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.
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.”
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.
Originally posted in MuckrossDriveHouse.com
An Comhdháil World Irish Dancing Championships 2015 being held at Killarney Convention Centre from 28th March to 4th April 2015.
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.
The Kerry Team were Killarney’s Outlet Centre eating the “Lunch of Champions” at O’Briens Sandwich Cafe Saturday ahead of their up-coming GAA All-Ireland Quarter Final.
Also making an appearance with the Kerry Team was their first piece of silverware; The Munster Championship Cup which they won after beating Cork in the Munster Final earlier in July.
A man’s body has been found at the scene of a suspected gas explosion in Killarney, Co Kerry. Gardaí had been searching for 59-year-old businessman James Gleeson, who owned the laundrette that was damaged by the explosion yesterday morning.
Mr Gleeson ran a supermarket and laundrette businesses in the town for many years. The body has been taken to Kerry General Hospital in Tralee. The explosion, which caused extensive damage (see photos below), is thought to have been caused by a gas leak, but this has not yet been confirmed.