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Killarney’s Pretty Polly factory among a number of sites to be progressed this year

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THE former Pretty Polly site in Killarney is one of a number of buildings and facilities earmarked to be progressed further in 2017, Kerry County Council CEO Moira Murrell has confirmed.

Strong growth in the county last year gives reason for optimism in 2017, according to a stakeholder group in Kerry, which added that cross-agency collaboration is key to winning investment in the county.

The group is united in its view of 2016 as an extremely progressive year for the county in terms of growth and investment and says that building on that success in 2017 can yield further substantial progress. The group, comprising representatives from Kerry County Council, IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, IT Tralee and Kerry Local Enterprise Office (LEO), said a number of successful initiatives during 2016 have combined to give reason for optimism around investment for 2017.

The chief executive of Kerry County Council, Moira Murrell, agrees that 2016 has seen major progress on economic development in the county including, in the council’s case, supports and investments such as a €60m investment in capital projects, a €30m upgrade of the county’s largest water supply scheme, the establishment of enterprise hubs in many rural towns and quality of life improvements through investment in leisure facilities and amenities.

“The former Denny factory site and the former Pretty Polly site in Killarney will be progressed further in 2017 and millions of euro will be invested in rural areas through the Town and Village Renewal Scheme and Clár funding,” said Ms Murrell.

This year will also see the Kerry Technology Park coming into full Kerry ownership, she added. “As a centre for education, innovation and incubation, it is key to our economic expansion as a county,” said the council CEO.

Ms Murrell added: “Tourism continues to grow and our new Tourism Strategy will drive that growth across Kerry. In Killarney, for example, through working with groups like the Kerry Convention Bureau, the aim in 2017 is to continue that growth and bring more visitors to the county.”

Many companies in Kerry are expanding which is indicative of confidence in the local economy, according to Ms Murrell. “The council now has a dedicated Economic Development Unit and a newly appointed Economic Development Officer and this will drive the implementation of the new jobs and enterprise plan for the county,” she added.

IDA Ireland’s Regional Business and Development Manager for the South-West, Ray O’Connor, said employment across the base of IDA companies in Kerry continues to rise with positive employment growth each year over the past five years. Supporting established companies to develop and grow is a key focus for IDA and he’s optimistic that 2017 will see project expansions.

“We have 13 client companies in Kerry, employing 2,083 employees. These are great companies, include some of the longest-established companies in Ireland and they are representative of all of our target sectors: engineering, pharmaceuticals, medical technologies, international financial services, technology and business services,” he said. “New investment in the last year came from Starwood Hotels & Resorts who opened a new Customer Services Centre in Sneem/Kenmare with 14 hired to date, JRI America who expanded into larger offices at Kerry Technology Park in Tralee and VT iDirect who announced 30 jobs in Killarney as part of a new Engineering & Innovation Centre.

“Our new Advance Technology Building, due to be completed by mid year 2017 is proof of IDA’s commitment to Kerry, creating a state-of-the-art 25,000sq ft turn-key property solution to attract new investment and IDA is committed to supporting additional IDA client companies investments in 2017 and beyond.”

Tomás Hayes, Head of Local Enterprise with Kerry LEO reports that 24 projects were approved for grant assistance in 2016 with the potential to generate 87 full-time and 19 part-time positions.

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The secret is in the book!

By Michelle Crean  The secret to finding your true happiness is all in a new book which will guide readers to unlock their potential. Brazilian native Michelle Hadad, who moved to Ireland 14 years ago has written ‘The Secret Box: Concave and Convex’, a 432 page book which addresses the issues of suicide and develops into […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

The secret to finding your true happiness is all in a new book which will guide readers to unlock their potential.

Brazilian native Michelle Hadad, who moved to Ireland 14 years ago has written ‘The Secret Box: Concave and Convex’, a 432 page book which addresses the issues of suicide and develops into two different narratives.

It is also a follow up to her previous work ‘The Secret Box…Finding the Key’, a 192 page paperback launched by Michael Healy-Rae TD and reviewed by now retired judge James O’Connor, in October 2017.

Michelle, who studied adult psychology and is a NLP practitioner who encourages clients to transform limiting self-beliefs, explains that this version continues the story of Maria from the first book.

In the first book, the reader compares and contrasts their own life experiences with those of Maria and ask themselves the very question posed at the end of the book in the final chapter or ‘Padlock 13’ – “who are you?”

“Readers are outside the box, they see their own stories – that’s when we judge others,” Michelle told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It is fiction and the story is in two versions, the positive is bigger than the negative. There is always hope regardless of pain.”

She added that people need to forget about what others think, and focus on their own values and traditions.

“It’s a self help book, it doesn’t matter what people think of us, life’s too short. I’m motivating people in a positive way because of my NLP and psychology qualification.”

However, she emphasised that readers don’t have to have read the first book to understand the second one.

“Maria is the leading figure and there’s a few characters from book one but you don’t have to read that to get book two.”

She added that she’s thankful to everyone who helped her along the way.

“I have been blessed to have met so many people to help with my books.”

Both books are available from O’Connor’s Centra, The Reeks and Horans Health Store on Beech Road.

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Green light for teen accommodation

By Michelle Crean  Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead. An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment. The teens living within the premises […]

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Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead.

An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment.

The teens living within the premises will be supervised by applicant Eileen O’Brien who will live on the ground floor of the premises.

The two one-bed apartments on the second floor would either be rented out or used for independent living for the teenagers as they reach adulthood.

The two-bed apartment will be on the third floor. There are also plans for balconies at second and third floor levels.

The proposed apartment building is contemporary in design with a mix of stone and render finish on the lower floors and synthetic burned timber finish on the upper floors. The second floor is recessed at the front and the third floor is recessed at the front and the rear with a decorative feature on the front elevation comprising dark grey timber steel poles. The building will also have a flat roof.

Planning permission was granted subject to 14 conditions including a two-metre high boundary wall to be constructed on south, south-western boundaries of the site and there’s to be no overnight commercial guest accommodation.

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Fans return to Fitzgerald Stadium after eight months

By Sean Moriarty Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game. Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the […]

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Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game.

Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.

Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.

“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”

She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.

“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”

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