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Killarney looking to retain Purple Flag status

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Killarney will be looking to retain its Purple Flag following the latest assessment which will take place on Friday, July 27. The flag is currently flown with pride at the Town Hall, Garda Station and at KDYS Centre. The town was awarded the Purple Flag in 2014 and it has successfully retained its status since.

Two assessors will be visiting Killarney for the overnight assessment next Friday. They will tour the town from 4pm to 3am to determine whether Killarney has a safe and vibrant early evening and night-time economy.

Local businesses have been asked to row in behind the Purple Flag initiative by taking particular care on the night in question. They have been encouraged to decorate windows in purple and a number of hotels and buildings will be lit up in purple. Business owners have also been asked to be vigorous on litter and glass, especially from 10pm onwards.

Starting this weekend, security staff around the town will wear new purple high-vis jackets and they are encouraged by Killarney Purple Flag Working Group to pay particular attention during the assessment and to communicate with the gardaí.

The Purple Flag is an international accreditation scheme for towns and city centres in the evening and at night. It is the ‘gold standard’ for early night-time entertainment destinations. Like Blue Flags for beaches, towns that meet the stringent criteria can proudly fly the flag. Purple Flag aims to raise the standard and broaden the appeal of night-time destinations from 5pm to 5am. Town centres that achieve a Purple Flag are those which are vibrant and well managed in the evening and night-time.  It provides a safe and friendly environment in which to live, work and socialise.

Over 70 town and city and town centres have been awarded Purple Flags in the UK and Ireland since the scheme was launched in October 2009.  The total number in the Republic of Ireland is 16.

The Purple Flag accreditation is based on five sets of criteria that town centres must meet in order to obtain the award. These include wellbeing in terms of safety and care, movement meaning transport and car parking, appeal of restaurants, bars, other venues including arts and culture, place in terms of location and design and, most importantly, the policy envelope which shows a collaboration between sectors, agencies, service providers and policy-makers.

Killarney’s Purple Flag initiative is led by Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, working with Killarney Municipal District/Kerry County Council, the gardaí, local businesses, groups and local schools. It is vitally important that Killarney retains its Purple Flag because the symbol is becoming widely known in the tourism industry as a major international brand.

 

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Dancing classes set to unite communities

By Michelle Crean There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities. KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities.

KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, has teamed up with dance instructor John Moriarty to teach both Ukrainians and multiple cultures living in Kerry Irish set dancing steps from next week.

The first class will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting next week (September 27) at St Mary’s Parish Hall at 6.30pm and all are welcome to join.

The idea is to help Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry to come and have fun and get to know locals better, KASI coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have a women’s group for all ages where we do crochet, sewing and art and crafts, where they can talk which is good. I had the music on and they were dancing. I asked if they would like to do dancing classes so I organised it with John Moriarty who is well known in Killarney.”

She added that the women are very excited to learn set dancing and get to know other people from the area.

“Sometimes when you meet new people the language can be a barrier and when you’re dancing everybody is moving. He will open it to everyone so there’ll be integration, it’s fun as well. They are all very excited.”

To find out more contact John on 086 1579381.

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Multiple Sclerosis Walk celebrates 20 years

By Sean Moriarty The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers. On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers.

On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk takes place over the Old Kenmare Road.

First run in 2002, this year’s event will celebrate 20 years since its foundation but two years were lost as a result of the pandemic.

This year’s walk will be limited to 150 people – three coach loads – so event organisers can cut back on running costs.

It will only be possible to participate in this year’s event if walkers pre-register.

“Walkers must raise at least €40 to make it worthwhile,” organiser John O’Shea told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Spaces are limited, 150 people equals three coaches and we need smaller coaches to get into the start of the Old Kenmare Road as that is just a bog road. We have limited numbers for cost and operational reasons.”

Mr O’Shea thanked event sponsors O’Callaghan Coaches and The Gleneagle Hotel for their support of the event.

Registration forms can be obtained by calling John on 087 2348824.

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