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Killarney Beerfest set to brew up a storm of fun this weekend

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CRAFT brewers and beer enthusiasts will descend on Killarney this weekend for Killarney Beerfest (May 26 to 28).

While the beer enthusiasts are set to sample some of the 150 brews on offer, the highlight of the festival for the craft brewers will be the prestigious Beoir Champion Beer of Ireland Awards sponsored by Carry Out Off Licences.

There are eight categories in the awards including Pale Ale, Belgian Style Ale, Dark Ale, Lagers, Porter/Stout, Wheat Beer, Speciality Beer and Sour Beer. The most sought after title is the overall Beoir Champion Beer of Ireland. The awards are open to all Irish breweries and the panel of fifteen judges is led by Reuben Gray of Beoir and includes CAMRA and EBCU members as well as a selection of international judges. Over 100 craft beers have been entered for the awards.

Along with the prestige of being crowned The Beoir Champion of Ireland, the winning brewery will receive the opportunity to brew an exclusive craft beer for Carry Out Licence along with a promotional package from Carry Out Off Licences which includes in-shop distribution and promotions as well as marketing and social media support.

David O’Keeffe, Head of Sales for Carry Out, said: “Irish craft beers are among the best in the world, and these awards help celebrate that fact.”

“Carry Out off licences operate in more than 100 different locations nationwide and so are in a fantastic position to help promote the Irish craft beverage industry. It certainly is an industry on the move and we look forward to meeting the many brewers attending this year festival. We are constantly re-evaluating our craft beer offering in order to offer our customers the widest range possible.”

The winners of the Beoir Champion Beer of Ireland Awards will be announced at the festival on Sunday, May 28, at 6pm. Killarney Beerfest takes place on the grounds of The Gleneagle Hotel in the specially constructed Beer Village. Admission costs €15 and includes one free glass of beer. For more information visit http://www.killarneybeerfestival.com/

 


 
Above: David O'Keeffe, National Sales Manager, Carry Out, with Maureen Cournane, Kieran Somers and Michael McSweeney at the launch of the 'Carry-Out' Killarney Beerfest which takes place May 26-27-28. Picture: Don MacMonagle

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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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Killarney hospitality avoids worst of water shortage crisis

By Sean Moriarty. The Killarney hospitality sector avoided the worst of the water shortages that affected 55,000 across the county following a major water break from the Lough Guitane Water Treatment Plant to Sheheree Reservoir on the Central Regional Water Supply Scheme on Tuesday night. As the Killarney Advertiser closed for press yesterday evening (Thursday), the water supply was […]

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By Sean Moriarty.

The Killarney hospitality sector avoided the worst of the water shortages that affected 55,000 across the county following a major water break from the Lough Guitane Water Treatment Plant to Sheheree Reservoir on the Central Regional Water Supply Scheme on Tuesday night.

As the Killarney Advertiser closed for press yesterday evening (Thursday), the water supply was slowly coming back to normal in the areas most-affected by the burst.

Kerry County Council placed mobile water tankers in several of these areas including the Rock Road Car Park, Fossa School, Firies Church Yard and Farranfore GAA grounds and Barraduff Community Centre.

These will remain in place until supply has been fully restored to all areas.

Irish Water are slowly refilling the Sheheree Reservoir and releasing water back into the network in a controlled manner to avoid further rupturing pipes due a sudden increase in pressure.

According to Irish Water, “an estimated 55,000 could have been impacted by the burst main in recent days” with the biggest impact felt in Tralee.

Killarney Hotels and bars escaped the worst of the crisis.

Bernadette Randles, chair of the Kerry Branch of the Irish Hotel Federation said that Killarney Hotels were not affected by the breakage.

The majority of Muckross Road hotels, including Ms Randles’ Dromhall Hotel are on the same pipeline.

Her brother Thomas runs the Randles Court Hotel next door but is on a different water line and he did not suffer a break in his water supply either.

“I woke up on Wednesday morning in fright,” she told the Killarney Advertiser. “Water is your worst nightmare, so much depends on it from guests’ showers to cooling equipment in the bars, cooking and washing. Several hotels in Killarney have their own wells. We weren’t affected and that means The Brehon, Castle Ross, and Gleneagle and more were not affected. Thomas next door was not affected and he is on a different line to us.”

Special arrangements were made to ensure hospitals and nursing homes were not left without water during the repair work.

Killarney’s Vaccination Centre also remained operational throughout.

Fianna Fáil’s Councillor Michael Cahill who has been highlighting the issue of interrupted water supply throughout Mid and South Kerry for years, has warned that the continuous water mains issue in the county could result in negative publicity for the tourism industry.

“How can we expect visitors to return or recommend our county as a destination if their basic human needs are not met? Planning Permissions for locals are affected by lack of sewerage capacity in a given area. Both these issues must be dealt with immediately,” he said.

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