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Firies hub to connect food producers with Killarney hotels

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By Sean Moriarty

 

Kerry artisan food producers will have a new direct link to the hotels of Killarney - thanks to the €1.15 million expansion of the Kerry Food Hub in Firies.

 

Earlier this month the Kerry Food Hub was allocated the funding from Enterprise Ireland’s Regional Enterprise Development Fund, which will go towards six new food preparation units.

 

The funding will also help create a new online e-commerce marketplace that is specifically designed to connect both the hub-based and regional artisan suppliers to key hotel buyers in Killarney.

 

The Kerry Branch of the Irish Hoteliers Federation (IHF) met a number of times with the Firies Food Hub ahead of their application for this funding.

 

IHF assisted them in honing their product and advised on the route into the back doors of Kerry’s commercial kitchens.

 

“We are thrilled to see this commitment come to fruition in such a rewarding way for the Food Hub,” Bernadette Randles, Chair of the Kerry Branch of the Irish Hotels Federation, told the Killarney Advertiser.

 

“The Kerry Hoteliers are always delighted to see top quality food products coming onto the market and welcome the opportunity to offer locally produced foods to our guests. Every head chef relishes the chance to showcase a Local Food Hero on a plate. The Irish food experience has gone from strength to strength in recent years and we look forward to many more local food heroes emerging with the aid of this funding.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Eileen rewarded for her dedication to athletics

By Sean Moriarty Well-known Dalton’s Avenue woman Eileen Switzer has been named as the Honorary President of Killarney Valley Athletic Club in recognition of her work as a volunteer. The club held its annual awards night on Friday night last. As well as presenting awards to club members in recognition of their achievements at home […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Well-known Dalton’s Avenue woman Eileen Switzer has been named as the Honorary President of Killarney Valley Athletic Club in recognition of her work as a volunteer.

The club held its annual awards night on Friday night last.

As well as presenting awards to club members in recognition of their achievements at home and abroad they decided to honour Mrs Switzer for her “lifetime of volunteering to the community, to sport, to youth and for championing diversity and inclusion”.

“Eileen has been an advocate, a coach and an administrator in the sport of athletics for over 60 years in the town of Killarney, Kerry and beyond,” said club chair Jerry Griffin.

Eileen and her husband Frank have dedicated their lives to the community games and athletics in the greater Killarney area.

“I enjoy, but I don’t like, all the limelight,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I like to watch newcomers as they come up through the ranks, many of the Community Games people of the past are now running the committee.”

In a life time dedicated to volunteerism in Killarney Eileen has helped sports like golf, pitch and putt and badminton grow.  She was also heavily involved in the local Irish dancing scene and remains a great supporter of Kerry Parents and Friends.

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A Mass of Commemoration in Kilcummin

COMMEMORATION: A Mass of Commemoration for all those who fought and died in Kilcummin during the Irish War of Independence was celebrated last Sunday last at 11.30am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin by Fr Kieran O’Brien. Organised by the Kilcummin Historical Group there followed a walk to the Kilcummin Mass Rock where Fr […]

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COMMEMORATION: A Mass of Commemoration for all those who fought and died in Kilcummin during the Irish War of Independence was celebrated last Sunday last at 11.30am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin by Fr Kieran O’Brien. Organised by the Kilcummin Historical Group there followed a walk to the Kilcummin Mass Rock where Fr Kieran laid a wreath.

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