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South Kerry proves to be a star attraction

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Nocturnal view during August Perseid looking southwest over McCarthy's Castle and Horse Island Ballinskelligs Beach, the only designated gold-tier International Dark-Sky Reserve in the Northern Hemisphere. PICTURE: DON MACMONAGLE

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THE tourism Unit in Kerry County Council and the Destination Kerry Tourism Forum, together with The Skellig Centre for Research & Innovation, and University College Cork presented ‘An Introduction to Astronomy’ weekend course in The Royal Hotel, Valentia Island, last weekend.

This UCC-accredited course was delivered by Professor Paul Callanan of UCC and Dr Michael Connolly, Kerry County Archaeologist. It provided the 28 participants with a working knowledge of the night sky to enable them to develop the business potential of stargazing and expand their skill base to provide an enhanced experience for visitors.

This is the second astronomy course presented by UCC in the Kerry International Dark Sky Reserve - an area of approximately 700 square kilometres and one of only three designated gold-tier dark sky reserves on the planet. The skies played their part over the weekend, with an amazing number of stars visible to the participants.

Stargazing is becoming an increasingly popular pastime and astrotourism is a growing niche area within international tourism. This affords Kerry a great opportunity to attract new visitors, especially over the winter months. The County Kerry Tourism Strategy and Action Plan 2016-2022 and the Skellig Coast Visitor Experience Development Plan have identified this niche market and both contain several actions to support and develop an astrotourism product for the South Kerry area.

Some very excited pupils in Scoil Náisiunta Derarca in Chapeltown on Valentia Island were given a wonderful surprise on Friday afternoon when Professor Paul Callanan of UCC dropped in to give them an astronomy presentation. Children from first to sixth class all listened intently as Paul brought them around our solar system and beyond and Valentia has many budding astronomers after the event.
 


 
Above: Nocturnal view during August Perseid looking southwest over McCarthy's Castle and Horse Island Ballinskelligs Beach, the only designated gold-tier International Dark-Sky Reserve in the Northern Hemisphere. PICTURE: DON MACMONAGLE

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Coveted KY-1 plate goes to Hyundai for 2022

  The coveted KY-1 plate has been allocated to Adams of Tralee for the second year in a row. The county’s Hyundai dealership secured the coveted plate as a result of the Hyundai Tucson topping the individual model sales charts for 2021. Available in diesel, petrol and pug-in hybrid, the Tucson offers something for every motorists. […]

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The coveted KY-1 plate has been allocated to Adams of Tralee for the second year in a row.

The county’s Hyundai dealership secured the coveted plate as a result of the Hyundai Tucson topping the individual model sales charts for 2021.

Available in diesel, petrol and pug-in hybrid, the Tucson offers something for every motorists.

With the switch to full electric not far away, Adams of Tralee’s general manager Marcus O’Shea believes that hybrid offers the perfect transition from fossil fuelled-cars to electric.

“It is a steeping-stone towards full electric,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “It reduces the range anxiety for those not ready for full electric and it gets people used to new ways – plugging in the car at night at home will become normal and hybrid is the first step.”

The Tucson range has a model to suit all tastes and budgets. As well as being available in petrol, diesel or hybrid, each power variant is also available as in entry-level, mid or high specification formats.

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Hairdresser reveals women “open up” on safety while getting their hair done

By Sean Moriarty Nicole Coffey of Nicole’s Hair Salon on St Anne’s was inspired to run a fundraiser for a women’s refuge after hearing distressing stories from some of her clients. On Saturday last she offered a wash and blow-dry to clients and rather than charging them for the her services her customers made a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Nicole Coffey of Nicole’s Hair Salon on St Anne’s was inspired to run a fundraiser for a women’s refuge after hearing distressing stories from some of her clients.

On Saturday last she offered a wash and blow-dry to clients and rather than charging them for the her services her customers made a donation to Adapt Women’s Refuge in Tralee.

Nicole was inspired to run the charity day because a lot of her regular clients opened up to her while they were getting their hair done.

The timing of her charity day was poignant as it came just days after Ashling Murphy was murdered while out for a run in her own town of Tullamore.

“People open up while I do their hair, many of them would not know that there is a refuge in Kerry,” she told the Killarney Advertiser. “I have experience with clients who are struggling. I had this idea to create more awareness for Adapt.”

She raised €2,000 for Adapt and the cheque was handed over to the Tralee-based charity on Thursday night this week.

Such was the success of her charity day Nicole worked from 7am to 7pm and as well as cash donations customers also donated vouchers and care packs to the charity.

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