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Outdoor dining opens in Killarney

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By Sean Moriarty

Both the International Hotel and Lir Café welcomed the first guests to the new outdoor dining area in Kenmare Place on Wednesday.

AL FRESCO: The new outdoor dining area at the International Hotel. Photo: Sean Moriarty

AL FRESCO: The new outdoor dining area at the International Hotel. Photo: Sean Moriarty

READY: How the outdoor dining area looked before the furniture was installed. Photo: Sean Moriarty

COFFEE: Eleanor Daly and Rachel Snook of Lír Cafe working at the new outdoor dining area on Wednesday. Photo: Sean Moriarty

FIRST: The first visitor to the new outdoor dining area on Wednesday morning was none other than Sam Maguire.

The Fáilte Ireland Weatherproofing and Outdoor Dining Scheme, costing €604,505, partially opened to the public this week.

The first two premises to use the facility were the International Hotel and Lir Café but as an interim measure they used their own outdoor furniture while they awaited the delivery of the public furniture later the same day.

The 620 square-metre outdoor dining area consists of paving, landscaping and lighting, of which 210 square-metres will be a covered dining area.

The structure will have a total of seven outdoor dining areas – two of which were furnished and open by lunchtime Wednesday.

While local businesses will be invited to apply for licences to serve food and drinks in the dining areas, exactly half the outdoor seating will remain open to the public and consumers are free to buy products in other premises around the town.

Two smaller dining areas will bookend the project, a 21.3 metre square area near of the Ross Hotel and another one of 14.6 metres squared will be positioned outside the offices of Spillane’s Auctioneers and close to Lir Café.

The site will open between 8.30am and 10.30pm every day, and the Council staff will take charge of putting out chairs each morning and stacking them each evening.

Retractable pergolas will be in place during these hours also.

The outdoor dining areas are likely to cause divided opinion in the town. Business operators in other areas of the town centre will feel disadvantaged that others have a publicly funded facility on their door step.

Business owners in Kenmare Place are concerned about anti-social behaviour in the area especially late at night. Council employees will take charge of opening and closing the new facility each day but will expect support from businesses who are benefiting from the new facility.

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Credit Union launch a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd.

Building on recent success the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick have launched a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd. Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd specialise in Photovoltaic (PV) […]

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Building on recent success the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick have launched a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd.

Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd specialise in Photovoltaic (PV) Solar systems that generate electricity, battery storage, air to water heat-pumps and much more.
Gilroy’s work with customers to receive the SEAI once-off grant towards the purchase and installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and heat pumps for your home.
Collaborating with Kerry and West Limerick Credit Union expands the finance options available to Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd customers to help finance new PV Solar Panel installations. Loan rates will be directly linked to the property BER starting from 4.7%(4.89APR) for an “A” rated BER.
Martin Gilroy; CEO with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd said: “We are delighted to officially launch this collaboration with the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick. Customers have already reaped the benefits on recent installation projects after contacting their local Credit Union. Having a direct link to local Credit Unions allows us to guide customers to affordable financing options based on the specific installation quotation we provide at very competitive rates.“
Speaking on behalf of the Kerry and West Limerick Credit Unions, Ashley Fitzgerald added: “We are delighted to have Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd come on board as part of our Greener Homes Loan offering. Home Energy Upgrade have become a prominent concern and talking point among members in recent months, by Credit Unions having a direct link with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd allows both sides to make referrals and seek the best finance option for members. We are working hard building relationships with Green Energy Ltd providers as we want to ensure our members can avail of the best loan rates for all upgrade works.”
Credit Unions across Kerry and West Limerick. Abbeyfeale Credit Union, Cara Credit Union, Killarney Credit Union, Listowel Credit Union and Rathmore and District Credit Union can be reached via: www.creditunion.ie
Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd can be contacted on 066-7115920, email info@gilroys.ie or for more information visit www.gilroys.ie.

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Racegoers Club to host Cheltenham Preview Night

Killarney Racegoers Club will host its annual Cheltenham Preview Night in Corkery’s Bar on March 7. Admission is free and this year’s chosen beneficiary is the Killarney Branch of St […]

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Killarney Racegoers Club will host its annual Cheltenham Preview Night in Corkery’s Bar on March 7.

Admission is free and this year’s chosen beneficiary is the Killarney Branch of St Vincent De Paul Society.
The expert panel includes professional punter Paddy Wilmott, leading jockey Conor McNamara, up-and-coming Kerry-based trainer Eoin McCarthy and local bookmaker Brendan Tyther with Vince Casey acting as the event’s compere.

“There is no admission fee but a raffle on the night for dual membership of Killarney Racegoers Club for the year, which includes 13 days racing and many reciprocal days to other race meetings,” said Mr Casey.

The Cheltenham Festival begins on March 12.

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