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Digital hub plans to bring people back to South Kerry

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LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION: Sneem Digital Hub manager Aidan Murray with Mayor of Kerry Patrick O'Connor-Scarteen.

 

Sneem Digital Hub is now reverting attention back to the core aim of bringing people back to South Kerry to work remotely.

After an exceptionally busy summer with people co-working from the hub and having to turn people away due to COVID capacity restrictions, the hub is now ready for workers to return.

With one family having moved to the area, and a further four currently exploring the opportunity, it is evident that COVID-19 enforced remote working has led to many people realising that they can work and live wherever they would like without any negative impact to their current career or business goals.

"It's great to see the Sneem Digital Hub getting off to such a strong start, obviously COVID-19 social distancing would have limited numbers, however they have had an exceptionally busy couple of months,” manager Aidan Murray said.

I'm sure that even in the winter the Digital Hub in Sneem could be relatively, busy. It's great to see such hubs throughout Kerry giving people in rural areas options of alternative working arrangements, it also enables people to move to places like Sneem and continue their work from digital hubs. In the last few years it was great to see the Government and Kerry County Council assist the local hard working committee in helping get the digital hub up and running.”

County Mayor Patrick Connor-Scarteen paid a surprise visit to the hub last week.

“When someone moves from the likes of Dublin to somewhere like Sneem, they are eliminating traffic congestion and commutes, surrounding themselves in beautiful scenery, availing of a much healthier and safer lifestyle,” Patrick Connor-Scarteen told the Killarney Advertiser. “They become part of a vibrant and inclusive community, getting far more focused attention on their child’s education and development with lower pupil-teacher ratios. Added to that they are ensuring a lot more money in their pockets.”

Both the mayor and the hub manager believe that moving to South Kerry could have financial advantages for individuals too.
“They were paying €2,200 per month for a two-bed apartment in Dublin and could have moved to a six-bed house overlooking the sea in Sneem for €700. Together we calculated that the savings in rent would be the equivalent of a €36,000 pay rise for them, taking tax into account. The benefits of such a move are innumerable,” Mr Murray added.

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NPWS survey to find out impact of fires

By Michelle Crean The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April. The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find […]

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By Michelle Crean

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April.

The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find out the biological impacts of the fires in the 26,000 acre park.

The fires in April burned from Friday night on April 23 until around 12pm the following Monday when they were finally brought under control.

Parts of the Park were scorched resulting in flora and fauna being wiped out. Some fires came as close as 10 metres to a church and school in the Black Valley area.

Fires raged near Tomies Wood and fire crews from five different districts quenched fires near the properties under threat. A real threat was for The Oak Woods but fire fighters managed to avert danger.

The fire is believed to have begun on the Kenmare Road area escalated by the strong winds.

“The purpose of this tender is to commission a comprehensive survey of the impacts, and the chrono-sequence of fire recovery or otherwise, on lands burned over the past four decades, as well as surveys in unburned areas, in order to assess the biological impacts of the fires, in particular the fire of April 2021, on the biodiversity of Killarney National Park,” an NPWS spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Killarney spin will bring comfort to patients

By Michelle Crean Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town. Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22. This year due to COVID […]

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By Michelle Crean

Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town.

Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22.

This year due to COVID restrictions the 54321 team will run with two teams of five people, all female – who are raising funds for one single charity – Comfort for Chemo Kerry.

Their four day challenge will include a cycle the Ring of Kerry on day one (Thursday 19), a climb up Carrantuohil on day two (Friday 20), a cycle from Killarney to the foot of Cnoc Na Tobair and then climb Cnoc Na Tobair on day three (Saturday 21) finishing off with a cycle of the Skellig Ring on day four (Sunday 22).

In advance of the ninth annual challenge they will first participate in the spinathons at various locations to help raise much needed funds for this year’s chosen charity.

The first of the spinathons will take place on Saturday, July 31 in Listowel, Killorglin, Dingle, Cahersiveen. On the day volunteers will take to the spinning bikes from 10am to 5pm in different locations around these towns.
This will be followed by Killarney on Sunday, August 15, and Tralee on Saturday, August 28.

When choosing this year’s charity, organisers contacted a past participant and a dear friend, Mairead Dunphy from Glencar who is currently on her own journey with cancer.

“We wanted to show our support to Mairead and knowing that she would like to support those who have supported her on her journey so far, she had already being looking at ideas to raise much needed funds for Comfort for Chemo Kerry,” TJ O’Connor said.

“Please support Comfort for Chemo Kerry by giving what you can.”

For more information about the spinathons go to www.54321challenge.org or the Comfort for Chemo Kerry Facebook page for online donation information.

There’s also a GoFundMe page: ‘Comfort for Chemo Kerry – 54321 Challenge 2021’ which has a €20,000 target set up.

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