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New interactive online directory features over 400 local businesses

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A new ‘Kerry Open for Business Directory’ featuring over 400 Kerry businesses which have reopened as part of the easing of COVID-19 restrictions has been published by Kerry County Council as an interactive map online.

Kerry businesses have been registering their details with the new online directory for over three weeks to provide information about their on-premises and online arrangements for customers as businesses begin to reopen under the ‘Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business’.

The interactive map for smartphones and computers allows customers to check what outlets have opened or are reopening in their area by clicking on their chosen location. There, they will find information about businesses near them which are now operating again and how their local businesses have adapted to the changed operating environment through online ordering, deliveries or other initiatives.

The directory is now available on the Council website www.kerrycoco.ie and is available for public download to computers or smartphones. Businesses can still register their details with the Council over the coming weeks.

The Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Niall Kelleher, welcomed the latest development.

“This is a great resource for customers to find out how and when their favourite local businesses will be opening. The #KerryOpenForBusiness campaign sends out a clear message – we are opening, and we are doing so safely,” he said.

With an accelerated reopening plan announced by the Government last week, Kerry County Council and town centre businesses across the county are continuing to focus on making streets and public spaces safe for people who want to visit retail outlets which had been closed in recent weeks.

Chairperson of the Kerry County Council’s Strategic Policy Committee on Economic Development, Cllr Michael O’Shea, who sits alongside Cllr Kelleher, business and chamber representatives, and senior Council staff on the Business Advisory Forum, which is spearheading this initiative, urged people to shop local and support local jobs.

“Many businesses continue to reopen across Kerry, and we urge everyone whether they do so online or in-store, to shop local. It is vital that we all support our local businesses in the weeks and months ahead. Every Euro spent locally supports local jobs and the wider local economy,” Cllr O’Shea said.

Local businesses can still sign up for the new directory and Kerry County Council’s Business Support Helpline on 1800 807 102 or business.support@kerrycoco.ie will be happy to help businesses in updating their details. The online registration form is available on the Council’s dedicated business website https://business.kerrycoco.ie.

 

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Spa GAA lights up – continues each Wednesday night

By Sean Moriarty Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative. The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held […]

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Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative.

The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held a candle-light vigil in memory of Ashling Murphy, the Offaly school-teacher who was murdered while out for a walk two weeks ago.

“Participants can follow the walking track that offers a safe off-road path and this activity is open to everyone in the community. If anyone would be available to help with registration or stewarding any night, all help is greatly appreciated,” said club PRO Deirdre O’Sullivan-Darcy.

Any volunteers that can help any evening or any questions please contact Margaret Doyle on 0879181970.

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Specialists to examine Killarney trees ahead of future storms

By Sean Moriarty Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district. The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district.

The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. 
One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen tree blocked access to the Moll’s Gap road near Muckross.
Both Cllrs John O’Donoghue and Donal Grady raised the issue at a recent Killarney Municipal District meeting.
“In order to mitigate against such events, the Killarney MD Office are in the process of preparing tender documents to procure assessment of specific trees that are in the charge of Kerry County Council.” A council official told the meeting.
“This will allow the MD to make determinations on individual trees in its charge. Individual property owners are responsible for the welfare and maintenance of trees within and along the boundary of their property lines.”

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