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Compassionate COVID carer set for Killarney treat

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By Michelle Crean

So moved by the gripping RTE Investigates 'Inside Ireland's COVID Battle' that one local guesthouse owner has offered one of the carers a three night stay next weekend.

Ciara Roche who runs Killaran House on Park Road was so heartbroken as she watched Lisa Connolly's compassion towards a patient named Patrick when the programme aired in June, that she contacted her personally and invited her and her family to come to Killarney for a weekend away.

And Ciara hasn't stopped there either as she reached out on Facebook asking local businesses to offer their services over the weekend also.

So far, Lisa and her three sisters will enjoy a helicopter ride courtesy of Dermot Healy, a Jarvey ride with John Kearney to Ross Castle, free taxi service for the weekend from Killarney Hackney Cabs, hair and shellac nails by L&S Hair and Beauty, dinner for four on Friday night in Rozzers Restaurant, and carvery lunch in town on Sunday.

However, Ciara is now hoping that more businesses will come on board and offer a few more treats for the compassionate carer.

"I was so moved by Lisa Connolly's compassion towards Patrick, that I contacted her and invited herself and her family to join us for a weekend away," Ciara told the Killarney Advertiser.

"My mom passed away shortly before lockdown and my heart was breaking watching the programme. Also at the beginning of lockdown I joined a group on Facebook supporting nurses and there were nurses sleeping in their cars. I always wanted to do something for someone and felt this was it. Now herself and her three sisters are staying with us from August 14 for three nights. I put up a post on Facebook asking if any other businesses would like to offer them something and have received a good response but I feel a lot more businesses would probably like to get involved and perhaps didn’t see the post. My main concern is meals for them. I'm hoping a few might offer lunch or dinner and also if there's any company who'd like to offer their services to showcase Killarney to them."

Anyone who'd like to help can contact Ciara on 086 8121548 or info@killaranhousekillarney.com.

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Students awarded for their contribution to school life

By Michelle Crean Students were honoured for their contribution to school life this week during a special end of year awards ceremony. Held in the school gym on Wednesday afternoon, […]

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By Michelle Crean

Students were honoured for their contribution to school life this week during a special end of year awards ceremony.

Held in the school gym on Wednesday afternoon, the students from St Brigid’s Presentation were presented with a variety of awards from sport to science, music and visual art while Sixth Year student Saoirse Coffey received the Orla Benson Award.

“During this school year, our students have showcased their brilliance and extensive talents,” teacher Adrienne Brosnan, said.

“We are all so proud of these outstanding achievements across all aspects of school life. Awards day is a truly special occasion for all members of the St Brigid’s community and one which we relish the opportunity to celebrate. It is a time of anticipation, a time of excitement and a time of great joy. The awards that are presented are a testament to that dedication and we also acknowledge all the great work that is done by the teachers here in St Brigid’s.”

Sixth Year students also said their final goodbyes ahead of their State exams next month.

“We wish them the best of luck as they spread their wings and leave the shelter of St Brigid’s for the beginning of a new adventure.”

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Other awards winners were:

Anna Dunlea received the Contribution to Graphics award while Leah Vinluan got the Design and Communication Graphics award.

Clodagh O’Connor and Sarah O’Sullivan both received the Contribution to Visual Art award.

Abbie Finan was awarded Soccer: Player of the Year, Chloe Hue Senior Football: Player of the Year, Emily Buckley 1st Year Football: Player of the Year, Abbey Cronin 2nd Year Football: Player of the Year, and Andrea Murphy Junior Football; Player of the Year, Senior Basketball: Most Valued Player went to Tara Donnellan, the Minor Basketball: Most Valued Player was given to Ciara O’Sullivan and the Cadette Basketball: Most Valued Player went to Leah McMahon.

Kara Huggard earned herself the LCA Student of the Year, Sarah McGrath received the CEIST Award, Excellence in Science was awarded to Emma Myers and Jennie O’Mahony, while Rita Akhter received the Overall Contribution to STEM.

Bríd O’Connor who wrote the book Spark presented Saoirse O’Sullivan with the Outstanding Achievements in Music award.

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Businesses face closure due to staff shortages

Hospitality sector businesses might have to close a few days a week to off-set staff shortages. Fáilte Ireland last week launched a recruitment drive to attract part-time workers into hospitality […]

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Hospitality sector businesses might have to close a few days a week to off-set staff shortages.

Fáilte Ireland last week launched a recruitment drive to attract part-time workers into hospitality and tourism roles, where it is estimated that there is as much as a 40,000 shortage in such roles for the peak summer season.

Damien McCarthy of HR Consultancy firm HR Buddy, founded in Killarney but now based in the RDI Hub in Killorglin, said that workers are losing out due to a more cashless society.

“Hospitality businesses may have to consider shutting their doors or decreasing their operational hours during the peak summer season as many businesses such as bars, restaurants, cafes, B&Bs and hotels are struggling to find staff for the demand. The industry is suffering over these few current weeks in particular as many part-time student workers are not available due to college and Leaving Cert exams. This shows how dependant the industry has become on young student workers,” he said.

“Many service industry workers choose part-time or casual work in hospitality roles because of the tip bonus, but this has even been impacted negatively now as most tips are taxed because they are coming in electronically. The worker is losing out and this key attraction tool that existed when we were a more cash orientated society in pre-pandemic times, is now gone.”

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