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DIFFICULT: Johnny McGuire who runs Bricín on High St says the new one hour and 45 minute restrictions for customers will be difficult. Photo: Michelle Crean

By Michelle Crean

New regulations around the reopening of businesses serving food which restricts customers to a maximum of one hour and 45 minutes in a premises at any one time - "will be a logistical nightmare", according to one local businessman this week.

Johnny McGuire who has been running Bricín for the last 30 years on the top of High St is preparing to reopen on Thursday night, July 2 at 6pm.

Initially, he says he's going to ease into reopening to "get his toe in the water and build up from there".

However, Fáilte Ireland's newly published guidelines this week means that pubs, gastro pubs and bars can allow customers 105 minutes with an additional 15 minutes between bookings to allow for adequate cleaning and to ensure customers leave and enter without mixing.

And where the two metre physical distancing is not possible, businesses are now permitted to implement one metre physical distancing in controlled environments.

"It is going to be a logistical nightmare but if they are the guidelines then that's what we have to do. We'd ask the public to be as understanding and forebording for the sake of our staff and customers."

In preparation of the reopening, Johnny, who employs 25 staff full and part-time, has an exhibition on the front window dedicated to Killarney artist Seán O'Connor.

With so much red tape before the doors even open, Johnny has hired the services of a consultant.

"The layout of the shop will be changed creating corridors for access for people to go about the shop comfortably," he said.

"Upstairs we’ll be removing tables and chairs that are no longer required during this period creating more space and distance between customers. With a two metre distance our capacity will be less than half. One metre we’ll increase our capacity, but it’ll make a difference between being economic and uneconomic."

In his years in the hospitality industry he admitted that this is the worst economic crisis he's ever experienced.

"Half our income for the year is already gone so we’re now faced with trying to salvage the rest and survive through the winter. That’s the big crux for all businesses in the town. I’d say a good percentage of the businesses in Killarney are solely dependent on visitors and it’s going to be challenging times."

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Spa GAA lights up – continues each Wednesday night

By Sean Moriarty Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative. The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative.

The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held a candle-light vigil in memory of Ashling Murphy, the Offaly school-teacher who was murdered while out for a walk two weeks ago.

“Participants can follow the walking track that offers a safe off-road path and this activity is open to everyone in the community. If anyone would be available to help with registration or stewarding any night, all help is greatly appreciated,” said club PRO Deirdre O’Sullivan-Darcy.

Any volunteers that can help any evening or any questions please contact Margaret Doyle on 0879181970.

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Specialists to examine Killarney trees ahead of future storms

By Sean Moriarty Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district. The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district.

The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. 
One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen tree blocked access to the Moll’s Gap road near Muckross.
Both Cllrs John O’Donoghue and Donal Grady raised the issue at a recent Killarney Municipal District meeting.
“In order to mitigate against such events, the Killarney MD Office are in the process of preparing tender documents to procure assessment of specific trees that are in the charge of Kerry County Council.” A council official told the meeting.
“This will allow the MD to make determinations on individual trees in its charge. Individual property owners are responsible for the welfare and maintenance of trees within and along the boundary of their property lines.”

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