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Innovative new solution to keep small businesses in Kerry smiling

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Elite Event Management, the team behind Ring of Beara Cycle Kenmare, Quest Killarney, Quest Kenmare and Run Killarney have launched an innovative new product to keep small businesses in Kerry smiling during these difficult times.

 

This exciting social project is a gift box full of produce and crafts sourced in Kerry, packaged together beautifully and ready to order and ship to anywhere in the world.

 

The Kerry based company are usually organising sports events across the country but due to COVID-19 restrictions their business has been stopped in its tracks.

 

“Our business went from thriving and optimistic to free fall, seemingly overnight,” owner Oliver Kirwan said.

 

“Our normal work takes place in the world of sport events such as the Ring of Beara Cycle Kenmare, Quest Kenmare, Quest Killarney and Run Killarney. We brought our team together and came upon the idea of ‘Box of Smiles’. It gives us great satisfaction that we can now work on a project that helps our own company survive through this crisis but also help other small businesses in Killarney and Kenmare such as Killarney Chocolate, Felicia Thomas Artist, Suchness Jewellery, Baborsbeans Coffee, Norman McCloskey Photography, Kenmare Soap amongst others. Each box is filled with high quality products sourced from local small businesses including coffee roasters and bakers, creatives and artisans, tea connoisseurs and candle creators. ‘Box of Smiles’ is also a wonderful way for people to keep in touch with Irish creativity in their locality, gift a loved one or express gratitude to an employee.”

 

Box of Smiles’ have seven gift boxes available to purchase online including Keep Kenmare Smiling, Keep Killarney Smiling, Keep West Cork Smiling, Keep Cork City Smiling, Keep Dublin Smiling, Keep Galway Smiling and Keep Ireland Smiling. Every box purchased will help small local businesses throughout the country maintain a revenue stream in the challenging environment they have abruptly found themselves in.

 

It is also an uncertain time for organisations and their employees with possible indefinite remote working and changes in routine and structure. ‘Box of Smiles’ are also available as branded employee care packages and are a meaningful way of maintaining links between employers and their teams whilst showing appreciation for their resolve and dedication.

 

For further information please visit www.boxofsmiles.ie or email annette@eliteevents.ie or call 0646635512.

 

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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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