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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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Hike up Strickeen Mountain for air ambulance

  Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance. The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab. It […]

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Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance.

The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab.

It is expected that the 7.5km hike will take around three hours to complete and participants will benefit from the expertise of Krzysztof for a minimum donation €10 per person or €20 per family.

Strickeen Mountain is the eastern most peak of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and the hike will start from the Gap of Dunloe at 11am on the day.

As an added bonus fruit and water, donated by local supermarkets including Lidl, Aldi and Daly’s SuperValu, will be provided. The first 20 to register will receive a limited edition Irish Community Air Ambulance face covering snood.

“This is an ideal opportunity for someone who has never climbed this mountain, but wants to do it with the help of an experienced guide,” Donie Lucey, who is one of the Irish Community Air Ambulance’s chief fundraisers, said.

Further details are available from Donie on 086 854 5873 or from Krzysztof on 087 7589697 after 6pm.

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Golf club launches Summer Series competition

By Sean Moriarty Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality. The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer. Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality.

The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer.

Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at the famed Killeen course this coming Wednesday (June 23). This series will continue every Wednesday for eight weeks and top five scorers on each date will qualify for a Grand Final which is scheduled for Sunday, August 22.

“We are delighted to launch the ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series. This is a singles stableford event taking place on the Irish Open course, Killeen,” said the club’s marketing manager Meg Dalton. “With over €8,000 worth of prizes to be won, this is an event not to be missed. The first opportunity to qualify for the grand final is Wednesday.”

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Investigation continues into New St fire

  Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week. The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7). It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting […]

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Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week.

The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7).

It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting and ducting on the first, second and third floors. There was heavy smoke throughout the hotel but all guests were evacuated safely.

The landmark hotel, which also houses the famous Danny Mann pub, has not yet reopened, and local Gardai are still investigating its cause.

“The investigation is ongoing,” a Killarney Gardai Station spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser. “We are establishing the full facts in relation to the fire.”

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