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Facilities boost for Killarney Innovation Centre

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Privacy booths in shared workspaces, additional audio-visual systems, and the installation of e-chargers are just some of the enhanced facilities for a Killarney centre thanks to recent grant funding of €67,122.

Conor O’Leary Manager of Killarney Innovation Centre.

Killarney Innovation Centre is one of 12 centres in Kerry who learned that their application through the Department of Rural and Community Development Connected Hubs Call was successful.

More than 117 digital hubs across the country have benefited from the Connected Hubs call.

“This grant allocation from the Department of Rural and Community Development has confirmed the Government’s commitment to rural hubs and is acknowledging the role and importance of centres such as ours and the positive impact we can have on the local and global business environment,” Centre Manager, Conor O’Leary, said.

Killarney Innovation Centre will use the allocated funding to enhance the facilities of the centre for its clients adding such items as privacy booths in their shared workspaces, additional audio-visual systems to allow for distant connectivity and assist to progress their greening development with the installation of e-chargers and an enclosed bike bay area.

The e environment has changed greatly over the last year and has highlighted the positives that hubs and business centres can offer business and contribute to their growth and success, he added.

“The investment that has been allocated to the Killarney Innovation Centre and similar enterprise hubs in Kerry will allow companies and individuals a feasible option to stay local but work globally. Digital centres and hubs allow access to technology which enables and encourages growth and collaboration all in a local setting. Hubs and innovation centres can support the growth of urban and rural regeneration of towns, villages and communities,” said Conor.

“In the past several companies and individuals who are based here have relocated to
Killarney. They had a desire to relocate to Kerry and appreciated that the Killarney Innovation Centre could accommodate their business needs and would be the ideal location for them.”

It is hoped that enhancement works in the Killarney Innovation Centre will commence in the next number of weeks.

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Well-known Killarney man, Donncha Crowley, who lives in Woodlawn Park, was joined by his friends and staff from Centra, Muckross Road, to help him celebrate his very special 50th birthday on Saturday. Donncha is a keen cyclist, and well-known for his mastership of Suduko, and expertise on puzzles and general knowledge quizzes, winning many competitions […]

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Well-known Killarney man, Donncha Crowley, who lives in Woodlawn Park, was joined by his friends and staff from Centra, Muckross Road, to help him celebrate his very special 50th birthday on Saturday. Donncha is a keen cyclist, and well-known for his mastership of Suduko, and expertise on puzzles and general knowledge quizzes, winning many competitions down through the years. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

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Musician Liam O’Connor back and busier than ever

By Sean Moriarty Local musician Liam O’Connor has gone from zero to hero following the lifting on the ban on live music as a result of pandemic restrictions. On Saturday he played his first gig in over 18 months, next Friday he will release a new single, and before that he will play a special gig […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Local musician Liam O’Connor has gone from zero to hero following the lifting on the ban on live music as a result of pandemic restrictions.

On Saturday he played his first gig in over 18 months, next Friday he will release a new single, and before that he will play a special gig in London.

Liam and his family played at the Kerry County Council organised ‘ANSEO’ concert in North Kerry that was run to coincide with the Listowel Harvest Festival last weekend.

It was his first live show since he played at St Brendan’s College, Killarney when he shared the stage with special guest, former Irish rugby coach, Joe Schmidt. That event took place on March 11, 2020, the night before the country entered its first COVID-19 lockdown.

The ‘ANSEO’ series of concerts signalled the return of live music in Kerry and the O’Connor family shared the stage with other local musicians like Tim O’Shea and his Afro Trad Ireland group.

“People were delighted, they were mad for it, they were obviously missing it,” Liam told the Killarney Advertiser. “But they are not letting go just yet, they are still a bit hesitant.”

This Sunday Liam heads to London were he will help Dan Tim O’Sullivan steer sheep over Southwark Bridge (see page 36 for more on this story).

To cap an exceptionally busy period for the local accordion player, he has joined forces with Moya Brennan of Clannad fame. Brennan and O’Connor will release a new single – ‘Strong in Numbers’ on Friday next, October 1.

They previously performed together at a concert in the Friary in 2017.

“It was such a positive experience for all of us we just had to repeat it,” he added. “So not only have we done this recording of ‘Strong in Numbers’ but we are planning to do the Friary again later this year. After that, I wouldn’t rule anything out.”

Meanwhile, the ‘ANSEO’ series visits Killarney on Sunday night.

The Fair Hill car park will host two shows featuring: The Gleneagle Concert Band; Pauline Scanlon with Mick Galvin; The Small Hours; The Rising; Cathal Flaherty and Truly Diverse.

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