Tuesday 27 May 2008

The Return of Hells Angels

ALL roads lead to Killarney next month as the country's bikers ride en masse to the annual Ireland Bike Fest. Over 1,000 leather-clad visitors from around the country and further afield are expected to descend on the festival headquarters in The Gleneagle Hotel. Activities include daily ride-outs around the Killarney lakes as well as a charity ride through the centre of the town in aid of Muscular Dystrophy Ireland.

One of the highlights of the festival will be the Custom Bike Show. The festival, which is supported by Killarney Town Council and Failte Ireland, takes place from June 6 to 8. Further details are available from www.irelandbikefest.com

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Friday 16 May 2008

Ryanair Announces Dublin - Kerry Route

Ryanair, Europe’s leading low fares airline, today (15th May 2008) announced that it has written to the Department of Transport confirming that it has accepted the offer of the PSO contract on the Kerry – Dublin route and will commence operations on the 22nd July.

Ryanair will operate three daily services between Kerry and Dublin with fares starting from just 99c one-way, excluding taxes and charges.

Ryanair’s arrival on the route will result in;

1. A doubling of the capacity (from 200,000 to 400,000 seats annually) on the route

2. A reduction of over €1.3m on the amount payable by the taxpayer for the provision of this public service.

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Wednesday 14 May 2008

Ryanair offered Dublin/Kerry route

The contract for the Dublin-Kerry Airport route has been offered to Ryanair by the Department of Transport. Ryanair says it is going to review the offer over the coming days before getting back to the Department of Transport. Aer Arann has operated the Kerry-Dublin route over the past six years. Its current contract expires on July 21st.

Currently, Aer Arann offer 27 return flights a week. According to the Department of Transport, if Ryanair accepts the offer, it will provide three daily return services. This amounts to six fewer return flights weekly compared to Aer Arann's current service, but an higher number of seats as the Ryanair planes have a seating capacity of 189 per plane compared with approx 70 with the Aer Arann planes.

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Monday 12 May 2008

Marks and Spencers completely rules out setting up in Tralee

Marks and Spencers is completely ruling out setting up in Tralee. The British retail giant opened a store in Killarney on Friday morning (as reported by bloggarriv), more than a year after it was first refused permission by Tralee Town Council to open at Manor West Retail Park. The retailer tried to have that decision overturned, but An Bord Pleanala refused it last December, resulting in an announcement to open in Killarney. Neil Hyslop of Marks and Spencers says they had to move on, as there were no suitable sites in Tralee other than Manor West Retail Park.

Monday 28 April 2008

Killarney financial company sign deal in India

MONEX Financial Services, the Killarney-based specialist in multi-currency credit card processing, has signed a licensing agreement with ICICI Bank, India's second largest bank, to provide its currency conversion software to the bank.

ICICI processes over €700m in credit card transactions per annum and is the latest in a series of Asian contracts for Monex. Monex chief executive Frank Murphy said: "Three years ago, we decided to take our successful business model, as employed across Europe, and target the fast growing Asian market. Our timing was right, and we reaped the benefit of more and more foreign currency, especially euros and dollars being spent by credit card in Asia."

Sunday 27 April 2008

€200m scheme to create 1000 jobs gets the go-ahead

PLANNING permission has been granted for a €200m mixed-use development which will create 1,000 full- and part- time jobs when it is completed. The development, on an 11- acre site in Tralee, Co Kerry, is the largest ever project planned for the north Kerry town.

Tralee Town Council yesterday approved the project, which will involve residential, office, retail, leisure and community facilities and will create around 400 construction jobs. The town centre project has involved the purchase of 200 acres in a multiple-site deal.

Under the deal, Kerry County Board are to develop two new complexes to replace the existing Austin Stack Park. The plans include a new 15,000-seater stadium, a practice pitch, 20,000 square feet of offices and car parking for 1,200 cars at Ballybeggan in Tralee.  A 30-acre state-of-the-art- training academy will be developed in mid-Kerry at Currans

Saturday 19 April 2008

Westlife return for Killarney Summerfest Concert

The Killarney Summerfest have just announced that Westlife shall be returning to Fitzgerald Stadium for a concert on Sunday June 22nd. Tickets are now on sale at the INEC box office and other outlets. Also keep an eye out for an announcement on another concert in the venue.

Friday 18 April 2008

Dunnes Stores refuses to comment on opening Killarney branch

Dunnes Stores has refused to comment on whether it still intends opening a branch as part of a multi-million euro shopping development planned for Killarney. Last year, An Bord Pleanala gave the go ahead to the 35,000 square metre shopping centre which is to be built on the site of the former Torc Great Southern Hotel. The planning appeals board upheld the decision by Killarney Town Council to grant planning permission to Meadowlawn Properties to build the multi-million euro retail development at the site of the former Torc Great Southern Hotel.

It's planned the centre would include eight retail units, a cafe/restaurant and 563 car park spaces. It was understood that Dunnes Stores would be the anchor tenant. However, there has been speculation in Killarney that the decision by Marks and Spencer to open a store at Deerpark Shopping Centre may have impacted on plans for the Torc site. Killarney Town Councillor Sean O'Grady has called on Dunnes Stores to clarify its plans. The company has refused to comment on the situation but points out that it never comments in relation to such property matters.

There is also no response to the rumours that Dunnes Stores have pulled out of the Torc Shopping Centre development and wil be building a new store further up Park Road next to Aldi and Tesco.

Wednesday 2 April 2008

Mayor Launches Inaugural Kerry Bicycle Festival

Kerry Bicycle Festival, an exciting new four day free festival celebrating the bicycle through film, art and music was launched today in Tralee by Mayor, Miriam McGillycuddy.  The festival will run  from Thursday April 17th to Sunday April 20th.

Organisers of Kerry Bicycle Festival have announced a diverse line
up of events which will take place in Tralee town and it's environs.
Kerry's very first bicycle festival will include events from bicycle clowns to
bicycle films to bicycle jazz musicians.  The initiative was brought about by a group of volunteers including local arts group ClubHeadBangBang. 

The festival aims to raise the profile of cycling culture by promoting cycling as an environmentally sustainable cost effective mode of transport and to highlight Kerry as a destination for cycle tourism. An unique aspect of the festival will be a night of bicycle related short films.

Submissions are currently being sought.  Films must be bicycle related and can be no longer than 15 minutes.  Submissions can be made in dvd format to Michael Kelly,  Tom Crean Business Centre, Kerry Technology Park, Tralee, County Kerry. The deadline for entries is April 10th 2008.  Application forms and further information are available on the website:  www.kerrybicyclefestival.org.

ABOUT KERRY BICYCLE FESTIVAL

Kerry Bicycle Festival is a four day free festival which brings together a
selection of diverse events which aim to celebrate the bicycle. This festival
encompasses musical, artistic and outdoor events all of which are free and will take place within the environs of Tralee town.  This festival was established in 2008 in order to raise the profile of cycling culture by making it more accessible and attractive and to promote cycling as an environmentally sustainable and cost effective mode of transport.  This is a voluntary organisation comprising a group of people  with diverse interests and backgrounds all with a common goal.

MEDIA

A press pack of 'Print Quality' images can be downloaded here:
http://kerrybicyclefestival.org/press/PR1/KBF_PR1_images.zip
A .pdf of this Press Release can also be downloaded from here:
http://kerrybicyclefestival.org/press/PR1/PR1-Mayor_launches_KBF.pdf
These are all also available from our Press Area:
http://kerrybicyclefestival.org/index.php?p=press

CONTACT INFORMATION

Kerry Bicycle Festival
Tom Crean Center
Tralee
Co. Kerry
Ph: 087 7937471
email: axle@kerrybicyclefestival.org
web: www.kerrybicyclefestival.org

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Thursday 20 March 2008

Killarney Summerfest applying for 2008 Event Licence

Killarney Summerfest is applying to Kerry County Council for a licence to hold a number of events this year. The concerts which are yet to be named will once again be staged in Fitzgerald Stadium. Summerfest is seeking dates between June 1st and August 31st and expect crowds of up to 30,000 at each event.

The licence application can be viewed at the offices of Kerry County Council for a period of five weeks. In 2006 Fáilte Ireland reduced its funding to the festival from a quarter of a million euro to 150,000.  The tourism body said it was due to a growing number of festivals and an increasing demand on funding

Wednesday 19 March 2008

Sheahan (FG) claims cabinet minister cast doubt on Healy-Rae election deal

A war of words has broken out between two south Kerry TDs over the contents of a much publicised deal between Independent TD Jackie Healy-Rae and the Government. Deputy Healy-Rae claims to have secured eight pages of commitments for the constituency in return for his support for the government. He has never disclosed the full contents of the list.

However Fine Gael TD Tom Sheahan has described the list as "phantom" document. He says that in response to a question on the matter last week, the Taoiseach confirmed that any provisions agreed with Independent TDs are based on what has been already included in the estimates or the existing National Development Plan. Deputy Sheahan says that this indicates that many of Deputy Healy Rae's committments would have been provided in any case.

He says that a senior Fianna Fail minister has also cast doubt on the document. Deputy Jackie Healy-Rae has strongly rejected the claim and has challenged Deputy Sheahan to name the Minister involved. He says that he stands over the contents of his deal, and has accused Deputy Sheahan of wasting Dail time on the matter.

Thursday 6 March 2008

Decision to refuse permission for Castleisland shopping development criticised

A decision to refuse planning permission for a shopping development on the outskirts of Castleisland has been criticised, claiming it could cost the town 90 jobs. Tony Walsh of Walsh Colour Print in Castleisland was refused outline planning permission from Kerry County Council to build a 45-thousand-square-feet shop and three one-and-a-half-thousand-square-feet units, at Moanmore, Tralee Road, Castleisland.

Mr Walsh, whose company employs 85 people in Castleisland, will be appealing Kerry County Council's refusal for the development in a town which has a lot of unemployment. The council says the land is zoned industrial, and rezoning it for retail would contravene the town's local area plan.

The Garvey Group, which has a large supermarket in the town, lodged an objection to the store. The Garvey Group were also objectors to the recent planning application by Tesco Ireland to build a new supermarket in the town. Is there any non-garvey group developments that they wont object to? Maybe the Competition Authority should have a look at the state of play in Castleisland

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