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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 CatapatCounihan 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.”

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

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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Go on…put the kettle on to help a good cause!

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TEA TIME: Nora Murphy, Mary Lehane and Betty Carmody, drinking a cuppa as they raise awareness about this year’s Virtual Tea for Motor Neurone Disease which takes place on June 21.

By Michelle Crean

June 21 is Global Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Awareness Day and one local group is calling for participants to get involved.

Christy Lehane, Chairman of Kerry Friends of Motor Neurone and Ambassador for the IMNDA, will take part in the Virtual Tea for MND fundraiser and awareness event.

“We never thought this time last year that 12 months later we would be doing Virtual Tea for MND,” Christy told the Killarney Advertiser.

“In these COVID times our fundraising efforts have all ceased, but sadly there is no slowing down of Motor Neurone Disease. Providing the support and services to our Motor Neurone sufferers is now more important than ever before. I am now appealing to all you good people and friends who have supported us in the past to please hear my plea. I myself will drink Virtual Tea for MND again this year. So go on, put on the kettle and take out the china tea pot and get family and friends around to the garden for a brew and a catchup for a great cause. If you do not feel comfortable with having people around, you can go very modern and go Zooming and encourage your friends to do so also. I am aware that some of our MND sufferers are themselves organising Virtual Tea Drinking get togethers.”

Participating SuperValu stores are on board again this year providing tea bags etc. to raise awareness of MND, and staff will be asking shoppers for donations for the IMNDA starting on June 7 to 21.

“I seldom seek donations and financial support, but perhaps in these COVID times when our need is greatest you might be moved to help us.”

Every year MND Associations across the globe mark June 21 as a special day of recognition where the International Alliance of ALS/MND Associations across the world undertake a range of activities to raise awareness and keep focused on the search for the cause, treatment and eventual cure for this terrible disease.

You can donate to www.imnda.ie or if you can contact Christy Lehane Chairman of Kerry Friends of Motor Neurone and Ambassador for the IMNDA on 087 9671011.

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Laura’s new look for Leaving Cert

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NEW LOOK: Laura Cronin, who is currently sitting her Leaving Cert, cut 14 inches off her hair for The Rapunzel Foundation.

By Michelle Crean

Rathmore’s Laura Cronin headed into her Leaving Cert exams this week with a whole new look after transforming her hairstyle for charity.

Laura, daughter of Una and Donal from Rathbeg, cut 14 inches off her hair for The Rapunzel Foundation.

As her long locks didn’t get cut over the last year Laura decided to get a good chop in Katelynn’s Hair Design in Rathmore instead, and use the left over hair to create wigs for sick children.

“I thought, rather than trim it I’d cut a lot off,” Laura, who hopes to study pharmacy in college, told the Killarney Advertiser. “I wanted to cut off a lot of it, I was sick of long hair. I said that if there’d be enough I’d donate it as it’d be a shame to see it on the floor.”

Laura said that hopefully it can make a child happy if it allows them to receive a specially made wig for their First Holy Communion, or a similar occasion.

“I’d encourage anyone who has long hair to think about what they could do with it.”

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€1m upgrade for Killarney store

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INVESTMENT: DV8 have invested €1m to update their store in the Killarney Outlet Centre. Pictured at the reopening were staff members: Clodagh McCarthy (Store Manager), Lorraine McGough (Assistant Manager), Anuka Altanson and Sarah Murphy. Photo: Don MacMonagle

A popular Killarney fashion shop, which reopened last week, securing up to 15 jobs, has had a facelift after a €1 million investment.

Leading fashion retailer DV8, which has a network of over 50 stores across Ireland, reopened its 4,000 square feet store in the Killarney Outlet Centre.

And customers admired the new look.

DV8 sells over 40 top fashion clothing brands as well as footwear and accessories in its stores and online at www.dv8fashion.com. The hip fashion house is well-known for its uber cool shop interiors and has dedicated customers across Ireland and the UK.

“We are delighted to be reopening our new store in Killarney and confident it will compliment the existing retail offering in the town, with DV8’s unique range of male and female clothing and footwear,” David Scott from DV8 said.

“We think local shoppers will enjoy the DV8 experience, including the top fashion brands and excellent customer service.”

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