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Reeks District launch ambitious marketing plan

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PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE: Businesses in the Reeks District are coming together to create an ambitious marketing plan. Pictured are: Jens Bachem (Chair), Cliodhna Foley (Vice Chair), and Declan Falvey (Treasurer). Photo: Riona MacMonagle

 

A number of Kerry businesses and individuals have come together to help fund an ambitious marketing and promotional plan that aims to boost tourism and economic development over the next three years.

Funds raised by the 20-plus member group in the Reeks District, which spans from Inch Beach
to Glenbeigh and includes the Ireland’s highest mountain Carrauntoohil, alongside the subscriptions of the tourism organisation’s members, will lead to an investment of €500,000 by the end of 2024 to help fund activities that promote the region on both the domestic and international markets and sustainably increase visitor numbers to the area. Marketing of ‘shoulder season’ visits will be one particular focus of the campaigns.

Like many other regions, it has suffered due to the effects of the COVID-19 crisis, and the cash injection is set to help build on the pre-pandemic success of the region following its 2018 re-brand from Mid Kerry.

“We would like to thank the local business owners for their belief in the Reeks District project," Chair of the Reeks District Jens Bachem said. "We look forward to working with them, Kerry County
Council, South Kerry Development Partnership and other groups to help us reach further
successes. Every region has been hit hard by COVID-19 and the Reeks District is no different, but if
people pull together, a huge amount can be achieved. While our plans are ambitious, we believe
we have a track record of producing strong results against the odds. It is no more ambitious than
Reeks District being named one of Rough Guides Top Six Destinations in the World to Visit in 2019,
just 18 months from launch.”

Those looking for more information on how they can support the Reeks District can visit
www.reeksdistrict.com.

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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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