the contribution Killarney has made to the Irish tourism industry should not be underestimated. He added that the tourism industry supports over 3,500 jobs in Killarney and over 7,000 in the rest of Kerry. He said the hard work put in by tourism professionals in Killarney over the years is paying off and when Fáilte Ireland surveyed hundreds of domestic and international tourists, at the height of the season last August, they couldn’t speak highly enough of their experience with 97 percent saying they were very satisfied. “The national figure is 90 percent so Killarney is actually seven percent higher than the national average and that’s truly exceptional,” he said. Over 55 percent of visitors to Killarney also spend time in other parts of Kerry and towns, like Dingle, Kenmare and Tralee, and really benefit from the spin-off.

INDUSTRY CHALLENGES

The Fáilte Ireland chairman said his organisation is acutely aware what Killarney has faced in recent years and the challenges it currently faces and every support possible will be provided to help.

Mr Carty said Fáilte Ireland last year launched a destination experience and development plan for Killarney and that will see the town reach its full potential through sustainability and the development of year-round tourist attractions.

He said costs were also a big concern with energy bills, in particular, going through the roof and putting businesses under serious pressure.

Staffing was another serious problem for the industry as so much talent was lost during the pandemic.

“An awful lot of great people left our industry and they’re not coming back, so there is a great shortage,” he said, adding that Fáilte Ireland was working hard to overcome the difficulties being experienced.

Continue Reading

LOCAL ADS

Last News

Advertisement

Sport

Trending