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Head Chef named Irish ambassador for Fair Kitchens

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By Michelle Crean

The Head Chef of a popular Killarney hotel has been appointed as the Irish ambassador of a global food movement which seeks to drive change in the industry.

Chad Byrne, who works in the Brehon Hotel, is thrilled to lead the new role for Fair Kitchens to help change in the food and hospitality industry.

"The movement optimises what I value. Change by demonstrating a healthier culture makes for a healthier business, creating a fairer and more inclusive workplace to attract and retain talent for today and the future," Chad told the Killarney Advertiser.

"It's an honour that our kitchen policies have been noticed globally. Our retention rates with chefs at the Brehon, our work-life balance structure, investing in our team to grow, and initiatives such as Chef Collab and County Cooking Championships has put us on the map," he said.

"But this is also a testament to our owners and our management who encourage these values, without them it's just not possible."

Chad explained that he got involved because he understands the importance of respect and inclusion in a kitchen.

"You get the best from those around you when you listen to their ideas, respect those ideas, and challenge in a positive way to be the best they can. Generally speaking, I've had a positive experience in my career. I've been lucky to work with, and learn from, some of the best in the business. And I've watched them and how they work with and lead their teams. If you invest your time and energy in others, they'll give it back to you in spades."

Energy and enthusiasm are the most important traits he looks for.

"What I look for in my kitchen is energy and enthusiasm so taking the time to make sure your staff are content is crucially important in keeping their loyalty. Work-life balance and having freedom to express yourself and encourage others, that's what Fair Kitchens is about - creating a workplace where everyone is respected, they can enjoy their jobs and are allowed to be the best they can."

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No spare change – no problem, as charity embraces new technology

By Sean Moriarty With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier. For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank […]

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By Sean Moriarty

With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier.

For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank card to make a donation.

The Society’s annual churchgate collection will be held on the weekend of December 11/12 at places of worship in the town and surrounding areas. This year’s collection has be renamed as ‘Giving Sunday’ and makes a return after the pandemic forced the cancellation of last year’s fundraiser.

“We are moving towards a cashless society,” explained Killarney Conference President Breda O’Dwyer. “You can tap and swipe your card to make a donation.”

Breda added that they are hoping to have the buckets ready by next week in time for the collection.

She said the local conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society has seen a marked increase in the number of families it is helping mainly caused by the increase in the cost of fuel and home heating products.

The annual St Vincent De Paul Society’s Christmas Jumper Day, in association with Radio Kerry is scheduled for December 10.

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SURVEY: Locals are reducing their social contacts

It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week. An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their […]

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It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week.

An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their level of contacts with people.

Interestingly, 37.10% of people had made no change to their lifestyle, but they could have been extra cautious already.

A tiny minority – just 1.61% – said they increased their social contacts over the last week.

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