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NEW BUSINESS: Stephen Dermody pictured at the new family run business Hugga Mugga on College Street.

By Michelle Crean

Going against the current tide of closures due to COVID one local family have decided to set up a new business with a unique menu which offers Belgian waffles on a stick - and it's proving quite the success.

Hugga Mugga on College St has set up as a take away only operation permanently where customers can get their purchases through a hatch.

It was a tentative opening in late December but Sarah Dermody, who also works as a Duty Manager at The Brehon Hotel, said it's going in the right direction.

On a trip to Belgium some time ago, Sarah experienced waffles which could be eaten as a take away option.

And when her father Stephen Dermody, who was the General Manager at the Killarney Court Hotel, said he was interested in setting up a business, they teamed up. With her father's business acumen, Sarah running social media and coming up with unique recipes, and Sarah's sister Clodagh giving a helping hand with kitting out the premises, it's a good old family affair!

"We opened at the end of December and it's going really well," Sarah told the Killarney Advertiser.

"We're based as a take away model one hundred percent. We did have the intention to sit inside but that's not an option at the moment and we won't in the future. We wanted to do Belgian waffles to add something different to the mix. We also do coffee, a rainforest blend, Chi lattes, tea and seven types of hot chocolate including a unicorn one."

And she added that while what they're offering is unique, and it's difficult opening during a pandemic, the people of Killarney are right behind them.

"The people of Killarney have been brilliant. Unique is what we were going for. We're not sure what the future holds but we plan to do ice cream in the summer."

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A long awaited solution to traffic problems where Ballycasheen Road meets the N22 Cork Road looks like finally being resolved this year. Late last year Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocated €1.2m to be spent on the section of road between the Park Road roundabout and Ballycasheen junction. “Technical Approval for the improvements, along this section which […]

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A long awaited solution to traffic problems where Ballycasheen Road meets the N22 Cork Road looks like finally being resolved this year.

Late last year Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocated €1.2m to be spent on the section of road between the Park Road roundabout and Ballycasheen junction.

“Technical Approval for the improvements, along this section which include Active Travel provision and Junction Improvements at Ballycasheen, is being sought from TII before commencing,” a council spokesperson confirmed. “The elected members will be briefed on the proposals ahead of the commencement of the statutory process in early 2022.”

The council official was responding to a request by Cllr John O’Donoghue who sought an update on progress being on a promised “more user friendly junction.”

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€2.3m funding for Kerry schools under Summer Works Programme

Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme. This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country. “I am delighted to confirm […]

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Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme.

This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country.

“I am delighted to confirm this significant tranche of funding which will provide further investment for schools in Kerry under the Summer Works Scheme,” Minister Foley said.

“School communities have shown great resilience, flexibility and leadership in adapting to the many challenges that arose over the course of the pandemic. This funding is a further endorsement of the excellence in education provided by schools across the county. I am announcing the Summer Works Scheme projects now so that schools have a good lead-in period to plan and deliver the projects in summer 2022,” she said.

“Today’s announcement follows on from the enhanced minor works funding which was delivered to schools a number of weeks ago.”

The projects for Kerry included in today’s announcement include Mechanical Works at Two Mile Community NS and Spa National School, Science Labs including Gas Works at Community College Killorglin and Castleisland Community College, as well as Roof Works at Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra. 

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