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Linden House: Renewed criticism of ‘absence of communication’ from Department of Justice

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AS 14 ASYLUM SEEKERS move into Linden House in Killarney, two members of Kerry County Council have said they will be joining forces with the Killarney Asylum Seekers Initiative (KASI) to help ensure the new residents are supported and successfully integrated into the community. But the councillors, Cllrs Niall Kelleher, mayor of Killarney Municipal District, and Cllr John Joe Culloty told Killarney Advertiser this evening they were unhappy with the absence of communication from the Department of Justice with the community.

Cllr Kelleher and Cllr Culloty met with the owner and management of the facility today. “We met with them this afternoon to discuss all concerns which have been expressed to us over the past few days,” they stated.

“We are not happy with the process in which this matter was dealt with by the Department of Justice, especially the absence of any communication. We are addressing this with the Department and it is not a matter for the residents of Linden House. As elected representatives we felt it appropriate to visit the facility to get all the facts which we now have and can relay to the wider community."

They added: “We now have an open line of communication with the management of Linden House and they have committed to work with us and deal with any concerns into the future.”

There are currently two other asylum facilities in Killarney, one female-only residence and another family-only residence. This facility will be male-only, as it was previously, noted the councillors. It will cater for a maximum of 55 residents and will be staffed 24/7. “We queried the engagement with the relevant agencies and we can confirm that the gardaí and the community policing personal have already visited the facility and will liaise with the management, staff and residents on an ongoing bases,” added the councillors’ statement.

“The HSE and community welfare office are scheduled to visit tomorrow and met with all the residents.”

The management of Linden House work closely with the Killarney Asylum Seekers Initiative (KASI). “We will also be making contact with KASI to assist in every way possible to ensure the new residents are supported and successfully integrated into the community,” stated Cllrs Culloty and Kelleher.

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Applecroft B&B named in Ireland’s Top 10

By Michelle Crean What a better way for a local business to celebrate its silver jubilee than to be named in the Top 10 places to stay in Ireland especially as they prepare to reopen after the pandemic. Owners Kathy and Don Brosnan, who run Applecroft House in Woodlawn, were named number 6 in Ireland’s […]

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By Michelle Crean

What a better way for a local business to celebrate its silver jubilee than to be named in the Top 10 places to stay in Ireland especially as they prepare to reopen after the pandemic.

Owners Kathy and Don Brosnan, who run Applecroft House in Woodlawn, were named number 6 in Ireland’s Top 10 B&Bs for 2022 by the Irish Independent ‘Reader Travel Awards’ while Ireland’s Best B&B was named as Dingle’s Pax House.

The couple began their business in 1997 and are very happy with the feedback from visitors who voted for their B&B, especially after two difficult years.

“I’m thrilled, especially as we’re celebrating our silver jubilee this year,” Kathy told the Killarney Advertiser.

The couple built their house in the early ’80s and aptly named it ‘Applecroft’ as it was built in a field which has an orchard.

In the late ’90s they opened five spacious rooms up, each with its own theme; 
‘Poet’s Corner’, ‘Past Times’, ‘The 19th Green’, ‘The Race-goer’s Club’ and ‘The Kerry Way’, for guests as Kathy, who worked in The Europe Hotel and the Great Southern Killarney for many years, had a passion to bring a great stay experience to guests visiting Killarney. They kept themselves busy planting in their two acre garden during the pandemic.

They have won numerous awards over the years and have had film crews in but this latest award is the icing on the cake for the couple who are looking forward to reopening in late March.

“It’s amazing, and a bonus especially with the two years we’ve had. We’ve never experienced anything like that. It was “wow” – we were preparing to reopen on St Patrick’s Day that year and all of a sudden everything closed down on the 16. It was a big shock.”

Don creates amazing bread and scones which guests rave about, she added.

“I was delighted as we came tenth for breakfast and sixth for the B&B.”

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Tributes paid to life-long Legion supporter

By Sean Moriarty Legion GAA Club has led tributes to one of their most ‘fervent’ supporters who passed away on Tuesday. Described as one of the town’s ‘old stock’, Tim Looney from Coolgraine Park and late of Daltons Avenue, was a central part of Killarney’s rich sporting heritage. As well as a life-long supporter of […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Legion GAA Club has led tributes to one of their most ‘fervent’ supporters who passed away on Tuesday.

Described as one of the town’s ‘old stock’, Tim Looney from Coolgraine Park and late of Daltons Avenue, was a central part of Killarney’s rich sporting heritage.

As well as a life-long supporter of Legion, he played basketball in the famous town leagues of the 1970s and the seven-a-side soccer ‘Wipeouts’ competitions.

“He was a very proud Legion man and always flew the green and white flag out his window whenever the club was playing in a big game,” PRO Enda Walshe told the Killarney Advertiser. “He was a fervent loyal club supporter but was also one of the characters of the winter basketball leagues.”

Tim was also a regular participant in Dart Pub Leagues back in the 1970s and 1980s.

Tim’s funeral took place today (Friday). He was laid to rest at Killarney Burial Ground after 10am Mass St Mary’s Cathedral.

Tim is survived by his wife Nuala, his children Joanne, Paudie and Timmy, and was a much loved grandfather to Stephen, Makaela, Chloe, Padraic, Keelan, Alex and the late Lorna. He will also be sadly missed by his daughters-in-law Margaret and Sharon, son-in-law Tony, sisters Kathleen, Sheila and Ann, brothers Lewis-John and Paddy, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews, relatives, neighbours and many great friends.

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