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Kilcummin GAA presents club awards

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Following a break of two years members of Kilcummin GAA gathered together for the annual club awards where presentations were made to 2021 and 2020 recipients.

AWARDS: Pictured at the annual Kilcummin GAA awards recently were: Niamh Dwyer (Vice-Chairperson) Ciara Kelly (Chairperson) Eugie McSweeney (Club Person of the Year 2021) and Nessa McCarthy (Secretary).

CLUB PERSON 2020: Club Person of the Year Award winners from front were: Sean Brendan O'Doherty Paudie Healy Denis Casey and Colm Brosnan. Back row from left: Eugie McSweeney Padraig O'Connor John Purcell James Foley and John Daly.

YOUNG PLAYER 2021: Pictured from left are Mark Moynihan Philip O'Leary (Young Player of the Year 2021) and Tommy Brosnan.

YOUNG PLAYER 2020: Betty and Diarmuid Cronin with Danny Cronin who was named Young Player of the Year 2020.

The 2021 award winners were announced as; Senior Player of the Year - Gary O'Leary, Junior Player of the Year - Mikey Shea, and Young Player of the Year - Philip O'Leary. Club Person of the Year 2021 went to Eugie McSweeney, former Chairman.

Then it was time for the 2020 award winners with Senior Player of the Year named as Oscar O'Connor and Young Player of the Year went to Danny Cronin. Club Person of the Year Award 2020 was the Finance and Development Committee who worked extremely hard over the past five years to bring the state-of-the-art new club facilities to fruition. The group includes Eugie McSweeney, Paudie Healy, Padraig O'Connor, Sean Brendan O'Doherty, John Purcell, John Daly, Denis Crowley, Denis Casey, James Foley and Colm Brosnan.

Special Presentations were made to Billy Doolan and Padraig and Sinéad O'Connor for their important contribution to the club.

Medals were presented to the Junior Team who won the East Kerry Div 2 final against Dr Crokes in 2021.

“It was lovely to be able to gather together for the event for the first time in two years to honour the contribution of club members on and off the pitch,” club chairperson, Ciara Kelly, said.

"A big thank you to the Ladies Committee who provided refreshments on what was a lovely club occasion."

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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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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.

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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