8th July 2001
We have been approved by Bord Failte (Irish Tourist Board). This is really good news for us as we will now appear in the official Tourist Guide Books next year. The Bord Failte Approved sign is now attached to the big Teach an Phiobaire sign outside. I hope to have 'Visa Cards Accepted' up as well within the next week. My Graphic Designer, Marita Ward, has produced a lovely 'flyer' and we will be distributing copies to everyone interested. We have both had business cards printed as well, so these are available also. E-mail or write for copies.
The Friday night traditional music session in Betty's Bar is really excellent. It is great to see a Pub crowd genuinely interested in listening to tunes. There is a lot of music in Tralee but it takes time to get the feel of the individual sessions. I'll give some thought to setting up a web page on Tralee Sessions.
17th June 2001
They tell me in the local that this area is all Hurling. In spite of Kerry's great Football tradition the locals here much prefer Hurling. My brother in-law from Tipperary was really impressed by this.
Went to a local session last night. By 10.00 p.m. there were lots of Instrument Cases and I assume, musicians, but still no music when I left at 11.45 p.m. I think the Abbeydorney Golf Society presentation of prizes took precedence.
Anyone travelling to The Fleadh in Listowel or for the Rose of Tralee festival should book within the next few weeks. We have had a number of enquiries already and people here tell us that no unbooked accommodation will be available with 30 miles. Things are still quiet but there is a steady stream of visitors recommended by family and friends.
12th June 2001
We opened our doors for Guests on Friday 3rd June. Everyone has gone away happy so far in spite of a few hiccups on our part.
The season is still very quiet but everyone here expects things to pick up within the next two weeks. The impact of Foot and Mouth is still worrying and tourism here is severely affected. However, we are delighted by the support and encouragement from Pipers and Trad Musicians and we look forward to seeing many of you in Kerry.
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