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New county gift card launched to support local businesses

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KERRY GIFT CARD: A new Kerry Gift Card was launched this week by Kerry Chambers and Kerry County Council. Pictured were: Killarney Chamber President Paul Sherry with Tralee Chamber President Kevin McCarthy and the Mayor of Kerry, Councillor Patrick Connor-Scarteen. Photo: Domnick Walsh

 

By Michelle Crean

In a show of unity to support businesses in the county, the collective Kerry Chambers and Kerry County Council this week launched The Kerry Gift Card to encourage people in Kerry to shop locally and spend locally.

The card will be available to the public in the coming weeks and a call is being made to businesses across the county to register their interest and sign up to participate in the new programme.

Operated by One4All through Tralee Chamber, the Kerry Gift Card will be available for businesses right throughout the county and will allow shoppers to spend money in their outlets and on their services.

“Kerry Chambers and Kerry County Council have been working closely together in recent months on practical and meaningful ways in which businesses can be supported through the current economic difficulties," Mayor of Kerry, Councillor Patrick Connor-Scarteen, said.

"This new Kerry Gift Card is an ideal way for people in the county to support their local shops and businesses."

Chief Executive of Kerry County Council, Moira Murrell, encouraged businesses to sign up and get involved.

"For every Euro spent locally, local jobs are being supported, local employers are being supported and the wider Kerry economy is being supported for all our benefit. I would urge Kerry businesses to sign up and participate in this worthy campaign."

Ken Tobin, CE of Tralee Chamber added that they had originally been looking at launching this card for just the Tralee area to replace the outgoing voucher programme.

"However, through discussions with our colleagues throughout Kerry it became very evident that we needed to all come together to support the entire economy of Kerry. As a county we are very focused now on rebuilding our economy, and this card will be a vehicle that allows the public to support local businesses of all sizes everywhere in Kerry.”

Paul Sherry of Killarney Chamber said that “it is vital that once this card is launched that the corporate sector, and members of the public use this card to support local businesses".

"When it comes to Christmas gifts, birthday presents and rewarding staff then the Kerry Gift Card is the only option that ensures the money stays within the county.”

Businesses will be contacted by email during the coming weeks by the various Chambers in Kerry to introduce them to the One4All team, and businesses interested in signing up straight away should email ken@tralee.ie for further information.

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“I’m not fit enough”

How many of you have said or thought “I’m not fit enough” or even heard others say it? Quite frankly it grinds my gears. That mentality is going to hold you back. Change your “I’m not fit enough” to “I will get fit”. Break free from this limiting belief If you think you are not […]

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How many of you have said or thought “I’m not fit enough” or even heard others say it?

Quite frankly it grinds my gears. That mentality is going to hold you back. Change your “I’m not fit enough” to “I will get fit”.

Break free from this limiting belief
If you think you are not fit enough then you never will be, and let’s face it, you’ll never know if you’re fit enough to do something unless you do it! You can achieve so much, much more if you have the right mindset, and that this is a mental hurdle to overcome, not a physical one.
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If you keep thinking you are “not fit enough” then you will believe it, but if you start to change your way of thinking and change your mindset to “get fit”, you have made a huge step in the right direction. Take small steps to start new habits no matter how small they may be, and you will start to see some remarkable results.
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Lack of street lights a concern

By Sean Moriarty Two roads in the wider Killarney area will not get any additional street lighting despite requests to install them by Cllr. John O’Donoghue. Mr O’Donoghue called on the council place extra lighting on the Muckross Road near the old Whitegates Hotel. “The area is considerably darker now and is presenting a serious danger […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Two roads in the wider Killarney area will not get any additional street lighting despite requests to install them by Cllr. John O’Donoghue.

Mr O’Donoghue called on the council place extra lighting on the Muckross Road near the old Whitegates Hotel.

“The area is considerably darker now and is presenting a serious danger to pedestrians crossing the road, particularly between Woodlawn Cross, and what was formerly the Whitegates Hotel,” he told a recent meeting of Killarney Municipal District.
The council said that the area was subject to a recent upgrade and that additional lighting would not be installed along this section of road on top of the 19 LED lights already placed there.”
“The lighting was installed, commissioned, light levels checked and provides adequate illumination to meet the relevant lighting design standards,” a council spokesperson told the meeting.
Mr O’Donoghue also called for a new street light to be placed on the junction where the L.3015 meets the slip road by Glenflesk National School: “to facilitate the safe passage of school children walking home during the Winter months.”
Kerry County Council reviewed the request but said: “This proposal would not comply with Kerry County Council’s Public Lighting Policy.”

COMMENT BY KILLARNEY ADVERTISER

While this Killarney Municipal District meeting took place hours before the horrific murder of Ashling Murphy in Tullamore, it drives home the importance that all our citizens are entitled to feel safe in their locality. The addition of a few extra street lights in the areas mentioned is not too much to ask.

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