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Killarney “could lose” top tourism status – restaurateur

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By Sean Moriarty

A Killarney restaurateur has warned that Killarney could lose out to Northern Irish destinations as a result of the Government’s continued stance on indoor dining.

A recent report in a national daily newspaper said that people from the Republic of Ireland are travelling north of the border to enjoy indoor dining and pubs while they remain closed down south.

Deirdre Browne, who is a partner in Murphy Brownes on High St, says this flies in the face of the Government’s promotion of staycationing this summer and that Killarney could loose its status as Ireland’s top tourism destination as a result.

“People just want normality at this stage,” she told the Killarney Advertiser. “If you saw the rain that fell over the weekend,it just does not make sense.”

The Irish Independent article said over half of the people visiting Belfast on a recent weekend were from the Republic of Ireland and many had travelled from Cork and Kerry.

“We need to be allowed open in a controlled manner and make Killarney the holiday destination it is supposed to be,” she added.

She was one of organisers behind last Thursday's protest outside Killarney Town Hall where local hospitality and allied sector workers voiced their anger at the prolonged closures.

“People were thrilled that we did it,” she added. “They saw that we stood up, that we had a voice.”

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Eileen rewarded for her dedication to athletics

By Sean Moriarty Well-known Dalton’s Avenue woman Eileen Switzer has been named as the Honorary President of Killarney Valley Athletic Club in recognition of her work as a volunteer. The club held its annual awards night on Friday night last. As well as presenting awards to club members in recognition of their achievements at home […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Well-known Dalton’s Avenue woman Eileen Switzer has been named as the Honorary President of Killarney Valley Athletic Club in recognition of her work as a volunteer.

The club held its annual awards night on Friday night last.

As well as presenting awards to club members in recognition of their achievements at home and abroad they decided to honour Mrs Switzer for her “lifetime of volunteering to the community, to sport, to youth and for championing diversity and inclusion”.

“Eileen has been an advocate, a coach and an administrator in the sport of athletics for over 60 years in the town of Killarney, Kerry and beyond,” said club chair Jerry Griffin.

Eileen and her husband Frank have dedicated their lives to the community games and athletics in the greater Killarney area.

“I enjoy, but I don’t like, all the limelight,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I like to watch newcomers as they come up through the ranks, many of the Community Games people of the past are now running the committee.”

In a life time dedicated to volunteerism in Killarney Eileen has helped sports like golf, pitch and putt and badminton grow.  She was also heavily involved in the local Irish dancing scene and remains a great supporter of Kerry Parents and Friends.

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A Mass of Commemoration in Kilcummin

COMMEMORATION: A Mass of Commemoration for all those who fought and died in Kilcummin during the Irish War of Independence was celebrated last Sunday last at 11.30am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin by Fr Kieran O’Brien. Organised by the Kilcummin Historical Group there followed a walk to the Kilcummin Mass Rock where Fr […]

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COMMEMORATION: A Mass of Commemoration for all those who fought and died in Kilcummin during the Irish War of Independence was celebrated last Sunday last at 11.30am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin by Fr Kieran O’Brien. Organised by the Kilcummin Historical Group there followed a walk to the Kilcummin Mass Rock where Fr Kieran laid a wreath.

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