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Key speakers lined up for tourism conference

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IT IS GOOD TO TALK: Pictured at the launch of the 'Let's Talk Tourism' conference, which is taking place next Friday (November 8) in The Great Southern Killarney are: Mags O'Connor (AIB, sponsor), Moira Murrell (Kerry County Manager), Paul Kelly (Chief Executive Fáilte Ireland), Niamh O'Shea (IHF Kerry), Paul Sherry (President Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce). Photo: Don MacMonagle

 

A young, third generation Killarney hotelier will share the stage with a renowned climate change specialist, civic leaders and tourism industry heads at a high-profile conference in Killarney next Friday.

Marcus Treacy, who is Operations Director in the Killarney Park and Ross Hotels, will speak on the sustainable agenda at the annual ‘Let’s Talk Tourism: The National Tourism Forum’ in the Great Southern Killarney.

Moderator for the day-long event which is themed ‘Sustainability: The foundation for our future’ will be broadcaster Olivia O’Leary, with the opening address by Minister of State for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin.

 

Kerry County Council Chief Executive, Moira Murrell, will participate in a panel discussion along with John McGrillen, Tourism Northern Ireland; Jenny De Saulles, Fáilte Ireland; Niall Gibbons, Tourism Ireland and travel industry commentator Eoghan Corry.

Climate scientist, Prof John Sweeney, who is Emeritus Professor in Maynooth University and has worked on climate change issues for almost 40 years, will deliver one of the keynote addresses.

He will give his views on the impact of teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg, Extinction Rebellion campaigners and whether there is any evidence of success from protests favoured by green campaigners.

 

Panel discussions will focus on the sustainable agenda and experts will offer practical, real-life examples of sustainable practices and their ensuing impact.

 

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Relief as indoor dining finally resumes

By Michelle Crean After almost 500 days of closures the sense of relief was evident this week as restaurants, cafés and bars were finally allowed to welcome customers back in. Some had reopened for outdoor dining previously to help keep their businesses afloat but it was back to normal on Monday. According to the new […]

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By Michelle Crean

After almost 500 days of closures the sense of relief was evident this week as restaurants, cafés and bars were finally allowed to welcome customers back in.

Some had reopened for outdoor dining previously to help keep their businesses afloat but it was back to normal on Monday.

According to the new rules as set out by Fáilte Ireland and the Government, in order for customers to access indoor service, they must show proof that they are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months. Those who are not yet vaccinated can only be served outside.

A maximum of six people aged 13 and over are allowed per table and it’s advised that face coverings be worn when not at the table, there is no time limit, customers can only eat or drink at a table and not at the bar or counter, and one person must give their details for contract tracing purposes. Live music and dancing is not allowed.

The Killarney Advertiser spoke to a number of businesses this week and overall the feeling was relief that they can finally get back to normal service but the issue of staffing still remains.

Brian Murphy from Courtney’s Bar said he was feeling nervous.

“I’m feeling nervous as we don’t have enough staff,” he said. “It’s a Monday so hopefully we can cope. Things will settle down and we’ll find a level we are all happy with.”

At the Porterhouse Restaurant Lee O’Callaghan said “It’s great to be back open and have people coming into the restaurant”.

“Hopefully we have a long season after being closed for so long.”

Staff at Reidy’s, Ellen Shannon, Rory Carroll and Jack Sweeney, added that they’re delighted to return to indoor dining.

“Hopefully we get back to normal soon and to brighter days ahead.”

At Jimmy Brien’s Bar in Fair Hill, customers echoed the same sentiments about being finally open.

“We are delighted to be back,” Danjoe Aherne said.

“We appreciate everything Alan Breen has done for us. We’re glad to be back home again!” Charlie Buckingham said.

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Time to get your skates on!

By Sean Moriarty People of Killarney are being urged to have their say on a new skateboard park before next week’s deadline. A public consultation on the project has been launched by Kerry County Council. Cllr Donal Grady, who first put forward the idea of a Killarney skateboard park in 2018, is urging the people […]

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By Sean Moriarty

People of Killarney are being urged to have their say on a new skateboard park before next week’s deadline.

A public consultation on the project has been launched by Kerry County Council.

Cllr Donal Grady, who first put forward the idea of a Killarney skateboard park in 2018, is urging the people of the town to have their say.

It is proposed to build the park on land adjacent to the Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre with help and support from the KDYS.

“In 2017 a group of skateboard enthusiasts approached me, they had no designated safe area to enjoy their sport. Sport is vital for youths, stakeboarding increases metabolism, improves balance and enhances coordination use,” Cllr Grady told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Skateboarding is now an Olympic sport. I commend Kerry County Council, management, engineers and the planning team for getting the project to this stage, it’s now up to the people of Killarney to have their say. It’s vital positive submissions are lodged by Wednesday, August 25,”

Submissions can be lodged to the Playground Unit, Finance Dept, Kerry County Council.

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