This year’s tourist season is shaping up to be the busiest in Kerry since before the recession.
Tourism operators throughout the county are reporting significant increases in visitor numbers, especially in Killarney, Dingle and the greater West Kerry area.
The success of the Wild Atlantic Way, the strength of the dollar and the publicity generated by the Star Wars movie are all being mooted as reasons for the increase.
Killarney’s reporting a surge in visitors from France, Spain and Italy, while the improved economy here, is driving bigger numbers of domestic tourists.
Traditional seaside resorts like Ballyheigue, meanwhile, say it’s been a challenging season because of the poor weather.
In Dingle however, local restaurant owner John Moriarty says it’s the busiest summer in seven years: