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Going Dutch for the Puck Goat

There is no such thing as bad publicity.

It is a phrase often used by press officers and PR specialists.

The people of Killorglin have a lot to thank Joe Duffy for. The veteran RTÉ broadcaster spent most of last week giving out about the welfare of the Puck goat.

They may not have all agreed with the sentiments of the conversations but there is no denying that details of the 400-year-old festival was broadcast into thousands of homes that previously knew little or anything about why a goat is king of a town for three days each August.

And this free publicity surely contributed to the large crowds that attended last week’s festival.

So, if there is no such thing as bad publicity can you imagine the results if there was good publicity surrounding an event or product.

That is why I am taking my hat off to Fáilte Ireland.

Have you seen the huge amount of Dutch registered cars touring county all summer? They are very distinctive as both front and rear registration plates are black writing on an orange background as opposed to the EU norm of black writing on a white plate.

I meet dozens of such cars every day and have met coach loads of Dutch tourists checking into Killarney and Tralee hotels.

It got me thinking. How is this the case?

Last Christmas Fáilte Ireland ran a direct marketing campaign in Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

Thousands of commuters in both cities saw eye-catching ads for Ireland on trams operating there.

It was all part of Tourism Ireland’s latest promotion in the Netherlands, which highlighted Ireland and, in particular, the ease of access for Dutch holidaymakers to the Wild Atlantic Way.

In addition to the ‘wrapped’ trams, the promotion also included digital billboard ads in metro stations in Amsterdam, which were viewed an estimated two million times between early December and early January.

The colourful ‘Ierland’ trams and billboard ads were seen by many potential Dutch holidaymakers – inspiring them to put the Wild Atlantic Way on their holiday wish-list for this year.

So matter what you do, what club or organisation you represent, tell the world what you are doing. It may not always be plain sailing, as Puck Fair organisers found out last week, but the rewards far out-weigh the negatives.

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Seven An Post staff retire

Seven well-known staff members at An Post Killarney celebrated retirement this week. The staff, Mary O’Sullivan, Joe Clifford, Paudie Cronin, Joe Coffey, Tom Ashe, Jerry McCarthy and Dan Murphy were […]

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Seven well-known staff members at An Post Killarney celebrated retirement this week.

The staff, Mary O’Sullivan, Joe Clifford, Paudie Cronin, Joe Coffey, Tom Ashe, Jerry McCarthy and Dan Murphy were treated to an night of celebration and reminiscing by the South Kerry branch of the Communication Workers Union of Ireland.

The retirees, their families and colleagues enjoyed an evening at ‘The Panoramic’ the newly named restaurant upstairs at Killarney Racecourse.

Ollie Favier, of the Shire fame has taken over responsibility for operating the coffee shop / restaurant at the racecourse.

“A beautiful venue and apt that Ollie’s father Dan RIP from Glenflesk, was also a long serving postman in the community,” said John O’Shea, the Union Secretary An Post Killarney.

“The night included music with Derry Healy and Rosie Healy and was attended by up to 80 people, under the attentive guidance of Sales and Marketing Manager Emma O’Connor and Ollie’s right hand man, Colin Daly

“The event the food and the atmosphere was a great success and credit to all Ollie’s staff for being great hosts. “

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Watch Video: Primary School Students share knowledge from Coffee Cup Project

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Killarney primary schools have joined the crusade against single use coffee cups this week by joining the Killarney Coffee Cup Project and declaring themselves single use coffee cup free. The Killarney Coffee Project is a community grassroots project aimed at eliminating single use coffee cups from Killarney town centre to protect Killarney National Park and the towns surroundings all in the name of conservation.

Alan Oliver, a local coffee shop owner, Lir Café, who is one of the participants of the project has said that he is “thrilled to see the project extend into the local schools. Teaching young people about why we should be moving away from a throw away culture is imperative to the continuous success of projects like this. Today’s young people are the future custodians of this town and so educating them on the importance of sustainability will ensure that Killarney and its National Park will be in safe hands for future generations.”

The schools involved in declaring themselves single use coffee cup free include Holycross Mercy, Gaelscoil Faithleann, Presentation Monastery, Glenflesk, Knocknanes, Coolick, Loreto, Lissivigeen and Tiernaboul. This follows on from the Killarney Coffee Cup Primary Schools Initiative which took place last November supported by Killarney Credit Union, the Kerry Biosphere, and the IKC3 project in MTU.

In November the 5th classes in the Killarney area were brought to Muckross School House and Killarney House for a 2-hour immersive environmental education experience around our connection to the Kerry Biosphere and citizen climate action. Here the students learned about our biosphere and how we as citizens and sustainable initiatives like the Killarney Coffee Cup Project can protect this Special Area of Conservation. Finally, they went outside to work with a park ranger, collecting acorns in leftover disposable compostable cups that the project had gathered from various businesses. They took these acorns back to their classrooms where they have planted and are caring for their oak tree. In 2024, these young oak tree seedlings will be planted back into the National Park.

The Killarney Coffee Cup Project is the 1st of its kind in the world, and it is something that belongs to all the citizens of the town. We all own this!

Want to hear from the future voices of our environment?

This week the Killarney Advertiser caught up with primary schoolers who have been busy learning all about protecting our amazing natural environment

Watch our video where the future eco-warriors share what they’ve learned about keeping our Killarney healthy and thriving! Here is to the next generation of environmental stewards!

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