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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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Local soprano releases new single

Local soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan has released her second self-penned single. Following the success of her debut song ‘Forever and a Day’ which was released on July 16 and was aired on radio stations all over the world and on streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, her second single was released last Friday. ‘Before […]

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Local soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan has released her second self-penned single.

Following the success of her debut song ‘Forever and a Day’ which was released on July 16 and was aired on radio stations all over the world and on streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, her second single was released last Friday.

‘Before You Leave Me’ has a Jazz influence. Mary has been writing her own songs since March this year covering several different genres.

“Tony O’Flaherty of Sonas Studios has brought my songs to life and I am delighted with the production on the songs,” Mary told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Fun Urban Orienteering event coming to Killarney town

The event is free, open to all ages, levels of fitness and is both wheelchair and buggy friendly.Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership are calling on you, to get out and #BeActive as part of European Week of Sport 2021, which runs from September 23 to 30. Sport Ireland, the national coordinating body for European Week of Sport in […]

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The event is free, open to all ages, levels of fitness and is both wheelchair and buggy friendly.
Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership are calling on you, to get out and #BeActive as part of European Week of Sport 2021, which runs from September 23 to 30.

Sport Ireland, the national coordinating body for European Week of Sport in Ireland hope that this year’s event will inspire even more people than previous years and has funded multiple flagship as well as local events run by the Network of Local Sports Partnerships, including this ‘Family Street Orienteering Kerry’ event.

“This free event looks to offer everyone an opportunity the get out and be active and maybe try something new,” Gearóid O Doherty, the Coordinator of Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership said. 

“Urban Orienteering is an activity that you can do on your own or with your family and friends. You get to challenge yourself a little and still go at a pace that suits you – and what a beautiful location to do it all in, Killarney town!

“With many people possibly new to the Kerry region, be that through work, college or otherwise, this is an ideal way to get involved in the community and explore the streets and lanes of Killarney in a fun and active way.”

The Kerry Orienteers Club have designed the courses for this event and are looking forward to the excitement of it all and helping those new to the sport to continue taking part in the months and years that follow.

“We know that, for a lot of people, this will be their first time trying orienteering, but they can rest assured, as we will be there to talk them through it and help them out if needed,” Brendan O’Brien from Kerry Orienteers said.

“If it is something they want to try again, we can signpost them to other events, both locally here in Kerry and indeed nationally. Orienteering is a fantastic sport that allows you to build your skills and confidence, with all events having a variety of routes to cater for all levels.”

To cater for physical distancing and government guidelines, there are several staggered start times for participants to choose from, beginning at 6pm and the last group heading off at 7.30pm. With free t-shirts for all who sign up and additional workshops onsite, from the likes of Leave No Trace Ireland, it is sure to be a fun and vibrant evening, all stemming from the start point at ANAM – Killarney’s Arts and Culture Centre.

Places are limited for this event. Free online registration is available and those looking to attend are encouraged to book their place early to avoid disappointment.

For more information, you can visit any of the Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership social media accounts or go to www.sportireland.ie.

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