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New Omniplex cinema opens today creating 25 jobs

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By Michelle Crean

Movie lovers are in for a treat from today (Friday) - as the brand new and unique luxury five screen Park Road cinema - complete with the latest Barco Laser projection technology and a MAXX Recline screen - finally opens.

There's been great anticipation by locals as to what the new state-of-the-art facility will offer - and they won't have to wait any longer as the doors officially open today.

It's also a huge economic boost to the town with the creation of over 25 full and part-time jobs.

“We’re delighted to open our newest cinema in Killarney and can’t wait to welcome the people to the Omniplex experience!" Mark Anderson, Director of Omniplex Cinemas told the Killarney Advertiser.

"The MAXX Recline auditorium with all electric reclining armchairs simply must be experienced. This all-laser projection facility is at the cutting edge of worldwide cinema technology.”

He added that they have worked hard over the last 16 months to ensure their customers across Ireland enjoy a safe cinema going experience.

"We will have the same safety measures in place here in Killarney like online ticketing, reduced auditorium capacity and self-scanning of tickets. Coincidentally, our MAXX Recline screen is naturally well suited to a socially distant world with large fully electric recliner seats and a two metre gap between rows.”

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Omniplex’s safety measures include In-Cinema Seat Separation – two metre bubble around each cinema booking. Families and friends may sit beside each other up to a maximum of five guests. Online Ticketing and Shop; tickets may be purchased online and pre-ordering of cinema treats online, for collection, is encouraged. Limited capacity; a maximum of 50 per screen with social distancing also in place in foyers and toilets. Enhanced cleaning regimes; including screen protection at all customer touchpoints. Sanitisation stations in foyers, reduced showtimes, for example only one movie will start and end at a time to facilitate social distancing and extra cleaning.

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Opening Movies:
Space Jam: A New Legacy
The Croods: A New Age
Black Widow
Fast & Furious 9
The Suicide Squad
Spirit Untamed
2021 SELECTION OF BLOCKBUSTER MOVIES
No Time To Die
Ghostbusters: Afterlife
Top Gun Maverick
West Side Story
Spider-Man: No Way Home
The Matrix 4
Paw Patrol: The Movie
Free Guy
Snake Eyes
Reminiscence
Shang Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings
Malignant
Respect
Venom: Let There Be Carnage
Eternals
Halloween Kills
Dune
Jackass Forever
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Vaccination centre leaves basketball club homeless

By Sean Moriarty With the National Basketball League set to get underway in two weeks’ time, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club are still unsure where they will play their homes games this season as their usual venue is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre. The local side play Limerick Celtic away on […]

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By Sean Moriarty

With the National Basketball League set to get underway in two weeks’ time, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club are still unsure where they will play their homes games this season as their usual venue is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre.

The local side play Limerick Celtic away on the weekend of October 8 and 9 and their first home game is set for October 16.

Currently their home venue at Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre is unavailable as it is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre and according to the Health Service Executive (HSE) this week, there are no plans in place, as of yet, to move out.

Killarney Cougars, the town’s newest addition to the National League, has secured the use of the gym at St Brigid’s Secondary School in the town centre but, as it stands, St Paul’s remain homeless as the season opener looms.

“It is ridiculous at this stage,” said head coach Jarlath Lee. “If you look at what is happening at the Sports Centre, there are very few people in and out of there now compared to the start [of the vaccination roll-out].”

The HSE when contacted by the Killarney Advertiser this week said that they would not be adding to a previous statement issued earlier this month, which said: “In relation to Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre, we are very grateful to staff and management for the use of their facility as a vaccination centre.

“Planning work is well underway for the next phase of the vaccination programme, locally and nationally. This includes a review of where vaccinations are administered in future, but we cannot confirm any decisions in relation to any particular location at this point in time.”

However, the HSE did confirm this week, that the Tralee Vaccination Centre, located at the Munster Technology University, will re-locate to the recently vacated Borg Warner factory in the town. The move is expected to be completed within the next week to 10 days.

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Triple treat for car lovers this weekend

Killarney car fans are in for a triple treat this weekend with three different events to look forward to over two days. Tomorrow (Saturday), Cannonball will blast through the town. Over one hundred supercars, ranging from firm favourites like McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley are expected to take part […]

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Killarney car fans are in for a triple treat this weekend with three different events to look forward to over two days.

Tomorrow (Saturday), Cannonball will blast through the town.

Over one hundred supercars, ranging from firm favourites like McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley are expected to take part while raising funds for the HOPE Foundation.

The cars will leave Kenmare at around 11.30am and will travel via Moll’s Gap to Killarney and onwards to Farranfore and Tralee.

“The cars will not be stopping in towns this year to avoid gatherings,” said an event spokesperson, but the Killarney Advertiser understands that the high-powered convoy will be stopping in Tralee for a lunch halt before making their way to Tarbert and the Shannon Ferry.

On Sunday, and as revealed by the Killarney Advertiser last week, the Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club will host its annual classic motorshow at the racecourse from 11am. This event will raise funds for St Francis’s Special School in Beaufort.

Cars n’Coffee Killarney will join the vintage club on Sunday. After a successful 2019 season at KC Print, Cars n’Coffee is looking for a new home in Killarney, and Sunday’s collaboration with the vintage club could pave the way for further events at the racecourse.

“Having events of this quality in Killarney shows that the town could soon become the car culture capital of Ireland,” said Cars n’Coffee organiser Ger Neeson.

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