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Killarney man’s new website supports local retailers

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SPEND LOCAL: Local man Anthony Fee has set up spendlocal.ie to help support local businesses get back on their feet.

By Michelle Crean

A Killarney native currently living in Madrid isn't forgetting the locals and created a website to support local businesses as they get back on their feet post-COVID-19.

Anthony Fee developed spendlocal.ie at weekends during lockdown to enable retailers to get online quickly, easily and at low cost without the need to develop a full costly website.

With a Degree in Computer Engineering from UL and experience working in Limerick as a Software Engineer before moving to Spain, Anthony says the site is like "a virtual retail tour of the town".

It also brings local retailers together within a single marketplace therefore ensuring that their shops can always be found by potential customers, Anthony explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

"In Madrid, we were under strict lockdown from the middle of March as Spain was one of the hardest hit countries," he said. "As with many around the world, I was both extremely grateful and inspired by the work done by frontline workers right from the beginning of the pandemic. I wanted to see if there was something that I could do to help the situation after the pandemic and so I came up with the idea of spendlocal.ie."

Shop owners can register their business within a few minutes by providing contact details, opening hours and some general information about themselves.

"They also provide a nice photo of their shop which is displayed on their virtual shop page. Spendlocal.ie also invites retailers with existing websites to join the local marketplace. Shops can provide a link to an existing website and this is added to their virtual shop page. This can be accessed by potential customers that visit the virtual shop page."

Shop owners can then decide to register products which are displayed when a customer visits.

Spendlocal.ie also provides a Click & Collect service where customers can order their products online earlier in the day and collect them from the shop when the order has been prepared.

"This also has the advantage of reducing queues during busy periods."

Spendlocal.ie is currently offering a six-month free trial to the first 20 shops to register on the website.

And due to travel restrictions Anthony says that unfortunately, his young daughter hasn’t met her uncles and cousins yet due to the lockdown.

"We are hoping to have a reunion in Killarney before Christmas!"

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NPWS survey to find out impact of fires

By Michelle Crean The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April. The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find […]

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By Michelle Crean

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April.

The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find out the biological impacts of the fires in the 26,000 acre park.

The fires in April burned from Friday night on April 23 until around 12pm the following Monday when they were finally brought under control.

Parts of the Park were scorched resulting in flora and fauna being wiped out. Some fires came as close as 10 metres to a church and school in the Black Valley area.

Fires raged near Tomies Wood and fire crews from five different districts quenched fires near the properties under threat. A real threat was for The Oak Woods but fire fighters managed to avert danger.

The fire is believed to have begun on the Kenmare Road area escalated by the strong winds.

“The purpose of this tender is to commission a comprehensive survey of the impacts, and the chrono-sequence of fire recovery or otherwise, on lands burned over the past four decades, as well as surveys in unburned areas, in order to assess the biological impacts of the fires, in particular the fire of April 2021, on the biodiversity of Killarney National Park,” an NPWS spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Killarney spin will bring comfort to patients

By Michelle Crean Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town. Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22. This year due to COVID […]

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By Michelle Crean

Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town.

Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22.

This year due to COVID restrictions the 54321 team will run with two teams of five people, all female – who are raising funds for one single charity – Comfort for Chemo Kerry.

Their four day challenge will include a cycle the Ring of Kerry on day one (Thursday 19), a climb up Carrantuohil on day two (Friday 20), a cycle from Killarney to the foot of Cnoc Na Tobair and then climb Cnoc Na Tobair on day three (Saturday 21) finishing off with a cycle of the Skellig Ring on day four (Sunday 22).

In advance of the ninth annual challenge they will first participate in the spinathons at various locations to help raise much needed funds for this year’s chosen charity.

The first of the spinathons will take place on Saturday, July 31 in Listowel, Killorglin, Dingle, Cahersiveen. On the day volunteers will take to the spinning bikes from 10am to 5pm in different locations around these towns.
This will be followed by Killarney on Sunday, August 15, and Tralee on Saturday, August 28.

When choosing this year’s charity, organisers contacted a past participant and a dear friend, Mairead Dunphy from Glencar who is currently on her own journey with cancer.

“We wanted to show our support to Mairead and knowing that she would like to support those who have supported her on her journey so far, she had already being looking at ideas to raise much needed funds for Comfort for Chemo Kerry,” TJ O’Connor said.

“Please support Comfort for Chemo Kerry by giving what you can.”

For more information about the spinathons go to www.54321challenge.org or the Comfort for Chemo Kerry Facebook page for online donation information.

There’s also a GoFundMe page: ‘Comfort for Chemo Kerry – 54321 Challenge 2021’ which has a €20,000 target set up.

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