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Killarney Bus Station to reopen today (Friday)

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By Sean Moriarty

 

Bus Eireann has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser this week that the customer waiting area in Killarney bus station will reopen today (Friday).

Last Saturday ‘The Coffee Bus’ café and shop, at the Bus Eireann stop adjacent to the Outlet Centre, closed after 20 years in business.

The coffee shop was adjacent to a waiting area and automatic ticket dispensing machines. But now that the café is closed customers could no longer access the waiting lobby and ticket machine. Bus Eireann was advising passengers to pay the driver on the bus or pre-book online.

However, the company reversed this decision on Wednesday and confirmed that the facility will re-open today (Friday), but the ticket office would not be manned. Instead, customers can use the ticket machines in the waiting area.

“The retail unit within the outlet, which was operated by an independent retailer remained open until last weekend at which point it closed. It is anticipated that the closure of the retail unit will be temporary and CIE’s property department are actively seeking a new tenant,” said a Bus Eireann spokesperson.

“The customer waiting area, which is contained within the retail unit will re-open from this Friday.”

The closure of the Bus Eireann ticket office was criticised by tourism and business leaders in Killarney this week. They said it is not a good image to give visitors.

“There should be customer service available to tourists and customers alike for a town our size,” Paul Sherry, President of Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, told the Killarney Advertiser. “I am told it is a temporary arrangement while refurbishment work is carried out, and Bus Eireann is doing its best in the interim.”

The ticket office has been unmanned since 2017 but Bus Eireann do employ staff to run it during the busy summer months.

 

“It was closed as part of a previous restructuring in the organisation, although it was manned this year during the busier tourist months,” added the Bus Eireann spokesperson.

 

TD Danny Healy-Rae said that he is pleased that Bus Eireann has confirmed that they have now made alternative arrangements and intend to reopen Killarney Bus Station, from Friday.

 

 

 

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No spare change – no problem, as charity embraces new technology

By Sean Moriarty With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier. For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank […]

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With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier.

For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank card to make a donation.

The Society’s annual churchgate collection will be held on the weekend of December 11/12 at places of worship in the town and surrounding areas. This year’s collection has be renamed as ‘Giving Sunday’ and makes a return after the pandemic forced the cancellation of last year’s fundraiser.

“We are moving towards a cashless society,” explained Killarney Conference President Breda O’Dwyer. “You can tap and swipe your card to make a donation.”

Breda added that they are hoping to have the buckets ready by next week in time for the collection.

She said the local conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society has seen a marked increase in the number of families it is helping mainly caused by the increase in the cost of fuel and home heating products.

The annual St Vincent De Paul Society’s Christmas Jumper Day, in association with Radio Kerry is scheduled for December 10.

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SURVEY: Locals are reducing their social contacts

It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week. An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their […]

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It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week.

An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their level of contacts with people.

Interestingly, 37.10% of people had made no change to their lifestyle, but they could have been extra cautious already.

A tiny minority – just 1.61% – said they increased their social contacts over the last week.

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