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New safety measures to be implemented in Killarney town

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By Michelle Crean

Killarney town is to implement a 'Safe Streets and Safe Destination Programmes' mobility plan as part of a major new countywide campaign to ensure that Kerry is a safe place to visit and stay as COVID-19 restrictions continue to be phased out over the coming weeks.

 

The goal is to make Kerry the safest and cleanest of destinations to visit and stay in and at a Killarney MD meeting yesterday (Thursday) at 2pm in Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre Town Manager Angela McAllen said that "all measures are temporary during what is still a pandemic".

The COVID-19 crisis has resulted in restrictions which have understandably created numerous challenges for retailers and businesses locally.

Kerry County Council is putting the measures in place to make town centres safe and welcoming for shoppers, local residents and staff, to support the wider return to commercial and economic activity as soon as possible.

Hub towns which include Killarney and Tralee, regional towns with significant commercial activity have been examined, so too have 14 district towns, whilst villages will be examined having regard to any site-specific risks, such as tourist attractions, which may have a significant footfall.

In Killarney, measures being put in place by the Council include a footpath width of approximately 2.5m to facilitate social distancing where there is a high level of footfall, significant level of vehicular traffic flow and increased potential for close contact.

Proposed interventions include signage and stencilling as appropriate in many areas, Plunkett St is to close full-time from July 8 to September 2, while parking on High St was a big concern at the meeting as it was proposed to remove a number of parking spaces and widen footpaths.

"We need to help business every way we can," Cllr Donal Grady said at the meeting. "A lot of people, as many as 25 percent, won't open their doors I am hearing. We are in deep deep trouble. We are totally dependent on tourism."

Niall 'Botty' O’Callaghan very passionately said that what is needed is “positivity”.

“We need to send out the message Killarney is the best value for money town in all of Europe. We are spoilt in this town for value, this is the best town in the world, with the most beautiful National Park. "Shop with your feet not with your finger," he said of need to counter online shopping.

As part of the ‘Safe Destination Programme’, which will ensure that those who begin to visit and holiday in Kerry again can do so in the knowledge that it is a safe place to visit and stay, there'll be a bespoke training programme for tourism and retail and a tourism marketing campaign to promote staycations in Kerry.

The bespoke training programme for staff in the tourism and retail industries in the county has been rolled out by Kerry County Council and the Kerry Education and Training Board (ETB). Over two thousand employees have already signed up for the training. It aims to ensure that Kerry tourism and retail staff are trained in infection prevention, hygiene and cleanliness and dealing with customers in the new environment to the highest international standards as they reopen for business.

Business premises whose staff have completed the suite of training courses will receive the ‘Safe Destination’ badge.

Chief Executive of Kerry County Council, Moira Murrell said that Kerry had always been an exemplar in tourism and was now meeting the challenge posed by the new and evolving restrictions to ensure Kerry can welcome visitors back to county with the firm reassurance that is it safe to do so.

"We want to reassure our visitors that they are safe in Kerry. We know that the tourism industry in Kerry is more impacted than any other in Ireland so that is why we are working to position the county to welcome visitors back to a destination which will implement and observe the highest standards of safety to restrict the spread of the coronavirus," she said.

 

 

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Rodeo lasso demo to kickstart 4th of July Festival on Friday

Killarney’s 4th of July celebrations will get underway today (Friday) when the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus put on an unusual show at St Mary’s Church of the Sloes. The choir […]

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Killarney’s 4th of July celebrations will get underway today (Friday) when the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus put on an unusual show at St Mary’s Church of the Sloes.

The choir is due to perform a concert in the town centre church on Friday evening..

However part of their act is a demonstration in the art of lasso ropes – a tradition that stems from the early farming days of the Wild West – and there isn’t enough room in the church for that element of their act.

Instead they will give a lasso demonstration on the grounds of St Mary’s from 5pm Friday.

“They are showcasing on the green space outside our church at 5pm,” the Venerable Simon J Lumby the Rector of Killarney said.

“They will perform rodeo lasso stunts as part of their act. We couldn’t accommodate that during the concert so we’ve got them to do it earlier outside.”

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GAA stars set to gather for A Night With Legends

By Sean Moriarty Over 1,500 people are expected to attend Fossa GAA Club’s ‘A Night With Legends’ on Tuesday night. GAA royalty will grace the INEC stage as part of […]

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Over 1,500 people are expected to attend Fossa GAA Club’s ‘A Night With Legends’ on Tuesday night.

GAA royalty will grace the INEC stage as part of an ambitious fundraiser by the club.

The event will be styled on RTÉ’s popular pre All-Ireland Final show ‘Up for the Match’ where footballing legends will tell some of their life stories in between music and songs.

It will be hosted by author and raconteur Billy Keane and horseracing photographer Pat Healy. The event is one of the key fundraisers for the expanding Fossa GAA Club.

Coming just days before Kerry’s All-Ireland semi-final with Dublin, ‘A Night With Legends’ will also serve as a light-hearted preview to the important game.

Kerry greats like Pat Spillane, Mike Frank Russell, Paul Galvin and Eamon Fitzmaurice will be joined on stage by Dublin hero Bernard Brogan Sr. Killarney greats Colm ‘Gooch’ Cooper and Ambrose O’Donovan will also be there.

“This is not going to be a boring night, it is going to be filled with fun and banter, music and craic,” Fossa GAA chairman, Dermot Clifford, told the Killarney Advertiser.

Several raffle and auction prizes are up for grabs on the night too, the most unusual being a chance to bid on a racing greyhound, donated by the Murphy Family from Brosna.

The fundraiser has already raised €10,000 thanks to a recent auction organised by Paul Nagle. The local rally star sold one of his world championship helmets for €25,000 with the balance going to Recovery Haven in Tralee.

Limited tickets are still available at a cost of €25 per person or groups can buy a table of 12 for €250.

Ticket enquires: nightoflegends2022@gmail.com.

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