Ballybunion managed to claw back some of its summer trade as holiday restrictions saw staycationers flocking to to the resort in July and August.
The surge in tourists came as a welcome respite to local businesses forced to remain closed throughout Covid.
However, after four long months of closure, businesses had a steep challenge in redressing losses.
Owner of The Tides BnB, Ballybunion, David Walsh, said that large numbers of people have chosen to holiday within Ballybunion this summer, making the most out of their situations and exploring what is available to them on this island.
In spite of this, David explains that when they opened on June 20, people were quite "nervous" and many were "slow to book", setting things off to a slow start, with the months of July and August picking up and becoming "reasonably busy".
"September is the quietest month we've had so far on record. The week of the Listowel Races is usually the busiest week of the calendar for us, but this year is looking like the complete opposite."
"I think it is an awful pity the government incentive surrounding staycations is only beginning from October onwards.
"It should have begun in September to help boost tourism figures. We have had a good two months but sadly overall our figures are way down."
Spokesperson for the Ballybunion Community Forum discussed the positive impact it has had on the town which has allowed tourists to rekindle their affection for the holiday destination.
"With domestic travel becoming more prevalent there was an influx of people drawn to Ballybunion. We are a seaside location so many people abstaining from going abroad are drawn to the traditional holiday resort."
"The majority of businesses heralded the safety of their customers and stuck to guidelines whilst wearing personal protective equipment. They worked tirelessly to deal with the numbers accordingly," they added.
Owner of Pierce's caravan park, Ballybunion, Paul Pierce said the business enjoyed one of its busiest late summers of recent years.
"Our business is doing much better than previous years, we've seen an awful lot of people looking to holiday in Ballybunion. The demand for spaces is way up which is great to see," Mr Pierce said.
On the other hand, travel guidelines and restrictions did not do the town of Listowel many favours.
The town appears not to have benefitted in a significant way from staycations, with visitors to the town at an all time low.
Linda Lyons, owner of the Maid of Erin guesthouse, said their turn-over is down due to reduced seating plans.
"Our accommodation is doing okay but unfortunately not on par with other years. At best, we have seen bookings in excess of 60 per cent capacity."
A spokesperson for North County House, Listowel said they have been closed since the beginning of Covid and opening their business next week:
"Our enquiries have been a way down; I think people have opted for bigger towns in Kerry like Killarney."
A contributing factor to this may come as a result of two of the town's main attractions; Listowel castle and the Lartigue Monorail, remaining closed this summer due to Covid.
A spokesperson for the Kerry Writers Museum, Listowel said, "The number of visitors to the centre is much less compared to last year due to the castle remaining closed. Listowel castle is usually a huge draw for visitors who then call into our museum, but it is remaining closed at the moment until next year. Overall, we have noticed much less visitors than previous years. People are being much more cautious with regard to Covid and may be limiting their day trips also."
Lartigue Monorail stationmaster, Martin Griffin said: "We couldn't take the chance of opening financially. We hope that Failte Ireland will come behind us and help out with covering insurance costs. We plan to be back up and running by next year with the help of god."