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FOOD AND FUN: Bernard Casey (comedian), Paddy O'Donoghue and Denis Geaney (seated) with Brendan Fuller, Derry and Rosie Healy, Jack Fitzpatrick, Colin McCormack and Cathal Walshe at the St Mary of the Angels fundraising barbeque at Scotts Hotel, Killarney, on Monday. Picture: Eamonn Keogh

By Michelle Crean

Hundreds stopped by and dug deep into their pockets on Monday at a fundraising barbeque in aid of St Mary of the Angels.

The food was flowing and there was plenty of entertainment including a guest appearance by funny man and ‘Local Gossip’ star Bernard Casey, Michael O’Brien and band, Peter Fleming and John Nolan, followed by Neily O’Connor, who was joined by Dermot Moriarty and Cathal Walshe. Then it was time for Derry and Rosie Healy, Adrian Healy and Helen Kerins and there was some dancing by guests Celtic Roots, followed by Jer O’Shea and Giselle O’Meara who sang ‘Grace’. MC on the day was Radio Kerry’s Brendan Fuller from Killarney.

The event was organised by Denis Geaney, Derry Healy, Paddy O’Donoghue and Maurice O’Donoghue.

“Bernard Casey went down a bomb,” Denis Geaney, one of the organisers, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“He was our main act and we’re delighted he came.”

It’s the second year of the event, he added. Last year Team Geaney organised the inaugural BBQ event in aid of Ian O’Connell and also cycled the Ring of Kerry. Due to the success both years, they’re now hoping to make it an annual event.

And he added that he’d like to say thanks to all who participated on the day donating their time and efforts for free.

“We’d like to thank Jack Fitzgerald, all who performed, Maurice O’Donoghue and staff at Scotts Hotel and the chefs for the wonderful food and those who came and supported it. There was also a huge attendance from St Mary of the Angels staff and residents.”

[caption id="attachment_26671" align="aligncenter" width="1400"] FOOD AND FUN: Bernard Casey (comedian), Paddy O'Donoghue and Denis Geaney (seated) with Brendan Fuller, Derry and Rosie Healy, Jack Fitzpatrick, Colin McCormack and Cathal Walshe at the St Mary of the Angels fundraising barbeque at Scotts Hotel, Killarney, on Monday. Picture: Eamonn Keogh[/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_26672" align="aligncenter" width="1451"] Bernard Casey (comedian), Paddy O'Donoghue, Cathal Walshe and Denis Geaney at the St Mary of the Angels fundraising barbeque at Scotts Hotel, Killarney, on Monday. Picture: Eamonn Keogh[/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_26673" align="aligncenter" width="1450"] Mary O'Connor, Paul Cremin and Zara Daly at the St Mary of the Angels fundraising barbeque at Scotts Hotel, Killarney, on Monday. Picture: Eamonn Keogh[/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_26674" align="aligncenter" width="1450"] Joanne McGillicuddy, Mary O'Donoghue, Patricia Ryan and Peg Fleming with Paddy and Sean McGillicuddy and Abbie Ryan at the St Mary of the Angels fundraising barbeque at Scotts Hotel, Killarney, on Monday. Picture: Eamonn Keogh[/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_26675" align="aligncenter" width="1350"] Leah O'Mahony, Holly O'Shea, Susan O'Brien and Anna O'Shea, in front, with Catherine O'Shea, Kate Cronin, Georgia O'Shea, Dolores O'Donoghue and Stella O'Shea at the St Mary of the Angels fundraising barbeque at Scotts Hotel, Killarney, on Monday. Picture: Eamonn Keogh[/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_26676" align="aligncenter" width="1173"] Mary Brennan and Tracy Fitzpatrick at the St Mary of the Angels fundraising barbeque at the St Mary of the Angels fundraising barbeque at Scotts Hotel, Killarney, on Monday. Picture: Eamonn Keogh[/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_26677" align="aligncenter" width="1356"] Mike Scannell, Bernard Casey and Cllr Donal Grady at the St Mary of the Angels fundraising barbeque at Scotts Hotel, Killarney, on Monday. Picture: Eamonn Keogh[/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_26679" align="aligncenter" width="1290"] Collette O'Neill, Tracy Fitzpatrick, Rosie Casey and Laura Fitzpatrick at the St Mary of the Angels fundraising barbeque at Scotts Hotel, Killarney, on Monday. Picture: Eamonn Keogh[/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_26680" align="aligncenter" width="1450"] Eileen, Daniel, Danny, Johnny, Maggie and Maura Healy-Rae at the St Mary of the Angels fundraising barbeque at Scotts Hotel, Killarney, on Monday. Picture: Eamonn Keogh[/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_26681" align="aligncenter" width="1350"] Mike and Ian O'Connell and Maurice O'Donoghue at the St Mary of the Angels fundraising barbeque at Scotts Hotel, Killarney, on Monday. Picture: Eamonn Keogh[/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_26684" align="aligncenter" width="1500"] Mary Kelliher, Margaret Ashe, Eilish Perryman, Sheila Kelliher and Noreen Devane at the St Mary of the Angels fundraising barbeque at Scotts Hotel, Killarney, on Monday. Picture: Eamonn Keogh[/caption]

 

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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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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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