South Kerry Euro Campaign Launch
Posted by Alan Kelly on February 06, 2009 at 08:09 PM
I had my South Kerry campaign launch in Sheehan's pub in Killorglin on Friday, Feb 6th. It was a great night that began with the selection convention for the local area that put forward John Sheehan as the local Labour party candidate. We then launched my campaign in Sheehan's with some old friends of mine from Fexco and Gulliver, who I used to work with in Killorglin. Also present were the local Labour party members and the 'extended' family of my in laws. We certainly made an impression. Killorglin is one of my favourite towns in Ireland and I always enjoy being out and about there.
On Sat Feb 7th, we canvassed the whole of the RIng of Kerry, beginning in Killorglin at the local fair and going through Glenbeigh, Cahirciveen, Waterville, Caherdaniel, Sneem, Kenmare and Kilgarvan. Regina and her family were with me all the way as we stopped off and canvassed everywhere and met with her many, many relations as well. We particularly enjoyed Sneem, where we got a great reception from the Harringtons, who fed us all. I then put up a poster outside the house, which was my father in law's (RIP) ancestrial home.
The main issues on the canvass were infrastructure, the economy (as usual) and tourism. I obviously took a great interest in the latter, having spent so long working in Bord Failte and Failte Ireland. The B&B and self catering sectors are taking a big hit at the moment and there are concerns for the year ahead, especially repeat business coming from the US