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Aras Phadraig meeting sparks plenty of ideas

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DESPITE the dismal weather conditions, there was a full house for a public consultation meeting last night on the future use of the Aras Phádraig facility.

Individuals and organisations gathered at the Killarney Avenue Hotel, keen to have their say and share their ideas on how the building should be used for the benefit of the community.

Kerry County Council launched this public consultation process and Exodea Consulting Ltd has been appointed to carry out a feasibility study to assess the potential future use of the property on Lewis Road.

Groups keen to share their views included Killarney Musical Society, Killarney Cardiac Response Unit, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Macra Na Feirme, dancing schools, Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce and Killarney Boxing Club.

A series of interactive workshops produced numerous suggestions, with many common themes, including the use of the building in multi-purpose fashion, featuring the theatre, as well as reviving the facility as a community arts and culture hub.
The cathaoirleach of the Killarney Municipal District, Cllr Brendan Cronin, thanked the turnout and noted the enormous community interest in the revival of the Áras Phádraig. “The building is an important part of the town’s community and social infrastructure,” said Cllr Cronin.

In addition, Kerry County Council has launched an online survey through which people can share their views (http://killarney.ie/killarney-municipal-district/kerry-county-council/) or you can send or drop written submissions into Killarney Town Hall, for the attention of Micheal O Coileain, until February 19.
 


 
Above: At the the public consultation meeting about the Aras Phádraig were Bill Thorne, (Exodea Consulting), Niamh O’Sullivan (Head of Community Development, Kerry County Council), John Purcell Joanna Maher (Exodea Consulting) Micheal O Coilean (Killarney Municipal District), Fiona Callan and Kate Kennelly (Kerry Arts Officer) PICTURE: EAMONN KEOGH

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Coveted KY-1 plate goes to Hyundai for 2022

  The coveted KY-1 plate has been allocated to Adams of Tralee for the second year in a row. The county’s Hyundai dealership secured the coveted plate as a result of the Hyundai Tucson topping the individual model sales charts for 2021. Available in diesel, petrol and pug-in hybrid, the Tucson offers something for every motorists. […]

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The coveted KY-1 plate has been allocated to Adams of Tralee for the second year in a row.

The county’s Hyundai dealership secured the coveted plate as a result of the Hyundai Tucson topping the individual model sales charts for 2021.

Available in diesel, petrol and pug-in hybrid, the Tucson offers something for every motorists.

With the switch to full electric not far away, Adams of Tralee’s general manager Marcus O’Shea believes that hybrid offers the perfect transition from fossil fuelled-cars to electric.

“It is a steeping-stone towards full electric,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “It reduces the range anxiety for those not ready for full electric and it gets people used to new ways – plugging in the car at night at home will become normal and hybrid is the first step.”

The Tucson range has a model to suit all tastes and budgets. As well as being available in petrol, diesel or hybrid, each power variant is also available as in entry-level, mid or high specification formats.

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Hairdresser reveals women “open up” on safety while getting their hair done

By Sean Moriarty Nicole Coffey of Nicole’s Hair Salon on St Anne’s was inspired to run a fundraiser for a women’s refuge after hearing distressing stories from some of her clients. On Saturday last she offered a wash and blow-dry to clients and rather than charging them for the her services her customers made a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Nicole Coffey of Nicole’s Hair Salon on St Anne’s was inspired to run a fundraiser for a women’s refuge after hearing distressing stories from some of her clients.

On Saturday last she offered a wash and blow-dry to clients and rather than charging them for the her services her customers made a donation to Adapt Women’s Refuge in Tralee.

Nicole was inspired to run the charity day because a lot of her regular clients opened up to her while they were getting their hair done.

The timing of her charity day was poignant as it came just days after Ashling Murphy was murdered while out for a run in her own town of Tullamore.

“People open up while I do their hair, many of them would not know that there is a refuge in Kerry,” she told the Killarney Advertiser. “I have experience with clients who are struggling. I had this idea to create more awareness for Adapt.”

She raised €2,000 for Adapt and the cheque was handed over to the Tralee-based charity on Thursday night this week.

Such was the success of her charity day Nicole worked from 7am to 7pm and as well as cash donations customers also donated vouchers and care packs to the charity.

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