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Excitement mounts ahead of new store opening




Excitement is mounting in Killarney ahead of the official opening of an eagerly awaited new store by one of the major league players in the sports fashion retail industry.

A bumper crowd is expected to turn out at Killarney Outlet Centre for the ribbon-cutting ceremony for global leisurewear style giant JD Outlet. The big event is scheduled for Saturday, October 7 at 10.00am – and you just never know who might be there.

The development, in a prime 7,400sq. ft. space, will create over 15 new jobs, both full-time and part-time, and it is certain to generate a very significant footfall given the popularity of the brand.

The exciting new addition will focus on the provision of the latest trends from the biggest brands in sportswear and it will be a big hit not only with sports enthusiasts but with fashion-conscious shoppers.

JD is a global retailer of sports fashion branded and own brand casual wear, combining internationally recognised brands such as Nike, Adidas, Puma and The North Face, with strong own brand labels such as Pink Soda and Supply & Demand.

The arrival of JD, which now has over 900 stores across the globe, is a significant milestone in the regeneration of Killarney Outlet Centre as it follows very soon after the opening of the 4,734sq. ft. Born Fashions and the 1,617sq. ft., Mods and Minis premises.

The new owners of the centre have been working exceptionally hard on the project and are confident that there will be further significant retail announcements in the coming months.

Killarney Outlet Centre Manager Paul Sherry said that they are delighted with the progress made to date and the arrival of JD is a huge endorsement. He said the imminent arrival of JD is great news for Killarney and it has generated a real air of excitement.

“As a retail destination, we have made tremendous strides in recent months and the imminent arrival of JD will mark the beginning of a glorious new era for Killarney Outlet Centre,” said Mr Sherry.



Seven An Post staff retire

Seven well-known staff members at An Post Killarney celebrated retirement this week. The staff, Mary O’Sullivan, Joe Clifford, Paudie Cronin, Joe Coffey, Tom Ashe, Jerry McCarthy and Dan Murphy were […]




Seven well-known staff members at An Post Killarney celebrated retirement this week.

The staff, Mary O’Sullivan, Joe Clifford, Paudie Cronin, Joe Coffey, Tom Ashe, Jerry McCarthy and Dan Murphy were treated to an night of celebration and reminiscing by the South Kerry branch of the Communication Workers Union of Ireland.

The retirees, their families and colleagues enjoyed an evening at ‘The Panoramic’ the newly named restaurant upstairs at Killarney Racecourse.

Ollie Favier, of the Shire fame has taken over responsibility for operating the coffee shop / restaurant at the racecourse.

“A beautiful venue and apt that Ollie’s father Dan RIP from Glenflesk, was also a long serving postman in the community,” said John O’Shea, the Union Secretary An Post Killarney.

“The night included music with Derry Healy and Rosie Healy and was attended by up to 80 people, under the attentive guidance of Sales and Marketing Manager Emma O’Connor and Ollie’s right hand man, Colin Daly

“The event the food and the atmosphere was a great success and credit to all Ollie’s staff for being great hosts. “

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Watch Video: Primary School Students share knowledge from Coffee Cup Project



Killarney primary schools have joined the crusade against single use coffee cups this week by joining the Killarney Coffee Cup Project and declaring themselves single use coffee cup free. The Killarney Coffee Project is a community grassroots project aimed at eliminating single use coffee cups from Killarney town centre to protect Killarney National Park and the towns surroundings all in the name of conservation.

Alan Oliver, a local coffee shop owner, Lir Café, who is one of the participants of the project has said that he is “thrilled to see the project extend into the local schools. Teaching young people about why we should be moving away from a throw away culture is imperative to the continuous success of projects like this. Today’s young people are the future custodians of this town and so educating them on the importance of sustainability will ensure that Killarney and its National Park will be in safe hands for future generations.”

The schools involved in declaring themselves single use coffee cup free include Holycross Mercy, Gaelscoil Faithleann, Presentation Monastery, Glenflesk, Knocknanes, Coolick, Loreto, Lissivigeen and Tiernaboul. This follows on from the Killarney Coffee Cup Primary Schools Initiative which took place last November supported by Killarney Credit Union, the Kerry Biosphere, and the IKC3 project in MTU.

In November the 5th classes in the Killarney area were brought to Muckross School House and Killarney House for a 2-hour immersive environmental education experience around our connection to the Kerry Biosphere and citizen climate action. Here the students learned about our biosphere and how we as citizens and sustainable initiatives like the Killarney Coffee Cup Project can protect this Special Area of Conservation. Finally, they went outside to work with a park ranger, collecting acorns in leftover disposable compostable cups that the project had gathered from various businesses. They took these acorns back to their classrooms where they have planted and are caring for their oak tree. In 2024, these young oak tree seedlings will be planted back into the National Park.

The Killarney Coffee Cup Project is the 1st of its kind in the world, and it is something that belongs to all the citizens of the town. We all own this!

Want to hear from the future voices of our environment?

This week the Killarney Advertiser caught up with primary schoolers who have been busy learning all about protecting our amazing natural environment

Watch our video where the future eco-warriors share what they’ve learned about keeping our Killarney healthy and thriving! Here is to the next generation of environmental stewards!

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