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Chef Treyvaud grills the Government

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney restaurateur Paul Treyvaud has warned that the hospitality sector “is in serious trouble”, and to expect “carnage” as restaurants and bars will be forced to close for good this winter.

The well-known chef, who operates a restaurant that bears his name on High St, was invited to address the Government’s Joint Committee on Tourism, Culture, Arts, Sport and Media following the announcement that indoor dining is set to be postponed until at least July 19.

Mr Treyvaud called on the elected politicians to reverse this week’s announcement and asked that they take his concerns back to their respective parties and Government leaders.

“The biggest issue yet to arise will be the absolute carnage that will follow this winter when so many restaurants will simply go bust as soon as the subsidies stop. They will fall off the cliff, and unfortunately a lot have and already closed their doors. Some have fallen but just haven’t realised it yet,” he told the committee. “Our industry is in serious trouble. We are going to see bars and restaurants closing.”

Treyvaud also warned that the proposed vaccine passport plan is unworkable and that he and his staff cannot police it.

“This is impossible to implement. How can I stand at my door and ask who is vaccinated? I might as well be asking someone what colour underpants they are wearing,” he said.

In May this year he launched a national campaign, called #ThePlan.

“All we wanted was to have the same level playing field as hotels were given and be allowed to open on June 2,” he said.

He was critical of the Government’s relationship with NPHET.

“We should not ignore NPHET’s advice but it seems to order [the Government],” he added, “NPHET advises and then the Government decides – [not ordered].”

The meeting was attended by several politicians including Kerry TD Brendan Griffin.

While he disagreed with Treyvaud’s concerns on the vaccine passport he did agree with other points raised.

“Other countries are using it [vaccine passport] and it has worked well,” Deputy Griffin said. “What is the logic in dining [indoors] in a hotel and not being able to dine [indoors] in the restaurant next door.”

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Christmas magic begins as Santa arrives in Killarney

He came dashing through the town on Saturday night and packed streets greeted him with huge excitement. Yes, that’s right – Santa Claus took some time out of his very […]

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He came dashing through the town on Saturday night and packed streets greeted him with huge excitement.

Yes, that’s right – Santa Claus took some time out of his very busy schedule and arrived to town for the annual switching on of the Christmas lights and magic parade.

The streets were lined with children and their families and they’d huge smiles on their faces when they spotted the man in the red coat making his way around the town on the colourful float.

Grace O’Hare was pictured with her dad Conor – she had the best seat in the town to watch Santa Claus as she was perched high on her dad’s shoulders.

It was the same for the Patterson family, Alex, Irene, Catherine and Robert, while Parade safety steward, Marie Brosnan-Leahy, was on hand to make sure everything went off OK.

Killarney Municipal District Councillors, Cllr Niall ‘Botty’ O’Callaghan, Cllr Donal Grady, Cathaoirleach Killarney Municipal District Cllr John O’Donoghue, Cllr Brendan Cronin, Cllr Marie Moloney, also enjoyed the occasion while the Sam Maguire took pride of place and centre stage in Killarney for the annual fun filled event.

And while he was in town Santa took some time off to have a chat with Killarney Advertiser columnist Marie Carroll-O’Sullivan – check it out on page 14 of this week’s edition.

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Women’s health the focus of HeartBeat meeting

By Sean Moriarty HeartBeat Killarney will present a special meeting dedicated to women’s health next week. Hosted by HeartBeat nurse Anna O’Donoghue, the meeting tomorrow evening (Tuesday) will feature specific […]

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HeartBeat Killarney will present a special meeting dedicated to women’s health next week.

Hosted by HeartBeat nurse Anna O’Donoghue, the meeting tomorrow evening (Tuesday) will feature specific discussions on every decade of women’s lives.

Special guest on the evening will be Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Dr Mary McCaffrey.

“Topics will include hormones and how they affect health from puberty, the importance of bone health, a cameo on female cardiac symptoms, heart health and mid-life, as well as common health symptoms specific to women’s well-being,” said HeartBeat chairman Billy O’Sullivan.

“We welcome women of all ages to this important meeting which is an opportunity not to be missed, especially if you have health worries.”

The meeting will take place at 8pm at the Parish Centre on Park Road.

It will be followed by a Q&A session and there is an optional blood pressure and pulse clinic from 7.30pm.

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