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Gleneagle begins first steps to reopening

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PLANS: Gleneagle Group CEO Patrick O’Donoghue outlined the roadmap for the phased reopening of the conference and events complex. Photo: Michelle Crean

 

A series of outdoor drive-in concerts and movies set to take place across the summer are the first steps in a detailed plan for the reopening of the Gleneagle INEC Arena.

 

At a special webinar hosted by Killarney Chamber of Commerce, Gleneagle Group CEO Patrick O’Donoghue outlined the roadmap for the phased reopening of the conference and events complex. Drive-in movies will commence later this month while drive-in concerts are also on the cards with tickets already on sale for Gavin James, due to perform on Saturday, August 8.

In all, 50 shows were affected by COVID-19 however 47 of these have been rescheduled to dates later in the year and beyond. These rescheduled events include sell-out performances by Dermot Kennedy and Daniel O’Donnell.

Aside from concerts, other key events scheduled for late 2020 and 2021 include the TUI and Fórsa national conferences, Scór na nÓg, Scór Sinsir, the CLRG all-Ireland dancing championships, An Chomhdháil world Irish dance championships and Oireachtas na Samhna 2021.

“Everything we are doing is and will continue to be dictated by Government guidelines," Patrick O’Donoghue said. "It will take time to return to the levels of business that we are accustomed to operating at, but we are determined to do so. We are working to secure artists and shows that will work while adhering to the guidelines and we are optimistically programming for the latter part of 2020 and beyond.”

The key findings of a report, produced by Dublin based consultancy firm CHL, detailing both the Gleneagle INEC Arena and also Killarney Convention Centre’s economic contribution to the locality were also outlined at the webinar.

According to the CHL report, in 2018 alone over 230,000 people attended one of the 194 shows and conferences that took place at the Killarney complex over the course of the 12 months. These 194 events generated in excess of 280,000 bed nights for the county (83,226 at Gleneagle Group properties and 196,921 across Kerry) with attendees contributing €34.6 million to the economy.

According to CHL, “The INEC/KCC is clearly good for the wider Killarney tourism and hospitality economy, though as a private commercial trading entity the Gleneagle Group might not consider that it is its role to generate such wider economic gains. However, the fact remains that it does so, and it has been doing so for the past 20 years. If the INEC/KCC did not exist, these gains would not arise, and Killarney would be the poorer for it.”

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Katie celebrates 20 years in business

If you enjoy what you do, sure it’s not work at all – and that has been the case for Katie Hickey who has been in business locally for two decades. For the past 20 years Katie has been successfully running Sheer Beauty which is now located at 1 Hogans Lane (Hillary’s Lane). 

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If you enjoy what you do, sure it’s not work at all – and that has been the case for Katie Hickey who has been in business locally for two decades.

For the past 20 years Katie has been successfully running Sheer Beauty which is now located at 1 Hogans Lane (Hillary’s Lane).



She said that it was a milestone she felt she may not reach on more than one occasion after coming through a pandemic, a recession, a re-location, and three maternity leaves.

However, she said that the loyalty of her clients over the years have given her great encouragement.

“Sincere thanks to my clients past and present who, without doubt, have been the reason I kept going,” Katie said.

Originally located in Fleming’s Lane for 19 years, Katie then re-located her business to Hogan’s Lane in Norma’s Flair for Hair.

“The beauty industry has evolved so drastically over the past 20 years. For me it is keeping things simple and enjoyable. Realising a client’s needs may not be the treatment itself but the time you give to them. Through the years you get to know your clients so well and some beautiful friendships have developed. I hope my clients have gained from me what I have from them. I have so many people I would like to thank and I will personally, but without doubt my husband Andrew and my family, 20 years in business would not have been achieved.

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She has remained loyal to the brands she has carried over the years including Lycon Waxing, Aviva Tanning, Shellac and Jessica Manicure and Pedicure.

“I was also delighted to bring on board the fabulous facial range that is Killarney Organic. Killarney has been incredibly kind to me. I’m so proud to be part of such a wonderful community. If the past 19 months have proved anything for business it is together we are stronger.”

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County Board open to GAA museum proposals

By Sean Moriarty The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county. There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built […]

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The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county.

There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built in their home town.

Before he retired from politics in April, Michael Gleeson was campaigning to build a GAA and cultural museum on the grounds of Fitzgerald Stadium.

His campaign goes back several years before the recession set in, with a €0.5 million bridging loan secured from Croke Park along with funding from Fáilte Ireland. That funding was lost with the onset of the recession before 2010.

Tim Murphy, the outgoing chairman of the Kerry County Board, has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser that no approaches have been made to the County Board at executive level during his five year stint at the helm.

However, he said the Board would be open to such approaches provided there is sound financial planning behind the project in place.

“The first and most important aspect is the capital funding and my understanding is there needs to be Fáilte Ireland funding in place first,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “If it gets up and running, there needs to be very clear talks with all stakeholders so everyone knows each others expectations. A museum attracts footfall, but it costs a lot of money to run. We would offer an open door policy to all proposals but funding, first from a capital point of view and then from an operational point of view, will need to be in place.”

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