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FBD insurance ruling makes little difference to Killarney pubs

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By Sean Moriarty

 

Last week’s High Court decision to award four publicans business interruption compensation from their insurer FBD due to the COVID-19 pandemic won’t have much of an effect on local bars.

Only one thousand pubs are insured nationwide with FBD and the court has yet to make a decision on the level of compensation to be paid out.

Killarney publican John O’Shea of Jack C’s on High St has been the voice of several Killarney publicans since the start of the pandemic.

His business, and many more smaller pubs, did not have business interruption insurance. Jack C’s and every other ‘wet pub’ in the country have been closed since last March with the exception of a few summer weeks when they could serve outside or alongside the purchase of a substantial meal.

“I am delighted for the pubs that challenged this ruling and it should never have gone this far as they had a clear case,” John C told the Killarney Advertiser. “There is this false perception that pubs are receiving a lot of money from the Government to stay closed and that this FBD ruling is another money spinner for us.
“Leo Varadkar had the cheek on the radio last week to welcome this news as something good for small businesses – he forgot that he was the one to pass the law to close small businesses in the first place.”

The full details of the court’s 214-page decision still needs to be analysed before a final decision on the amount of compensation insured publicans are entitled to.

Publicans whose insurance policies have been renewed since the start of the pandemic will only get compensated for the weeks or months prior to the renewal date.

Niall ‘Botty’ O’Callaghan and his family run The Fáilte Hotel on College St. His business insurance is up for renewal in early May so he will get compensated for business interruption in March and April last year but the terms of his current insurance do not allow for future pandemics.

“The FBD ruling is great news for bars insured with FBD but it is still up in the air,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “We have to wait two or three weeks to see the published bill of quantities.”

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Dancing classes set to unite communities

By Michelle Crean There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities. KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities.

KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, has teamed up with dance instructor John Moriarty to teach both Ukrainians and multiple cultures living in Kerry Irish set dancing steps from next week.

The first class will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting next week (September 27) at St Mary’s Parish Hall at 6.30pm and all are welcome to join.

The idea is to help Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry to come and have fun and get to know locals better, KASI coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have a women’s group for all ages where we do crochet, sewing and art and crafts, where they can talk which is good. I had the music on and they were dancing. I asked if they would like to do dancing classes so I organised it with John Moriarty who is well known in Killarney.”

She added that the women are very excited to learn set dancing and get to know other people from the area.

“Sometimes when you meet new people the language can be a barrier and when you’re dancing everybody is moving. He will open it to everyone so there’ll be integration, it’s fun as well. They are all very excited.”

To find out more contact John on 086 1579381.

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Multiple Sclerosis Walk celebrates 20 years

By Sean Moriarty The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers. On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk […]

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The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers.

On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk takes place over the Old Kenmare Road.

First run in 2002, this year’s event will celebrate 20 years since its foundation but two years were lost as a result of the pandemic.

This year’s walk will be limited to 150 people – three coach loads – so event organisers can cut back on running costs.

It will only be possible to participate in this year’s event if walkers pre-register.

“Walkers must raise at least €40 to make it worthwhile,” organiser John O’Shea told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Spaces are limited, 150 people equals three coaches and we need smaller coaches to get into the start of the Old Kenmare Road as that is just a bog road. We have limited numbers for cost and operational reasons.”

Mr O’Shea thanked event sponsors O’Callaghan Coaches and The Gleneagle Hotel for their support of the event.

Registration forms can be obtained by calling John on 087 2348824.

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