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Memorial Pool Tournament raises €1,800 for Pieta House

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CHEQUE: Shane Dennehy with Siobhain Coakley from The Corner Bar in Barraduff presented a cheque for €1,800 to Con O'Connor from Pieta House Kerry.

The proceeds from the 9th annual Denis Michael Dennehy Memorial Pool Tournament, played over a period of two months on run up to Christmas last year, has raised a total of €1,800 for charity.

A cheque was presented by Shane Dennehy to Con O’Connor, Pieta House Kerry last week.

This hugely popular annual tournament, in memory of Denis Michael from Artigallivan, attracted a huge entry of one hundred people from both Kerry and Cork and even further afield.

“For the first time ever, we even had the ‘Leinster Championship!’ relatives of Dens that were unable to make the games in Barradubh,” Shane Dennehy, organiser of the tournament, said.

“People just want to support the tournament in any way they can, and always travel many miles to Barradubh to do so. The tournament is always played in great spirits, and the craic and banter is the most important thing to everyone, exactly what Denis would want.”

The Corner Bar, Barradubh was full to the rafters to watch the final live on the big screen on the December 22.

On a night of super entertainment and craic, with music and song provided by 10 CDs, 2017 winner Joe Guerin reclaimed the trophy beating local man Mike Ó Keefe in the final. “The party continued well into the early hours after that, with plenty singsong and dance.”

He added that the Dennehy family would like to take this opportunity to thank all those that generously sponsored raffle prizes for the night, 10 CDs for rocking the Corner Bar to its very foundations once again, and host Siobhan Coakley for putting on such a fantastic spread on the night of the final.

“And finally, of course, our many thanks to everyone that played in the tournament in November and December, or made donations, or bought raffle tickets on the night. The massive proceeds of €1,800 would not have been possible without the generosity of every single person that supported the tournament in some way, shape or form, so the Dennehy family would like to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts once again, and we look forward to seeing ye all back in the Corner Bar next Christmas again.”

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Relief as indoor dining finally resumes

By Michelle Crean After almost 500 days of closures the sense of relief was evident this week as restaurants, cafés and bars were finally allowed to welcome customers back in. Some had reopened for outdoor dining previously to help keep their businesses afloat but it was back to normal on Monday. According to the new […]

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By Michelle Crean

After almost 500 days of closures the sense of relief was evident this week as restaurants, cafés and bars were finally allowed to welcome customers back in.

Some had reopened for outdoor dining previously to help keep their businesses afloat but it was back to normal on Monday.

According to the new rules as set out by Fáilte Ireland and the Government, in order for customers to access indoor service, they must show proof that they are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months. Those who are not yet vaccinated can only be served outside.

A maximum of six people aged 13 and over are allowed per table and it’s advised that face coverings be worn when not at the table, there is no time limit, customers can only eat or drink at a table and not at the bar or counter, and one person must give their details for contract tracing purposes. Live music and dancing is not allowed.

The Killarney Advertiser spoke to a number of businesses this week and overall the feeling was relief that they can finally get back to normal service but the issue of staffing still remains.

Brian Murphy from Courtney’s Bar said he was feeling nervous.

“I’m feeling nervous as we don’t have enough staff,” he said. “It’s a Monday so hopefully we can cope. Things will settle down and we’ll find a level we are all happy with.”

At the Porterhouse Restaurant Lee O’Callaghan said “It’s great to be back open and have people coming into the restaurant”.

“Hopefully we have a long season after being closed for so long.”

Staff at Reidy’s, Ellen Shannon, Rory Carroll and Jack Sweeney, added that they’re delighted to return to indoor dining.

“Hopefully we get back to normal soon and to brighter days ahead.”

At Jimmy Brien’s Bar in Fair Hill, customers echoed the same sentiments about being finally open.

“We are delighted to be back,” Danjoe Aherne said.

“We appreciate everything Alan Breen has done for us. We’re glad to be back home again!” Charlie Buckingham said.

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Time to get your skates on!

By Sean Moriarty People of Killarney are being urged to have their say on a new skateboard park before next week’s deadline. A public consultation on the project has been launched by Kerry County Council. Cllr Donal Grady, who first put forward the idea of a Killarney skateboard park in 2018, is urging the people […]

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By Sean Moriarty

People of Killarney are being urged to have their say on a new skateboard park before next week’s deadline.

A public consultation on the project has been launched by Kerry County Council.

Cllr Donal Grady, who first put forward the idea of a Killarney skateboard park in 2018, is urging the people of the town to have their say.

It is proposed to build the park on land adjacent to the Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre with help and support from the KDYS.

“In 2017 a group of skateboard enthusiasts approached me, they had no designated safe area to enjoy their sport. Sport is vital for youths, stakeboarding increases metabolism, improves balance and enhances coordination use,” Cllr Grady told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Skateboarding is now an Olympic sport. I commend Kerry County Council, management, engineers and the planning team for getting the project to this stage, it’s now up to the people of Killarney to have their say. It’s vital positive submissions are lodged by Wednesday, August 25,”

Submissions can be lodged to the Playground Unit, Finance Dept, Kerry County Council.

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