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Killarney business receives new ‘Safe Destination’ badge

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BADGE OF HONOUR: Cathaoirleach of Killarney Municipal District Cllr Brendan Cronin, with Emer Corridan (General Manager Cahernane Hotel) and David O’Brien (Manager), and Renata Kolasa, who this week along with hotels, hospitality and visitor attractions across Kerry have begun to receive their ‘Safe Destination’ badge. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

 

by Michelle Crean

Hotels, hospitality and visitor attractions across Kerry - including Cahernane House Hotel, Killarney - have begun to receive their ‘Safe Destination’ Badge following the completion by their staff of specialised training on cleanliness, hygiene and customer interaction in the COVID-19 environment.

Visitors returning to Kerry as the COVID-19 restrictions continue to ease can be assured that it is a safe destination to visit and stay thanks to the county’s 'Safe Destination' programme which involves the training of thousands of staff in the retail and hospitality industries in best practice cleaning protocols.

The ‘Safe Destination Kerry’ programme, in association with Kerry County Council, Kerry Education and Training Board, the Kerry Branch of the Irish Hotels Federation, and the Kerry Tourism Industry Federation aims to reassure visitors returning the county that they can do so safe in the knowledge that staff are equipped with the skills and training to work safely under the current restrictions.

Five premises – one in each of Kerry five Municipal Districts – were among those to receive their ‘Safe Destination’ badge this week, including the Cahernane House Hotel, Killarney, Ballyseede Castle Hotel, Tralee, The Thatch Bar and Restaurant, Lisselton, The Boatyard Restaurant and Bar, Dingle and the Shelburne Lodge Guesthouse, Kenmare.

To receive the ‘Safe Destination’ designation, businesses must register with Kerry County Council to take part in the training course. When their participation in the training is verified by the Kerry Education and Training Board, which is delivering the training, the business will receive their ‘Safe Destination’ badge and signage.

4,000 staff in the tourism and retails industries in the county are participating in training which has been devised and is being provided by the Kerry Education and Training Board. Businesses and staff interested in participating in the training can register with Kerry County Council on its freephone Business Support Line on 1800 807 102 or business.support@kerrycoco.ie.

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Spa GAA lights up – continues each Wednesday night

By Sean Moriarty Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative. The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative.

The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held a candle-light vigil in memory of Ashling Murphy, the Offaly school-teacher who was murdered while out for a walk two weeks ago.

“Participants can follow the walking track that offers a safe off-road path and this activity is open to everyone in the community. If anyone would be available to help with registration or stewarding any night, all help is greatly appreciated,” said club PRO Deirdre O’Sullivan-Darcy.

Any volunteers that can help any evening or any questions please contact Margaret Doyle on 0879181970.

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Specialists to examine Killarney trees ahead of future storms

By Sean Moriarty Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district. The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district.

The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. 
One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen tree blocked access to the Moll’s Gap road near Muckross.
Both Cllrs John O’Donoghue and Donal Grady raised the issue at a recent Killarney Municipal District meeting.
“In order to mitigate against such events, the Killarney MD Office are in the process of preparing tender documents to procure assessment of specific trees that are in the charge of Kerry County Council.” A council official told the meeting.
“This will allow the MD to make determinations on individual trees in its charge. Individual property owners are responsible for the welfare and maintenance of trees within and along the boundary of their property lines.”

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