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Colourful Pride festival comes to Kerry

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Just when you thought Pride was over, the Kingdom stands apart - as Kerry is to host its own festival this weekend - with in-person, COVID-safe events taking place across Killarney, Tralee, Listowel, and Waterville.

From tomorrow (Friday) to Sunday, events will take place supplemented by online events for those who chose to celebrate remotely, whether they are located elsewhere across Kerry, Ireland, or indeed the world.

The festival will run across three days and includes a schedule of hikes, swims, picnics in pods, drag karaoke, quiz night and family-friendly events. Full event details, including information and links for ticketed events, are available at www.kingdompride.ie.

Pride is important all year round, and not just in big urban centres. While the main focus of the public and the media’s attention has been on the fantastic Pride celebrations in Ireland’s main cities throughout June, it is often forgotten that LGBTQI+ communities exist throughout Ireland, from big cities to small rural communities. With this in mind, Kingdom Pride organises this annual event to highlight and celebrate those LGBTQI+ individuals that make up the fabric of Ireland’s regional towns and villages.

“In a time that has been isolating for so many, Pride couldn’t come at a better point," Morgan Queeney, Chairperson of Kingdom Pride, said. "Our Pride’s theme is 'Year of the Phoenix'. Every social community is rising from the ashes and being reborn, and we aim to do the same. Our goal is to deliver hope, fun, and colour into life in Kerry for our community and our many allies.”

The festival is being organised by Kingdom Pride, a voluntary group of LGBTQI+ activists in Kerry. The group has an advisory panel of community supports that include the Listowel Family Resource Center; ScEEN In Kerry; Jigsaw Kerry; Trans Kerry Support Group; Kerry Diocesan Youth Service (KDYS); BLM Kerry; Tralee International Resource Centre (T.I.R.C.); CYPSC Kerry; LINC Out Kerry; Gay Project; and Kerry Adolescent Youth Counselling.

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Relief as indoor dining finally resumes

By Michelle Crean After almost 500 days of closures the sense of relief was evident this week as restaurants, cafés and bars were finally allowed to welcome customers back in. Some had reopened for outdoor dining previously to help keep their businesses afloat but it was back to normal on Monday. According to the new […]

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By Michelle Crean

After almost 500 days of closures the sense of relief was evident this week as restaurants, cafés and bars were finally allowed to welcome customers back in.

Some had reopened for outdoor dining previously to help keep their businesses afloat but it was back to normal on Monday.

According to the new rules as set out by Fáilte Ireland and the Government, in order for customers to access indoor service, they must show proof that they are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months. Those who are not yet vaccinated can only be served outside.

A maximum of six people aged 13 and over are allowed per table and it’s advised that face coverings be worn when not at the table, there is no time limit, customers can only eat or drink at a table and not at the bar or counter, and one person must give their details for contract tracing purposes. Live music and dancing is not allowed.

The Killarney Advertiser spoke to a number of businesses this week and overall the feeling was relief that they can finally get back to normal service but the issue of staffing still remains.

Brian Murphy from Courtney’s Bar said he was feeling nervous.

“I’m feeling nervous as we don’t have enough staff,” he said. “It’s a Monday so hopefully we can cope. Things will settle down and we’ll find a level we are all happy with.”

At the Porterhouse Restaurant Lee O’Callaghan said “It’s great to be back open and have people coming into the restaurant”.

“Hopefully we have a long season after being closed for so long.”

Staff at Reidy’s, Ellen Shannon, Rory Carroll and Jack Sweeney, added that they’re delighted to return to indoor dining.

“Hopefully we get back to normal soon and to brighter days ahead.”

At Jimmy Brien’s Bar in Fair Hill, customers echoed the same sentiments about being finally open.

“We are delighted to be back,” Danjoe Aherne said.

“We appreciate everything Alan Breen has done for us. We’re glad to be back home again!” Charlie Buckingham said.

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Time to get your skates on!

By Sean Moriarty People of Killarney are being urged to have their say on a new skateboard park before next week’s deadline. A public consultation on the project has been launched by Kerry County Council. Cllr Donal Grady, who first put forward the idea of a Killarney skateboard park in 2018, is urging the people […]

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By Sean Moriarty

People of Killarney are being urged to have their say on a new skateboard park before next week’s deadline.

A public consultation on the project has been launched by Kerry County Council.

Cllr Donal Grady, who first put forward the idea of a Killarney skateboard park in 2018, is urging the people of the town to have their say.

It is proposed to build the park on land adjacent to the Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre with help and support from the KDYS.

“In 2017 a group of skateboard enthusiasts approached me, they had no designated safe area to enjoy their sport. Sport is vital for youths, stakeboarding increases metabolism, improves balance and enhances coordination use,” Cllr Grady told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Skateboarding is now an Olympic sport. I commend Kerry County Council, management, engineers and the planning team for getting the project to this stage, it’s now up to the people of Killarney to have their say. It’s vital positive submissions are lodged by Wednesday, August 25,”

Submissions can be lodged to the Playground Unit, Finance Dept, Kerry County Council.

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