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Chamber launches campaign to help rebuild local businesses



SUPPORT LOCAL: Paul Sherry (President of the Killarney Chamber of Commerce) and Eileen O'Donoghue (Killarney Municipal District) pictured launching a high-profile 'Shop Local' campaign and a public survey. Photo: Michelle Crean


By Michelle Crean

As Killarney town moves from the restrictions of the COVID-19 lockdown with Phase 2 of the Government’s easing of restrictions introduced this week, Killarney Chamber has launched not one – but two campaigns – to help businesses emerge from the crisis somewhat unscathed.

With the majority of businesses closed for up to two months, there’s no doubt that most have suffered an enormous impact – but that’s all set to change as the Chamber has launched a high profile ‘Shop Local’ campaign and is also appealing to the public to engage with an online survey ‘Let’s Talk About Town’ to find out what is needed for business recovery.

Last March, at the start of the lockdown, the Chamber erected a giant banner over Main Street with a very direct message to the people ‘Take care of yourselves and each other. #Love Killarney’.

Now, more than ever, ‘shop local, whenever possible’ is the key message from the Chamber, explained President Paul Sherry.

“During lockdown, we assured the people that we were with them every step of the way and that anything that could be done to assist them would be done,” he said.

“Our message now is that we are getting through this together and, with everybody’s support, there will be better days ahead in this wonderful town,” he added.

“The shops, restaurants, hotels, pubs and everybody in business in Killarney are creating jobs and ensuring families are looked after. Online shopping played a part during the COVID lockdown, but our appeal now is for people to think local and to shop local as we will all get through this together, side by side, working to make Killarney a better place to live in and to shop in.”

Inclusive voice

Meanwhile, he’s asking for people to share their views on how to better help Killarney town via the survey.

“The aim is to engage with local people living and working in Killarney about what's important to them, what they need from the business community and measures they would like to see implemented as we move towards creating a safe, progressive and inclusive Killarney. The survey will be open for two weeks; please spread the word as much as you can,” he said.

“Towns and businesses must rebuild and we want the changes in Killarney to reflect a collective and inclusive voice so that we do it mindfully and with strength. Therefore, we are encouraging as many of you as possible to please engage with us and complete the survey. We all need to rebuild together and this survey will serve as a starting point in changing the way we do business and how to better satisfy the needs of our customers, locals and visitors."

The survey can be found on

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Detox Wrap will leave you feeling energised

It may be the last few weeks of the holidays but, it is no better time treat yourself to a body detox wrap. This wrap is suitable for males and […]




It may be the last few weeks of the holidays but, it is no better time treat yourself to a body detox wrap.

This wrap is suitable for males and females.
This wrap will boost your energy levels and make you feel like yourself again. Having loads of BBQs and nights out or feeling bloated and sluggish, unmotivated.
This wrap is a great way to boost energy by increasing lymphatic drainage, which helps the body’s natural detox system to release bad toxins. By aiding the lymphatic system and increasing the negative, harmful toxins. Your body will immediately start to feel better, more motivated, and increased energy. Your skin will feel better and bring your glow back.

The process is having sea clay applied all over the body, followed by bandages wrapped in a specific way to lift and firm the skin and finally you are tucked up in a heated blanket….. to sweat out the negative toxins. following the treatment, you have a three-day detox, no tea, coffee, fried fatty foods, fizzy drinks, processed foods or even a shower to leave the active clay and get to work on the lymphatic system.

This is a seriously great treatment, that really works if you follow the process. As the heat from the blanket helps to open your pores on the body the sea clay can go into the deep layers of the skin, when you unwrap the clay is trapped in the skin and its ingredients get to work.

Bentonite has excellent drainage properties for full detox and skin clarification.

Magnesium sulphate stimulates peripheral skin circulation, exfoliating and anti-inflammatory.
Magnesium Chloride has valuable mineral salt and permits cellular balance, combats stress and fluid retention, and has anti-bacterial properties.

Zinc oxide, bacterium properties and anti-inflammatory.

Sodium Chloride detoxifies tissues and tightens the skin.

They work best the longer they are left on the skin and the longer you detox. I wouldn’t claim a 2-hour treatment can do amazing results without the homework. The clay isn’t dirty looking on the skin, it looks more like a cloud of chalky dust on the outer skin, the active properties have been absorbed into the skin.
The skin may feel a little different while the clay is working, but the results are worth it. It’s a great treatment after weight loss, pregnancy, liposuction or just re-energises you as a whole.
for more information or to make an appointment call Jill at 064-6632966


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Puck Goat removed from platform in searing heat

Organisers of Puck Fair have taken King Puck down from his platform to protect the wild mountain goat from the heat. Today mark’s day two of the three-day fair in […]




Organisers of Puck Fair have taken King Puck down from his platform to protect the wild mountain goat from the heat.

Today mark’s day two of the three-day fair in Killorglin town. As part of the fair’s tradition a wild mountain goat presides over the town from his tall platform over the course of the three days.

Organisers employ a dedicated vet to look after the goat and a team of experienced goat handlers are also on duty for the duration of the festival.

There is also a temperature monitoring device on the platform.

As temperatures hit 29 degrees today (Thursday), the vet and handlers decided it was safer for the goat to be removed from the platform for the rest of the day.

“He is currently resting in the shade,” spokesperson Marcella O’Connor told the Killarney Advertiser. “The handlers were monitoring him in case it got too hot, the decision was made to take him down, and the vet says he is happy.”

A decision will be made tomorrow (Friday) on the goat’s return to the platform for the final day of the fair.


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