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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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Contact the Killarney Advertiser newsdesk@killarneyadvertiser.ie and share your opinion.

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Flesk Fest promises to be a great evening of fun

By Michelle Crean Glenflesk GAA are planning a fun filled evening of top class entertainment. The Flesk Fest takes place on Saturday July 16 at 4pm in The Kerryway Steakhouse […]

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By Michelle Crean

Glenflesk GAA are planning a fun filled evening of top class entertainment.

The Flesk Fest takes place on Saturday July 16 at 4pm in The Kerryway Steakhouse & Bar.

Two exciting bands ‘All Folk’d Up’ and ‘Super Ceili’ will be playing and there’ll be plenty of fun and games and a delicious barbecue, raffle with some great prizes, and of course the ever popular Hang Tough Challenge!

“Please come out and support this great event! Tell your friends and we will make it a night to remember,” Seamus Healy from Glenflesk GAA said.

” Admission is only €15, and tickets are available from Mary McCarrick 087 7750773, Padraig O’Sullivan 087 0530384 or any club officer. They are also available in the Kerryway on the night.

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Rising cycling star selected for Belgium Project

By Sean Moriarty Killarney cyclist Sam Bolger (18) has been selected as one of four riders for the Belgian Project – one of the most prestigious stepping stones for Irish riders […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney cyclist Sam Bolger (18) has been selected as one of four riders for the Belgian Project – one of the most prestigious stepping stones for Irish riders with ambitions to turn professional.

Northern Ireland-based Belgian Danny Blondell is the man behind the project.

For the last 15 years Blondell selects between four and six Irish riders and sends them to Belgium where they stay with local families and contest pro and semi-pro races.

As a race commentator Blondell is well placed to decide who is deserving of inclusion in the project.

Over the first six months of the year he makes decisions while attending early season races.

Those lucky enough to get selected go to live and race in Belgium for the second six months of the year.

Bolger, from Lewis Road, was selected after winning the junior race in the Cycling Ireland National Road Series in Mayo in March and the Orwell Stage Race in County Wicklow in June.

“He is delighted, it is a very big deal,” his father Paul told the Killarney Advertiser.

“He has had a very good year and the wins in Mayo and Wicklow secured the Belgium Project.”

Bolger will head to Belgium in late July and after to the Junior Tour of Ireland which takes place in County Clare between July 12 and 17.

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