‘I’d like to re­mind him Tralee is the cap­i­tal of Kerry!’

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - NEWS - BY STEPHEN FERNANE

THERE was a ‘clash of cap­i­tals’ at Mon­day’s meet­ing of Kerry County Coun­cil as Tralee Cllr Norma Fo­ley and Kil­lar­ney’s Cllr Donal Grady drew pis­tols in de­fence of their re­spec­tive towns. The spat oc­curred fol­low­ing a mo­tion by Cllr Fo­ley re­gard­ing plans to in­tro­duce and pro­mote an ap­pro­pri­ate County Kerry Mar­ket­ing Brand.

“This should be ag­gres­sively used by tourism op­er­a­tors across the county as it would give a strong, uni­fied brand for tourism in the county,” said Cllr Fo­ley.

How­ever, Cllr Grady felt it nec­es­sary to re­mind the cham­ber that Kil­lar­ney is the tourism cap­i­tal of Kerry, cit­ing the town’s in­ter­na­tional pop­u­lar­ity for good mea­sure.

How­ever, Cllr Fo­ley quickly rushed to de­fend her town: “I didn’t quite catch ev­ery­thing Cllr Grady said but I’d like to re­mind him Tralee is the cap­i­tal town of our county,” adding: “No one town or vil­lage should pro­ceed on its own. Tralee is the cap­i­tal town.”

But Cllr Grady added one fi­nal time: “Kil­lar­ney is the tourism cap­i­tal.”

Cllr Johnny Healy-Rae hu­mor­ously sug­gested the cham­ber should have a vote on the is­sue of the cap­i­tal.

Mean­while, re­spond­ing to Cllr Fo­ley’s mo­tion, man­age­ment said a com­pany have been con­tracted to pro­vide a tourism brand iden­tity for the county. In the de­vel­op­ment of the brand, man­age­ment said it has had dis­cus­sions with stake­hold­ers to help show­case Kerry and to help set the county apart from other brands and des­ti­na­tions.

The coun­cil also added it is cur­rently in con­sul­ta­tion with a num­ber of tourism in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives to progress the brand iden­tity and de­sign. More­over, man­age­ment out­lined that the Tourism Unit is work­ing to en­sure this brand strat­egy is de­signed to pro­mote Kerry on a na­tional and in­ter­na­tional level - across full me­dia plat­forms. It’s ex­pected the new pro­posal will be pre­sented for view­ing be­fore be­ing for­mally launched later in the au­tumn.

Mayor of Tralee Cllr Norma Fo­ley

Cllr Donal Grady

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