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Chef Collab aims to highlight young talent

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Chef Collab is a novel initiative aimed at highlighting and nurturing talented young chefs in Killarney and around Ireland. Kerry Chef of the Year Chad Byrne, who is the Group Development Chef at the Gleneagle Group and Head Chef at the Brehon, initially set up Chef Collab with four of his peers. So what is it?

Chad explains: “There are a lot of chefs leaving the industry so the initiative behind Chef Collab was to make it exciting for them. We send them off to some of the best restaurants in the country, and when they come back to Killarney their mentors will come back down with them. Then we’ll do a pop-up in a different venue most months. It’s all about highlighting the young guys in the craft and just to give them a platform to shine.”

Chad says the events are a win-win. “They sell out very fast. It’s only €25. And the food is the best food you’ll get any Monday night anywhere in the country. Period. I’d put my house on it. The dudes that we have cooking are the crème de la crème in the business and they’re willing to come down and give their time for free, inspiring young guys and girls to go to the next level.”

The Chef Collab is going nationwide next month with a double event in Waterford and Cork but Chad and co. will be bringing it back to Killarney every second month. Chad is passionate about the initiative and he hopes it will help our town to become a major player in the food game.

“We’re using the Collab as our first small step in making Killarney a culinary hub, like Dingle and Galway are. We have some of the best suppliers locally, the produce that we have is unbelievable, and it’s just to highlight that fact and keep the young chefs interested.”

Their next event, which is already sold out, takes place in Courtney’s on Monday night and will be attended by a host of elite chefs, major industry players and some exciting local talents.

It’s a fantastic idea and we wish Chad and his colleagues all the best. Keep an eye out for more Chef Collab updates in future editions of the Killarney Advertiser.

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Dancing classes set to unite communities

By Michelle Crean There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities. KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities.

KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, has teamed up with dance instructor John Moriarty to teach both Ukrainians and multiple cultures living in Kerry Irish set dancing steps from next week.

The first class will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting next week (September 27) at St Mary’s Parish Hall at 6.30pm and all are welcome to join.

The idea is to help Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry to come and have fun and get to know locals better, KASI coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have a women’s group for all ages where we do crochet, sewing and art and crafts, where they can talk which is good. I had the music on and they were dancing. I asked if they would like to do dancing classes so I organised it with John Moriarty who is well known in Killarney.”

She added that the women are very excited to learn set dancing and get to know other people from the area.

“Sometimes when you meet new people the language can be a barrier and when you’re dancing everybody is moving. He will open it to everyone so there’ll be integration, it’s fun as well. They are all very excited.”

To find out more contact John on 086 1579381.

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Multiple Sclerosis Walk celebrates 20 years

By Sean Moriarty The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers. On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers.

On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk takes place over the Old Kenmare Road.

First run in 2002, this year’s event will celebrate 20 years since its foundation but two years were lost as a result of the pandemic.

This year’s walk will be limited to 150 people – three coach loads – so event organisers can cut back on running costs.

It will only be possible to participate in this year’s event if walkers pre-register.

“Walkers must raise at least €40 to make it worthwhile,” organiser John O’Shea told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Spaces are limited, 150 people equals three coaches and we need smaller coaches to get into the start of the Old Kenmare Road as that is just a bog road. We have limited numbers for cost and operational reasons.”

Mr O’Shea thanked event sponsors O’Callaghan Coaches and The Gleneagle Hotel for their support of the event.

Registration forms can be obtained by calling John on 087 2348824.

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