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Country to move to Level 3 from December 1

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Taoiseach Micheál Martin has this evening (Friday) addressed the nation saying that Level 5 restrictions will be eased and will move to Level 3 - with some modifications - from December 1.

Earlier today the Cabinet met to sign off on the country’s exit from Level 5 restrictions.

Changes include:

  • Hotels, retail outlets, churches, gyms and museums, galleries, cinemas, and libraries to reopen from Tuesday, December 1.
  • Next Friday, December 4 cafes and restaurants (including hotel restaurants and bars) and pubs operating as restaurants (serving a substantial meal) are to reopen. Hotels are also set to reopen for indoor dining with additional restrictions, including a requirement for meals to be prepared on site, inside the premises. However, wet pubs must operate as a take-away service only. Additional supports will be made available to them.
  • People are asked to stay in their county until December 18 when it comes to travel.
  • From December 1, people are being asked to wear masks outdoors in busy streets and in places of worship.
  • Work from home unless absolutely necessary to attend in person.
  • Weddings may proceed, but with a limit of 25 guests for ceremony and reception.
  • Religious services open with a maximum of 50 people.
  • Up to 25 mourners can attend funerals.
  • Non contact training only in pods of up to 15 (for example: golf, tennis, horse riding, hunting, Gaelic games, soccer, outdoor basketball).

The Taoiseach said that the constant battle with COVID-19 “is tough and mentally exhausting” but added “we now have the second lowest infection rate in the European Union”.

“The Government has considered carefully the advice of NPHET, we have listened to and studied all the information available to us.”

As we exit Level 5 restrictions, he added, “we do so with a deep desire not to go back”.

“2020 has been a remarkable year, a year we’ve made huge sacrifices for the common good. We will come through this together.”

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Free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer

Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30). The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney. The workshop, which […]

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Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30).

The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney.

The workshop, which takes place via Zoom at 6.30pm, is aimed at children who have been impacted by cancer in any way and will also see Katie read from her debut children’s book, ‘‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’.

Workshop facilitator, Katie, has worked for many years as a child and young people’s therapist with the NHS, before returning to her native Killarney this year. Her background is in fine art and design and she has a Masters degree in Art Psychotherapy.

If you would like to register your child for this free online workshop, please contact Recovery Haven Kerry on 066 7192122 to book your place.

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Not to be for Killarney as Waterford named Best Place to Live in Ireland

While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021. While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, […]

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While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021.

While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, Co Cork, Galway city and the village of Glaslough in Co Monaghan.

Among the things which impressed the judges about Waterford were its beautiful buildings, its liveability, its pedestrian friendly public space, its weather, and its easy access to the Comeragh Mountains and the Copper Coast.

The Chair of the judging panel Conor Goodman congratulated Killarney on its fine showing in the competition.

“Given the level of entries and the extremely high standard of those entries, making it into the Best 5 Places to Live in Ireland really is a wonderful achievement which I’m sure everyone in Killarney and Kerry is really proud of. We were delighted with the level of interest in the competition and would like to thank everyone who nominated a place or who engaged with us on it.”

The Irish Times Best Place to Live in Ireland contest, which is supported by Randox Health, began in June.

In total 470 locations were nominated by more than 2,400 people from all 32 counties for the title of ‘Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021’.

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