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Tomorrow (Thursday), Facebook Ireland will host a free webinar session for Irish charities. The session is part of Facebook’s Friday for Good (FFG) programme which provides free training and support for Irish charities to maximise their reach and fundraising potential through Facebook.

Fundraisers on Facebook have raised over €1.8 billion worldwide for non-profit and personal causes. The Irish Cancer Society alone has raised €1.3 million through Facebook fundraising, since the tools were launched in 2018.

In this online training session, Facebook experts will help NGOs set up their Pages to ensure they can access fundraising tools and guide them through tools such as the ‘Donate’ button, which can be placed on an organisation’s Facebook page and Instagram profile, in a post, or on a Facebook Live, enabling the charity to raise money in real time.

Launched in 2019, Facebook Ireland's Friday for Good programme has supported over 210 Irish charities through monthly workshops, training sessions and events and supported their campaigns with over €130,000 worth of free ad credit.

“The impact of FFG has gone beyond our expectations," Evin Gaffney, who leads the programme, said.

"To date, we’ve helped hundreds of non-profits such as Debra Ireland, Friends of the Elderly, Pieta House and Enable Ireland run campaigns on Facebook to achieve their fundraising ambitions. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, unfortunately we’ve seen a number of annual charity initiatives and fundraisers cancelled. However, through the FFG webinar this week, we want to show NGOs across Ireland that by using our fundraising tools, you can still generate support and collect donations directly through Facebook.”

The webinar will take place at 12pm and is part of ‘Boost with Facebook’, a free weekly webinar series providing training and support to Irish SMEs and NGOs. The webinars are free and people can register to view them at Boost With Facebook.

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Relief as indoor dining finally resumes

By Michelle Crean After almost 500 days of closures the sense of relief was evident this week as restaurants, cafés and bars were finally allowed to welcome customers back in. Some had reopened for outdoor dining previously to help keep their businesses afloat but it was back to normal on Monday. According to the new […]

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By Michelle Crean

After almost 500 days of closures the sense of relief was evident this week as restaurants, cafés and bars were finally allowed to welcome customers back in.

Some had reopened for outdoor dining previously to help keep their businesses afloat but it was back to normal on Monday.

According to the new rules as set out by Fáilte Ireland and the Government, in order for customers to access indoor service, they must show proof that they are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months. Those who are not yet vaccinated can only be served outside.

A maximum of six people aged 13 and over are allowed per table and it’s advised that face coverings be worn when not at the table, there is no time limit, customers can only eat or drink at a table and not at the bar or counter, and one person must give their details for contract tracing purposes. Live music and dancing is not allowed.

The Killarney Advertiser spoke to a number of businesses this week and overall the feeling was relief that they can finally get back to normal service but the issue of staffing still remains.

Brian Murphy from Courtney’s Bar said he was feeling nervous.

“I’m feeling nervous as we don’t have enough staff,” he said. “It’s a Monday so hopefully we can cope. Things will settle down and we’ll find a level we are all happy with.”

At the Porterhouse Restaurant Lee O’Callaghan said “It’s great to be back open and have people coming into the restaurant”.

“Hopefully we have a long season after being closed for so long.”

Staff at Reidy’s, Ellen Shannon, Rory Carroll and Jack Sweeney, added that they’re delighted to return to indoor dining.

“Hopefully we get back to normal soon and to brighter days ahead.”

At Jimmy Brien’s Bar in Fair Hill, customers echoed the same sentiments about being finally open.

“We are delighted to be back,” Danjoe Aherne said.

“We appreciate everything Alan Breen has done for us. We’re glad to be back home again!” Charlie Buckingham said.

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Time to get your skates on!

By Sean Moriarty People of Killarney are being urged to have their say on a new skateboard park before next week’s deadline. A public consultation on the project has been launched by Kerry County Council. Cllr Donal Grady, who first put forward the idea of a Killarney skateboard park in 2018, is urging the people […]

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By Sean Moriarty

People of Killarney are being urged to have their say on a new skateboard park before next week’s deadline.

A public consultation on the project has been launched by Kerry County Council.

Cllr Donal Grady, who first put forward the idea of a Killarney skateboard park in 2018, is urging the people of the town to have their say.

It is proposed to build the park on land adjacent to the Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre with help and support from the KDYS.

“In 2017 a group of skateboard enthusiasts approached me, they had no designated safe area to enjoy their sport. Sport is vital for youths, stakeboarding increases metabolism, improves balance and enhances coordination use,” Cllr Grady told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Skateboarding is now an Olympic sport. I commend Kerry County Council, management, engineers and the planning team for getting the project to this stage, it’s now up to the people of Killarney to have their say. It’s vital positive submissions are lodged by Wednesday, August 25,”

Submissions can be lodged to the Playground Unit, Finance Dept, Kerry County Council.

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