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Jordan and Kennelly bring home the silver

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Valley Athletic Club took home two silver medals in the high jump category in Athlone.

PODIUM: Ciara Kennelly also finished in second place in her high-jump competition taking a silver medal on a jump of 1.70m at the Irish Life Health National Junior and Under 23 Championships in Athlone. Photo: Kerry Athletics

Jordan Lee put in his best performance of the year so far with his 1.90-metre jump taking second place in the Under 23 class at the Irish Life Health National Junior and Under 23 Championships.

Clubmate Ciara Kennelly also finished in second place in her high-jump competition, taking a silver medal on a jump of 1.70m.

Also competing for Killarney Valley was Sam Griffin who was unlucky not to make the final of the junior long jump, missing out on a top-eight spot by just a few centimetres.

Killarney Valley had two other competitors in the junior race sprints section. Jason Lee represented the club in the 60-metre and John O’Connor was in action over the longer distance of 200 metres but they were both outside of the qualifying times for the final.

Jack O’Leary (Gneeveguilla) did make the final of the Junior 800m finishing in eighth place in a time of 2m 07s.
Meanwhile the Irish Life Health National Schools Cross Country Finals took place in Mallusk Playing Fields, near Belfast.

There was a large contingent from St Brendan’s College. Oisin Lynch finished 26th in the Intermediate Boys category while Ted O’Gorman came home in 60th place. The combined school team finished eighth.

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Killarney hotels are still open for business

By Sean Moriarty Only a few of the town’s 37 hotels are homing displaced people – according to Bernadette Randles, chair of the Kerry branch of the Irish Hotel Federation. […]

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Only a few of the town’s 37 hotels are homing displaced people – according to Bernadette Randles, chair of the Kerry branch of the Irish Hotel Federation.

This week she said that there’s still accommodation to be found in Killarney for visitors.

She was speaking in relation to the current accommodation situation facing International Protection Applicants and Ukrainian war refugees.

She explained that there is a perception that Killarney has taken in too many refugees and that it is putting the tourism industry at risk as people are starting to think that the town is at full capacity.

“If you can’t get a room in Killarney there is something wrong,” she said. “Maybe with the exception of New Year’s Eve.”

She added that hotels that are providing emergency accommodation are helping off-season unemployment.

Many hotels remain in survival mode after two years of pandemic turmoil and the additional off season business is important, she explained.

“Many could be closed at this time of the year, others would not be operating at full capacity,” she added.

However, she warned the Government needs to put a plan in place before the tourism season starts next year. Some hotels offering emergency accommodation either have a three or six month contract.

“I can see there will be tears next April – the Government must have a long-term plan,” she said.

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Homing refugees worth almost €14m

By Sean Moriarty Hotels, B&Bs and other accommodation suppliers in the Killarney area have secured contracts in excess of €13 million to accommodate Ukraine war refugees. The Department of Children, […]

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Hotels, B&Bs and other accommodation suppliers in the Killarney area have secured contracts in excess of €13 million to accommodate Ukraine war refugees.

The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth released figures to the Killarney Advertiser.

Documents show that contracts totalling €13,852,255.00 are being shared between 13 premises in the Killarney urban area.

However, the department warned these figures are “indicative” only and the full value of the contracts depends on “occupancy and actual usage”.

The Eviston Hotel has secured a contract worth €5,727,590.00, the Innisfallen Hotel in Fossa for €2,404,620.00 and The Hotel Killarney signed a deal worth €1,701,000.00. These are the three biggest contracts published in the documentation.

This is only the tip of the iceberg, and Department officials say more contracts could come on stream. Figures seen by the Killarney Advertiser only cover contracted premises up to the end of September this year and updated figures are only released every three months.

“We are in contract with far more, but the formal exchange of contracts can take place sometime after the service commences,” a department spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth is obliged to publish a list of contracts formally signed off each quarter that have been awarded under a special EU Derogation that permits the Department to enter into contracts in the context of the Ukraine accommodation crisis without going to formal tender.

“The values of the contracts shown are estimates; the actual value materialises upon occupancy and actual usage. Standard contracts have no-fault break clauses available to both parties so again, the figures are indicative rather than actual.”

These figures only cover Ukrainian refugees fleeing the war and do not include International Protection Applicants.

The Department refused to release International Protection Applicant figures to the Killarney Advertiser.

“The International Protection Applicant accommodation contract information is commercially sensitive information and is not available,” added the Department spokesperson.

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