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Food Hub expansion to create 162 jobs

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By Michelle Crean

The expansion of a local food hub is set to create 162 jobs - both direct and indirect - as well as contribute an estimated €9m in new income to the Kerry economy over the next three years.

EXPANSION: Cllr Jimmy Moloney (Cathaoirleach of KCC) Minister Norma Foley Cllr Fionnan Fitzgerald (Cathaoirleach of Castleisland-Corca Dhuibhne MD) and Martin Brosnan (Project Manager) pictured at the The Kerry Food Hub located in Firies.

Kerry based not-for-profit community project Kerry Food Hub - the vision of local farmer David Gleeson - made the announcement on Friday as Martin Heydon TD turned the sod.

The Firies based centre - which was established in 2016 and has enjoyed one hundred percent uninterrupted occupancy since opening - will now grow from four 1,000sq ft units employing 35 people to 14, 1,000sq ft units, delivering the growth in jobs from a €2m Enterprise Ireland investment.

The development of a B2B Artisan Marketplace online platform will also link artisan producers with buyers in 4-star and 5-star hotels and restaurants in Killarney, one of the highest tourist footfall locations in the country.

“This major investment in the local economy signifies confidence within the indigenous artisan industry of Ireland," David Gleeson, Chairman and Founder, said.

"Nurturing and developing embryonic food production talent to a point where that same talent can move onto bigger and better things is our goal. And to date we consider ourselves highly successful in achieving that goal. Without support from Enterprise Ireland this expansion project may not have been realised."

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He added that the initiative has been supported by the local community, North East West Kerry Development, Kerry County Council, Kerry Group and Clann Credo.

"This €2m investment will ensure the hub acts as a key source of employment within a local community that has experienced significant population growth but has lacked economic development.”

Martin Heydon TD added that it was "another notable milestone as we move to a robust re-localised focus on food and the agriculture supply chain".

"Digital transformation reshapes the market relationship by creating new bridges between independent local artisan food producers and buyers. I am confident the combination of dedicated food-grade production space and the B2B eCommerce Marketplace will inspire opportunities and develop the next generation of producers in the region, delivering national impacts for the sector.”

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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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Caring group craft charity blankets

By Michelle Crean One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity. Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members […]

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By Michelle Crean

One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity.

Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members of Kilcummin Community Care worked together to make blankets for service users on the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus.

“Each blanket is assigned as a personal gift to the clients using the Cancer Link Bus and is kept by them,” Kate Fleming, Chairperson of Kilcummin Community Care, said.

The knitting of the squares to make the blankets began at a gathering in the Rose Hotel in 2018. It was a gathering of different volunteer groups.

The Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus were requesting knitted squares to make blankets for the clients who were using their facilities, she explained.

“Kilcummin Community Care were knitting at the time, so it was decided to help out this worthy cause. We received donations of wool from people in the parish and surrounding areas. Kilcummin ICA also got involved in the efforts.”

During the two years of COVID-19, members of both organisations continued to knit and are still knitting to the present day.

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