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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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Man released without charge in murder case

The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge […]

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The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge in relation to this matter.

Miriam Burns was found in her home on Monday afternoon after family and neighbours became concerned about her welfare.

A file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions and investigations are ongoing under the direction of a Senior Investigating Officer.

Gardaí are continuing to appeal to any persons who were in the Ardshanavooley area between 5pm on Friday and 1pm on Monday and observed any activity which drew their attention, to come forward.

Any road users who were travelling in the area at these times who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) are asked to make this footage available to Gardaí.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Killarney Garda Station on 064 6671160, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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Plenty of music and entertainment to celebrate Kilcummin talent

The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night. The talent within […]

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The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night.

The talent within the branch was clearly evident with a packed trophies table. Indeed some of the successes over the last number of months were replayed in a relaxed, jovial atmosphere that meant that all attending had a great night’s entertainment.

“We had demonstrations of winning sets across all age groups and then we moved onto the musicians who pulled out all the stops to entertain the large crowd, packed into the clubhouse,” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCÉ PRO, told the Killarney Advertiser.

John Moriarty, who has recently retired from his role of Supervisor with Kilcummin Rural Development was acknowledged with a presentation to reflect the outstanding work that he has done to enhance and grow Kilcummin Comhaltas over his 25 years in his role, he added.

“Much thanks and praise was also offered to Mary, Adrian and Conor Moriarty, all involved in the progression of dancing and music within the Kilcummin branch. The music and entertainment continued with Helen Kerins and Denis Crowley late into the night. We’re looking forward to next year already!”

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