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OPINION: The value of Kerry Airport to the local economy cannot be underestimated

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By Sean Moriarty

Kerry Airport serves as a tourism gateway to our county, allows local people to jet off on sun holidays and provides a commuter link for our UK-based emigrants.

However, more could be done to make a great little airport even greater.

There are at least six daily flights from Dublin to Brussels, a similar number serves Barcelona in Spain. This is just an example of the two popular destinations.

We all know the continuing problems at Dublin Airport so is it not time to spread the love and redistribute some of these flights to regional airports?

People living in the Midlands, who are equidistance from Dublin and Kerry Airports would welcome such a move as much as locals.

The timing of the 10.25am daily departure from Kerry to Dublin needs to be looked at too. That flight arrives at 11.20am so realistically it will be lunchtime before any passenger arrives in the city centre.

The return flight departs at 4.30pm and given the security issues at Dublin Airport passengers will need to be there two hours before departure – that does not give near enough time to conduct any business in the capital.

The timing of the Kerry Dublin flight does not suit for the majority of connecting flights either and inevitably will lead to at least one overnight stay in Dublin on either the outbound or inbound leg of a journey.

And don’t get us started on hotel prices near Dublin Airport!

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​​Bursaries presented to schools at Lions Club open night

By Michelle Crean Three Killarney schools have been awarded bursaries from a local group. Killarney Lions Club made the presentations to Killarney Community College, St Brigid’s Presentation School and St […]

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By Michelle Crean

Three Killarney schools have been awarded bursaries from a local group.

Killarney Lions Club made the presentations to Killarney Community College, St Brigid’s Presentation School and St Brendan’s College to help support students in need.

It took place at their open night recently in the KDYS Youth Centre.

The night featured different exhibitions about Killarney Lions Club activities such as the Annual Christmas Food Appeal and the Kerry Clubs Fair.

“It was great that people made the effort to come and find out more what Killarney Lions Club does, despite the weather on the night. We are a voluntary group so community support is vital for activities such as our Christmas Food Appeal which will kick off very soon.”

The Killarney Lions Club, through its members, assists various groups and individuals in and around the community. Lions do this through voluntary activities, fundraising and by holding various types of events in support of a great many local causes.

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Staff celebrated for their long service

Stalwarts of the tourism industry in Killarney were delighted to celebrate their long term team members with a gourmet dinner in Great Southern recently. The event was held for all […]

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Stalwarts of the tourism industry in Killarney were delighted to celebrate their long term team members with a gourmet dinner in Great Southern recently.

The event was held for all team members of the Great Southern and Killarney Royal who have over 10 years of service, and was hosted by Michael Jacobi, Managing Director, Hayfield Family Collection and Mark Scally, Financial Controller, Hayfield Family Collection.

32 employees celebrated on the night, with the Great Southern represented by John Fitzgerald with 53 years of service, Martina O’Leary with 44 years of service and Kathleen Bhuiyan with 31 years of service. From Killarney Royal Joseph Hurley celebrated 37 years of service with John Harrington celebrating 32 years and Nuala Doolan celebrating 30 years.

“It is an absolute pleasure for us to celebrate our long term staff members,” event host and Hayfield Family Collection Managing Director, Michael Jacobi, said.

“They have played such an integral part in achieving the high standards we are known to provide and are such familiar welcoming faces for our guests.”

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