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Job losses as Nike Factory Store to shut its doors

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By Sean Moriarty

After weeks of speculation it has been confirmed that the Nike Factory Store will cease trading at the Killarney Outlet Centre - resulting in the loss of many jobs.

The sports goods company, who have been the anchor tenant at the centre for nearly 23 years, will be shutting up shop on March 5. Management at Killarney Outlet Centre say they are now “actively looking to find new and exciting retailers” following the store's announcement.

Centre manager Paul Sherry said the decision to close the store “is a matter for Nike” and that he will be sorry to see them go.

“Sadly, part of life as a shopping centre operator is that tenants come and tenants go. From our perspective, we are very disappointed to see Nike Factory Store come to the end of its occupation here and, as always, we are actively looking to finding new and exciting retailers for the centre,” Mr Sherry told the Killarney Advertiser.

It has not been confirmed how many jobs have been lost as a result of the closure.

“It is a really sad day for those who will be losing their jobs as a consequence, some of whom have worked here with us for over 20 years,” added Mr Sherry.

“[The Nike Factory Store] has helped hundreds of families and students to fund themselves whilst in third-level education and it has provided a steady income for many homes and families for almost 23 years.”

Nike is the second major sports store to close in Killarney in recent years. Lifestyle Sports never re-opened its Killarney branch following the first pandemic-related lockdown.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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Corcoran’s Furniture walk raises €12k for autism charity

Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland There were 37 participants in the event, which included […]

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Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland

There were 37 participants in the event, which included AADI families, dogs, and representatives, as well as fundraisers, supporters, and members of the Corcoran’s team. The stars of the day were the three life-changing super-hero dogs, Buzz, Baron and Hank.

Former Kerry Footballer, James O’ Donoghue, was the ambassador for the event
Those taking part left Ross Castle and were treated to a phenomenal boat ride in the expert hands of Diarmuid ‘Dux’ O’Donoghue of Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours. The O’Donoghue family entertained the entire group with a range of fascinating stories outlining the history of the lakes of Killarney and Killarney National Park.

The group set out from Lord Brandon’s Cottage and walked the 11K through the iconic Gap of Dunloe, with two AADI families and their dogs taking part in the full walk. This was followed by a well-deserved meal and some rest and relaxation at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. Flemings Taxi’s Killarney brought the group back to Ross Castle, Killarney upon completion of the event.

“On behalf of everybody at Corcoran’s Furniture, we would like to thank everybody who participated in our Gap of Dunloe charity event on behalf of AADI,” said Shane O’ Callaghan, Financial Controller atCorcoran’s.

“Collectively we have raised almost €12,000 for this incredible charity and monies are still coming in. We are extremely grateful to all who supported our walk, and also to James O’ Donoghue, Christina Tagney, the Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours, the fantastic support of Noel Lucey and Donal McCarthy from the Order Of Malta, Killarney branch, and to Killarney National Park, Kate Kearney’s Cottage and Fleming’s Taxi’s. All funds raised will go toward the expert training and maintenance of the upcoming AADI dogs who will make a dramatic difference to so many children with Autism and their families.”

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