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MTU students host a meal fit for the Kingdom 




It was a challenging event but local university students pulled it off by cooking up a meal fit for the kingdom!

Second Year students of the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Food Business Innovation at the Munster Technological University Kerry Campus hosted ‘Kerry’s Best Pop Up’ at 10 Bridge Street in Killorglin.

Under the guidance of their lecturer Dan Browne, and in collaboration with 10 Bridge Street’s chef Craig Lynch, they created a four course tasting menu.

The pop-up concept forms an integral part of the student's programme module 'Innovation in Food Production Service'.

Using the best of ingredients grown, or produced in Kerry, the menu highlighted the amazing produce of the Kingdom and the creativity of MTU’s students past and present, as Craig the executive chef is also a past graduate of MTU.

Local producer's ingredients that featured on the menu were Annascaul Black Pudding, Fenit Vegetables, Eve’s Leaves, Poppadum Farms, Dingle Goats Cheese, Dingle Ale, Maharees Carrots, Cahillane's Beef, Simply Devine Preserves.

The BA in Food Business Innovation is an innovative programme at the MTU Kerry Campus and was developed to address the needs of an ever-changing food industry.

One of the key elements of this programme is to be cutting edge bringing the learning to life and industry relevant.

Events like this give the students first hand exposure to real life working experiences. This event brought the students to the Firies Food Hub where they carried out the preparation for the event and then to 10 Bridge Street where 70 guests enjoyed a meal fit for the Kingdom.

Chef and lecturer Dan Browne who mentored the students was very proud of how the students managed the task that was set for them saying.

“The students were really enthusiastic and excited by the experience and learnt so much from it. I would like to thank Cliodhna Foley, Craig Lynch and the entire team at Number 10 Bridge Street for making this possible. Here's to the first of many Pop Ups so watch this space. The food industry has so much to offer and is ever changing and the BA in Food Business Innovation programme intends to ensure that its graduates are at the cutting edge and ready for whatever comes their way."



Seven An Post staff retire

Seven well-known staff members at An Post Killarney celebrated retirement this week. The staff, Mary O’Sullivan, Joe Clifford, Paudie Cronin, Joe Coffey, Tom Ashe, Jerry McCarthy and Dan Murphy were […]




Seven well-known staff members at An Post Killarney celebrated retirement this week.

The staff, Mary O’Sullivan, Joe Clifford, Paudie Cronin, Joe Coffey, Tom Ashe, Jerry McCarthy and Dan Murphy were treated to an night of celebration and reminiscing by the South Kerry branch of the Communication Workers Union of Ireland.

The retirees, their families and colleagues enjoyed an evening at ‘The Panoramic’ the newly named restaurant upstairs at Killarney Racecourse.

Ollie Favier, of the Shire fame has taken over responsibility for operating the coffee shop / restaurant at the racecourse.

“A beautiful venue and apt that Ollie’s father Dan RIP from Glenflesk, was also a long serving postman in the community,” said John O’Shea, the Union Secretary An Post Killarney.

“The night included music with Derry Healy and Rosie Healy and was attended by up to 80 people, under the attentive guidance of Sales and Marketing Manager Emma O’Connor and Ollie’s right hand man, Colin Daly

“The event the food and the atmosphere was a great success and credit to all Ollie’s staff for being great hosts. “

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Watch Video: Primary School Students share knowledge from Coffee Cup Project



Killarney primary schools have joined the crusade against single use coffee cups this week by joining the Killarney Coffee Cup Project and declaring themselves single use coffee cup free. The Killarney Coffee Project is a community grassroots project aimed at eliminating single use coffee cups from Killarney town centre to protect Killarney National Park and the towns surroundings all in the name of conservation.

Alan Oliver, a local coffee shop owner, Lir Café, who is one of the participants of the project has said that he is “thrilled to see the project extend into the local schools. Teaching young people about why we should be moving away from a throw away culture is imperative to the continuous success of projects like this. Today’s young people are the future custodians of this town and so educating them on the importance of sustainability will ensure that Killarney and its National Park will be in safe hands for future generations.”

The schools involved in declaring themselves single use coffee cup free include Holycross Mercy, Gaelscoil Faithleann, Presentation Monastery, Glenflesk, Knocknanes, Coolick, Loreto, Lissivigeen and Tiernaboul. This follows on from the Killarney Coffee Cup Primary Schools Initiative which took place last November supported by Killarney Credit Union, the Kerry Biosphere, and the IKC3 project in MTU.

In November the 5th classes in the Killarney area were brought to Muckross School House and Killarney House for a 2-hour immersive environmental education experience around our connection to the Kerry Biosphere and citizen climate action. Here the students learned about our biosphere and how we as citizens and sustainable initiatives like the Killarney Coffee Cup Project can protect this Special Area of Conservation. Finally, they went outside to work with a park ranger, collecting acorns in leftover disposable compostable cups that the project had gathered from various businesses. They took these acorns back to their classrooms where they have planted and are caring for their oak tree. In 2024, these young oak tree seedlings will be planted back into the National Park.

The Killarney Coffee Cup Project is the 1st of its kind in the world, and it is something that belongs to all the citizens of the town. We all own this!

Want to hear from the future voices of our environment?

This week the Killarney Advertiser caught up with primary schoolers who have been busy learning all about protecting our amazing natural environment

Watch our video where the future eco-warriors share what they’ve learned about keeping our Killarney healthy and thriving! Here is to the next generation of environmental stewards!

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