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Local pharmacy to close after 93 years

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CLOSURE: Patrick 'Paddy O'Donoghue pictured outside The Medical Hall many years ago.

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By Michelle Crean

It’s been a strong presence on the Killarney landscape since 1926 - but that’s soon to change as O’Donoghue’s Medical Hall on Main St - plans to close their doors for good.
The decision was taken due to the retirement of the directors and a sale of the building has been agreed.
Factors such as lack of parking, the upsurge in out of town pharmacies and business rates also played a part in the decision, Maura O’Donoghue explained to the Killarney Advertiser this week.
Her father Patrick ‘Paddy’ O’Donoghue, who was instrumental in establishing The Gleneagle Hotel, bought the premises in 1926 from PD Foleys. He then extended the premises into O’Leary’s Bar in 1954, and worked in the business until he died aged 88.
It was then run by his family, who now plan to retire, with a closing date set for Saturday, November 30.
“Business is getting tougher,” Maura said.
“And there’s a big building there that is being underutilised. Lack of parking punished us as well as the increase in out of town pharmacies.”
She said it’s with regret that they say goodbye but want to thank all their loyal customers who have supported their business for decades.
“We will miss it and thanks to everyone for their support. And we’d ask that customers please call before the closing date to redeem their vouchers.”

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SURVEY: Locals are reducing their social contacts

It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week. An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their […]

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It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week.

An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their level of contacts with people.

Interestingly, 37.10% of people had made no change to their lifestyle, but they could have been extra cautious already.

A tiny minority – just 1.61% – said they increased their social contacts over the last week.

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Staff and students highlight important message

By Michelle Crean Local students went to great efforts on Friday last to highlight a very important message about inclusion. Staff and students in Killarney Community College came together for ‘Stand Up Awareness Week’ as part of a national campaign where second-level schools take a stand against homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. All staff wore […]

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By Michelle Crean

Local students went to great efforts on Friday last to highlight a very important message about inclusion.

Staff and students in Killarney Community College came together for ‘Stand Up Awareness Week’ as part of a national campaign where second-level schools take a stand against homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying.

All staff wore a rainbow colour and students wore rainbow coloured accessories to show their support for the campaign as Killarney Community College is a diverse, inclusive, accepting, and welcoming safe space for everyone.

The majority of students made a particularly great effort in terms of wearing rainbow coloured accessories were awarded house points.

During the week, the LGBTI+ flag was hanging proudly in the school canteen. Transition Years decorated the General Purpose area with informative posters, and in SPHE classes, students learned about LGBTI+ terminology and history.

“It’s important that school is a safe and inclusive place for anyone attending regardless of their race, sex, religion or sexuality,” Principal, Stella Loughnane, said.

“I’m delighted that our school community marked the occasion and brought great colour while highlighting a very important message. One of the key words of our mission statement is inclusion making this awareness day a very apt one.”

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