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Hairdressers call on Government for earlier reopening

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EARLY REOPENING: Sean Taaffe, who is the current President of the Hairdressing Council of Ireland, says they're going to write to Government to make the request to allow hairdressers to reopen earlier.

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By Michelle Crean

 

Hairdressers who say that their industry is one of the safest in the country regarding COVID-19 regulations are to write to the Government requesting that they be allowed to reopen early - possibly as soon as November 20.

As one of their busiest seasons approaches, they say they'll be under pressure to meet the demand of bookings before Christmas.

Currently due to Level 5 restrictions - December 1 is the earliest they can reopen their doors.

Killarney based hairdresser Sean Taaffe, who is the current President of the Hairdressing Council of Ireland, says they're going to write to Government to make the request.

He explained that they won't ever go against any Government or NPHET advice - but as COVID cases across the country continue to drop - and with their industry adhering to strict safety COVID protocols - that it could be very positive, especially for peoples' mental health.

The move comes after ex-HSE chief Tony O'Brien this week called on the Government to allow hairdressers reopen during Level 5, saying that they are amongst the businesses which have shown they can operate safely during the pandemic.

Agreeing with him, Sean Taaffe told the Killarney Advertiser that hairdressers have learnt a lot in the aftermath of the first lockdown.

"I think at the moment anything is possible," Sean said.
"We would be hopeful. It would be fantastic if we could come back two weeks early, even November 20. To be fair our industry has taken it seriously. We're always going to be governed by the Government and take the advice of NPEHT. Hairdressing is one of the safest environments. The Hairdressing Council will certainly be writing to all relevant Government departments based on our proven track record. We were even recognised by the Government as being one of the safest industries in the country."

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Relief as indoor dining finally resumes

By Michelle Crean 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 […]

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By Michelle Crean

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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Time to get your skates on!

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 […]

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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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