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Visitors hail another superb Kerry EXPO

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Organisers have thanked the 140 businesses, institutes and organisations from all over Kerry who seized the opportunity to take part in the Kerry EXPO 2018, which was held in the INEC, Killarney last Sunday. The event attracted thousands of visitors the feedback from both the exhibitors and the general public was overwhelmingly positive. The diversity of businesses and the people ranged from IT and manufacturing to banking and employment agencies, from photographers and consultants to marketing and communications, not to mention health, education and retailers. In fact, businesses from A to Z were all well represented throughout the event. The success of the event is largely due to the guidance received from the steering committee, and the financial input from both sponsors and supporting partners.

Visitors and exhibitors were able to find opportunities to collaborate, discover new local businesses and check out the competitive landscape. Organisers say that the EXPO is expanding its reach and aims to become a shop window for those contemplating moving to Kerry in search of a better quality of life, higher living standards and greater career opportunities and will continue to extend its offerings year on year.

Families attending the event were treated to a whole host of free entertainment including kids workshops and music with Jack Patrick Healy and Drum Dance Ireland. Visitors eagerly gathered around galaxy heroes including R2D2, Darth Vader and Robot Ted for some excellent photo opportunities. Adults took advantage of the free health checks from the Bon Secours Hospital, Tralee and Breda McEllistrim said there was an overwhelming interest. The Taste Kerry stand provided lots of tasty cooking demos throughout the day and by late afternoon many foodies saw their products sold out. Football fans were not forgotten as they gathered to listen to the GAA Panel discussion featuring football legend Séamus Moynihan.

Meanwhile Astellas, who are based in Killorglin, announced Caherleaheen NS, Tralee as the winner of their Lab Junior Science Challenge competition. The school named the scientist, “Professor Pro Graft”. Enda Sheehan (4th class) was the lucky winner of the €50 prize and will become Astellas’ 2018 Mascot. Other lucky winners included Blair House Farm who won the EXPO award for Most Interactive Exhibitor, while Busy Botanists were the winners of the EXPO’s Best Marketing Award. Bon Secours Hospital were voted by the public as Favourite Stand and Skellig Soaps won the EXPO’s Best Presented Stand.

Organisers say that over half the exhibitors have already signed up for the 2019 EXPO and they look forward to working together to serve the business community and create wealth and opportunities in the Kerry region.

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Local soprano releases new single

Local soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan has released her second self-penned single. Following the success of her debut song ‘Forever and a Day’ which was released on July 16 and was aired on radio stations all over the world and on streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, her second single was released last Friday. ‘Before […]

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Local soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan has released her second self-penned single.

Following the success of her debut song ‘Forever and a Day’ which was released on July 16 and was aired on radio stations all over the world and on streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, her second single was released last Friday.

‘Before You Leave Me’ has a Jazz influence. Mary has been writing her own songs since March this year covering several different genres.

“Tony O’Flaherty of Sonas Studios has brought my songs to life and I am delighted with the production on the songs,” Mary told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Fun Urban Orienteering event coming to Killarney town

The event is free, open to all ages, levels of fitness and is both wheelchair and buggy friendly.Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership are calling on you, to get out and #BeActive as part of European Week of Sport 2021, which runs from September 23 to 30. Sport Ireland, the national coordinating body for European Week of Sport in […]

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The event is free, open to all ages, levels of fitness and is both wheelchair and buggy friendly.
Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership are calling on you, to get out and #BeActive as part of European Week of Sport 2021, which runs from September 23 to 30.

Sport Ireland, the national coordinating body for European Week of Sport in Ireland hope that this year’s event will inspire even more people than previous years and has funded multiple flagship as well as local events run by the Network of Local Sports Partnerships, including this ‘Family Street Orienteering Kerry’ event.

“This free event looks to offer everyone an opportunity the get out and be active and maybe try something new,” Gearóid O Doherty, the Coordinator of Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership said. 

“Urban Orienteering is an activity that you can do on your own or with your family and friends. You get to challenge yourself a little and still go at a pace that suits you – and what a beautiful location to do it all in, Killarney town!

“With many people possibly new to the Kerry region, be that through work, college or otherwise, this is an ideal way to get involved in the community and explore the streets and lanes of Killarney in a fun and active way.”

The Kerry Orienteers Club have designed the courses for this event and are looking forward to the excitement of it all and helping those new to the sport to continue taking part in the months and years that follow.

“We know that, for a lot of people, this will be their first time trying orienteering, but they can rest assured, as we will be there to talk them through it and help them out if needed,” Brendan O’Brien from Kerry Orienteers said.

“If it is something they want to try again, we can signpost them to other events, both locally here in Kerry and indeed nationally. Orienteering is a fantastic sport that allows you to build your skills and confidence, with all events having a variety of routes to cater for all levels.”

To cater for physical distancing and government guidelines, there are several staggered start times for participants to choose from, beginning at 6pm and the last group heading off at 7.30pm. With free t-shirts for all who sign up and additional workshops onsite, from the likes of Leave No Trace Ireland, it is sure to be a fun and vibrant evening, all stemming from the start point at ANAM – Killarney’s Arts and Culture Centre.

Places are limited for this event. Free online registration is available and those looking to attend are encouraged to book their place early to avoid disappointment.

For more information, you can visit any of the Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership social media accounts or go to www.sportireland.ie.

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