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Over two million Americans to see images of Kerry on NBC this St Patrick’s Day

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REPRO FREE February 2016 – Images of Ireland will be beamed into the homes of more than two million Americans this St Patrick’s Day. Footage is being filmed this month at various locations in Dublin, Kilkenny, Waterford, Kerry, Clare and Meath, which will air on NBC television in New York during its live coverage of the St Patrick’s Day parade in New York. The NBC crew was invited here by Tourism Ireland in partnership with Fáilte Ireland. PIC SHOWS: NBC producer Mike Mathis (left), with tour guide Ronan Ganter, during filming in Ireland. Pic – Seán Byrne (no repro fee) Further press info – Sinéad Grace, Tourism Ireland 087 6859027

IMAGES of Kerry and Ireland will be beamed into the homes of more than two million Americans this St Patrick’s Day. Footage is being filmed this month at various locations and will air on NBC television in New York during its live coverage of the St Patrick’s Day parade in New York. The NBC crew was invited here by Tourism Ireland in partnership with Fáilte Ireland.

The NBC broadcast on March 17 will highlight Kerry and the Wild Atlantic Way. Filming took place in Portmagee and included an interview with John O’Sullivan at the Skellig Experience Visitor Centre. The crew stayed at The Moorings Guesthouse in Portmagee. Coverage of the St Patrick’s Day parade on NBC will be sponsored by Tourism Ireland once again this year.

Alison Metcalfe, Tourism Ireland’s head of North America, said: “The NBC broadcast on St Patrick’s Day is an excellent opportunity to showcase Kerry and Ireland to a huge audience of more than two million Americans. People everywhere instantly identify St Patrick’s Day with Ireland and that heightened profile at this time of year allows us to put our holiday experience in the spotlight in the United States.

“2015 was the third record-breaking year in a row for visitor numbers to Ireland from North America, when we welcomed more than 1.5 million visitors. Tourism Ireland is undertaking an extensive programme of promotional activity again this year – to keep the momentum going and build on that growth.”

Tourism Ireland will undertake a busy programme of consumer and trade promotions in the United States around St Patrick’s Day. For the first time ever, 7 World Trade Center at Ground Zero in New York, the famous Boston Red Sox (baseball team) and Reunion Hall in Dallas will participate in Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative on March 17, joining other sites like the Empire State Building, the famous ‘Welcome’ sign in Las Vegas and City Hall in Toronto.

 


 

NBC producer Mike Mathis (left), with tour guide Ronan Ganter, during filming in Ireland.

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Family to run in memory of the late Linda Eviston

By Sean Moriarty The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory. Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer. Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of […]

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The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory.

Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer.

Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of her daughter Alannah, will run a 42.2km course, on the day before her anniversary to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

The route will be based on landmarks that were an important part of Linda’s life. Starting from the family home in Dromkerry, before heading for the town centre and passing the Eviston House Hotel, Linda’s grandmother’s home at Park Road, Linda’s childhood home and national school in Glenflesk, Loreto where Linda attended secondary school, back to Killarney and finishing at Linda’s pride and joy – Brook Lodge Hotel.

“It is tough but we wanted to do something in Linda’s memory and help other people who might find themselves in similar circumstances,” Pat told the Killarney Advertiser. “We originally hoped to do the Dublin City Marathon but that got cancelled. This route is much better, but much tougher as it’s more hilly.”

All proceeds will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society and donations can be made via: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/inhonouroflinda.

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Women bravely bare all for Kerry’s first ‘Dip in the Nip’

By Michelle Crean  It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend. Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend.

Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst the all female grouping were some Killarney ladies who joined in the empowering adventure for what was described as “a special and unforgettable morning” all in aid of Recovery Haven Kerry.

According to Marisa Reidy from Recovery Haven, the women were of all ages and all walks of life who came together for so many personal reasons.

“Some were still on their own cancer journey, some were celebrating coming out the other side and of course, many were there to honour friends and loved ones who they had lost to cancer, but we were all equal on the day – flaws and all,” Marisa, who also took part in the event, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was a truly uplifting and exhilarating experience and we are so, so grateful to each and every lady who joined us for a morning we will never forget. One woman described it as ‘companionship among strangers’ and that really sums it up perfectly. It was emotional, there were some tears, but lots of laughter and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. When the ladies hit the water, they all formed a circle and held hands in a gesture that was totally unplanned – it just happened organically and it was quite overwhelming.”

She added that a very special mention has to be made to Michaela and John Edwards and their team from Wild Water Adventures for their support and expertise in ensuring no stone was left unturned in making it a fabulous, safe event.

“It was an all-female team from beginning to end, from our own volunteers, stewards, registration, Gardai, teas and coffees, lifeguards, sea rescue – girl power at its finest! Now all that’s left to do is start planning for 2022!”

Donations are still being taken via the link on the Recovery Haven Kerry Facebook page.

“So far we are close on €9,000 which is just fabulous.”

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