Over the past number of weeks Kerry County Council has been working closely with other agencies and key sectors in the local economy on the rollout of supports and initiatives to assist businesses and support the economic recovery in the county.
As businesses in Kerry begin to reopen in line with the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business, it is critical that they can welcome and cater for their customers safely. As part of this effort, Kerry County Council is developing and implementing plans to ensure that towns and villages are open for business and are recognised as safe environments for commercial businesses to operate, and for members of the public to visit while adhering to public advice and travel and other restrictions.
Understanding the potential impact of public health guidelines and social distancing requirements on businesses, particularly the 2m wide physical distancing requirement, the Council has been developing plans to help people visiting shops and business premises around Kerry. The initial phase will begin in the coming days and will see the installation of signage in towns and villages, highlighting social distancing measures. Similar works have been carried out by Council staff at beach car parks and public amenities over the past number of weeks.
Further measures are under development by the Council to ensure street space can be shared safely by pedestrians, cyclists, public transport and cars and to accommodate and promote street usage by commercial premises so that they can operate according to public health guidelines.
In developing these town and village mobility plans, Kerry County Council will engage closely with businesses and business interests to ensure that these plans will be able to further unlock the ability of premises to conduct their business. The support of the elected members of Kerry County Council continues to be a critical part in ensuring there is a strong, collaborative approach to the reopening of the Kerry economy in the months and years ahead.
“We are very aware of the need for businesses to re-start, but at the same time it is critical that the streets in our towns and villages can accommodate business activity safely,” Chief Executive Moira Murrell stated.
“Significant work has already been carried out by Council staff in developing simple but effective ways of ensuring that social distancing can be maintained while ensuring that businesses can resume trading and provide their goods and services to customers. This will include standards for queuing requirements and other retail aspects to assist the social distancing restrictions that must be maintained into the future.”
Katie celebrates 20 years in business
If you enjoy what you do, sure it’s not work at all – and that has been the case for Katie Hickey who has been in business locally for two decades. For the past 20 years Katie has been successfully running Sheer Beauty which is now located at 1 Hogans Lane (Hillary’s Lane). She […]
If you enjoy what you do, sure it’s not work at all – and that has been the case for Katie Hickey who has been in business locally for two decades.
For the past 20 years Katie has been successfully running Sheer Beauty which is now located at 1 Hogans Lane (Hillary’s Lane).
She said that it was a milestone she felt she may not reach on more than one occasion after coming through a pandemic, a recession, a re-location, and three maternity leaves.
However, she said that the loyalty of her clients over the years have given her great encouragement.
“Sincere thanks to my clients past and present who, without doubt, have been the reason I kept going,” Katie said.
Originally located in Fleming’s Lane for 19 years, Katie then re-located her business to Hogan’s Lane in Norma’s Flair for Hair.
“The beauty industry has evolved so drastically over the past 20 years. For me it is keeping things simple and enjoyable. Realising a client’s needs may not be the treatment itself but the time you give to them. Through the years you get to know your clients so well and some beautiful friendships have developed. I hope my clients have gained from me what I have from them. I have so many people I would like to thank and I will personally, but without doubt my husband Andrew and my family, 20 years in business would not have been achieved.
“ She has remained loyal to the brands she has carried over the years including Lycon Waxing, Aviva Tanning, Shellac and Jessica Manicure and Pedicure.
“I was also delighted to bring on board the fabulous facial range that is Killarney Organic. Killarney has been incredibly kind to me. I’m so proud to be part of such a wonderful community. If the past 19 months have proved anything for business it is together we are stronger.”
County Board open to GAA museum proposals
By Sean Moriarty The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county. There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built […]
By Sean Moriarty
The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county.
There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built in their home town.
Before he retired from politics in April, Michael Gleeson was campaigning to build a GAA and cultural museum on the grounds of Fitzgerald Stadium.
His campaign goes back several years before the recession set in, with a €0.5 million bridging loan secured from Croke Park along with funding from Fáilte Ireland. That funding was lost with the onset of the recession before 2010.
Tim Murphy, the outgoing chairman of the Kerry County Board, has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser that no approaches have been made to the County Board at executive level during his five year stint at the helm.
However, he said the Board would be open to such approaches provided there is sound financial planning behind the project in place.
“The first and most important aspect is the capital funding and my understanding is there needs to be Fáilte Ireland funding in place first,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “If it gets up and running, there needs to be very clear talks with all stakeholders so everyone knows each others expectations. A museum attracts footfall, but it costs a lot of money to run. We would offer an open door policy to all proposals but funding, first from a capital point of view and then from an operational point of view, will need to be in place.”
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