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Alan MacDonald sets sights on Killarney

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With his experience alongside Michelin Star chefs, having climbed the ladder from kitchen porter to Executive Chef in fine dining establishments, Celtic Whiskey Bar & Larder have welcomed Chef Alan MacDonald into the fold.

MacDonald promises to bring new flavours to the Kingdom, drawing on inspiration from his culinary adventures across France, Azerbaijan, Spain, Moscow and, of course, his native Scotland. However, Alan — in keeping with our concept here at the Celtic Whiskey Bar & Larder — is committed to supporting local produce, ensuring freshness and honouring tradition. MacDonald has been meeting with suppliers and has done quite an impressive amount of taste-testing, all to benefit the creation of a new menu, he promises.

Having led such a travelled life, we take it as a great compliment that Alan wished to settle down here in Killarney. It was his first-choice destination and he assures us that the welcome has been even warmer than expected.

We can’t wait to see what he’s got in store, and we hope you can’t either. Watch this space!

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No spare change – no problem, as charity embraces new technology

By Sean Moriarty With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier. For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank […]

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With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier.

For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank card to make a donation.

The Society’s annual churchgate collection will be held on the weekend of December 11/12 at places of worship in the town and surrounding areas. This year’s collection has be renamed as ‘Giving Sunday’ and makes a return after the pandemic forced the cancellation of last year’s fundraiser.

“We are moving towards a cashless society,” explained Killarney Conference President Breda O’Dwyer. “You can tap and swipe your card to make a donation.”

Breda added that they are hoping to have the buckets ready by next week in time for the collection.

She said the local conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society has seen a marked increase in the number of families it is helping mainly caused by the increase in the cost of fuel and home heating products.

The annual St Vincent De Paul Society’s Christmas Jumper Day, in association with Radio Kerry is scheduled for December 10.

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SURVEY: Locals are reducing their social contacts

It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week. An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their […]

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It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week.

An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their level of contacts with people.

Interestingly, 37.10% of people had made no change to their lifestyle, but they could have been extra cautious already.

A tiny minority – just 1.61% – said they increased their social contacts over the last week.

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