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Killarney restaurant says thank you to frontline staff

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By Sean Moriarty

A popular Killarney eatery has thanked frontline staff for their efforts by filling the front window of the restaurant with messages and artwork made by local school children.

The Caragh Restaurant on New Street, which is operated by the O’Sullivan family since 1968, has covered its front window with paintings from children from Firies National School.

David O’Sullivan, who is the son the restaurant’s founder Gerry, was explaining to his children Josh (8) and Lauren (4), why some people were asked to stay at home and others had to go to work during the current crisis.

The children decided to paint pictures of frontline staff like Gardai and nurses as a thank you. Their neighbour's children Holly and Hazel added two more paintings when David decided to contact Firies National School, where his children attend.

Josh’s teacher, Cormac McCarthy, spread the word amongst all of the school’s pupils and when the artwork was complete David arranged for the window of his well-known restaurant to be decorated.

As well as typical frontline staff, like doctors and nurses, some children painted pictures of postmen, binmen and even a doctor’s receptionist.

“You don’t have to be Superman to be a hero,” David told the Killarney Advertiser. “It was a great way to tell the children that without the likes of a binmen the whole place would go to mess. This is our way of saying thank you to all of them. If they are walking down the street, they will see the messages and they will know they are appreciated."

The Caragh Restaurant is steeped in Killarney history. It was first opened in 1968 by David’s father Gerry, a brother of Tralee restauranteur Der.

It was first known as the Old Kentucky Grill and locals still refer to the New St premises fondly as the ‘Kentucky’.

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Relief as indoor dining finally resumes

By Michelle Crean After almost 500 days of closures the sense of relief was evident this week as restaurants, cafés and bars were finally allowed to welcome customers back in. Some had reopened for outdoor dining previously to help keep their businesses afloat but it was back to normal on Monday. According to the new […]

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By Michelle Crean

After almost 500 days of closures the sense of relief was evident this week as restaurants, cafés and bars were finally allowed to welcome customers back in.

Some had reopened for outdoor dining previously to help keep their businesses afloat but it was back to normal on Monday.

According to the new rules as set out by Fáilte Ireland and the Government, in order for customers to access indoor service, they must show proof that they are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months. Those who are not yet vaccinated can only be served outside.

A maximum of six people aged 13 and over are allowed per table and it’s advised that face coverings be worn when not at the table, there is no time limit, customers can only eat or drink at a table and not at the bar or counter, and one person must give their details for contract tracing purposes. Live music and dancing is not allowed.

The Killarney Advertiser spoke to a number of businesses this week and overall the feeling was relief that they can finally get back to normal service but the issue of staffing still remains.

Brian Murphy from Courtney’s Bar said he was feeling nervous.

“I’m feeling nervous as we don’t have enough staff,” he said. “It’s a Monday so hopefully we can cope. Things will settle down and we’ll find a level we are all happy with.”

At the Porterhouse Restaurant Lee O’Callaghan said “It’s great to be back open and have people coming into the restaurant”.

“Hopefully we have a long season after being closed for so long.”

Staff at Reidy’s, Ellen Shannon, Rory Carroll and Jack Sweeney, added that they’re delighted to return to indoor dining.

“Hopefully we get back to normal soon and to brighter days ahead.”

At Jimmy Brien’s Bar in Fair Hill, customers echoed the same sentiments about being finally open.

“We are delighted to be back,” Danjoe Aherne said.

“We appreciate everything Alan Breen has done for us. We’re glad to be back home again!” Charlie Buckingham said.

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Time to get your skates on!

By Sean Moriarty People of Killarney are being urged to have their say on a new skateboard park before next week’s deadline. A public consultation on the project has been launched by Kerry County Council. Cllr Donal Grady, who first put forward the idea of a Killarney skateboard park in 2018, is urging the people […]

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By Sean Moriarty

People of Killarney are being urged to have their say on a new skateboard park before next week’s deadline.

A public consultation on the project has been launched by Kerry County Council.

Cllr Donal Grady, who first put forward the idea of a Killarney skateboard park in 2018, is urging the people of the town to have their say.

It is proposed to build the park on land adjacent to the Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre with help and support from the KDYS.

“In 2017 a group of skateboard enthusiasts approached me, they had no designated safe area to enjoy their sport. Sport is vital for youths, stakeboarding increases metabolism, improves balance and enhances coordination use,” Cllr Grady told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Skateboarding is now an Olympic sport. I commend Kerry County Council, management, engineers and the planning team for getting the project to this stage, it’s now up to the people of Killarney to have their say. It’s vital positive submissions are lodged by Wednesday, August 25,”

Submissions can be lodged to the Playground Unit, Finance Dept, Kerry County Council.

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