Tales on the trails is the Kerry Way

AN innovative App, showcasing the heritage and folklore of the Kerry Way walking route, was launched today by EU Agriculture Commissioner, Phil Hogan.

Developed by Béaloideas Chiarraí/Kerry Folklore, it identifies particular points of interests for walkers along the route as well as enabling them listen to local people tell the stories of the area down through the years.

It covers the whole of the Kerry Way route in nine stages over its 200km route and it is free to download. The App is available in six languages including Irish.

On the Kerry Way: Drung Hill, Mountain Stage, with its incredible vista of the vast Atlantic Ocean, Iveragh and Dingle Peninsula

Funding for the project was provided through the LEADER Programme with match funding from Kerry Group, with the initial App and the first stage of the project being developed with funding through the INTERREG programme, again with support from Kerry Group.

Commissioner Hogan remarked This App is a wonderful asset for the area and will enable people who visit the region the chance to get a unique sense of place experience”.

Commissioner Hogan also noted that the App was an example of a link between modern technology and the old stories and heritage of the region that opens up a whole new audience for this wealth of information that exists along the Kerry Way. Minister Brendan Griffin said the App, coupled with the increasing interest in walking in general, will be a catalyst in attracting many more people to enjoy the jewel in the crown of the Kingdom that is the Kerry Way walking route.

“Tourism is such an important industry to this region and having an added attraction such as the App will hopefully increase the profile of the Kerry Way and help promoter the region overall,” Minister Griffin added.

Ewes on the move at Lough Accose, Glencar which is part of the Kerry Way

Kerry Folklore Committee Chairman, Johnny O’Connor, thanked all those involved in the development of the App over the last couple of years, especially the funders and the people who provided information and recorded stories for the project, including co-ordinator Una Cosgrave-Hanley.

“Our aim in developing this App was to showcase the rich and diverse heritage and folklore that exists in South Kerry to visitors to the region, particularly the walkers who come in their thousands to experience the Kerry Way” he said.

Mr Connor said that, in his view, the Kerry Way is possibly the most beautiful marked walk in the world and by encouraging more people to use it through this App, it will generate significant economic benefit for these isolated area of Kerry.

Among others in attendance at the launch were MEP Seán Kelly, Mayor of Cllr John Sheehan, South Kerry Development Partnership CEO Noel Spillane, Kerry County Council CEO Moira Morrell, Kieran Barry of the DEASP and Local Action Group Chairperson Cllr Niall Kelleher.

Pictures: Valerie O’Sullivan. Click on individual images for details

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