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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.


Ryanair reinstates Kerry – Faro route

12 Jan

The Kerry – Faro Ryanair route is to be reinstated this summer

Kerry Airport have confirmed the route will be operational this summer, with return flights departing Farranfore from June 2nd until September 29th. Kerry Airport says Faro has been serviced from Kerry since 2010, and airport management made a strong case to Ryanair to continue the series for 2018. The service period to Faro is to be extended into September this year, meaning there will be an additional nine flights.

Tourism industry forum for Kerry

20 May

Kerry Airport has attracted a prestigious aviation conference to the county from June 2nd to 5th. Connect Aviation is a forum for airlines, airports, regulatory bodies, suppliers and tourism bodies. The 450 attendees will hear from experts including Ryanair’s Kenny Jacobs, John Weatherill, Richard Carcaillet and Ruth Andrews. For further details see


Kerry Airport are hosting CONNECT 2015

20 May

Hosting the CONNECT conference comes at an important time for the region as Kerry Airport, in association with Kerry County Council, Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland, has a strategy to increase inbound tourism through the airport by 40% over the next five years.


Showing his support for CONNECT, Ireland’s Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe said: “I commend Kerry Airport and all of the stakeholders for bringing so many key aviation influencers to Ireland, and to Kerry. It is perfectly in tune with our “People, Place and Policy – Growing Tourism to 2025” policy, where we plan to increase employment in the sector by one-fifth to 250,000. Carol O’ Donoghue, Route Development and Marketing Manager, Kerry Airport said: “We see our hosting role as an important opportunity to showcase everything that Kerry has to offer with a view to growing our route offering.”

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “With hundreds of representatives from all the major airlines and airports due to attend, the CONNECT conference is an exciting opportunity for Kerry and Ireland. Tourism Ireland is committed to working with airlines and airports, to stimulate demand for new flights and to promote existing routes to Ireland.”



New Tourism Website based in Kerry

13 Feb

50 new jobs are to be created in Farranfore this year, in a new tourism booking website created by the founders of two Kerry based companies.
Stephen O Sullivan of Splash Design and Cathal O’Connell of Paddywagon tours have created after securing funding of 300,000 euro from Enterprise Ireland. The website will allow people to book day excursions all over the world.

Deputies Brendan Griffin and Michael Healy Rae have welcomed the news of the jobs. DayToursWorld will be based at the Farranfore Business Park with a sub office in Dublin.

Ryanair increase frequency of Kerry – Stanstead route

22 Aug

Ryanair have announced that they will be increasing the frequency of their Kerry – Stanstead route from November:

Ryanair Increases Kerry-London Stansted Route To Daily Return Flight

Ryanair, Europe’s only ultra-low cost airline, today (21 Aug) announced that it will increase the number of flights between Kerry and London Stansted from three return flights per week to a daily return flight from 7 Nov. Ryanair, which already offers a daily return flight between Kerry and London Luton, will now offer passengers in the South West a choice of two daily services to London giving them more options and flexibility at Ryanair’s lowest fares.

Aghadoe viewing park gets a major facelift

9 Feb

One of Kerry’s most spectacular viewing parks is to get a €20,00 facelift. Fossa Community and Development Association have begun the work at Aghadoe viewing park which offers views of Killarney’s lakes and mountains.

English: Panoramic view from Aghadoe in Killar...

Aghadoe Viewing Park

Kerry County Council has granted a 10 year licence to the association to manage the tourist attraction. The works on the site are being carried out with help from South Kerry Development Partnership.