VOUCHERS: Households in Kerry are to receive €100 worth of holiday vouchers towards a staycation, according to Kerry Tourism Industry Federation Chairperson, Pat O’Leary
Kerry Tourism Industry Federation (KTIF) together with Kerry County Council (KCC) are inviting the people of Kerry to ‘staycate’ in the Kingdom and give their home county’s tourism industry a vital shot in the arm.
To add to the appeal of a Kerry staycation, the 56,000 households throughout the kingdom will receive €100 worth of discount vouchers which are redeemable in registered accommodation outlets right across the county. Hotels, B&Bs, guesthouses, self-catering homes and caravan and camping sites all over the county have signed up to accept the vouchers which give a discount of up to 10 percent off the cost of accommodation.
“Now is the time to share our love for our county with our children, family and friends - to revisit a childhood haunt, to rediscover a favourite memory or to explore a corner of the county that you have never seen,” Kerry Tourism Industry Federation Chairperson, Pat O’Leary said. “The tourism industry is a vital cog in our local economy and staycations are an effective and sustainable way to support it during these challenging times.”
The Mayor of Kerry, Cllr. Niall Kelleher, warmly welcomed the new initiative.
“As hotels and the hospitality industry reopen for business, these vouchers provide the people of Kerry with a very simple and effective way in which to support local employers and local jobs, thereby contributing to the rebooting of the Kerry economy. Kerry County Council is delighted to support and be associated with this initiative which complements the inter-agency approach to reopening the county in a safe and phased manner for the benefit of locals and visitors alike. I urge everyone in Kerry to give it their support.”
The Kerry Staycation Vouchers are being distributed across Kerry this week by An Post. The full list of accommodation providers partaking in this initiative can be viewed on www.discoverkerry.com. The vouchers are valid until April 30, 2021 and are redeemable by booking directly with the accommodation outlet.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 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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