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€25k sculpture commission for Killarney company

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By Michelle Crean

A 62k square foot brewing and distilling enterprise due to open in Killarney next summer is offering a major €25,000 sculpture commission to Kerry artists.

Killarney Brewing and Distilling Company (KBD) plans to install an eye-catching, unique and creative work outside its state-of-the-art visitor centre and production facility currently under construction on the Ring of Kerry road at Fossa.

The announcement of the lucrative sculpture commission for the spectacularly located site overlooking the Gap of Dunloe is a timely boost for Kerry artists hard-hit by the Coronavirus pandemic.

“In an effort to add further aesthetic depth to the new world-class facility, we are looking for a stunning piece of art that will both complement the structure and excite the visitor,” the company directors said.

“The sculpture will take centre stage directly in front of our facility and will greet visitors as they approach on foot. We are excited to offer this proposal to the local artists of Kerry to see if we can find that special sculpture and keep the creation on home turf,” they said. “Collaborative partnerships among artists are also welcome.”

The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, September 25, at 5pm. It is anticipated that the project would commence during 2020 and be completed by March 2021.

In addition to a craft brewery and spirits production facility, the site will offer a world class visitor experience hosting daily brewery and distillery tours, a 180-seat upscale bistro, a gala dinner venue, gin school, chocolatier and a rooftop patio overlooking the Gap of Dunloe. Once fully operational, it will employ over 85 people and aims to attract in excess of 100,000 annual visitors.

KBD is the parent company that owns both Killarney Brewing Company Ltd and Killarney Distilling Company.
Killarney Brewing Company was founded in 2013 by Killarney entrepreneurs, Tim O’Donoghue, Paul Sheahan, and their Chicago-based business partner, Liam Healy, who has family connections in Kilbrean, Killarney.

The company currently employs 12 full-time staff and 15 part-time staff producing a range of hugely popular craft beers and bespoke spirits. Killarney Brewing Company operates a taproom and wood-fired pizza restaurant on the Muckross Road, just a five minute walk from the town centre.

“This is the next step in our evolution and delving into the spirits world is very exciting. To add to our existing beer portfolio and introduce Killarney Whiskey to the world is something we have been talking about since 2013; it's now becoming a reality."

Prospective artists can obtain further information and insights regarding KBD through the company website www.killarneybrewing.com or by emailing tim@killarneybrewing.com.

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Killarney allocated over €600,000 for public outdoor dining

By Sean Moriarty The plan to place council operated outdoor dining on Kenmare Place took a step closer to reality this week. On Wednesday Fáilte Ireland revealed that 38 Municipal Districts were successful in their funding applications. Killarney is set to receive €604,505 under the scheme which is managed by the national tourism promotion body. […]

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The plan to place council operated outdoor dining on Kenmare Place took a step closer to reality this week.

On Wednesday Fáilte Ireland revealed that 38 Municipal Districts were successful in their funding applications.

Killarney is set to receive €604,505 under the scheme which is managed by the national tourism promotion body.

“The aim of this Scheme is to support tourism and hospitality jobs and help businesses develop new ways of catering for domestic and international tourists outdoors. Access to outdoor dining facilities will continue to be a key part of industry recovery as we look forward to 2022 and beyond,” said Minister for Tourism Catherine Martin at Wednesday’s announcement.

Elected members of Killarney Municipal District are scheduled to meet in the coming weeks and more details of the project will be revealed after this meeting.

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Student grants and renting

Supports Available It’s that time of year where parents and their school leaving children are preparing for college for the first time. The main financial support for students or their parents is the Student Grant from SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland). SUSI typically accepts late applications up until November. This is a means tested grant […]

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It’s that time of year where parents and their school leaving children are preparing for college for the first time. The main financial support for students or their parents is the Student Grant from SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland). SUSI typically accepts late applications up until November. This is a means tested grant which may cover the fees (student contribution) and provide maintenance.

The limits that apply to the grant vary, but if the student was coming from a family with less than four dependent children, in order to qualify for the maximum rate of grant the total net income in the previous tax year would have to have been €39,875 or less. That refers to both the parent’s income and the student’s income, however €4,500 of the student’s income which they earn outside term time e.g. during the summer will be disregarded.

PUP

If the student was getting the PUP payment because they lost their part-time job due to the pandemic, this is taken into account. Currently there are no disregards allowed for PUP payments. If there is more than one student attending college from the same household, the limit may be increased by €4,830.

Maximum Student Grant

There are actually two different maximum rates of grant. There are referred to as the adjacent and non-adjacent rate. The adjacent rate is for students living within 45km of the college and the non-adjacent rate is for students living more than 45km from the college. The adjacent rate is €3,025. The non-adjacent rate is €1,125. There has always been a special higher rate of grant for disadvantaged students.

Student Assistance Fund

Yes, separate from the Student Grant from SUSI the colleges have access to the Student Assistance Fund. Students can apply directly through their college for assistance with expenses such as books or laptops. Typically, this involves completing an application form and going for a short interview in the college. There are no set amounts of funding under this scheme. The college will assess each application on its own merits.

Renting for the First Time

Don’t be tempted to pay a deposit or sign a tenancy agreement until you have seen the property. If you are signing a tenancy agreement check if you want to live in the property for the time period stated on the agreement, check for early break clauses. Make sure you have correct contact details for the landlord. If you chose to leave the property early you may lose your deposit.

Deposits

The landlord should only retain the deposit or part of it to cover any damage to the property beyond normal wear and tear. The tenant should take pictures of the property before they move out as evidence of the condition they left the property in.

Rents

There are different rules depending on whether the property is in a Rent Pressure Zone or not. A Rent Pressure Zone (RPZ)  is an area where rents cannot be increased by more than general inflation. At the beginning of a new tenancy in a RPZ, a landlord is required to provide the tenant, in writing, with the amount of rent that was last set. For a tenancy not located in a Rent Pressure Zones a landlord may increase the rent in line with market value once every two years.

For anyone needing information, advice or have an advocacy issue, you can call a member of the local Citizens Information team in Kerry on 0761 07 7860. The offices are staffed from Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm, email tralee@citinfo.ie or log on to www.citizensinformation.ie for further information.

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