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Applause for Killarney retailers

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KILLARNEY businesses took a bow at the 2017 Killarney Retailer of the Year Awards in the International Hotel.

The awards, sponsored by AIB, were organised by the retail members of Killarney Chamber of Commerce. The first prize on the night went to ladies fashion boutique Scarlett of Scott Street, while second and third places went to J Mac IT & Office Solutions and Daly’s SuperValu respectively. “Scarlett has enjoyed an amazing first year in business and has been extremely well received by both locals and tourists alike,” said Karen Healy of Scarlett.

Tanya O’Shea of Eason Killarney said the feedback from the awards had been “exceptionally positive”.
Retail consultant group Crest Mystery Shopping was commissioned by the Killarney Retail Group at Killarney Chamber, to carry out mystery shopping trips at participating stores.

Michele Cawley of Crest said the team of mystery shoppers was very impressed. “When analysing the results, we found that Killarney’s combined average was between 3% to 5% higher than the national average,” she added.

Meanwhile, the “Shopping in Killarney Christmas Hampers Giveaway” will run from December 1 to December 18, with three bumper prizes to be won as well as gift vouchers. To enter, customers who purchase in participating stores can fill out an entry form and be included in the grand draw on December 19.

 


 
Above: Anthony Walsh, John McEnery, Killarney Chamber president Paul O'Neill, Michelle Cauley, Ann Marie Kennelly, Tanya O'Shea; back Tim Jones and Mark Gould. Pic: Dylan Clifford

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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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Staff and students highlight important message

By Michelle Crean Local students went to great efforts on Friday last to highlight a very important message about inclusion. Staff and students in Killarney Community College came together for ‘Stand Up Awareness Week’ as part of a national campaign where second-level schools take a stand against homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. All staff wore […]

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By Michelle Crean

Local students went to great efforts on Friday last to highlight a very important message about inclusion.

Staff and students in Killarney Community College came together for ‘Stand Up Awareness Week’ as part of a national campaign where second-level schools take a stand against homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying.

All staff wore a rainbow colour and students wore rainbow coloured accessories to show their support for the campaign as Killarney Community College is a diverse, inclusive, accepting, and welcoming safe space for everyone.

The majority of students made a particularly great effort in terms of wearing rainbow coloured accessories were awarded house points.

During the week, the LGBTI+ flag was hanging proudly in the school canteen. Transition Years decorated the General Purpose area with informative posters, and in SPHE classes, students learned about LGBTI+ terminology and history.

“It’s important that school is a safe and inclusive place for anyone attending regardless of their race, sex, religion or sexuality,” Principal, Stella Loughnane, said.

“I’m delighted that our school community marked the occasion and brought great colour while highlighting a very important message. One of the key words of our mission statement is inclusion making this awareness day a very apt one.”

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