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New food market with a difference launched in Killarney

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NEW MARKET: A new food market with a difference has been launched in Killarney. Pictured were: Alice Thompson with Tom and Catriona Kennedy. Photo: Michelle Crean

 

By Michelle Crean

Business owners hit hard by COVID this year have done a pivot and branched into an area which is benefiting them and local food producers.

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Tom Kennedy who works in golf and sightseeing tours, Philip O'Callaghan of O'Callaghan Coaches, Tom's wife Catriona and Tom's business partner Alice Thompson, have set up a local branch of Neighbourhood Food Market - a click and collect service which benefits both food producers and their customers.

A new way to shop and eat - www.neighbourfood.ie is all about serving the customer directly, supporting local food producers and zero waste.

With producers experiencing a reduction in sales due to the closure of food markets and businesses such as hotel and B&Bs in towns and villages across the country, the new group is helping them to serve their customers by delivering exactly what they order online at one location and on a specific date.

Products come direct from local farms, local food producers, local market traders and specialist suppliers and include vegetables, fruit, meat, eggs, seaweed products, dairy products, preserves, breads and more.

In Killarney pick up is each Thursday from 4-6pm from The Yard at O'Callaghan Coaches.

Customers can go online www.neighbourfood.ie click the Killarney market and order from each producer directly before midnight Tuesday, Tom Kennedy explained.

"That gives the producers the time on Wednesday to prepare their products and drop them off on Thursday between 12 and 2pm. Customers then come and collect them in the afternoon. And there's zero waste for the producers as they are making exactly what was ordered. You can't drop in and buy, it's all ordered online beforehand. It's been great for community spirit as well."

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Katie celebrates 20 years in business

If you enjoy what you do, sure it’s not work at all – and that has been the case for Katie Hickey who has been in business locally for two decades. For the past 20 years Katie has been successfully running Sheer Beauty which is now located at 1 Hogans Lane (Hillary’s Lane). 

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If you enjoy what you do, sure it’s not work at all – and that has been the case for Katie Hickey who has been in business locally for two decades.

For the past 20 years Katie has been successfully running Sheer Beauty which is now located at 1 Hogans Lane (Hillary’s Lane).



She said that it was a milestone she felt she may not reach on more than one occasion after coming through a pandemic, a recession, a re-location, and three maternity leaves.

However, she said that the loyalty of her clients over the years have given her great encouragement.

“Sincere thanks to my clients past and present who, without doubt, have been the reason I kept going,” Katie said.

Originally located in Fleming’s Lane for 19 years, Katie then re-located her business to Hogan’s Lane in Norma’s Flair for Hair.

“The beauty industry has evolved so drastically over the past 20 years. For me it is keeping things simple and enjoyable. Realising a client’s needs may not be the treatment itself but the time you give to them. Through the years you get to know your clients so well and some beautiful friendships have developed. I hope my clients have gained from me what I have from them. I have so many people I would like to thank and I will personally, but without doubt my husband Andrew and my family, 20 years in business would not have been achieved.

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She has remained loyal to the brands she has carried over the years including Lycon Waxing, Aviva Tanning, Shellac and Jessica Manicure and Pedicure.

“I was also delighted to bring on board the fabulous facial range that is Killarney Organic. Killarney has been incredibly kind to me. I’m so proud to be part of such a wonderful community. If the past 19 months have proved anything for business it is together we are stronger.”

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County Board open to GAA museum proposals

By Sean Moriarty The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county. There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county.

There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built in their home town.

Before he retired from politics in April, Michael Gleeson was campaigning to build a GAA and cultural museum on the grounds of Fitzgerald Stadium.

His campaign goes back several years before the recession set in, with a €0.5 million bridging loan secured from Croke Park along with funding from Fáilte Ireland. That funding was lost with the onset of the recession before 2010.

Tim Murphy, the outgoing chairman of the Kerry County Board, has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser that no approaches have been made to the County Board at executive level during his five year stint at the helm.

However, he said the Board would be open to such approaches provided there is sound financial planning behind the project in place.

“The first and most important aspect is the capital funding and my understanding is there needs to be Fáilte Ireland funding in place first,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “If it gets up and running, there needs to be very clear talks with all stakeholders so everyone knows each others expectations. A museum attracts footfall, but it costs a lot of money to run. We would offer an open door policy to all proposals but funding, first from a capital point of view and then from an operational point of view, will need to be in place.”

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