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Community is at the heart of new zero waste business

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NEW ENTERPRISE: Staff pictured at the new 'Going Green' shop and cafe on Beech Road include: Bethany Wynne-Morgan, Maria Culebra, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan (KASI), Shamoli Akter, Majella O'Sullivan, Mary Wood, Susan McElligott and Olga Gaeva. Photo: Michelle Crean

By Michelle Crean

 

A brand new business is the first of its kind in Killarney town centre and ticks all the boxes when it comes to living a sustainable life.

Going Green KASI and Zero Waste/Refill Store, which has just opened its doors on Beech Road, is going against the grain by not only creating 10 jobs as the country once again enters lockdown - but is a combined cafe using organically grown and locally sourced goods from Killarney and surrounds. And it also provides eco friendly products such as washing up liquid and detergent which customers can come in and fill up their containers themselves, reducing packaging waste.

The former O'Brien's Sandwich Shop had just opened to the public when Level 5 restrictions came into force so for now they plan to operate as a take away service.

"This project ticks all the boxes from a social, environmental and economic impact," Marilyn Catapat-Counihan from Killarney Immigrant Support Centre (KASI), who is one of many who shear-headed the unique project, told the Killarney Advertiser.

"Community is at the heart of this project. It's a good team effort."

[caption id="attachment_34340" align="alignleft" width="307"] ECO FRIENDLY: Marilyn Catapat-Counihan pictured next to the eco-friendly items in the new 'Going Green' shop and cafe on Beech Road. Photo: Michelle Crean[/caption]

Customers are encouraged to bring their own reusable containers or jars and can stock up on spices, cereals, flour, pasta, herbs, etc., which helps save on packaging and waste - so they only pay for the produce not the packaging.

"The environmental side of the refill store is about raising awareness about how we could all be part of saving our planet."

All takeaway dishes and cups are compostable or recyclable, she added.

And most of the produce is from KASI's organic garden in Ballcasheen. The staff were involved in a social enterprise with St Oliver's NS but restrictions paused that project for now.

"The staff are already trained. And we aim also to support local producers with bread from Cormac Finn, Cheese from Wilma's in Killorglin, we get chicken from Michael Gleeson from Ballyhar, Mary Carroll from Faha supplies the pastry, and we have free range eggs, and milk from Ballymac. If we cannot get it locally we get it made in Ireland to reduce food miles. We're subtly raising awareness about making a difference for a greener environment."

During this period of lockdown the cafe will operate as a takeaway only as per Government guidelines, and will be open from 8.30am-4.30pm, Monday to Saturday.

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Weird and wonderful insurance policies

As it is January I thought I would start the year on a light hearted note. Lloyds of London is an insurance marketplace founded in a London coffee shop over 300 years ago. Today it is the world’s leading market for specialist insurance, from large maritime risks to space satellites. Here are some of the […]

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As it is January I thought I would start the year on a light hearted note.

Lloyds of London is an insurance marketplace founded in a London coffee shop over 300 years ago. Today it is the world’s leading market for specialist insurance, from large maritime risks to space satellites.

Here are some of the more interesting and obscure insurance policies put in place over the years.
· David Beckham insured his legs with Lloyds for £100m in 2006

· Dolly Parton has insured her 40dd breasts for £3.8m

· Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards hands are insured for $1.6m

· Michael Flatleys legs were insured for $47 Million. The policy was only in effect when he was touring and forbade him from dancing except on stage.

· James Dean took out a life policy for $100,000 just a week before his tragic death at the age of 25

· The actor Richard Burton purchased a 69.42 carat diamond from Cartier for $1.1 Million in 1969 as a gift for Elizabeth Taylor. It was the world’s most expensive diamond at the time. Once Lloyds had insured the diamond they specified that Taylor should wear it in public for only 30 days a year and even then be protected by security guards. The diamond was sold in 1978 for an estimated $5 Million which would equate to roughly $19 Million today.

· According to novelist and inventor Arthur C Clarke, director Stanley Kubrick wanted to take out insurance with Lloyds to protect himself against losses in the event that extra-terrestrial intelligence was discovered before his movie, ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ was released. Lloyds refused to quote for this one.

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Kerry to feature in new TG4 documentary on Wild Atlantic Way

Three episodes of a new ten-part TG4 series on the Wild Atlantic Way were filmed in County Kerry. The series, which started last Wednesday night this week, and continues every Wednesday for the next nine weeks, follows the Wild Atlantic Way from Donegal to Kerry. In this series ‘An Cósta Thiar’, presenter Áine Ní Bhreisleáin gains […]

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Three episodes of a new ten-part TG4 series on the Wild Atlantic Way were filmed in County Kerry.

The series, which started last Wednesday night this week, and continues every Wednesday for the next nine weeks, follows the Wild Atlantic Way from Donegal to Kerry.

In this series ‘An Cósta Thiar’, presenter Áine Ní Bhreisleáin gains an insight into the culture, challenges and benefits of living by the Atlantic and to find out if seawater still flows through the veins of its coastal communities.

On her travels, Áine will meet with the people of the coast, both young and old. She will spend time in the company of people who live and work by the sea, learning more about the attraction of these areas, and this life, through their eyes, stories and experiences. She will meet those communities and people who have a strong affinity with the coast and the sea, through new businesses, traditional livelihoods, recreational activities, ecology, birdwatching, eco-tours, swimming, boats (of all kinds) and more.

Áine began her journey at home in Gaoth Dobhair and heads to the wilds of Árainn Mhóir on the second leg of journey.
The third show platforms south Donegal while in week 4, Áine heads to the beautiful Achill Island.

Half way through her journey from Donegal to Kerry, Áine is in Carna in Conamara while in the the sixth programme, Áine continues her journey on the Galway coast, this time in Cois Fharraige

Áine visits Inis Oírr in the seventh programme, the smallest of the three Oileán Árainn, to explore how life has changed for islanders in recent generations through fishing, farming, tourism and sport.

In programme eight, Áine continues her journey, heading for the West Kerry coastline this time around, rowing with a local musician, Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich, a boatbuilder Eddie Hutch and even All-Ireland champions in Cumann Rámhaíochta an Daingin. She investigates the attraction of sea swimming for local women with local group ‘Snámh for the Soul’ goes foraging and paddleboarding with a woman who lives and breathes the sea and all it has to offer, Susan Feirtéar.

In the penultimate programme, Áine continues on her journey around the Corca Dhuibhne coast, exploring the history of trade in An Daingean with Brenda Uí Shúilleabháin and how the coast inspires artists with the talented Tomáisín Ó Cíobháin. She takes a class with local yoga instructor, Ails Ní Chonchúir and heads out to sea with local guide, Eoghan Ó Slatara, to learn about the islands on the west Kerry coast and she tastes some local seafood but she has to cook it first at the Dingle Cookery School.

Áine ends her journey in Uíbh Ráthach, in South Kerry. She gains a different perspective on the sea while snorkling with Gráinne Ní Ailín from Sea Synergy and surfing with Cian O’Connor, explores the long history of this coastal community from the time of the Milesians with poet and historian, Paddy Bushe, and learns about the Seine boat with a local TikToker, Séaghan Ó Suilleabháin, better known as The Kerry Cowboy, and is there a better way to finish her journey than a first visit to the majestic Sceilg islands?

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