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DUP leader to share Brexit views with audience in Killarney

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DUP LEADER Arlene Foster and influential Scottish Government Minister Michael Russell will be part of a high-powered gathering of politicians and business leaders at a major conference in Killarney focusing on the impact of Brexit on Ireland, the UK and the European Union.

The Killarney Economic Conference will take place on January 12 and 13 and, in its inaugural year, it will concentrate on Brexit, the challenges it poses for business, the legal issues that will arise, how it will shape future politics and the impact it will have on daily life.

Fianna Fail leader Micheál Martin and Matthew O’Toole, the former chief press officer at Number 10 Downing Street, had already been confirmed as keynote speakers at the conference, which will take place in The Brehon, in partnership with Killarney Convention Centre.

Ms Foster, renowned for her forthright views, and Mr Russell, who is spearheading the UK negotiations on Scotland’s place in Europe, are high-profile additions to the event which will see intense dialogue involving economic, civic and political leaders from Britain and Ireland.

One of the conference organisers, Simon Kingston, said Brexit will have an influence on virtually every aspect of relations between Britain and Ireland and it makes the choice of topics and the timing of the Killarney Economic Conference particularly apt. “We are delighted that such a broad cross-section of political leadership and opinion is represented by our speakers. To have the leaders of the DUP and Fianna Fail present, alongside senior colleagues from other parties on both islands, is a great privilege.

“We are looking forward to hearing their different perspectives, as well as their reiteration of a shared interest in the prosperity of both the UK and Ireland,” he said.

Another of the conference organisers, William Sheehan, remarked: “Geography and the ties of family and history mean that Ireland and the UK will remain intertwined and the plan is that the Killarney Economic Conference becomes an annual forum to explore and renew that relationship. I think the commitment of so many excellent speakers shows that this is a shared hope.”

“Arlene Foster, as we have seen, will be a key player in the Brexit process, and we are delighted to have her speak in Killarney and share her ideas on the future of the island,” he added.

The conference will open with a discussion on the legal implications of Brexit, led by Dr Georges Baur, the Assistant Secretary General of the European Free Trade Association, Gavin Barrett, Professor of European Constitutional and Economic Law at UCD and Catherine Barnard, Professor of European Union Law and Employment Law at the University of Cambridge.

How Brexit will shape future politics will be discussed by Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster, Michael Russell, Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe, Deputy Micheál Martin, TD, Michael Drakeford, Welsh Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Simon Kingston, who is co-conference organiser and a member of the executive committee of the British-Irish Association.

The impact on business will be discussed by Mark Kennedy, Managing Partner of Mazars Ireland, Prof Philip O’Regan, Dean of the Kemmy Business School at UL, John Cronin, Partner at McCann Fitzgerald, John McGrane, Director General of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce and independent financial analyst David Clarke.

Other key discussions, including the social and personal impacts of Brexit will be addressed by Prof Ursula Kilkelly, Dean of Law at UCC, Matthew O’Toole, the former Chief Press Officer at Number 10 Downing Street and Sinn Fein TD David Cullinane.

For more information or to book a ticket visit www.killarneyeconomicconference.com
 


 
Above: Dr William Sheehan, conference organiser; Prof Ursula Kilkelly, Dean of Law at UCC, and Micheál Martin TD, Fianna Fáil leader, at the launch of the inaugural Killarney Economic Conference. Pic: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

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Applecroft B&B named in Ireland’s Top 10

By Michelle Crean What a better way for a local business to celebrate its silver jubilee than to be named in the Top 10 places to stay in Ireland especially as they prepare to reopen after the pandemic. Owners Kathy and Don Brosnan, who run Applecroft House in Woodlawn, were named number 6 in Ireland’s […]

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By Michelle Crean

What a better way for a local business to celebrate its silver jubilee than to be named in the Top 10 places to stay in Ireland especially as they prepare to reopen after the pandemic.

Owners Kathy and Don Brosnan, who run Applecroft House in Woodlawn, were named number 6 in Ireland’s Top 10 B&Bs for 2022 by the Irish Independent ‘Reader Travel Awards’ while Ireland’s Best B&B was named as Dingle’s Pax House.

The couple began their business in 1997 and are very happy with the feedback from visitors who voted for their B&B, especially after two difficult years.

“I’m thrilled, especially as we’re celebrating our silver jubilee this year,” Kathy told the Killarney Advertiser.

The couple built their house in the early ’80s and aptly named it ‘Applecroft’ as it was built in a field which has an orchard.

In the late ’90s they opened five spacious rooms up, each with its own theme; 
‘Poet’s Corner’, ‘Past Times’, ‘The 19th Green’, ‘The Race-goer’s Club’ and ‘The Kerry Way’, for guests as Kathy, who worked in The Europe Hotel and the Great Southern Killarney for many years, had a passion to bring a great stay experience to guests visiting Killarney. They kept themselves busy planting in their two acre garden during the pandemic.

They have won numerous awards over the years and have had film crews in but this latest award is the icing on the cake for the couple who are looking forward to reopening in late March.

“It’s amazing, and a bonus especially with the two years we’ve had. We’ve never experienced anything like that. It was “wow” – we were preparing to reopen on St Patrick’s Day that year and all of a sudden everything closed down on the 16. It was a big shock.”

Don creates amazing bread and scones which guests rave about, she added.

“I was delighted as we came tenth for breakfast and sixth for the B&B.”

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Tributes paid to life-long Legion supporter

By Sean Moriarty Legion GAA Club has led tributes to one of their most ‘fervent’ supporters who passed away on Tuesday. Described as one of the town’s ‘old stock’, Tim Looney from Coolgraine Park and late of Daltons Avenue, was a central part of Killarney’s rich sporting heritage. As well as a life-long supporter of […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Legion GAA Club has led tributes to one of their most ‘fervent’ supporters who passed away on Tuesday.

Described as one of the town’s ‘old stock’, Tim Looney from Coolgraine Park and late of Daltons Avenue, was a central part of Killarney’s rich sporting heritage.

As well as a life-long supporter of Legion, he played basketball in the famous town leagues of the 1970s and the seven-a-side soccer ‘Wipeouts’ competitions.

“He was a very proud Legion man and always flew the green and white flag out his window whenever the club was playing in a big game,” PRO Enda Walshe told the Killarney Advertiser. “He was a fervent loyal club supporter but was also one of the characters of the winter basketball leagues.”

Tim was also a regular participant in Dart Pub Leagues back in the 1970s and 1980s.

Tim’s funeral took place today (Friday). He was laid to rest at Killarney Burial Ground after 10am Mass St Mary’s Cathedral.

Tim is survived by his wife Nuala, his children Joanne, Paudie and Timmy, and was a much loved grandfather to Stephen, Makaela, Chloe, Padraic, Keelan, Alex and the late Lorna. He will also be sadly missed by his daughters-in-law Margaret and Sharon, son-in-law Tony, sisters Kathleen, Sheila and Ann, brothers Lewis-John and Paddy, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews, relatives, neighbours and many great friends.

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