GoKerry.ie launched in a blaze of heat and glory as the Phoenix and Ancestors from Ireland grab my attention

GoKerry.ie launched in a blaze of heat and glory as the Phoenix and Ancestors from Ireland grab my attention
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For somebody based for the most part in Galway, and quite often in Dublin, journeys to ‘the Kingdom’ are never short jaunts. In my experience though, they’re always worth the time and the diesel!

My client and friend Mary O’Connor of Derrynane Hotel and Holiday Homes in Caherdaniel invited me along to the launch of the GoKerry.ie website. GoKerry is a new initiative to support Tourism in the county.  Mary helped to get it off the ground, along with a group of like-minded dedicated individuals from all walks of Kerry life . The group’s dream of a one-stop shop for visitors seeking information on tourism services in the county was turned into a fantastic reality within a few short months with the help of the expert Web Designers and Developers of Splash in Farranfore. All of those involved came together to attend the official launch of the site at the Institute of Technology in Tralee last Friday.

You’ll know (from my previous post describing my visit to the Burren Smokehouse) that hot and sunny Friday afternoons are rare in Ireland. However, the country began to enjoy a mini heat-wave last week, and by Friday lunchtime  temperatures had soared into the swelteries! Thankfully the excellent facilities of the Institute’s Hotel, Culinary and Tourism building are complemented by lots of doors and windows, and the great and the good of Kerry’s hospitality sector were accommodated in comfort. Speakers and attendees alike shared a strong belief that this initiative was certain to provide a huge boost to Kerry’s efforts to restore the Kingdom to its rightful position as Ireland’s top tourist destination… It certainly felt auspicious that the new website was being launched in a blaze of sunshine as well as glory!

 

On top of catching up with Mary and other clients and colleagues in the Marketing industry, I had the pleasure of meeting some new people, notably Lorna Tyther and Rachel Foley. Lorna is the owner and chef at the award-winning Kerry Restaurant the Phoenix near Castlemaine. The Phoenix Restaurant is noted for exceptional vegetarian and seafood cuisine and indeed was featured on RTE Television’s ‘At Your Service’ with John and Francis Brennan. After listening to Lorna’s passionate talk about her love of, and expertise  in, cooking, as well as browsing a copy of the beautiful ‘The Phoenix Cook book: A Culinary Adventure by Lorna Tyther’, I can’t wait to sample the menu for myself! I’ll see you in Shanahill East as soon as possible Lorna!

Rachel Foley is the brains behind the soon to be launched ‘Ancestors from Ireland’ online genealogical service. Genealogy has become a real growth industry in recent years, and it was fascinating to hear Rachel talking about her fledgling Ancestors from Ireland service and the homecoming style events associated with it. The website will be up and running in a couple of weeks’ time and I look forward to posting some thoughts on it once it is. Best of luck with the launch Rachel and certainly take a look at having your beautiful golden tree logo turned into a item of jewellery as I’m sure it would be very popular as such!

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