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Muckross Creamery products coming to a SuperValu store near you soon

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Muckross Creamery products coming to a SuperValu store near you soon

By Sean Moriarty

A Muckross-based dairy farm is enjoying a new lease of life after being included in the SuperValu Food Academy which helps local food producers in market research and branding, food safety, marketing, finance and business development.

Now in its seventh year, SuperValu Food Academy is a unique food business development programme between SuperValu, Bord Bia and the Local Enterprise Offices.

The programme helps early-stage Irish food and drink businesses to get their start in the food retail sector with their first, all-important supermarket listing in SuperValu stores.

One of the Kerry food start-ups who came through the programme and who last week started to list in SuperValu stores is Muckross Ice Cream which is produced by Muckross Creamery.

Founded by fifth-generation dairy farmer John Fleming, who has diversified the family farm business in Killarney, Muckross produces a delicious range of ice cream using its own fresh milk, fresh cream and free-range eggs.

Before the “big bang” as John called the lockdown, Muckross Creamery, was supplying hotels like the Great Southern and The Brehon as well as the cinema and tourist attractions like the Killarney Brewing Company and Dinish Cottage.

Selection for the Academy could not have been at a better timed and he started supplying Daly’s SuperValue just as the first wave of re-starts were coming into operation.

“We started selling to the public last June and, as time went on, we caught a few breaks before the big bang,” John told the Killarney Advertiser. “We have been in Daly’s now for two weeks and hoped to be in Garvey’s in Tralee and Castleisland by now, we hope that will happen this week or next week, but Daly’s is going so well we have been just about coping with that. The timing could not have been better and the programme is so good, we would have learned a lot about marketing and social media even if were not selected.”

SuperValu is looking for additional food start-ups in Kerry to join its Food Academy programme, interested parties contact your Local Enterprise Office for an application form on www.localenterprise.ie by Friday, June 26.

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Hairdresser reveals women “open up” on safety while getting their hair done

By Sean Moriarty Nicole Coffey of Nicole’s Hair Salon on St Anne’s was inspired to run a fundraiser for a women’s refuge after hearing distressing stories from some of her clients. On Saturday last she offered a wash and blow-dry to clients and rather than charging them for the her services her customers made a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Nicole Coffey of Nicole’s Hair Salon on St Anne’s was inspired to run a fundraiser for a women’s refuge after hearing distressing stories from some of her clients.

On Saturday last she offered a wash and blow-dry to clients and rather than charging them for the her services her customers made a donation to Adapt Women’s Refuge in Tralee.

Nicole was inspired to run the charity day because a lot of her regular clients opened up to her while they were getting their hair done.

The timing of her charity day was poignant as it came just days after Ashling Murphy was murdered while out for a run in her own town of Tullamore.

“People open up while I do their hair, many of them would not know that there is a refuge in Kerry,” she told the Killarney Advertiser. “I have experience with clients who are struggling. I had this idea to create more awareness for Adapt.”

She raised €2,000 for Adapt and the cheque was handed over to the Tralee-based charity on Thursday night this week.

Such was the success of her charity day Nicole worked from 7am to 7pm and as well as cash donations customers also donated vouchers and care packs to the charity.

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Traffic calming on the approach to Killarney Athletic

By Sean Moriarty Killarney Municipal District is preparing plans to place traffic calming measures on the approach to Killarney Athletic Football Club’s grounds on Woodlawn Road. Cllr Maura Healy-Rae asked for measures to be implemented to improve pedestrian safety and access at the club. “We are currently preparing documentation required for the provision of Traffic […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Municipal District is preparing plans to place traffic calming measures on the approach to Killarney Athletic Football Club’s grounds on Woodlawn Road.

Cllr Maura Healy-Rae asked for measures to be implemented to improve pedestrian safety and access at the club.
“We are currently preparing documentation required for the provision of Traffic Calming at this location,” a council spokesperson told a recent Municipal District meeting. “
It is expected to brief the members at the next Municipal Meeting [in March]. From the records of the Road Safety Authority, no incidents have been recorded at this location.”

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