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Killarney back in business after restrictions lifted

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney hotels and hospitality sector businesses are preparing for a bumper season after the majority of pandemic-related restrictions were lifted this week.

The news, which came late on Friday, gave hoteliers and publicans little over 12 hours to prepare.
The Government announcement ended the 8pm closing time for pubs and restaurants and allowed nightclubs to open for the first time in nearly two years.

“It has been all go since the announcement and it's very positive,” Bernadette Randles, Chair of the Kerry branch of the Irish Hotels Federation (IHF), told the Killarney Advertiser.

"It is great news and now we are getting ready to rebuild our businesses, this is really positive news for hotels and tourism in Killarney.”

Despite the short notice Ms Randles said there were large numbers of people out enjoying themselves since the 8pm curfew was lifted.

She was full of praise for her staff at her family run Dromhall Hotel who had to cope with yet another change in work practices.

“For us in Dromhall it was good. People did venture out after 8pm and the best thing was to see our teams motivated and to see a renewed buzz about the place,” she added.

She said that Kerry can look forward to a busy season but warned that it could take years to recover after two years in some form of lockdown or restrictions.

“We are seeing a big increase in bookings, however there is a lot of ground to be made up and it will be a long road to recovery. Overall we remain very optimist but we cannot take anything for granted and it may take more time for some businesses to recover.”

Last summer Irish people were encouraged to holiday at home and she is hopeful this will continue this year, however the international market may take some time to recover.

“One of the positive impacts over the last couple years is that people have rediscovered Ireland as a holiday destination and we feel this will stand to us as people rediscover the beauty and what Ireland has to offer and they can travel Ireland at their ease,” she added.

“We are hopeful of overseas visitors, but it will be a number of years before they get back to pre-COVID levels. This means ongoing Government assistance is going to be essential.”

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Country Queen Cliona Hagan to play Sneem Hotel

Get ready for a glamorous evening of country music as bombshell Cliona Hagan, one of Ireland’s most beloved country music stars, takes the stage at Sneem Hotel on Saturday, May […]

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Get ready for a glamorous evening of country music as bombshell Cliona Hagan, one of Ireland’s most beloved country music stars, takes the stage at Sneem Hotel on Saturday, May 11, 9:00 PM.

Known for her powerful vocals, captivating stage presence, and chart-topping hits, Cliona Hagan promises to deliver a memorable performance that will have the audience on their feet and singing along all night long.
The concert, set against the stunning backdrop of Golden’s Cove at the Sneem Hotel, promises to be an unforgettable experience for country music fans of all ages. From heartfelt ballads to lively toe-tappers, Cliona Hagan’s versatile repertoire ensures there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Tickets for the concert are priced at €25 and can be purchased at the door on the night of the event. Don’t miss your chance to see Cliona Hagan live in concert at Sneem Hotel on May 11th. Overnight hotel stay packages including dinner and concert tickets, bed and breakfast are also available!
For more information, please visit www.sneemhotel.com or contact 064 667 5100.

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Coffee morning for Kerry Cancer Support Group at the Royal

Killarney Royal is hosting a Charity Coffee Morning on April 19, in aid of the Kerry Cancer Support Group. Join the team at Killarney Royal from 10.30am-12pm where fresh coffee, […]

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Killarney Royal is hosting a Charity Coffee Morning on April 19, in aid of the Kerry Cancer Support Group.

Join the team at Killarney Royal from 10.30am-12pm where fresh coffee, delicious homemade scones, pastries and treats await in the newly refurbished lobby and bar.

All guests attending will also have the chance to be entered into a raffle with a number of wonderful prizes on offer throughout the morning. Volunteers will also be on hand to accept donations, with all proceeds going to the Kerry Cancer Support Group.

“The Kerry Cancer Support Group work hard each day to provide an excellent service and are devoted to maintaining a warm, welcoming environment while ensuring that service users have immediate access to free programmes and resources. Killarney Royal are delighted to support this incredibly worthy charity,” said Brand Sales and Marketing Executive Aoibheann O’Leary.

All are welcome on the morning, with no pre-booking needed.

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