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Families enjoy christening on the double

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By Michelle Crean 

It was a double celebration as two little ones finally got a chance to have their christening after months of restrictions delayed their special day.

Almost big enough to walk up to alter, one-year-old Tadhg Brosnan, son of Marie and Donal from Innisfallen, enjoyed his big day with his seven-month-old cousin Nia, daughter of Dr Crokes player and former Senior Ladies footballer Amanda, and Sean Goulding, in St Mary's Cathedral.

Tadgh's dad Donal and Nia's mom Amanda are brother and sister and so brought both families together as a double celebration last week.

Fr Kieran O'Brien oversaw the ceremony and family included grandparents Tim and Eileen Brosnan who run The Handy Store in Killarney, Mary and Eugene Mangan from Roscrea, and Margaret and Junior Goulding from Knocknagree. Tadgh and Nia's great-grandmother Kathleen O'Leary also joined them on the day.

Godparents to Tadhg are Ross Brosnan, his uncle, and his aunt Lisa Mangan.

Nia's godparents are Tadhg's dad Donal Brosnan and her aunt, Sean's sister, Sinead Goulding.

"His christening was planned three times," Tadhg's mom Marie told the Killarney Advertiser.

"I thought he'd be walking up! It's great to get it over and done with. I had to change his outfit three times and in the end had to order it from the UK."

Amanda added that it was nice that the family could share the day together.
"It was a lovely day to spend together as we are all in the same bubble."

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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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