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Kerry based Ard Ri group announces 60 new jobs

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Leading Irish homeware company, the Ard Ri group, has bucked international COVID-19 trends recording one of their busiest sales periods on record. The group has announced the creation of 60 new jobs in their Irish operations spread between their base in Dublin and their headquarters on the Dingle Peninsula. The company has hired an initial 15 people over the past two weeks with a further 45 people due to be hired within 12 months.

The Ard Ri group has grown from a local craft manufacturer in Tralee to an ambitious global manufacturer and distributor of quality affordable homeware products.

Brothers Neil and Paul Fitzgibbon lead a global team of 680 employees across Ireland, the UK and Asia helping them to deliver top class customer service to a trusted network of over 1,200 retailers across both Ireland and the UK. The group has two main homeware brands in Henley Stoves and Deanta Doors, both market leading products across Ireland and the UK. They employ 550 people at their two factories in Southern China, and a further 130 spread across their distribution centres and offices in Dublin, Cambridgeshire in the UK and at their headquarters on the Dingle Peninsula.

According to company director Neil Fitzgibbon, the group's ambitions do not stop there.

“We have grown exponentially in the UK with Deanta Doors UK and Henley Stoves UK. We manage the products from our factory floor in China all the way to our network of retail partners across Ireland and the UK. We are about to launch an ambitious expansion plan into mainland Europe starting with Belgium, Holland, Germany and Poland. By 2025, we will be one of the largest providers of quality doors and stoves in the EU market. By 2030, we will be one of the biggest door and stove manufacturers and distributors in the world.”

Paul Fitzgibbon described how important it is to the company that their headquarters are based on the Dingle Peninsula, just outside Tralee.

“Our father, Noel Fitzgibbon, began Ard Ri as a fireplace manufacturer in Tralee in 1989. Together, as a family, we have overcome obstacles to build two large factories in China and a market for our homeware products across Ireland and the UK. We have a great team behind us here at the Ard Ri group and will grow the company into a global brand within 10 years, all from our base just outside Tralee.”

The company is looking for skilled and experienced people to join their team in the areas of sales, warehousing, marketing, purchasing and administration. They have asked all interested candidates to contact them directly by emailing hr@ardrimarble.com.

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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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