Star backing for Fenit Cycle

The Fenit Coastal Cycle is spinning out for it’s 7th year for their annual cycling event a fundraiser for St.Brendan’s National School, Fenit on the 23rd March 2019.

The event was launched last week by Kieran Donaghy in Killarney where it was announced all registered participants on the day will be in with a chance in Winning a Bike valued at € 1,000 sponsored by David O’Sullivan Cycles, Killarney & Listowel.

“This year they are delighted to be supporting Palliative Care Unit –

They will receive a donation from the day’s cycle.” Jacinta Lawlor told the Tralee Outlook.

This fun and challenging cycle is open to clubs, groups and individuals. Cyclists have a choice of a 60km or 25km and a 10km for the younger cyclist. This event is an ideal opportunity for cyclists to start their preparation for the Ring of Kerry Cycle and other upcoming cycling events.

The routes have been chosen to highlight the spectacular surroundings of Fenit, Ardfert, Ballyheigue, Kerryhead and Barrow, with stunning views of Mount Brandon, Tralee and the Shannon Estuary.

We will provide safety management, roadside assistance, support vehicles, light food & refreshments at St. Brendan’s National School

 

Registration fee for the event is €25 to participate in the cycle.

Registration is at St. Brendan’s National School, Fenit from 8am to 10.15am on the morning of the event.

We are asking cyclists to support this wonderful cause.

For further details contact Jacinta on 086 064-8018 

Its back to the 80’s in the Rose Hotel

Wham! Ripped Jeans, Leg Warmers, Permed Hair and Magnum Moustaches Abound at 80’s Health Link Fundraiser.

People danced their way back in time to the era of A-Ha, Rick Astley, Tears for Fears and Bonnie Tyler at the Rose Hotel last Friday for a colourful 80s night in aid of the Kerry Health Link Busses.

Breda Dyland, Manager of Kerry Cancer Support Group who organise the busses, recalled a night that was obviously filled with laughter and fun:

 

“Niall ‘Botty’ O’Callaghan from Killarney was our DJ and played all 80s music for the night. They re-enacted the Spirals and Horan’s discos in the 80s. They even had the doormen and the barmen from the era there.”

“People dressed up so we had loads of people dressed as Cindi Lauper and Prince and then people wore leg warmers of every make, size, shape and colour. People really put a lot of effort into it. When people were leaving they wanted more and to know when will be the next one.”

“The minute people walked in the door they literally went straight onto the dance floor, which was packed until the end of the night until the last song.”

Breda advised: “Our Health Link services are free and we have two busses running now, one to Cork and a new bus to Limerick. The bus to Cork leaves at 8am from McDonalds Carpark, Tralee and the bus for Limerick leaves from St Brendan’s Church, every day.”

Enquiries to www.kerrycancersupport.com 066-7195560

Kerry Dublin Passenger Journeys Highest on record in 2018

A total of 653,000 passenger journeys were recorded on the Dublin to Kerry rail line in 2018, the highest figures ever recorded on the route.  This represents a 5.5% increase on 2017.

With greater congestion on the roads, particularly due to the M7 roadworks, more and more people are opting to take the train when travelling between Dublin and Kerry. Economic improvements, greater numbers of people in employment, and record tourist numbers visiting the Kerry region have all contributed to the major increase in passenger numbers.

Work has commenced at Limerick Junction to provide an additional platform, which will significantly improve journey times for Cork/Kerry and Limerick Customers and provide for greater operational flexibility. This work will be completed this year.

Nationally, Iarnrod Éireann recorded its highest ever number of passenger journeys in 2018, with over 47.9 million passenger journeys made across DART, Commuter and Intercity services. This represents a 5.4% growth on the previous year.

Commenting on the figures, Chief Executive of Iarnród Éireann, Jim Meade said: “Recording the highest ever passenger journeys is a high point for us as an organisation, but more importantly it gives us the chance to thank all of our customers, who have voted with their feet in choosing to travel with us. Throughout 2019, I and my colleagues commit to providing a sustainable and reliable service for the people of Kerry”

There’s never been a better time to study at IT Tralee

With the opening of a new state-of the art €19 million Kerry Sports Academy and the proposed establishment of the Munster Technological University (MTU), there’s never been a more exciting time to work and study at IT Tralee.

The Institute of Technology Tralee will offer over 50 full time undergraduate courses for CAO entry in September 2019. The programmes cover a diverse range of disciplines including Creative Media, Software Development, Business, Nursing, Social Sciences, Health & Leisure, Engineering, Wildlife Biology, Agricultural Science and Pharmaceutical Science.

Commenting on the range of courses, Dr. Brendan O’Donnell, Registrar at the Institute of Technology, Tralee said, “The Institute prides itself on the quality and relevance of its academic programmes and our continuous course development. Each of our courses is developed in close consultation with industry, resulting in relevant and career-focused qualifications for graduates. As well as the programmes offered through the CAO, the Institute also offers many part-time programmes.”

The Institute ensures that its students are at the core of its activities with a dedicated team of student support services, while the town of Tralee offers high quality recreation and leisure facilities. An integral part of the many programmes on offer for CAO applicants is work placement and industry projects, which allow students to experience authentic work scenarios. This experience results in work-ready graduates.

Brid Mc Elligott, Vice-President, for Research, Development and External Engagement, said this week that the work-placement element of all Honours Degree courses is one of the reasons for the growing interest in attending the institute. “Work experience combined with the curriculum delivered by our committed and dedicated academic team ensures that the graduates of the IT Tralee are work-ready, with over 90% of our honours degree graduates securing work or pursuing further education opportunities such as Master or PhD studies within six months of graduating.”

Nationally, IT Tralee is the only Institute of Technology in Ireland to share a campus with a technology park, leading to significant job opportunities for IT Tralee graduates. Pharmaceutical packaging company Central Pharma recently announced that they are to create 100 jobs over the next five years. These jobs will be based at the IDA’s newly constructed Advanced Technology Building at the Kerry Business Park in Tralee, which shares a c.45 hectare campus with the Institute of Technology Tralee. Speaking on the announcement, Central Pharma’s CEO Alwyn Smit said that having the hi-tech building on the same campus as IT Tralee with its STEM faculty, played a major role in the company’s decision to locate in Kerry.

Dr Oliver Murphy, President of IT Tralee emphasised the importance of the creation of the Munster Technological University (MTU), which will see the merger of IT Tralee and Cork Institute of Technology.  “MTU will bring considerable advantages to the staff and students of the ITT, as well as delivering benefits for the citizens and economy of the region. Both Institutes are committed to achieving Technological University status and plan to register students in the new Munster Technological University in September 2019.” Dr Murphy said.

For further information about any of IT Tralee’s wide range of full-time and part-time programmes visit www.ittralee.ie and download the current prospectus or contact the Admissions Office at 066 7145638. Those interested in applying for programmes at IT Tralee should do so via the CAO before 5.15pm Friday 1st February 2019.

Fáilte Ireland ramps up Brexit preparations with a €5 million investment to support tourism businesses

Fáilte Ireland will invest €5 million to support the tourism sector as it prepares for Brexit.
The announcement by Fáilte Ireland – the National Tourism Development Authority –  marks a significant ramping up of its activities to ensure Irish tourism is both ‘product-ready’ and ‘industry-ready’ ahead of the UK withdrawal from the EU.

The investment comes as new figures published by Fáilte Ireland today show the number one concern among tourism businesses is Brexit, particularly those in northern counties.

The Fáilte Ireland Tourism Industry Barometer is a survey of more than 500 tourism businesses nationwide providing insight into past performance and future prospects. The latest figures reveal that 7 out of 10 (69%) tourism businesses cite Brexit as their top concern – a figure which rises to 80% for accommodation providers in northern counties and 90% in the restaurant sector, both of which report a decline in their business from the UK last year.

More than 3.4 million British tourists, on average, holiday in Ireland every year and spend up to €1.6 billion. This contributes more than €233 million annually to the Exchequer.

Fáilte Ireland is warning that the fallout from a hard Brexit could cost more than €380 million to the sector.

The €5 million investment by Fáilte Ireland will help businesses assess the risk, respond to changes and diversify into other markets in a fresh drive under its ‘Get Brexit Ready’ programme. Its work will focus primarily on border counties and the South East region which have been most adversely affected by the devaluation of sterling and the drop in Northern Ireland and Great Britain visitors.

As well as providing support for over 1,000 businesses across the country, the Tourism Development Authority will also deliver a more targeted programme of training and mentoring for more than 100 businesses in border counties.

Fáilte Ireland’s Chief Executive, Paul Kelly, said:
”Fáilte Ireland is working intensively with businesses to help them prepare for Brexit. Brexit remains a key concern for every facet of the tourism sector as our latest barometer survey shows. This is particularly true for the restaurant sector nationwide, as well as accommodation providers in northern counties, who report that their visitor numbers from the UK are down over the past year. The prospect of a hard Brexit, or a potential no-deal scenario, leaves us with significant uncertainty relating to the wider implications it could have on tourism, particularly on the performance of our nearest and biggest overseas market. A less obvious consequence is that we are at risk of missing out on tourists from other core markets as the UK is our greatest competitor and the weakening value of sterling could make it more attractive to long-haul tourists, as well as those from Northern Europe. However, overall, the tourism sector is reporting a positive outlook for 2019. This sentiment would be very much underlined by what was a hugely successful year for tourism in 2018, with visitor numbers and revenue at all-time highs.”

Fáilte Ireland will spend €1.75 million specifically for commercial development to provide Irish tourism operators with opportunities to sell their products to growing markets such as the US. This work will focus on supporting northern counties particularly by bringing major international tour operators to Ireland on bespoke itineraries which they can then sell in core markets. Central to this programme of work will be the retention of the UK market by selling Ireland as a business tourism and golf destination – two types of tourism which typically yield a high number of UK tourists.  An additional €1.5 million will be spent on marketing and PR with campaigns targeting the Northern Irish market and the remainder of the Brexit allocation will be invested in business supports and resources.

Paul Kelly added:
“As we await the final outcome of Brexit, and with the situation changing on a daily basis, it is still difficult to quantify the range and scope of impacts that Brexit will have. Our key message to tourism businesses is ‘prepare and diversify’. Any tourism business which does not have Brexit contingencies as a central focus of its 2019 business plan needs to act fast. The most prudent action we can take as a sector is to be ready for the challenges it will bring. Fáilte Ireland has developed a series of initiatives to build capabilities within the industry which will allow them to continue to prosper in the face of this challenge. This includes investing €5 million in a comprehensive programme of supports and commercial development designed to help tourism businesses located particularly in border counties, to ‘Get Brexit Ready’ by diversifying to other markets and reducing their reliance on the British market.”

Other concerns highlighted in the industry barometer include the implications of the increase in the VAT rate to 13.5%.

Despite these concerns, today’s barometer results, which take into account the overall performance of 2018, strike a positive note overall. The proportion of tourism businesses expecting trade to be up in the year ahead (59%) outweighs those expecting a downturn. This is especially true for attractions, with about two thirds (68%) expecting more visitors this year.

Bosco is coming to Tralee

Bosco is coming to SIAMSA TÍRE Saturday 9th of February It’s the perfect treat for kids of all ages.

Bosco is Bosco, not a boy, not a girl, just a Bosco: a cheeky, lovely, funny, slightly-cracked, irrepressible, eternal five-year-old who lives in a box and who loves nothing more than to just be Bosco and meet all the boys and girls.

After starring on Irish TV for three decades, you’ll see why Bosco remains a firm favourite for each new generation. Enjoy the stories of Bosco’s Garden and Snow White through this completely interactive live experience.

Paula Lambert is one of the celebrated Lambert puppet theatre family.

She has been touring Ireland and delighting children for the last forty years.

her productions have been described by the Irish Examiner as “slapstick silly and utterly spectacular”

 

North Kerry to host National Golf Tourism Event

Tralee & Ballybunion, Co Kerry, have been chosen as the venue for the Irish Golf Tour Operator Association National Golf Tourism Conference 2019.

The Networking event and Gala Awards Dinner will be shared across the Rose Hotel Tralee and Ballygarry House on October 20thand 21st2019.   Monday’s golf tournament will be hosted at world renowned Ballybunion Links Golf Club.

The IGTOA -Ireland Golf Tour Operator Association Ltd is an organisation that represents Ireland’s leading Golf Tour Operators. The IGTOA also represents the many companies that form the wider Irish Golf Tourism Industry. The IGTOA embodies Ireland’s leading Golf Tour Operators, Golf Courses, Golf Resorts, Accommodation Providers, Transportation Providers and companies who offer supporting services to the golf tourism sector such as Golf Media, Golf Merchandising, Golf Course Services and Golf Equipment.

Chairman of the IGTOA Denis Kane has said how delighted the organisation is to be returning Kerry in 2019 “The Links and Parkland Golf courses in the South West of Ireland are revered the world over with Co. Kerry courses amongst the most sought after for tee times.  We are excited to return to North Kerry in 2019 having held our AGM in Tralee in July 2018. Kerry offers exceptional accommodations to suit all client budgets, is rich in  culture, charm and experiences..everything the International Golfer requires to create lasting memories.”

2019 promises to be an exceptional year for golf in Ireland with Lahinch GC hosting the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open July 4thto 7th and Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland hosting the 148thOpen Championship July 18thto 21st.

Tralee Rugby Star Pledges Support for 31 Day Challenge for Positive Mental Health in January 2019

ULTAN Dillane, Tralee’s Ireland rugby international and star forward for Connacht, has become an ambassador for the 31 Day Challenge in January to promote positive mental health into 2019.

 

The 31 Day Challenge was the brainchild of another Tralee-man, Poshey Ahern, who saw the need to get people active and motivated during the worst month of the year for depression.

Everyone who takes part in the 31 Day Challenge will be encouraged to donate one euro per day in January with all proceeds going to three local charities – Baile Mhuire Day Centre for Older Persons, Irish Cancer Society and Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin.

 

The Organiser of the 31 Day Challenge in 2019, local counsellor Caroline Corkery, said: “The challenge for everyone, depending on their level of fitness, to go for a walk or run and, by the end of January, be capable of doing a 5km walk or run. If you’re a fit person, we would like you to exercise for at least 30 or 40 minutes each day. We are delighted that Ultan Dillane has agreed to be our ambassador and we appreciate his input to the challenge. The details of the ‘final day walk’ will be announced on Facebook in the coming weeks.”

 

Anyone who wishes to take part in the 31 Day Challenge in January can register at https://www.facebook.com/31-Day-challenge-For-January-positivementalhealth-2019-1066571786804416/.

 

Tralee Chamber Alliance welcomes new jobs announced for Kerry Technology Park

 

THE President of Tralee Chamber Alliance, Aidan Kelly, has welcomed the announcement of 100 new jobs are the IDA Advanced Manufacturing Facility at Kerry Technology Park, Tralee.

 

“This is a fantastic Christmas present for the people of Tralee. Central Pharma have identified that Tralee is a suitable location from where they will serve their European customer base, while realising the potential that IT Tralee presents while recruiting their workforce. Tralee is an attractive location and is seen as a place that offers an excellent quality of life to those who live and work here. Tralee Chamber Alliance looks forward to collaborating with Central Pharma over the coming months as they begin to familiarise themselves with all that Kerry’s capital has to offer.”

 

Aidan Kelly also thanked the IDA and Martin Shanahan for securing the investment from Central Pharma at the Advanced Manufacturing Facility.

Kerry Man Wins National Volunteer Award

Cormac Sertutxa from Tralee won the Community award at the national Volunteer Ireland Awards on Friday 7th December. Over 1 million people in Ireland volunteer and these awards aim to say thank you for the hard work, dedication and impact of volunteers across the country.

According to Kerry Volunteer Centre Manager Gerladine O’Sullivan “We are very lucky to have volunteers like Cormac here in Kerry and we congratulate him on this acheivement. He is the embodiment of the volunteering spirit, giving back to make a real difference to the most vulnerable in his community. Hopefully his story will inspire others to get involved in their communities.”

Cormac has been volunteering with the Irish Red Cross in Tralee for four years and has already taken on a number of roles inlcuding acting as a First Responder and a trainer. As part of his role as the Irish Red Cross Health & Social Care Officer responsible for service development and coordination in Kerry, Cormac spends every day focused on his role to develop the supports and services that the Irish Red Cross can offer to vulnerable members in local communities in order to promote healthy & safe living and build more resilient communities around Kerry.

As part of his role, he coordinates visits to the local Community Nursing Unit for Valentine’s Day, with a delivery of red roses for each resident. He also arranges visits throughout the year to the children’s ward in University Hospital Kerry, where the children receive a special visit from the local Irish Red Cross mascot, Red Fred, along with Red Cross members who bring gifts to the ward and spend time with the children.

Cormac is also one of the first people to be trained as a Psychological First Aid Facilitator in the county and he is currently developing this training to fit into local context. He will be training people up around the county as Psychological First Aiders to promote healthy and safe living.