Fáilte Ireland has held a networking event for Kerry student Tour Guides in Killarney House & Gardens as part of the National Tourism Development Authority’s commitment to encourage and promote careers in the tourism industry. The networking event was attended by industry stakeholders, education providers and student tour guides currently studying at Kerry Education & Training Board providers with presentations including an overview of the industry and discussions on the career and employment options available.
Paul Hayden Head of Tourism Careers at Fáilte Ireland said:
“Tour Guides are a vital component in delivering brilliant visitor experiences for tourists and as the National Tourism Development Authority, Fáilte Ireland is delighted to host this event. The series of networking events are being held as part of our commitment to encourage and promote careers in tourism. The event is intended to bring together key industry stakeholders, education providers and current tour guide students, studying the National Tour Guide programme and the Regional Tour Guide programme to provide an understanding of the industry and the career and employment options available.”
Larry Coady from Vagabonds Tour said:
“We are delighted to have had the opportunity to help the students participating today gain insight into some of the practical aspects of guiding and self-management. I hope they will continue to build on the skills and knowledge that their course is delivering now and throughout their careers.”
Alison Groves from the Incoming Tour Operators Association and also with Irish Welcome Tours / Hotels & More said:
“The tourism industry background was brought to life through entertaining and informative presentations from key stakeholders with ample time for questions & teasing out job opportunities.”
Presentations at the event include:
- An overview of Fáilte Ireland and its experiences brands (WAW, IAE, IHH and Dublin)
- An understanding about the Incoming Tour Operators Association (ITOA) presented by Alison Groves and Conor Wall
- An introduction to Approved Tour Guide Ireland (ATGI) by Ela Sooder
- What the future has in store for visitor experiences presented by Denise Brophy, Managing Director of Dublina and Board member of the Association of Visitor Experiences and Attractions (AVEA).
- A presentation on the importance of the tour guide to visitors by Larry Coady of Vagabond Tours of Ireland
- An overview of Failte Ireland’s Tourist Information Centres by Veronica O’ConnorFollow us on Twitter @Fáilte_Ireland
The sensational O’Neill sisters top the bill at a special Christmas concert taking place in the INEC, Killarney on December 13th.
The three sisters will be accompanied by an eight-piece band as well as being joined by Killarney’s own Cathal Flaherty, the Kerry Choral Union and Voiceworks Kids Choir. This promises to be the feelgood concert of the season and guarantees to get you in the Christmas spirit. Expect to hear all the Christmas classics as well as a few surprises.
The O’Neill sisters shot to fame when their rendition of the Irish classic Red is The Rose went viral receiving over seven million views worldwide in a matter of weeks. Most recently they performed for the Pope while on his visit to Ireland.
This concert forms part of the excellent programme of events lined up for the annual Christmas in Killarney festival. Tickets cost 27.65 and are on sale now from the INEC Box Office. Visit www.inec.ie or call 064 71555.
Kilcummin 1-11 Fermoy 1-3
Donal Barry was at Mallow to see Kilcummin make it a five in a row for Kerry clubs as Intermediate Munster Club Champions.
How fitting that former GAA President Sean Kelly was on hand to watch his native Kilcummin secure the Munster Intermediate crown with a deserved win over Fermoy at Mallow on Sunday.
Kelly was instrumental in opening Croke Park to clubs in 2003 and fifteen years later and now Kilcummin get the chance to compete in GAA Headquarters next February.
However before that, they will have plenty of football to tackle in 2019 but if their performance like that on Sunday, shows anything, it is that they are up for the battle.
In an overly defensive game, Kilcummin never really felt safe until Ian Devane put this injury time effort past Fermoy Keeper Liam Coleman. In many ways it was a deserving score that summed up the team effort, with a move that involved six Kilcummin players moving at pace which included a cheeky volley from Chris O’Leary to Damien O’Leary who deliver a perfect pass to Devane, who shook the net with his shot.
It could well have been a little more difficult for them if Fermoy had converted their gilt-edge goal chances in a 12th minute penalty miss from Padraig Roche and it was Roche again who coughed up another glorious goal chance when William Maher took his goal bound shot off the line in the second half.
Still it was not all off target for Roche who did find the net on the third minute from the penalty spot.
Noel Duggan had opened the scoring with a Kilcummin free and the Kerry side were level by the 16thminute as Duggan again and Matt Keane raise white flags.
Fermoy briefly restored their lead but Kilcummin were now find in their range with scores from Duggan, Keane and Kevin McCarthy giving them a 0-6 to 1-1 lead at the break.
Keane was on target yet again on the resumption before Seán O’Leary gave the East Kerry side their biggest lead of the day.
A Ruairí O’Hagan free for Fermoy kept things tense before William Maher cleared Roche’s shot off the line. It proved to be a turning point as Kilcummin driven on by Kerry player Kevin McCarthy, who played most of the game injured, finished strong with a flurry of late scores before Devane sealed the day with that late goal.
Scorers for Kilcummin: Noel Duggan (one free), Matt Keane 0-3 each, Ian Devane 1-0, Gary O’Leary, Philip Casey, Kieran Murphy, Kevin McCarthy, Seán O’Leary 0-1 each.
Brendan Kealy, Philip Casey, Donal Maher, Daniel Moynihan, Seán O’Leary, Chris O’Leary, William Maher, Kevin Gorman, Kieran Murphy, Pádraig Nagle, Gary O’Leary, Shane McSweeney, Matt Keane, Kevin McCarthy, Noel Duggan
Subs: Kelvin Teahan for Nagle (HT), Ian Devane for Duggan (39), Daniel O’Leary for Philip Casey (58), Damien O’Leary for Gary O’Leary (60), John McCarthy for Kevin McCarthy (60)
Scorers for Fermoy: Pádraig Roche 1-0 (pen), Ruairí O’Hagan 0-2 (frees), Martin Brennan 0-1.
Liam Coleman, Pádraig Clancy, Jeffrey Daly, Ronan Morrison, Peter Murphy, Darragh O’Carroll, Alan Baragry, Tomás Clancy, Jack Hutchings, Martin Brennan, Ruairí O’Hagan, Dale Dawson, Shane Aherne, Pádraig Roche, Kieran Morrison
Eoin Clancy for Ronan Morrison (HT), Brian O’Sullivan for Baragry (41), Ronan O’Callaghan for Brennan (42), Rory McEvoy for Hutchings (45), Alan O’Connor for Kieran Morrison (51), Daniel O’Flynn for de Roche (55)
Referee: Derek O’Mahoney (Tipperary)
CPC.ie Juvenile November Handicap
Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre played host to the first major Juvenile tournament of the season last Saturday (Nov 24th) and with 155 players taking part from 10 different clubs across the county the future of badminton in Kerry looks to be in a good place.
Participants took part in girls and boys events throughout the day at age grades U-11, U-13, U15 and U-17 and the winners and finalists on the day were as follows.
Girls U11 Nicole Vesko Listowel and Aine Curran Annascaul defeated Darina Ellen Burke Miltown and Lily Falvey Annascaul 15/5, 15/3
Plate Juliette Gleason Abbeydorney and Sinead Kelly Listowel defeated Maggie Hickey Killarney and Aine Newsome Annascaul
Girls U13 Anne Hickey Killarney and Sarah Casey Annascaul defeated Bella Harmon Castleisland and Aoise O’Donoghue Killarney 21/17, 21/11
Plate Esme Graven Iveragh and Marie Tritschler Listowel defeated Maeve Ahern Moyvane and Mae Griffin Annascaul
Girls U15 Deina Vesko Listowel and Nicola Kennelly Moyvane defeated Madison Carter Listowel and Abbie Moriarty Annascaul 21/19, 21/16
Plate Maura Burke Miltown and Aine Hanafin Annascaul defeated Fia Spillane Annascaul and Sarah Hayes Listowel
Girls U17 Shonagh Doody and Ailbhe Gammel Killarney defeated Saidbh Murphy Killarney and Aisling Harty Ballyheigue on a round robin basis
Boys U11 James Kissane Moyvane and Sean Flahive Ballyheigue defeated Darius McCormack and Luke Kennedy Annascaul 15/11, 15/10
Plate Ben McElligott Listowel and Liam O’Connor Castleisland defeated James Burke Castleisland and Jessie McCarthy Dingle
Boys U13 Bobby O’Riordan Moyvane and Evan Lemass Killarney defeated Ayrton Burke Castleisland and Brayden Slattery Killarney 21/10, 21/17
Plate Padraig Moriarty Annascaul and Philip Daly Iveragh defeated Gearoid O’Sullivan Listowel and John Ryan Moyvane
Boys U15 Evan McCarty Annascaul and Muiris Harty Ballyheigue defeated Dara Newsome Annascaul and Oisin O’Regan Ballyheigue 21/20, 18/21, 21/14
Plate Tomas O’Sullivan Listowel and Ross Twomey Killarney defeated Navansh Johnson Killarney and Cathal Sweeney Moyvane
Boys U17 Adam Hayes Listowel and Oisin Quirke Miltown defeated Hasib Ahmmed Killarney and Michael Casey Annascaul on a round robin basis
Plate Darragh Crehan Killarney and Evan O’Sullivan defeated Cathal Donovan Annascaul and Michael Moynihan Castleisland
Mixed Senior Competition
84 players took to the courts at Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre on Sunday last (Nov 25th) across Div 1 to Div 5 and the winners on the day were as follows.
Div 1 & 2 Combined Mixed Paddy Drummond Cup Final: Karen Farrell (Moyvane) & Aaron Tan (Kingdom-Castleisland) beat Elaine Hudson (Moyvane) & Aidan McCarthy (Kingdom – Castleisland) 23-21, 21-10
Div 1 & 2 Combined Mixed Plate Final Amanda Carmody(Moyvane) & Paddy Redmond (Listowel) beat Ruth Concannon (Kingdom – Castleisland) & Donie Enright (Moyvane) 30-25
Div 3 Mixed Waterstone Cup Final Jeanelle Griffin (Moyvane) & Cian Liston (Listowel) beat Samaria Hayes (Killarney) & Aidan Evans (Annascaul) 21-19, 21-14
Div 3 Mixed Plate Final Sandra O Connor (Killarney & Jamie Elliott (Kingdom – Castleisland) beat Aoife Moloney(Listowel) & Niall O Brien (Killarney) 30-26
Div 4 Mixed Shield Final Adele O’Brien (Killarney) & Paul Hayes (Listowel) beat Fiona Casey (Causeway) & Mike Reardon (Listowel) 21-7, 21-16
Div 4 Mixed Plate Final Valerie Guiney (Listowel) & Jack McElligott (Listowel) beat Rita McCarthy (Listowel) & John McDonald (Ballyheigue) 21-13, 13-21, 21-15
Div 5 Mixed Junior Griffin Shield Final Eva Browne (Moyvane) & Christy Deane (Annascaul) beat Laura O Connor (Killarney) & C Radislaw (Moyvane) 19-21. 21/13, 21-13
Div 5 Mixed Plate Final Aine Knightly (Annascaul) & Daragh Crehan (Killarney) beat Danielle Robinson (Causeway) & Shane Gleeson (Listowel) 23-21, 13-21, 15-21
Div 5 Mens Plate Final Pauric Murray (Causeway) & Adrian Kenny (Ballyheigue) beat Philip Healy (Listowel) & Keith Newsome (Annascaul) 21/9, 21/18
Leinster Masters Open Success
Three Kerry representatives Sinead Galvin, Michael Crossan and Tom Bourke (the new Chairperson of the Kerry Badminton Association) made the trip to Baldoyle in Dublin last weekend for the Leinster Masters Open and we are delighted to report that Tom came out on tops in the Men’s over 40s Singles event.
Butterfield Cup / Knockout Cup
Kerry has the great honour of hosting the prestigious Butterfield Cup this weekend as the top Division 1 players in the province go head to head in this inter county team event. Kerry under the stewardship of Billy Lacey will be looking to recapture a title they last won in 2014. The event which will be hosted by the Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre this Sunday and coincides with another team event called the Knock-Out Cup. This event comprises of teams of up to 4 Men and 4 Ladies. Each team plays 2 men’s doubles against each other, 2 ladies doubles and 2 mixed doubles. The event is contested at Div 3, 4 and 5 level and is great practice for clubs intending to put Club teams together for the Mixed Leagues later in the season. The action gets underway in both competitions at 11am.
Sunday Dec 2nd Butterfield Cup & Knockout Cup
Sunday Dec 9th Moyvane Tournament (Moyvane)
Kerry County Council will carry out resurfacing works on Hans Liebherr Road, Killarney from 7pm to 7am on Wednesday 21st, Thursday 22nd and Friday, 23rd November.The overnight works follow the recent upgrading of the Ballydowney Roundabout and the Port Road and are being carried out at night to minimise disruption.The Hans Liebherr Road connects the Ballydowney Roundabout and the Cleeney Roundabout. During the period of the road closure, all traffic will divert via St Margaret’s Road/Rock Road.Diversion signage will be in place and advance advisory signs have been in place on approach roads in recent weeks.Access to the Lidl shop on Hans Liebherr Road will be maintained during opening hours (up until 10pm each night.)
Kerry County Council will carry out resurfacing works on Hans Liebherr Road, Killarney from 7pm to 7am on Wednesday 21st, Thursday 22nd and Friday, 23rd November.
The overnight works follow the recent upgrading of the Ballydowney Roundabout and the Port Road and are being carried out at night to minimise disruption.
The Hans Liebherr Road connects the Ballydowney Roundabout and the Cleeney Roundabout. During the period of the road closure, all traffic will divert via St Margaret’s Road/Rock Road.
Diversion signage will be in place and advance advisory signs have been in place on approach roads in recent weeks.
Access to the Lidl shop on Hans Liebherr Road will be maintained during opening hours (up until 10pm each night.)
In 1861, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert embarked on a four-day visit to Killarney. The Queen and her party were lavished with all the luxury Kerry could muster.
Killarney continues to bask in the afterglow of that august visit. Victoria’s visit lit the touchpaper on the Irish tourist industry as we know it today, and the Co. Kerry town has never looked back.
As far as we’re aware, none of the 45 men’s sheds members who touched down in Killarney on November 4th are of royal lineage. That, however, did not prevent the people, businesses and hoteliers of Killarney from rolling out the red carpet.
The men’s sheds members arrived at the invitation of Haven Pharmacy, the Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce (which organised all accommodation, completely free of charge), the National Parks and Wildlife Service and the trustees of Muckross House.
They’d come to tackle the spread of invasive rhododendron, which continues to blight Killarney National Park despite ongoing and strenuous efforts to keep it under control. Last year’s men’s sheds expedition cleared a significant acreage of the dreaded shrub, and all parties were more than willing to take up the cudgels once more.
Members descended upon Killarney from locations as diverse as Toome, Waterford city, Dunboyne and Abbeyfeale. Upon arrival on Sunday, November 4th, the intrepid rhodo-battlers were feted at Muckross Park Hotel.
Kerry MEP Sean Kelly, who recently presented the Irish Men’s Sheds Association with the European Citizens’ Prize, was on-hand to welcome members to the Kingdom. “I’ve been told”, said Sean, “that this trip was well over-subscribed, which just shows the attitude and the positivity of men’s sheds members, so many of whom want to come here to do tough enough work that’s of huge benefit to the environment and to Killarney generally”.
Michael Gleeson then welcomed members to Killarney, on behalf of the Municipal District Council and the trustees of Muckross House. “Men’s sheds members daily enhance and inspire”, he said; “the shed movement has changed lives, has re-energised communities and has taught us that no-one is ever too old or too untalented to do good for self and for others”.
After a further welcome from Haven Finbarr Kennelly and a briefing from Tim Cahillane of the National Parks & Wildlife Service, members were ready to join battle at a location near the iconic Torc waterfall the following morning.
Monday morning brought a sight to gladden the heart in troubled times. Beneath the autumnal forest canopy, shading from green to russet-red to brown and gold, dozens of men’s sheds members, smartly decked out in Haven Pharmacy hi-vis, filed up the gentle slopes.
The air was soon filled with the gentle thwack of hatchet on wood, the brittle crack of loose twigs trampled underfoot, and the good-natured badinage of men from the four corners of Ireland forging bonds of friendship.
Fortified by lunch at the spectacular Muckross House, the men’s shed contingent sallied forth to tackle the rhododendrons again in the afternoon, before attending a lively social evening at Killarney Men’s Shed. Despite heavy rainfall, the members took to the park again on Tuesday, before departing on Wednesday morning.
Barry Sheridan, CEO of the Irish Men’s Sheds Association, said: “Once again in 2018, this has been an amazing experience. We can’t thank Haven Pharmacy, Killarney Chamber, the hotels and the trustees of Muckross House enough”.
IMSA Chairman Eoin Martyn summed up the sentiments of the week: “This just shows the attitude and commitment our members have to doing good for the community. We hope they’re going home as proud of themselves as we are of them”.
KWD Recycling’s award-winning Forge Hill Recycling facility can now serve the recycling needs of 400,000 homes in the country’s Southern Region.The state of the art facility has just been named as Ireland’s top Waste Recycling and Recovery Facility at the fourth annual Packman Awards run by Repak. KWD managing director Sean Murphy said the award is a tribute to the work ethos of the company’s 110 staff and the Forge Hill team in particular.
“KWD has adopted a sustainable approach to waste management in the South West of Ireland since its foundation in 1986, investing consistently in state of the art facilities, such as Forge Hill, deploying the latest technology to eliminate detrimental impacts on the environment and the Pakman award recognises this,” added Mr Murphy.
The national Packman Awards launched by Repak recognise excellence in waste management and recycling among businesses, organisations and community groups in Ireland.Mr Murphy said the Packman awards consolidates the KWD group as a leader in sustainable recycling and follows company initiatives such as the Environmental Education and Awareness Initiative engaging 4,000 school goers, and the now annual County Clean Up which began in 2012, with 5,000 volunteers collecting 8,000 bags of rubbish this year.
The Kerry based company plans to increase the number of households it serves through its Forge Hill Facility in the coming years. The extra capacity will be needed as local authorities throughout the country introduce new bye-laws from January next, with the powers to call to homes and businesses to demand receipts for rubbish disposal under robust new waste management regimes to be launched in Cork and Kerry.
The hard-hitting bye-laws which come into force in January seek to ensure all citizens dispose of their waste by using an authorised waste contractor, by taking it to an approved waste facility, or by a bin-sharing agreement. Offenders could also face fines of up to €2,500 for putting recyclables into their rubbish bins or for not storing bins properly.
The Elite Performance Committee (EPC) at Basketball Ireland in conjunction with the WNLC (Women’s National League Committee) is pleased to announce the appointment of James Weldon as Head Coach of the Ireland Senior Women’s team.
James will begin the appointment from January 1st, 2019 and will coach the squad up until the conclusion of the 2020 FIBA Women’s European Championship for Small Countries.
Coach Weldon brings a wealth of experience to the role, and recently qualified as a certified FECC (FIBA Europe Coaching Certificate) coach. He has been involved with international level coaching on numerous occasions over the past number of years, including roles as head coach of the Irish Senior Women’s Select team (2012, 2013 and 2015), assistant coach to Hibernia Senior Men’s team (2015) and Head Coach of the Irish Under 18 women’s team (2005, 2007 and 2013). He also enjoyed considerable success in the women’s club game having been head coach of UL Huskies senior women’s team that won three premier league titles, two national Cup titles and four regular season titles.
Speaking about the news, the Killarney man stated: “I’m honoured that I have been afforded this opportunity by the EPC and the Women’s committee. My coaching team and I will do everything we can over the next year and a half to get the players up to the required levels for international basketball. Over the next few months we will be scouting the leagues, monitoring players and potential players abroad. It’s an exciting time to be involved with the team.”
Chair of the EPC and MNCC Bernard O’Byrne commented: “We are delighted to appoint James to this position and will do everything to support him in the role. We would like to thank the other candidates who applied for the position. The applications were of a very high standard which bodes well for the future of the women’s game.”
Chairperson of the WNLC, Breda Dick added: “We are delighted with the selection of James Weldon as the senior women’s coach. There was tough competition for the position. but the panel was unanimous with their selection and the WNLC would like to wish him the very best with the role.”
The call is open for ambitious female entrepreneurs who are looking to scale their businesses to join the latest cycle of Going for Growth, the award-winning business development programme.
Going for Growth is a six-month part-time programme, sponsored by Enterprise Ireland and KPMG, which assists ambitious female entrepreneurs to achieve their growth aspirations.
The programme is calling for female entrepreneurs from Kerry to apply for the programme before the deadline of Wednesday, November 28th.
Two past participants on the programme from Kerry are Nathalie Vos of Bunny & Clyde, a luxury nursery and children’s furniture brand based in Kenmare and Deirdre Fee of Medical Mobility, which is based in Killarney and supplies mobility and independent living solutions.
Both were on the latest cycle of Going for Growth and would recommend the programme to others. Deirdre Fee said:
“Through our Lead Entrepreneur and Going for Growth, we as a group have been able to share our experiences good and not so good, in both running and up-scaling our businesses. What a wonderful group of women. Everybody felt equal. The positive energy in that room each and every day was absolutely electric and left our heads buzzing with ideas after each session.”
Going for Growth is seeking applications from female entrepreneurs – across all sectors – who are strongly focussed on growth. Ideally, businesses should be well established and trading for at least two years. (Eligibility criteria in notes below)
Sixty places will be available for this 11th cycle of Going for Growth, which will run from January to June 2018 and the deadline for applications is Wednesday, November 28th. There is no charge for those selected. Anyone interested is encouraged to register their interest in receiving an application form at goingforgrowth.com.
Most owner/managers agree that growing a business can be a very isolating experience and it can be difficult to find someone on your wavelength who understands the issues involved. The Going for Growth round table initiative is designed to address these challenges and those selected will join interactive round table sessions led by Lead Entrepreneurs.
The Lead Entrepreneurs are successful business women with personal experience of growing a business and urge others to apply for Going for Growth. These high-profile business leaders volunteer their time to encourage participants to set and achieve personalised goals and milestones to address the opportunities and challenges they face in driving growth in their businesses.
Some of this year’s Lead Entrepreneurs include: Louise Phelan, Paypal, Fidelma McGuirk, Payslip and Marian O’Gorman of The Kilkenny Group. Previous participants are ambassadors of the benefits for Going for Growth and several now volunteer their time as Lead Entrepreneurs, including: Marissa Carter, founder of Carter Beauty, Nikki Evans, founder of PerfectCard, and Oonagh O’Hagan, owner of Meagher’s Pharmacy Group.
Going for Growth is designed to be action and results-oriented and to go beyond classroom style learning and the usual inputs of professional trainers, consultants and academics. The round tables are based on real experience of what has worked and what hasn’t worked in real life situations.
Previous participants report significant progress, with the great majority reporting an increase in confidence, a reduction in psychological isolation and a feeling of being nearer to achieving their growth goals.
At the conclusion of the most recent cycle (10th), the 65 participants reported:
- combined sales of €66.8million,
- the creation of an additional 90 full time jobs, bringing to over 740 the total number employed,
- four first time exporters, increasing to 30 the number of participants with export experience.
Julie Sinnamon, CEO Enterprise Ireland, said:
“Supporting ambitious business women to start new businesses is a key priority for Enterprise Ireland and in 2017 more than one in three Enterprise Ireland backed start-ups were led by women, an increase from one in ten just five years ago. Having impacted successfully on the number of start-up businesses led by female founders, a key focus for Enterprise Ireland is to increase the number of companies that achieve scale.
“The Going for Growth programme provides unique supports to ambitious business women in the achievement of their growth ambitions through learning, collaboration and most importantly, through role models and mentoring. We will continue to partner with Going for Growth, to grow the cohort of businesses of scale led by ambitious business women, expanding their reach in global markets, and creating and sustaining jobs at home.”
Olivia Lynch, Partner KPMG, said:
“Entrepreneurs are critical to the future success of the Irish economy. As advisors to a wide range of family and privately-owned businesses, we applaud the proven record of Going for Growth in helping women in business realise their full potential.
“At KPMG we work with many businesses in overcoming challenges and creating opportunities and we’re delighted to continue our support for this exceptional programme. In doing so, we recognise the key role of Enterprise Ireland, all of the Lead Entrepreneurs and the contribution of so many hugely committed individuals. I have no doubt that the eleventh cycle will prove highly valuable to all of the participants.”
This is the 11th year of the programme and more than 600 female entrepreneurs have so far taken part in Going for Growth. Check out www.goingforgrowth.com for more details.
For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact Paula Fitzsimons on +353 87 2774385 or Martha Kearns at StoryLab on +353 87 2720212