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VEGANUARY: Local chefs plan to take on a vegan challenge this month. From l-r were: Exec Chefs, Rory Gabriel (Great Southern Killarney), Cyril Durand (Dromhall Hotel), Abraham Nur (The Brehon), John Drummond (Gleneagle) and Chad Byrne (The Brehon).

 

By Michelle Crean

Chef Chad Byrne and the kitchen team at The Brehon, Killarney are busy preparing post festive feel good food to kick start the new decade.

Chad, a champion of plant-based food, is leading the Veganuary charge in Killarney by offering his customers the opportunity to taste incredibly tasty and healthy vegan and plant-based options.

“The concept of Veganuary or going vegan for the month of January began in 2014 and has since swept across the nation,” explains Chad.

Chad went vegan last year and loved the challenge. He believes that he learnt more during this period of cooking than at any other time in the last decade. He has even convinced two of his team, Dan Moynihan and Abraham Nur, to take part in Veganuary.

“I knew I needed to go full circle in order to learn as much as possible about what we're providing on our vegan menus. It’s great that I have company in the kitchen this year,” Chad, who was last week named the Irish Examiner Food Hero of the Year 2019 for his work with Chef Collab, said. “I’m hoping to get more people interested in trying and exploring plant-based foods and bring awareness to the abundance of choice we have.”

He added that it used to be hard to be a vegan working in a commercial kitchen but now around 20 percent of their menu is plant based.

“We have a big plant-based customer base. We are known already for having vegan and vegetarian menus and we love to experiment with new produce and flavours.”

The Brehon will be offering vegan specials every day throughout January in both The Brehon Bar and Danú Restaurant. Then on Saturday, January 25, Chad along with a number of guest vegan chefs will create a special five course tasting menu. Tickets for this special evening cost just €45. To book visit www.thebrehon.com or call 064 66 30700.

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Soroptimists fundraising efforts not “hampered” by COVID

By Michelle Crean COVID didn’t “hamper” their efforts this year as members of the Killarney Soroptimist Club came together and gave generously to charity. Members of the group couldn’t hold normal meetings this year due to the ongoing restrictions but pulled together to continue supporting a women’s aid countywide service. Along with family and friends […]

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By Michelle Crean

COVID didn’t “hamper” their efforts this year as members of the Killarney Soroptimist Club came together and gave generously to charity.

Members of the group couldn’t hold normal meetings this year due to the ongoing restrictions but pulled together to continue supporting a women’s aid countywide service.

Along with family and friends they created Christmas hampers for the third year running and donated them to the ADAPT Centre in Tralee on Tuesday.

There, they presented them to Catherine Casey, who is the Manager of ADAPT Women’s Refuge Centre.

“It is wonderful to be in a position to donate these Christmas hampers to ADAPT once again this year,” Killarney Soroptimist Club President, Teresa Irwin, said.

“Due to COVID and not being able to hold normal club meetings we were unsure what we could manage. We are thrilled with the response since we decided to go ahead and amazed at the generosity and the number of hampers. We wish to thank all those that donated. Hopefully the residents of ADAPT will enjoy them.”

Catherine said that they were once again very grateful to all the members of the Killarney Soroptimist Club.

“We recognise that there is a lot of organising and work done by the Club President Teresa Irwin and all the members in collecting and putting the hampers together. It is heartwarming to see the support and generosity of the club. ADAPT Kerry and the Killarney Soroptimists have built a very good relationship over the last number of years and they have lead many campaigns to highlight our service in the Killarney area, including taking part in the ‘Safe Homes, Safe Communities’ initiatives. There is no doubt that their work raises awareness of our service and has contributed to many more women making contact with us for support by phone, through our outreach service and availing of refuge.”

If you would like to talk to ADAPT Kerry please ring 066 7129100 anytime.

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Time to get your Santa letters posted!

We hope you have your Christmas letter written – and checked it twice – because Santa is waiting for it to be posted! And thanks to the Christmas in Killarney committee it’s now so much easier to get it to him with the special Santa post box on College St. just outside Lana. His elves […]

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We hope you have your Christmas letter written – and checked it twice – because Santa is waiting for it to be posted!

And thanks to the Christmas in Killarney committee it’s now so much easier to get it to him with the special Santa post box on College St. just outside Lana.

His elves will collect the post every night at midnight and bring them straight to the North Pole.

After taking part in the magical parade in town on Saturday evening, Santa spoke to the Killarney Advertiser and said he is so excited to deliver the toys later this month.

“Season’s Greetings to everyone,” Santa said.

“I would like to remind all the boys and girls in Killarney and Kerry to write and post their letters to me as soon as possible. They can use the green post box on College St and my elves will collect the letters every night when everyone is asleep! I can’t wait to get in my sleigh and deliver all the fantastic presents on Christmas Eve. Remember, be good, the elves are watching!”

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