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Golf clubs could face closure after crisis

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By Sean Moriarty

Current COVID-19 imposed restrictions are having mixed effects on golf clubs all over the county.

Both Killorglin and Castleisland Golf Clubs face an uncertain future. Both have ceased trading with one member of the Killorglin club describing the current restrictions as the “final nail in the coffin”.

“The restrictions came after four weekends of storms where we had nobody out playing golf in February so we had no money coming in,” Killorglin member Mike Ashe told the Killarney Advertiser.

Efforts are going on in the background to save both clubs but the current crisis is not helping matters.

Killorglin Golf Club was founded in 1992, with an 18-hole, par 72 parkland course designed by Eddie Hackett, a renowned Irish golf architect. It is popular with locals and tourists both for the quality of the course and for the stunning views it offers of Dingle Bay and the MacGillicuddy’s Reeks.

Killarney Golf and Fishing Club remains optimistic that its season can get back on track and is reporting an increase in enquiries from former members of both the Killorglin and Castleisland clubs.

“Since Killorglin Golf Club and Castleisland Golf Club closed last month, we have had an increase in membership enquiries from golfers who now want to find a new club to play from,” Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marketing manager Meg Dalton told the Killarney Advertiser.

The Killarney Club will remain closed until May 5 at least.

“Like the majority of tourism and hospitality businesses here in Killarney we are expecting a loss of revenue from bookings for our 2020 golf season. However, we remain optimistic as many of our visitors are rescheduling their bookings with us either to later in 2020 or 2021," she added.

"We are also committed to maintaining the jobs of all our employees relying on the Government's financial aid scheme to assist us. Our main concern is for the well-being of our team and golf club members. As a golf club community, we are all one hundred percent onboard with the closure to minimise the health risk of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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Students awarded for their contribution to school life

By Michelle Crean Students were honoured for their contribution to school life this week during a special end of year awards ceremony. Held in the school gym on Wednesday afternoon, […]

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By Michelle Crean

Students were honoured for their contribution to school life this week during a special end of year awards ceremony.

Held in the school gym on Wednesday afternoon, the students from St Brigid’s Presentation were presented with a variety of awards from sport to science, music and visual art while Sixth Year student Saoirse Coffey received the Orla Benson Award.

“During this school year, our students have showcased their brilliance and extensive talents,” teacher Adrienne Brosnan, said.

“We are all so proud of these outstanding achievements across all aspects of school life. Awards day is a truly special occasion for all members of the St Brigid’s community and one which we relish the opportunity to celebrate. It is a time of anticipation, a time of excitement and a time of great joy. The awards that are presented are a testament to that dedication and we also acknowledge all the great work that is done by the teachers here in St Brigid’s.”

Sixth Year students also said their final goodbyes ahead of their State exams next month.

“We wish them the best of luck as they spread their wings and leave the shelter of St Brigid’s for the beginning of a new adventure.”

AWARD WINNERS

Other awards winners were:

Anna Dunlea received the Contribution to Graphics award while Leah Vinluan got the Design and Communication Graphics award.

Clodagh O’Connor and Sarah O’Sullivan both received the Contribution to Visual Art award.

Abbie Finan was awarded Soccer: Player of the Year, Chloe Hue Senior Football: Player of the Year, Emily Buckley 1st Year Football: Player of the Year, Abbey Cronin 2nd Year Football: Player of the Year, and Andrea Murphy Junior Football; Player of the Year, Senior Basketball: Most Valued Player went to Tara Donnellan, the Minor Basketball: Most Valued Player was given to Ciara O’Sullivan and the Cadette Basketball: Most Valued Player went to Leah McMahon.

Kara Huggard earned herself the LCA Student of the Year, Sarah McGrath received the CEIST Award, Excellence in Science was awarded to Emma Myers and Jennie O’Mahony, while Rita Akhter received the Overall Contribution to STEM.

Bríd O’Connor who wrote the book Spark presented Saoirse O’Sullivan with the Outstanding Achievements in Music award.

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Businesses face closure due to staff shortages

Hospitality sector businesses might have to close a few days a week to off-set staff shortages. Fáilte Ireland last week launched a recruitment drive to attract part-time workers into hospitality […]

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Hospitality sector businesses might have to close a few days a week to off-set staff shortages.

Fáilte Ireland last week launched a recruitment drive to attract part-time workers into hospitality and tourism roles, where it is estimated that there is as much as a 40,000 shortage in such roles for the peak summer season.

Damien McCarthy of HR Consultancy firm HR Buddy, founded in Killarney but now based in the RDI Hub in Killorglin, said that workers are losing out due to a more cashless society.

“Hospitality businesses may have to consider shutting their doors or decreasing their operational hours during the peak summer season as many businesses such as bars, restaurants, cafes, B&Bs and hotels are struggling to find staff for the demand. The industry is suffering over these few current weeks in particular as many part-time student workers are not available due to college and Leaving Cert exams. This shows how dependant the industry has become on young student workers,” he said.

“Many service industry workers choose part-time or casual work in hospitality roles because of the tip bonus, but this has even been impacted negatively now as most tips are taxed because they are coming in electronically. The worker is losing out and this key attraction tool that existed when we were a more cash orientated society in pre-pandemic times, is now gone.”

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