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New Vodafone flagship store opens in Killarney

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FREE smartphone classes are among the many appeals on offer at the gleaming new Vodafone flagship store in Killarney. The opening, at midday today, by GAA All-Star James O’Donoghue and Anne O’Leary, Vodafone Ireland CEO, attracted flocks of well-wishers.

Owned by Jessica and Billy O’Connor, this is Vodafone’s largest franchise store in the South West with seven stores across Kerry and Cork. Free smartphone classes and Business-in-Retail support will be available in the new three-storey building.

Located on College Street, the Killarney store will bring to life Vodafone’s customer experience and highlight its ongoing commitment to pioneering a gigabit society – bringing fast and reliable connectivity to businesses and households all over Ireland.

As part of its commitment to the community, the new store will host smartphone classes free of charge, suitable for anyone who wishes to learn more about what their smartphone offers and to connect them to a whole new world in an informal classroom environment.
Vodafone is also supporting small businesses across Ireland through its ‘Business in Retail’ service, providing a unique customer experience. Business customers can call a dedicated number and make an appointment with a Vodafone Business Advisor to avail of a free tailored plan. At present, Vodafone currently look after over 100 business customers throughout Kerry.

The brand-new Vodafone Killarney building features three floors which have been designed with the customer in mind, ensuring an unrivalled in-store experience. From early next year, Vodafone customers will be able to sign up to Vodafone Gigabit broadband, which delivers speeds of up to 1000Mpbs without any worries of congestion on multiple devices simultaneously. Customers will be able to trial this in store and receive expert advice from members of the Vodafone team.

Jessica O’Connor added: “We are delighted to open the doors on our brand-new store today. Today is an exciting new chapter in our long-standing partnership with Vodafone. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our loyal customers who have supported us over the years and we look forward to welcoming old and new faces through the doors in the coming months.”

Anne O'Leary, Chief Executive of Vodafone Ireland, said: “At Vodafone Ireland, we connect people to the things that matter and this flagship store is a great example of bringing that mantra to life. Our network covers over 95% 4G population coverage across Kerry and we will continue to invest in our network to add value to our customer’s experience. Over the coming weeks, we will be hosting community classes in our new store, in which customers of all ages can learn to make the best use of their smartphone and become familiar with the latest technology. Vodafone have been hosting smartphone classes in Kerry since July 2016, to date these classes have been a great success. Additionally, we will continue to support local businesses with our ‘Business-in-Retail’ offering.
“We have worked with the Kerry Phone Centre for 20 years now and their knowledge and retail experience shines through in everything that they do. I would like to thank Pat and Breda O’Connor for their fantastic support over the years and I want to wish Jessica and Billy every success as they open the doors here today.”

 


Anne O’Leary, CEO, Vodafone Ireland with store owners Jessica and Billy O’Connor, GAA All Star James O’Donoghue and Anne O’Leary cut the ribbon and welcome guests through the doors of the new three-storey building on College Street.
PICTURE: LIAM BURKE, PRESS 22

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Local author’s debut book makes Late Late Toy Show

Killarney art psychotherapist Katie O’Donoghue was delighted to spot her first children’s book on last Friday’s Late Late Toy Show! ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ was written and illustrated by Katie, and published by Gill Books in July. With almost every eye in Ireland on the Toy Show every year, children’s authors, illustrators and publishers […]

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Killarney art psychotherapist Katie O’Donoghue was delighted to spot her first children’s book on last Friday’s Late Late Toy Show!

‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ was written and illustrated by Katie, and published by Gill Books in July.

With almost every eye in Ireland on the Toy Show every year, children’s authors, illustrators and publishers compete for a much-coveted spot on the set. Aware that her book had been sent to Ryan, but not having heard anything from RTÉ, Katie was thrilled to see it in a prominent position. It was a wonderful surprise to discover ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ had been placed in the front row of the book corner. There, it had a little chair of its own and was even embraced by a cuddly toy.

It was visible many times over the course of the evening, particularly during the book discussion, an incredibly proud moment for first-time author Katie.

“I have to admit, when I saw ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ cradled in the teddy’s arms, I may have jumped up and down with excitement,” Katie told the Killarney Advertiser.

What began as a lockdown project while Katie was living in London and missing her family in Kerry, is providing comfort to children around the world.

Using a gentle story with gorgeous illustrations, Little Squirrel and his forest friends teach young people a variety of simple coping techniques.

“These skills will benefit children their entire lives and the book is even helpful for adults who are prone to worrying and overthinking,” she added.

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No 2021 return for Killarney on Ice

By Michelle Crean Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year. Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year. […]

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Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year.

Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year.

Rising case numbers, uncertain COVID-19 restrictions, and insurance challenges have been the main drivers behind the decision not to open, according to the company.

As Kerry’s only festive ice rink, the facility has brought much fun and life to the town over the years, attracting thousands of people from all over the county, and indeed the whole country, with many families coming to stay overnight in Killarney and enjoying all that this great town has to offer.

As well as friends and families coming to skate, schools, youth clubs, sports teams and employees of local companies use the group booking discount rate to plan sessions on the ice, and Killarney on Ice would like to thank them all for their continuing loyalty.

“We sincerely hope to be back better and stronger in 2022, and we look forward to welcoming all of our valued customers,” Tim O’Donoghue, the promoter of the rink, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“In the meantime, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.”

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