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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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Christmas magic begins as Santa arrives in Killarney

He came dashing through the town on Saturday night and packed streets greeted him with huge excitement. Yes, that’s right – Santa Claus took some time out of his very […]

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He came dashing through the town on Saturday night and packed streets greeted him with huge excitement.

Yes, that’s right – Santa Claus took some time out of his very busy schedule and arrived to town for the annual switching on of the Christmas lights and magic parade.

The streets were lined with children and their families and they’d huge smiles on their faces when they spotted the man in the red coat making his way around the town on the colourful float.

Grace O’Hare was pictured with her dad Conor – she had the best seat in the town to watch Santa Claus as she was perched high on her dad’s shoulders.

It was the same for the Patterson family, Alex, Irene, Catherine and Robert, while Parade safety steward, Marie Brosnan-Leahy, was on hand to make sure everything went off OK.

Killarney Municipal District Councillors, Cllr Niall ‘Botty’ O’Callaghan, Cllr Donal Grady, Cathaoirleach Killarney Municipal District Cllr John O’Donoghue, Cllr Brendan Cronin, Cllr Marie Moloney, also enjoyed the occasion while the Sam Maguire took pride of place and centre stage in Killarney for the annual fun filled event.

And while he was in town Santa took some time off to have a chat with Killarney Advertiser columnist Marie Carroll-O’Sullivan – check it out on page 14 of this week’s edition.

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Women’s health the focus of HeartBeat meeting

By Sean Moriarty HeartBeat Killarney will present a special meeting dedicated to women’s health next week. Hosted by HeartBeat nurse Anna O’Donoghue, the meeting tomorrow evening (Tuesday) will feature specific […]

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By Sean Moriarty

HeartBeat Killarney will present a special meeting dedicated to women’s health next week.

Hosted by HeartBeat nurse Anna O’Donoghue, the meeting tomorrow evening (Tuesday) will feature specific discussions on every decade of women’s lives.

Special guest on the evening will be Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Dr Mary McCaffrey.

“Topics will include hormones and how they affect health from puberty, the importance of bone health, a cameo on female cardiac symptoms, heart health and mid-life, as well as common health symptoms specific to women’s well-being,” said HeartBeat chairman Billy O’Sullivan.

“We welcome women of all ages to this important meeting which is an opportunity not to be missed, especially if you have health worries.”

The meeting will take place at 8pm at the Parish Centre on Park Road.

It will be followed by a Q&A session and there is an optional blood pressure and pulse clinic from 7.30pm.

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