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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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Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]

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The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.

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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]

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The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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