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New chef is serving up mouth-watering meals

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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."

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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."

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Relief as indoor dining finally resumes

By Michelle Crean After almost 500 days of closures the sense of relief was evident this week as restaurants, cafés and bars were finally allowed to welcome customers back in. Some had reopened for outdoor dining previously to help keep their businesses afloat but it was back to normal on Monday. According to the new […]

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By Michelle Crean

After almost 500 days of closures the sense of relief was evident this week as restaurants, cafés and bars were finally allowed to welcome customers back in.

Some had reopened for outdoor dining previously to help keep their businesses afloat but it was back to normal on Monday.

According to the new rules as set out by Fáilte Ireland and the Government, in order for customers to access indoor service, they must show proof that they are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months. Those who are not yet vaccinated can only be served outside.

A maximum of six people aged 13 and over are allowed per table and it’s advised that face coverings be worn when not at the table, there is no time limit, customers can only eat or drink at a table and not at the bar or counter, and one person must give their details for contract tracing purposes. Live music and dancing is not allowed.

The Killarney Advertiser spoke to a number of businesses this week and overall the feeling was relief that they can finally get back to normal service but the issue of staffing still remains.

Brian Murphy from Courtney’s Bar said he was feeling nervous.

“I’m feeling nervous as we don’t have enough staff,” he said. “It’s a Monday so hopefully we can cope. Things will settle down and we’ll find a level we are all happy with.”

At the Porterhouse Restaurant Lee O’Callaghan said “It’s great to be back open and have people coming into the restaurant”.

“Hopefully we have a long season after being closed for so long.”

Staff at Reidy’s, Ellen Shannon, Rory Carroll and Jack Sweeney, added that they’re delighted to return to indoor dining.

“Hopefully we get back to normal soon and to brighter days ahead.”

At Jimmy Brien’s Bar in Fair Hill, customers echoed the same sentiments about being finally open.

“We are delighted to be back,” Danjoe Aherne said.

“We appreciate everything Alan Breen has done for us. We’re glad to be back home again!” Charlie Buckingham said.

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Time to get your skates on!

By Sean Moriarty People of Killarney are being urged to have their say on a new skateboard park before next week’s deadline. A public consultation on the project has been launched by Kerry County Council. Cllr Donal Grady, who first put forward the idea of a Killarney skateboard park in 2018, is urging the people […]

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People of Killarney are being urged to have their say on a new skateboard park before next week’s deadline.

A public consultation on the project has been launched by Kerry County Council.

Cllr Donal Grady, who first put forward the idea of a Killarney skateboard park in 2018, is urging the people of the town to have their say.

It is proposed to build the park on land adjacent to the Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre with help and support from the KDYS.

“In 2017 a group of skateboard enthusiasts approached me, they had no designated safe area to enjoy their sport. Sport is vital for youths, stakeboarding increases metabolism, improves balance and enhances coordination use,” Cllr Grady told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Skateboarding is now an Olympic sport. I commend Kerry County Council, management, engineers and the planning team for getting the project to this stage, it’s now up to the people of Killarney to have their say. It’s vital positive submissions are lodged by Wednesday, August 25,”

Submissions can be lodged to the Playground Unit, Finance Dept, Kerry County Council.

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