Explore The Kingdom With Rí
WHO IS RÍ AND WHERE DID THE KERRY PUFFIN COME FROM?
Rí the Kerry Puffin has left its friends and family from Puffin Island off the coast of Kerry and along the Wild Atlantic Way to come and celebrate the reopening of Kerry’s tourism and hospitality this summer. The puffin contacted Discover Kerry a few months ago before migrating back to Puffin Island and asked if they could come and have some magical fun on the Kerry mainland this summer.
The team behind Discover Kerry asked for its name and they said call me 'Rí the Kerry Puffin'. The puffin went on to explain that the name Rí comes from the word 'kingdom' and is an ancient Gaelic word meaning ‘king’.
Rí the Kerry Puffin asks everyone to travel safely this summer, be kind and practice social distancing if you see Rí touring the county. The Kerry Puffin says “bring some fish, and I might just let you take a photo with me. Hint hint, I really LOVE fresh sardines…”
Keep an eye out as Rí is already planning to invite one or two friends to join them as they travel around the county unlocking the magic of Kerry– and maybe further afield – to say hello to our industry partners and have some fun with locals, visitors and tourists as they explore the Kingdom touring the many world-class adventures.
HOW TO INTERACT WITH RÍ THE KERRY PUFFIN
Our brand new app allows you to place Rí anywhere. Simply click here, hit ‘Search Places’ and enter a location to see Rí appear. You can even place them at your current location by tapping ‘My Location’.
Get started an explore the Kingdom with Rí on the app >>HERE<<.
Get involved and share your pictures of Rí unlocking the magic of Kerry on social media using the hashtag #KerryPuffin & don’t forget to tag us in your photos so we can reshare!
We also have an exciting competition to celebrate Rí coming to the Kingdom, so head over to our Instagram and Facebook pages below for information on how to enter!
Did you know?
Puffin Island is home to many important seabirds like Manx Shearwaters, Razorbills, Kittiwakes and Guillemots, and Atlantic Puffins.
It is the home to breeding puffins during the summer months. Thousands of birds can be seen as they swirl around above their breeding burrows. Under cover of darkness, the island comes alive, with thousands of Manx Shearwaters returning to their nests. On the cliffs, Guillemots, Razorbills and Kittiwakes also breed.
Learn more about Puffins, other seabirds and the Puffin Island on Birdwatch Island website >>HERE<<