CERTIFICATES: Home Repair and Maintenance certificates were presented to participants who completed a course in Killarney. Front row l-r were: Máire-Bríd McCrohan (LES), Mary Flynn (LES), Patrick McCarthy (LES), Christina Carroll (DEASP) and Bridie Buckley (Coordinator LES). Back row l-r: Gerard O’Sullivan, Noel Spillane (CEO-SKDP), Daniel Counihan, Angelo Cirillo, Paul O’Connell, Alexandru Cirpaci, Stefan Anghel and Richard O’Brien.
The first participants in the Home Repair and Maintenance course organised by the South Kerry Local Employment Services received their certificates at a ceremony in Killarney recently.
The course was aimed at providing them with the key skills needed to be able to undertake a range of tasks and was developed following analysis of demand of employment opportunities in the region.
The course was funded by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection and took place in the KDYS in Killarney.
Speaking at the ceremony, South Kerry Development Partnership CEO Noel Spillane praised all those who completed the course and noted that a number of them had already secured employment with some progressing into self-employment.
He said that the success of this course highlighted the positive outcomes that are possible when people have the opportunity to gain relevant skills. It was a very good example of the levels of co-operation that exist between the DEASP and South Kerry LES and they are looking to run similar courses again in the near future, Noel added.
Christina Carroll of the DEASP said that they have come a long way in terms of delivering an accessible service to customers and it is extremely important as a customer to avail of any funding, educational and training opportunities available.
“The success of the delivery of these services is the reason why we are here, whereby on the completion of this course it will add to your existing set of skills and/or enhance your prospects of re-entering the workplace.”
Anyone interested in taking part in such training or engaging in other educational or training opportunities should contact their local DEASP office or the Local Employment Service.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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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