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Barraduff centre included in major remote working initiative

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By Michelle Crean

A community organisation has been selected as one of 200 hubs across the country that is part of a major initiative by the Government.

REMOTE WORKING: Barraduff Community Hub has been selected as part of a major remote working initiative by the Government.

Barraduff Community Hub Barraduff Community Field Organisation (BCFO) is now officially on the Connected Hubs Network – making remote working a reality for thousands.

The centre was developed to cater for the increased demand for remote, flexible and hybrid working models - and is perhaps one of the positive things to come from COVID-19.

It also allows people make adjustments for a better work-life balance and encourage workers to use the hours they would have spent commuting in a more worthwhile way.

The announcement was made as part of a national awareness campaign launched to promote the benefits of working from a hub.

"The committee are delighted that Barraduff Community Hub is open for business and workers can book desk space on the Connected Hubs website or on the recently launched Connected Hubs Mobile App, on the Barraduff Community Hub profile page," committee member, Tadhg O'Shea, told the Killarney Advertiser.

BCFO is a not-for-profit organisation made up of a group of volunteers working together to improve the lives of people in their local community and beyond.

Flexible Hot-desking

Barraduff Community Hub is a facility with 1GB fibre broadband offering flexible fixed and hot-desking for remote workers, students, a low-cost base for any business start-ups and affordable office space to rent.

BCFO's main aim is to serve local needs for any training, e-learning courses, meetings or get-togethers. Their packages include free parking, 24/7 building access, secure key fob entry, CCTV, kitchen facilities and access to a walking track and exercise facilities.

Barraduff Community Hub is centrally located on the doorstep to Ireland’s tourist capital Killarney which is 10 km away, in the peaceful and tranquil setting of Barraduff Village. The facility is walking distance to a crèche, primary school, shop, pubs, hairdressers, butchers, laundrette, petrol station and restaurant.

"BCFO is a progressive organisation and we are always trying to improve and enhance the facilities and opportunities we can offer the local and wider community," he added.

"We would like to thank everyone who helped us on our journey so far to make this facility a reality for our community and we look forward to more improvements and developments in the near future."

For more information you can phone Tadhg 086 8373951, Paul 087 6111190, Oliver 087 2653045 or email barraduffcfo@gmail.com.
 

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Kerry base confirmed for Rás Mumhan

By Sean Moriarty Preliminary details of the Rás Mumhan have been announced by Cycling Munster. The four-day international cycle race will, once again, be based at the Riverisland Hotel in […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Preliminary details of the Rás Mumhan have been announced by Cycling Munster.

The four-day international cycle race will, once again, be based at the Riverisland Hotel in Castleisland and will run from Good Friday until Easter Monday.

The final route has not yet been revealed but it is expected to follow a similar path to the 2022 edition.

Last year, due to organisational difficulties, the Rás Mumhan committee asked local clubs to take charge of each day of the race.

Killarney Cycling Club hosted the Easter Saturday leg of the race, including managing the stage start in the town centre, the Category One mountain climb at Bealach Oisin Pass and the stage finish in Sneem.

“We are looking forward to seeing everyone at Easter and we wish all the riders the best of luck in their preparations for the event. Further details to follow as they are confirmed,” said Race Secretary Sinéad Moriarty.

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Showcasing Killarney to an influential audience

Kerry’s hospitality professionals turned out in style for the Skal President’s Dinner on Saturday night. It’s the social highlight of the year for professional tourism and travel organisations and it […]

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Kerry’s hospitality professionals turned out in style for the Skal President’s Dinner on Saturday night.

It’s the social highlight of the year for professional tourism and travel organisations and it was also a perfect opportunity to show the best of Killarney. Held in the Plaza Hotel, it was hosted by Kerry Skal President Michelle Rosney who used the occasion to highlight the best of Killarney’s performing arts talent, cuisine and locally produced drinks. There were special performances on the night by singers and dancers from St Brigid’s Presentation Secondary School and the West End House School of Arts who brought The Liberator, Daniel O’Connell, back to life for one night only to deliver a passionate dramatisation of a famous speech. Skal is the largest international hospitality networking organisation in the world with 13,000 members in 308 clubs in almost 90 countries. Fáilte Ireland Chairman Paul Carty said in his speech that the contribution Killarney has made to the Irish tourism industry should not be underestimated. He added that the tourism industry supports over 3,500 jobs in Killarney and over 7,000 in the rest of Kerry. He said the hard work put in by tourism professionals in Killarney over the years is paying off and when Fáilte Ireland surveyed hundreds of domestic and international tourists, at the height of the season last August, they couldn’t speak highly enough of their experience with 97 percent saying they were very satisfied. “The national figure is 90 percent so Killarney is actually seven percent higher than the national average and that’s truly exceptional,” he said. Over 55 percent of visitors to Killarney also spend time in other parts of Kerry and towns, like Dingle, Kenmare and Tralee, and really benefit from the spin-off.

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The Fáilte Ireland chairman said his organisation is acutely aware what Killarney has faced in recent years and the challenges it currently faces and every support possible will be provided to help.

Mr Carty said Fáilte Ireland last year launched a destination experience and development plan for Killarney and that will see the town reach its full potential through sustainability and the development of year-round tourist attractions.

He said costs were also a big concern with energy bills, in particular, going through the roof and putting businesses under serious pressure.

Staffing was another serious problem for the industry as so much talent was lost during the pandemic.

“An awful lot of great people left our industry and they’re not coming back, so there is a great shortage,” he said, adding that Fáilte Ireland was working hard to overcome the difficulties being experienced.

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