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Jam to reopen in Killarney next week

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JAM REOPENING: Darragh Walshe, owner of TOBA, is currently working with a team to reopen Jam in Old Market Lane next week. Photo: Michelle Crean

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By Michelle Crean

A much loved favourite Killarney cafe - which unexpectedly closed earlier this year - is to make a big comeback when it reopens its doors next week under new ownership.

 

A date for early to mid-week next week has been set for Jam's reopening and the new owners have even hired some of the original staff and plan to keep it as close to the original service as possible.

Due to the current Level 3 restrictions, the business, now called 'Jam Cáfe' in Old Market Lane, will first operate as a take-away service followed by a full opening once the Government gives the go ahead.

The business was acquired by the owners of TOBA and they've big plans to source produce locally to help further sustain local jobs.

"We're delighted to be reopening," Darragh Walshe, owner of TOBA told the Killarney Advertiser yesterday (Thursday).

"It's such a cornerstone business in Killarney. I know from talking to people around town how important it is for Killarney. We had TOBA and we always thought it'd be great to have a second business in Killarney if the right opportunity came up. When Jam became available we were lucky enough to get the winning bid. We want to reopen the business as it was and do everything that Jam were doing and meet the standards that were set by the previous owners."

KEEPING IT LOCAL

With uncertainty over COVID, Darragh explained that keeping it local is now more important than ever.

"We are going to use local suppliers including Ballyhar Foods, O'Shea's Fruit and Veg, Spillane's Seafood and John Lane for meat and dry goods amongst others."

They have hired four staff to date including Jam's new Manager Deirdre Casey from Killarney and Head Chef is Shirley O'Sullivan. But, he explained that more staff will be part of the cafe's future going forward.

"We've plans to employ 10 to 12 people. We're starting with a base of four and will bring in new people in the coming weeks and months as the lockdown period eases. We've some exciting plans in place over the next few weeks which will be announced shortly."

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  The coveted KY-1 plate has been allocated to Adams of Tralee for the second year in a row. The county’s Hyundai dealership secured the coveted plate as a result of the Hyundai Tucson topping the individual model sales charts for 2021. Available in diesel, petrol and pug-in hybrid, the Tucson offers something for every motorists. […]

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The coveted KY-1 plate has been allocated to Adams of Tralee for the second year in a row.

The county’s Hyundai dealership secured the coveted plate as a result of the Hyundai Tucson topping the individual model sales charts for 2021.

Available in diesel, petrol and pug-in hybrid, the Tucson offers something for every motorists.

With the switch to full electric not far away, Adams of Tralee’s general manager Marcus O’Shea believes that hybrid offers the perfect transition from fossil fuelled-cars to electric.

“It is a steeping-stone towards full electric,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “It reduces the range anxiety for those not ready for full electric and it gets people used to new ways – plugging in the car at night at home will become normal and hybrid is the first step.”

The Tucson range has a model to suit all tastes and budgets. As well as being available in petrol, diesel or hybrid, each power variant is also available as in entry-level, mid or high specification formats.

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Hairdresser reveals women “open up” on safety while getting their hair done

By Sean Moriarty Nicole Coffey of Nicole’s Hair Salon on St Anne’s was inspired to run a fundraiser for a women’s refuge after hearing distressing stories from some of her clients. On Saturday last she offered a wash and blow-dry to clients and rather than charging them for the her services her customers made a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Nicole Coffey of Nicole’s Hair Salon on St Anne’s was inspired to run a fundraiser for a women’s refuge after hearing distressing stories from some of her clients.

On Saturday last she offered a wash and blow-dry to clients and rather than charging them for the her services her customers made a donation to Adapt Women’s Refuge in Tralee.

Nicole was inspired to run the charity day because a lot of her regular clients opened up to her while they were getting their hair done.

The timing of her charity day was poignant as it came just days after Ashling Murphy was murdered while out for a run in her own town of Tullamore.

“People open up while I do their hair, many of them would not know that there is a refuge in Kerry,” she told the Killarney Advertiser. “I have experience with clients who are struggling. I had this idea to create more awareness for Adapt.”

She raised €2,000 for Adapt and the cheque was handed over to the Tralee-based charity on Thursday night this week.

Such was the success of her charity day Nicole worked from 7am to 7pm and as well as cash donations customers also donated vouchers and care packs to the charity.

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