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Killarney House refurbishment complete

2 Oct

Killarney House and Gardens, Killarney National Park. Photo:Valerie O’Sullivan

A €10 million refurbishment of Killarney House and Gardens has been completed.
Minister of State and Kerry TD Brendan Griffin marked the occasion by opening a major interpretative exhibition.

The exhibition has over 300 pieces of artwork, sixteen pieces of audio-visual content and 450 images and photos of the house and Killarney National Park.

The restoration of Killarney House and Gardens began in 2011. via Radio Kerry News

Killarney street to be pedestrianised

30 Mar

Pedestrianisation is to be introduced overnight on a Killarney street. It follows a vote taken by members of Killarney Municipal District on the plans for Plunkett Street.

Independent Cllr Donal Grady was against the move as he said the town was not properly prepared. However, Cllr Michael Gleeson said pedestrianisation is vital to the heartbeat of Killarney which he believes will enhance the town as a tourist destination.

The plans will involve traffic calming measures to restrict vehicular access to Plunkett Street from the Main Street junction to Reen’s Pharmacy. From Monday April 9th onwards between 7pm and 7am Plunkett Street will be pedestrianised on a permanent basis. The council will also trial pedestrianisation on the street from 11am to 7am from tomorrow Saturday March 31st to Monday 9th April, from May 11th until May 21st and from June 29th to September 3rd. Following these trial periods, a report will be prepared for councillors.

All businesses in Plunkett Street were contacted and three public submissions and an observation from Gardai were received on the plans; some concerns were raised about the potential impact on business and traffic.

Great Southern Hotel reopens

26 Jan

An historic Killarney hotel is re-opening today under its original name. More recently known as The Malton, it’s returning to the original Great Southern name following a major refurbishment.  The grand-dame-style hotel first opened in 1854; the Scally family have owned it since 2014 and it’s part of the Hayfield Family Collection that includes the Killarney Royal Hotel and Hayfield Manor Hotel in Cork.


Engineering firm promises 40 jobs for Killarney

15 May

Forty jobs are to be created in Killarney by Co Kerry-based manufacturing and engineering firm Tricel.

Tricel Managing Director Mike Stack with Richard Bruton this morning

The company currently employs 100 people in Killarney and 250 in total across the group in Ireland, UK and France. The jobs will include several graduate positions. The jobs were announced this morning by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton. Tricel also announced 60 new jobs for the UK and France this morning. The positions, to be added over the next 18 months, will be in the areas of management, engineering, R&D, product development, marketing and manufacturing.

Originally known as Killarney Plastics, Tricel specialises in the development and manufacture of specialised products from water storage tanks and wastewater treatment systems to construction and building products.

CONNECT 2015 comes to Killarney

18 Feb

The CONNECT organisers are delighted to announce that the 12th International Aviation Forum will take place from the 3rd – 5th June 2015 in Killarney, County Kerry.

CONNECT 2015 comes to Killarney

Hosted by Destination Kerry and Kerry Airport, and supported the local and national tourism industry, the CONNECT conference will bring together more than 400 leading aviation professionals to meet, discuss and shape their future networks across Europe and beyond.

“Destination Kerry in collaboration with its tourism partners are looking forward to the opportunity to showcase the destination and highlight to the key industry players what we have to offer” said Peter McDermott, Chairman of Destination Kerry. “Kerry is Ireland’s jewel in the crown of tourism. The area attracts visitors from every corner of the globe, with its main source of visitors coming from the USA, UK, Germany and France. Hosting CONNECT in 2015 will bring a focus on access to Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, one of Ireland’s main tourist attractions, of which Kerry accounts for 440km of the coastal drive. Overseas visitor numbers were up 13.6% for the first 6 months of 2014 – a trend we hope to improve on with increased seat capacity.”

“This year Kerry hopes to add a new dimension to the successful CONNECT event by inviting Tour Operators from around Europe to CONNECT 2015” explains Carol O’Donoghue, Route Development and Marketing Manager at Kerry Airport. “Tour Operators bring thousands of visitors to Kerry and Ireland every year and we believe they are vital partners in a leisure destination’s route development activities. We hope to include them at the early stages of any discussions.”
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Killarney House & Gardens opening in 2015

21 Nov

Killarney House and Gardens will be open to the public next year according to the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Heather Humphries says the €7.1 million Killarney House restoration project will be substantially complete by the end of this year, with a view to the site being fully operational and open to the public in 2015.

Fine Gael Senator for Kerry and Seanad Chief Whip, Paul Coghlan has welcomed the confirmation saying the refurbished house, will function as a national park visitor centre and will provide an added attraction for visitors to the town. The visitor centre project includes a newly built extension to the house and an interpretative centre for the national park.

An Comhdháil World Irish Dancing Championships 2015

21 Nov

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An Comhdháil World Irish Dancing Championships 2015 being held at Killarney Convention Centre from 28th March to 4th April 2015.

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This World Championship is an annual event that aims to recognise world-wide talent and dedication to one of Ireland’s best loved cultural heritages and past times. With group and solo competitions open to all members of An Comhdháil from the ages of nine upwards, this contest attracts a great deal of industry attention. In excess of 3,000 competitors take part in these Championships each year; these competitors are typically accompanied by an entourage of organisers, teachers, adjudicators, musicians, families, friends, supporters and spectators from 24 branches of An Comhdháil worldwide.

The competition normally takes place over an eight-day period, finishing on Easter Sunday and most families book up to ten nights in the host town as they use the Easter Holiday period as an opportunity to take a family holiday.