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Listowel Business & Community Alliance Update June 17th, 2020

Programme for Government

Listowel Business & Community Alliance welcomed the formation of a new Government on Monday June 15th and the publication of a Programme for Government. With the ongoing Covid-19 crisis and the increasingly likely prospect of a hard Brexit at the end of this year, it has never been more necessary that we have a Government in place with the ability to legislate and make critical decisions. Click here for the full draft of Programme for Government.

Irish Water

We have been advised to encourage all property owners affected by the torrential rain on Sunday to contact Irish Water and log the incident so that it can be picked up as part of the Drainage Area Plan (DAP) that Irish Water is currently preparing. Contacts as follows: Phone – 1850 278 278 or email –


Congratulations to Moloney’s Laundrette & Dry Cleaners who are the first of four winners to receive a full page advert in The Advertiser. Listowel Business and Community Alliance are delighted to host this competition which is sponsored by Garvey’s Super Valu Listowel aimed at supporting local businesses as Listowel reopens. The competition is open to all businesses who have been funding members of the Listowel Business and Community Alliance during the past twelve months. Winner for week 2 will be chosen next Tuesday at Moloney’s Laundrette & Dry Cleaners.

Listowel Voucher 

The Listowel Voucher, redeemable at shops and services accross North Kerry is available for purchase at Pierse Fitzgibbon on Market Street – Monday to Friday. #shoplistowel and #supportlocal

Music 4 Medicine

Mike the Pies charity single “Lean on Me” reached number 1 in the iTunes chart with all proceeds going to Aras Mhuire and other Charity run Nursing Homes.

So far they have raised over €6,000 and would love to drive on and get to €10,000.

Please support this worthy cause and donate here:

Flexible and Remote Working in Listowel

HQ Kerry have released a series of videos with helpful tips for those working remotely right now due to Covid-19. You can check these outline on their social media:

Instagram: @hqtralee or Facebook:

HQ Listowel currently has availability for flexible part time options at its Hub based at 27 Rear Market Street. For information on facilities and pricing please email:

Write here, write now for the Ballydonoghue Parish Magazine

The 2020 edition of the Ballydonoghue Parish Magazine is now accepting material and will publish as usual in November. Creative writing and photographs are welcome now from adults and contributions from second level schools are especially welcome. Primary schools may also submit stories, poems and artwork on any theme but the lockdown will no doubt provide interesting reading.

Submissions may be emailed to or posted to BPM, Lisselton PO.


Kerry Tourism Industry Forum

A meeting was held by the Kerry Tourism Industry Forum on Monday June 15th during which the following updates were discussed.

  • KTIF and Kerry County Council Survey
    • Was used extensively in the Kerry County Council Publication on the impact of Covid-19 on the Tourism Industry in County Kerry.
    • Compiled research from across all sectors.
    • Independently Validated
    • Issued May 2020
  • Proportion of jobs directly depending on the Tourism sector
    • Kerry has the highest job dependency in the Country in the Tourism sector.
    • Highest Dependency on Tourism income per Capita in the Country.
    • 14,000 Direct Employees with a similar number of jobs in support businesses
    • Projected 1,000,000,000 (€1 Billion) loss to the Kerry Economy in 2020.
  • Requirements of all Marketing Initiatives
    • Driving Visitors to Kerry
    • Extending the Visitor stay
    • Dispersing Visitors throughout the county
    • Increasing Visitor spend
    • Encouraging Kerry residents to take a staycation in County Kerry

Initiatives Underway Supported by Kerry County Council 

Explore the Kingdom & Discover You Video

Drone footage featuring well known sites and iconic views across the county of Kerry introduce our branding position to “Explore the Kingdom & Discover You”

My Kerry Video

By having well known personalities record short videos and a pre-scripted video also, we hope to remind people of the essence of Kerry.

Humans of Hospitality

This initiative will profile a number of personalities who embody the spirit of hospitality in County Kerry.

Staycation Vouchers

A voucher booklet of €100 of vouchers that can be used at accommodation outlets throughout County Kerry will be distributed by An Post to each of the 56,000 households in Kerry.

Kerry Tourism Day/Weekend

Using the same idea as ITIC’s National Tourism Day and Culture – a country wide “Open House” on a specific day /weekend to signify that Kerry is open, to encourage locals to discover Kerry and to strengthen the referral of the economy in Kerry.

The Kerry Clean-up

Encourage local residents to pick rubbish on their daily exercise within the approximate proximity of their homes.

Calendar of Events/Festivals from Autumn 2020 Onwards

One consumer facing portal and means of communication where potential visitors can see all that is on offer in Kerry on any given weekend. Package county-wide events/activities as one.

Digital Information Cards

Create a suite of digital information cards for attractions/activities

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  • Instagram: Experience_Kerry
  • Twitter: ExperienceKerry
  • Facebook: ExperienceKerry