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SPECIAL DELIVERY: Postman Denis Cronin from Woodlawn pictured on his daily rounds delivering the Killarney Advertiser to Alice and Pat O'Sullivan at Valley Farmhouse, Minish.

By Michelle Crean

Cocooning at home is the safest option for the older members of the community – however local postmen and women are making it a little bit easier by providing extra services.

One such worker is Woodlawn resident and postman Denis Cronin who says he’s more than happy to check-in or drop in messages along his daily route.

Up at 5.30am to sort the post, Denis is then on the road from 8am until about 1.30pm, and it’s not just typical letters or parcels that he’s delivering.

As part of An Post’s latest ‘Request a Check-In’ strategy to help an older or vulnerable person who is feeling isolated during the COVID-19 crisis, Denis and his colleagues are more than happy to help – even dropping off the Killarney Advertiser to peoples’ homes every week.

His route includes Pike Hill, Clash, Lissivigeen, Minish, Old Forge, Iron Mills, Tullaha, Gortahoosh, Crosstown and Ballagh.

“They’re thrilled to get the Killarney Advertiser to see what’s happening around the town,” Denis said this week.

“They’re used to getting it in town every week and when they don’t get it, they miss it.”

He said many of those isolated really miss their trips out but understand why it’s better and safer to stay at home. This means they cannot get out to do shopping and pick up other items such as prescriptions.

Denis, who has worked for An Post for 37 years, explained how some have his mobile number and often message him in the evening so that he can have the shopping ready for his next day deliveries.

“At the moment I’m delivering messages and we’re delighted to do it. They send a text the day before if they’re stuck for something. I bring the newspaper to one person every day. We stand a distance apart and have a chat, usually about the same things, either Coronavirus or the GAA! For some it’s their only contact with someone. I’m delighted to do it.”

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Therapy dog begins first day of school

By Michelle Crean A four-month-old puppy is the latest addition to school life at one local secondary school and his homework is to help students and staff. On Wednesday, there was great excitement as therapy dog Zoomer joined the school community at St Brigid’s on New Road – the second post primary school in the county […]

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By Michelle Crean

A four-month-old puppy is the latest addition to school life at one local secondary school and his homework is to help students and staff.

On Wednesday, there was great excitement as therapy dog Zoomer joined the school community at St Brigid’s on New Road – the second post primary school in the county to welcome such a dog.

It’s part of the My Canine Companion (MCC) charity which has a number of therapy dogs in schools across the country.

Deirdre Horgan from MCC paid a visit to schools looking for families for the charity’s socialisation programme. ​​​​​​

Zoomer is a mix of a sheepdog and a poodle and Deirdre’s dog Fifi is his mother.

In May Fifi had 10 puppies all named with the letter ‘z’. Just recently Fossa National School welcomed Zoomer’s sister Zazu to their classrooms, and puppy Zoro went to the CBS in Tralee.

The dogs not only provide comfort and support to pupils and students with Autism but to all in the school.

“There is an increasing body of research to support the benefit of a dog in school,” Ber O’Connor, a teacher in St Brigid’s, said.

Zoomer will be under the guidance of Ms O’Connor and some Transition Year students who will undertake a specific training programme for the therapy dog.

“The dog will be based in different rooms around the school but will have a timetable of interactions. We hope Zoomer settles in well and brings joy to many of our students lives. You can follow all the updates of Zoomer’s life on Instagram by following @zoomersbk or his TikTok account ‘zoomerthepuppy’.

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Brian James secures much sought after award

A local business is celebrating receiving a very special accolade – beating off stiff competition from UK and Irish retailers – by taking home the title of ‘Menswear Independent of the Year 2021’. Brian James, whose business is located on Main Street, secured the award at the internationally acclaimed Drapers Independents Awards in London last […]

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A local business is celebrating receiving a very special accolade – beating off stiff competition from UK and Irish retailers – by taking home the title of ‘Menswear Independent of the Year 2021’.

Brian James, whose business is located on Main Street, secured the award at the internationally acclaimed Drapers Independents Awards in London last week.

The highly respected and sought after Drapers Awards celebrate the very best of independent fashion retail and Brian James saw off exceptionally tough competition from other menswear stores to bring home this much coveted award.

Brian James were announced the winners at a celebratory luncheon in The Hilton London Bankside amongst fashion industry leaders and were presented with the iconic Drapers mannequin bust to much applause.

Commenting that Brian James has been a destination for fashion-conscious shoppers for more than 15 years, the judges praised Brian James’ strong “roster of brands” and said that it “offers an aspirational experience in Killarney”.

“Killarney is an incredible town to trade in – it is a brand in itself, offers the best of everything to those that are lucky to live here and an unbeatable experience for those that visit,” Brian O’Shea, who founded and runs Brian James for the last 15 years, said. “This award recognises Brian James and Killarney as a superior shopping destination town. Brian James and the other superb retailers in Killarney are an important piece of the jigsaw – the Park, the lakes and mountains, the hotels, restaurants and bars… it is the whole picture which guarantees the experience is first class.”

He added that his team are a key element of the experience at Brian James.

“My sincere thanks go to each of the team as without them we could not provide the customer experience and service we aim to ensure each and every time. Brian James’ success is also down to the partnerships we have developed over time with key international brands. On the store itself, of course we have relocated to our new super store on Main Street and more than doubled our floor space. Although it has been great to be able to design and create this stunning space to enhance the customer experience, it also allowed us to add more brands to our menswear mix. This year we will have added Hugo Boss and Eden Park to our familiar brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Gant, Barbour, Bugatti and Farah. The new space also plays host to ladies collections from Tommy Jeans, Calvin Klein, Diesel and Superdry and this is an exciting new element we are really enjoying too!”

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