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Killarney is open for business despite Coronavirus spread

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EMPTY SHELVES: Shoppers are being advised not to "panic buy" as there's plenty of stock with deliveries operating as normal. Photo: Grigoriy Geniyevskiy

By Michelle Crean and Sean Moriarty 

Businesses experiencing shocking levels of cancellations and almost zero new bookings due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) spread will be helped – the Government yesterday (Thursday) said.

Ministers Shane Ross and Brendan Griffin sought the Government’s agreement for urgent assistance for the tourism, hospitality and leisure sectors – by seeking payment for holidays for businesses. They are also preparing to postpone payments to Revenue, banks and local authorities as a first step in stabilising the businesses until the crisis passes. They have also sought further Government support for the sector and have emphasised the need for urgency in order to protect businesses and to protect jobs. Minister Donohoe accepted the seriousness of the situation and the need for appropriate and urgent Government action and expects the Government will announce several measures very soon. 

Meanwhile, shoppers in Killarney who began “panic buying” in recent days are advised that there’s plenty of stock available. Supermarkets have said that they have been stockpiling for months because of Brexit so there’s plenty of backup foods and deliveries are coming in as normal. 

OPEN FOR BUSINESS

Businesses in Killarney are taking every precaution necessary to prevent the spread of the disease and want people to know the town is open for business. 

Yesterday morning, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar closed all schools and forced sports organisers to cancel all events until the end of March.

However, he said shops should remain open and public transport will continue to operate. 

“While obviously very conscious of the international and nationwide public health concerns resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak, a crisis unprecedented in modern times, Killarney remains very much open for business,” Paul Sherry, President of Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, told the Killarney Advertiser. 

Mr Sherry added that his primary concern for everybody in Killarney is the health and safety of customers, both visitors and locals, as well as employees and suppliers, and that will always remain the case.

“The Chamber wishes to assure the public that every precaution is being taken in relation to hygiene control in all premises and management and staff are adhering rigidly to HSE advice regarding regular handwashing techniques, premises cleanliness and the provision of hand sanitiser for use by all.” 

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Staff and students highlight important message

By Michelle Crean Local students went to great efforts on Friday last to highlight a very important message about inclusion. Staff and students in Killarney Community College came together for ‘Stand Up Awareness Week’ as part of a national campaign where second-level schools take a stand against homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. All staff wore […]

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By Michelle Crean

Local students went to great efforts on Friday last to highlight a very important message about inclusion.

Staff and students in Killarney Community College came together for ‘Stand Up Awareness Week’ as part of a national campaign where second-level schools take a stand against homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying.

All staff wore a rainbow colour and students wore rainbow coloured accessories to show their support for the campaign as Killarney Community College is a diverse, inclusive, accepting, and welcoming safe space for everyone.

The majority of students made a particularly great effort in terms of wearing rainbow coloured accessories were awarded house points.

During the week, the LGBTI+ flag was hanging proudly in the school canteen. Transition Years decorated the General Purpose area with informative posters, and in SPHE classes, students learned about LGBTI+ terminology and history.

“It’s important that school is a safe and inclusive place for anyone attending regardless of their race, sex, religion or sexuality,” Principal, Stella Loughnane, said.

“I’m delighted that our school community marked the occasion and brought great colour while highlighting a very important message. One of the key words of our mission statement is inclusion making this awareness day a very apt one.”

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Donation to be made in memory of Johnny Batt

By Sean Moriarty Spa GAA remembered one of their most loyal members this week when his beloved club donated to a Kerry charity. Club stalwart Johnny Batt Cronin, who was steeped in Spa GAA club history, passed away in September 2019 after a battle with cancer. An outstanding footballer, he won seven O’Donoghue Cup medals […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Spa GAA remembered one of their most loyal members this week when his beloved club donated to a Kerry charity.

Club stalwart Johnny Batt Cronin, who was steeped in Spa GAA club history, passed away in September 2019 after a battle with cancer.

An outstanding footballer, he won seven O’Donoghue Cup medals with Spa as well as a county Intermediate Championship medal in 1974 and a County League Division One title two years later.

He was also a member of the star-studded East Kerry divisional side that won the inaugural All-Ireland Club Championship in 1971.

When he hung up his boots, Johnny trained and coached many underage teams and was honoured with a hugely deserved lifetime achievement award by his beloved Spa GAA Club in 2015.

He was also a champion card player, winning the Spa Championship of Kerry 31 Card Drive on two occasions.

After his passing, Spa GAA wanted to run a 31 Card Drive in his memory and to raise funds for the Oncology Department in University Hospital Kerry.

The Card Drive was postponed on several occasions due to the pandemic – and while some of the earlier rounds were completed by early 2020 – it was not possible to complete the competition that has now been cancelled completely due to ongoing crowd gathering concerns.

“A number of teams had entered this Card Drive competition (two people per team) and it started in early 2020 and most but not all of the early rounds did get played,” club PRO, Deirdre O’Sullivan Darcy, said.

“When COVID-19 hit they delayed the next stages of the competition.”

Nevertheless, teams had paid entry fees and it was decided to handover the funds raised to the Comfort for Chemo charity at the Oncology Department in University Hospital Kerry.

Members of the organising team met this week to reveal the winners of spot prizes had the event gone ahead. The money will be handed over next week to the charity when the final amount is totalled.

“They kept delaying and postponing but at this point have decided to cancel it completely and make the donation for the money that was collected at the time,” added Deirdre.

WINNERS

The prize-winning teams are:

€100 voucher for the Great Southern Killarney: John Kerins and Tim McCarthy
€100 voucher for the Great Southern Killarney: Con Lynch and Alan Cronin
€100 voucher for the Great Southern Killarney: Finbarr Godfrey and Tim Regan
€50 voucher (each) for Killarney Carpet & Furniture Centre: Seanie Kelliher and Connie Doolan
Bottle of whiskey and bottle of wine: Peter Cahill and Barry Duggan

The club also thanked event sponsors: Skellig Hotel Dingle, Kennelly’s Pharmacy, Hegarty’s Spar Muckross Road, Daly’s SuperValu, Killarney Oil, O’Leary’s Electrical, Paul Herlihy Contractor, Liam Chute, Killarney Oaks Hotel and Bowler’s Centra.

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