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Major expansion plan for Killarney Innovation Centre




Killarney Innovation Centre has received planning permission to add additional space to its innovation business Centre.


It is envisaged that the future extension will have a transformative effect for the business landscape of Killarney and the wider Kerry region.

The expansion of Killarney Innovation Centre will not just represent bricks and mortar, but a future commitment to fostering innovation, entrepreneurship, and growth within the community.

“It's important to reflect on the journey that has brought us to this point. Killarney has long been known for its natural beauty and cultural richness, but today, we embark on a journey to make it equally renowned for its dynamic business environment.

“The expansion of the Innovation Business Centre represents a significant investment in the future of our local economy. By increasing available business space and facilities, we are laying the groundwork for a thriving ecosystem where start-ups and small businesses can flourish. This isn't just about physical infrastructure; it's about creating an environment where ideas can take root, where innovation can thrive, and where dreams can become reality.” said Sean Counihan KIC chairperson.

“The project is about more than just business. It's about community. It's about creating opportunities for our friends and neighbours to pursue their passions, build their futures, and contribute to the vibrant tapestry of Kerry's economy.”

The future plans will have extensive facilities tailored to the needs of startups and small businesses, providing the tools and resources necessary to empower the next generation of entrepreneurs.

The build will have a total proposed floor area of 814 sq. m incorporated within a two-storey, split level build. Care has been taken to develop a design that elevates the character of the existing building, to deliver a considered and homogeneous assembly of architectural forms with a consistent typology. The building will incorporate sustainable elements such as biodiverse green roof system reducing the hard landscaping on-site, PV solar panel arrays for on-site micro generation and secure covered cycle storage to facilitate cycling as an active travel option.

Importantly, this project is a testament to the spirit of innovation that defines our community showing that we have the power to shape the future of Kerry and to create a legacy that will endure for generations to come. In the Killarney Innovation Centre, the measure of our success will not be found in the buildings we construct, but in the lives, we touch and the business success that we inspire.

Conor O’Leary, manager of the centre added: “As a focal point for entrepreneurship and innovation in our community, the Killarney Innovation Centre has been at the forefront of fostering growth and development for local businesses. The upcoming build project marks a significant milestone in our ongoing commitment to providing state-of-the-art facilities and resources for entrepreneurs, start-ups, and established businesses alike.”



Three Peaks Challenge to raise funds for Down Syndrome Kerry

This year’s Three Peaks Challenge, organised by Killarney Cycling Club will raise funds for Down Syndrome Kerry. The June 15 event,  the only one day cycle event Down Syndrome Kerry […]




This year’s Three Peaks Challenge, organised by Killarney Cycling Club will raise funds for Down Syndrome Kerry.

The June 15 event,  the only one day cycle event Down Syndrome Kerry is associated with this year, promises to be a fabulous day of cycling and fun!.

The 100km route challenges the stronger cyclists and the 75km route gives cyclists the chance to become familiar with Moll’s Gap which is part of the Ring of Kerry route.
The cycle sets out from Killarney, heading out the Cork Road. The 75km route (one peak) turns right at Loo Bridge for Kilgarvan and onto Kenmare, while the 100km route, (three peaks) heads over the county bounds to Ballyvourney, onto The Top of Coom and then Kenmare. Both routes continue on over Moll’s Gap, passing through the picturesque Ladies’ View and back into Killarney, where all participants will be treated to a burger and drink at the finish line.

“We will guarantee plenty of laughs and refreshments along the way, there are two routes available; 100km or 75km, to meet all abilities, covering some of the most beautiful landscapes in Ireland. This is the perfect warm-up for anyone thinking of doing the Ring of Kerry cycle this year or anybody looking for a really well run sportive with great craic compulsory,” Chairperson of Killarney Cycling Club, Kevin Murphy.

All cyclists who register online will be entered into a raffle for some great spot prizes kindly donated by our sponsors, winners collecting their prize at the finish line.

Down Syndrome Kerry’s goal is to help people with down syndrome to make their own futures as bright and independent as possible by providing them with education, support and friendship every step of the way.
Funds raised from this cycle will help Down Syndrome to continue to provide vital services such as speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and job coaching to their members.
As Down Syndrome Kerry do not receive any government funding, they are totally dependent on your support to continue to make these services available to those who need them.
You can register for the cycle which is €40 for Cycling Ireland members, €20 for accompanied under 16’s on event master:-

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BAR 1661 is teaming up with Pig’s Lane for a night of cocktail mastery

BAR 1661, the winners of Ireland’s Bar of the Year 2022, are taking up temporary residency in Killarney’s first underground hotspot, Pig’s Lane for one night only on May 21. […]




BAR 1661, the winners of Ireland’s Bar of the Year 2022, are taking up temporary residency in Killarney’s first underground hotspot, Pig’s Lane for one night only on May 21.

The dynamic team at Dublin’s BAR 1661, who have recently taken their talents to venues in Sweden, London, and the famous Dead Rabbit Bar in New York, are now hitting the road to Killarney for an epic takeover event.

Staunchly Irish and fiercely independent, BAR 1661 have two goals in mind; to introduce the world to Poitín and lift Irish cocktail culture to fresh heights.
Headed up by their founder Dave Mulligan, the Dublin team will transform Pig’s Lane on College Street for one night only. Since opening just a few months ago, Pig’s Lane has been raising the bar in Kerry with its cocktails, whiskey and wine offering. Kicking off at 6pm, experience a curated selection of Poitín-infused cocktails, featuring a bespoke rendition of BAR 1661’s drinks menu.

The crew will also serve up their unique take on the classic Irish Coffee with their Belfast Coffee, steeped with cold brew coffee, top-quality Irish Poitín, and rich demerara syrup. Guests will be able to chat with the team, get some insider knowledge on how to elevate their own cocktail-making skills, as well as learn insider tips on how to blend flavours to satisfy their own palette.

Two-time World Championship Mixologist and Drinks Development Manager for the O’Donoghue Ring Collection and Pig’s Lane, Ariel Sanecki said of the upcoming takeover: 

“We are very excited to welcome one of Ireland’s leading bars, BAR 1661, for an exclusive collaboration with us here at Pig’s Lane. This takeover is a great opportunity for people to meet with innovative mixologists who will be crafting bespoke creations right in front of them! We look forward to welcoming guests on the night, to what promises to be an epic event, featuring premium drink producers and unforgettable flavours.”

Before the takeover starts, drinks aficionados can join Dave for an intimate Poitín Masterclass. Attendees are invited to explore the diverse landscape of Poitín, accompanied by fascinating insights into its vibrant history and contemporary revival.


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