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New chef is serving up mouth-watering meals



By Michelle Crean

There's a new face behind the scenes at one local restaurant on High Street who is serving up mouthwatering meals to the customers.


Hemant Tajpuriya has joined the team at TOBA as their new Head Chef, creating authentic southeast Asian recipes.

From Nepal, located in southeast Asia, Hemant's ethos ties in nicely with TOBA's who have a strong emphasis on delivering healthy, nutritious, clean food for customers at great value.

Hemant coming on board re-enforces this authenticity, explained Manager Darragh Walshe.

"Hemant brings enormous experience to our team," Darragh told the Killarney Advertiser.
"He grew up in a small town called Biratnagar located in the southern part of Nepal, with a passion for cooking and went on to graduate with a diploma in food production and quality control."

Hemant arrived in Ireland six years ago to further his education, has worked in some of the best well known Asian restaurants since his arrival and has been the Head Chef for the past three years in his most recent position.

Good fortune has brought Hemant to TOBA. He was down visiting a friend in Killarney during the summer who happened to be a member of the TOBA team and was introduced to Darragh.

"It was the feel good factor that Hemant had for the town of Killarney and the people that made his decision an easy one. He said since his arrival in Ireland he has never seen a town so beautiful. He has been made to feel really welcome by everyone he has met and is looking forward to the next chapter in his life in Kerry."


Darragh said that TOBA will remain open going forward as a takeaway and delivery service.

"It was a devastating blow earlier this week for the entire hospitality sector and for Killarney in particular," he said.

"We want to keep our doors open to provide a service for the community. We are just about to reach our one year anniversary and it has been one hell of a rollercoaster. Despite all the setbacks we go to work each day with a positive frame of mind and just keep plugging away. The locals were absolutely brilliant to us over our opening few months and during the lockdown in particular they were unbelievably supportive. We ran some social media campaigns as a sign of our appreciation for all the local heroes for their efforts during the early stages of the pandemic and it is because of all this support that we will keep the business going."

TOBA will be open five days a week for the moment from Wednesday to Sunday from 4.30pm to 9.30pm. "We will provide takeaways, collections and deliveries every night and we will run some competitions to try and keep the spirits up during these difficult times."



Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]




The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.


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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]




The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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