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Killarney’s first whisky distillery celebrates Harvest Fest ’21

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Killarney Distillery, which is a part of Torc Brewing Company, celebrated this summer’s local grain harvest with a gathering at the distillery/brewery on Saturday.

There was plenty of local food, beer, music and other products made by Torc Brewing Company; Torc beer, Killarney Coffee Roasters and Killarney Artisan Chocolates.

“It was a fantastic afternoon with amazing offerings from local businesses; The Hungry Donkey, Muckross Creamery and Rí-Rá Killarney," said Manager Triona Keane. "We want to thank everyone who joined us on the day and also thank our local farmers, as their successful harvest made the celebration possible.”

Barley and oats from the 2021 harvest were grown locally on varying soil types at Knockacullig, Ballyhar, Grenagh, Fossa, Dromin and Gortroe. The grain recently harvested will be stored, floor malted, brewed and distilled separately so as to allow for a series of single farm, single harvest whisky releases. In some, local turf will be used to produce a peated spirit which will then be matured in sweet white wine casks from the south of France and in casks of local oak, manufactured in Killarney. About a kilo of grain goes into a bottle of Killarney Whisky so a ton of local grain will produce one thousand bottles of local whisky.

“We are working to produce high quality provenance-driven spirits," John Keane, Owner and Head Distiller, said. "The coming months will be exciting with further whisky terroir projects at the distillery and with the release of a new range of unaged spirits including Distillery’s Irish Rye Vodka.”

Killarney Distillery is the first whisky distillery in Kerry since Dingle Distillery in 2012. The first cask of Killarney Whisky was filled in December 2020 and will be released in December 2023. This distillery is part of a wider whisky region concept on County Kerry’s Iveragh Peninsula. The project is inspired by the island of Islay off the coast of Scotland. Follow along on social media channels for all the latest projects and news.

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Pedestrianisation poll: Our readers have their say

By Sean Moriarty The question of pedestrianisation in the town centre has divided Killarney for years but a survey by the Killarney Advertiser this week shows the town slightly more in favour of it. A total of 37.14 percent of respondents want the pedestrianisation of Plunkett St to remain as it is – closed to […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The question of pedestrianisation in the town centre has divided Killarney for years but a survey by the Killarney Advertiser this week shows the town slightly more in favour of it.

A total of 37.14 percent of respondents want the pedestrianisation of Plunkett St to remain as it is – closed to traffic on a permanent basis while 24.76 want it to go back to its pre-pandemic arrangement where the street was only closed to vehicular traffic between 7pm and 7am each night.

An additional 34.29 percent want to see an increase in pedestrianisation in town centre by extending the Main St arrangement that was in place during the summer. In that period the town’s main thoroughfare was closed to traffic, day and night, during the weekend.

Only 20 percent of the respondents want to abolish pedestrianisation altogether, but that is still a significant number ensuring that this debate will linger on for a long time yet.

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National television exposure for local campaign

By Michelle Crean A local group hosting a life-saving information day tomorrow (Saturday) are to receive huge exposure on national TV after a crew came down to interview them about their campaign. Members of Killarney Cardiac Response Unit (KCRU) – who are planning a ‘Restart a Heart Day’ to raise awareness about life-saving techniques – […]

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By Michelle Crean

A local group hosting a life-saving information day tomorrow (Saturday) are to receive huge exposure on national TV after a crew came down to interview them about their campaign.

Members of Killarney Cardiac Response Unit (KCRU) – who are planning a ‘Restart a Heart Day’ to raise awareness about life-saving techniques – invited journalist Paul Byrne and Virgin Media TV crew to town this week.

It’s hoped their campaign will be broadcast tonight (Friday) or tomorrow (Saturday).

The KCRU event takes place tomorrow in ANAM Arts and Cultural Centre between 10.30am and 4pm as part of the European Restart a Heart Day. It’ll include CPR demos, public information, an art display, a video launch w️ith many prizes to be won.

“The crew interviewed Community Responder Helen Duggan who explained the events taking place on Saturday,” Kevin O’Leary from KCRU told the Killarney Advertiser.

“European Restart a Heart Day was founded with the support of the European parliament and takes place on October 16 every year. We’re spreading the message that 20 minutes of your time could make all the difference saving a life.”

In 2021, the focus of the event is on survivors with the hashtag #CPRSavedMyLife.

“With this campaign we want to create awareness that everyone can learn CPR and facilitate BLS courses in schools and public locations.”

He said they hope that Kerry TDs Danny Healy-Rae, Brendan Griffin and Minister for Education Norma Foley will be in attendance throughout the day, and the public are invited to attend.

“Find out how simple actions can save lives. Prizes include a three day First Aid course valued at €300, two First Aid kits, and a voucher for a local business.”

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