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Over €35,000 allocated to Killarney community groups

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By Sean Moriarty

A total of 18 Killarney-based community groups will share €35,498 thanks to funding released this week under the Community Enhancement Programme (CEP).

The CEP is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development and has provided a total of €155,358 for 82 different projects in Kerry in 2020.

The range of projects supported include upgrading of CCTV equipment, purchase of IT equipment for community usage, adaptations or equipment needed as a result of COVID-19, improvements works to create safe outdoor recreation spaces, accessibility projects, provision of comfortable, safe meeting spaces for older people both indoor and outdoor.

Residents of Ballyspillane were amongst the biggest winners in the scheme with the Community and Family Resource Centre getting €4,000 and the Ballyspillane Resident's Association an additional €3,000. The Muckross Community Association also received €3,000.

Killarney Arts Working Group will receive €5,000.

Both the Fossa Community and Development Association and Ballydribeen Residents Association are in line for €1,000 each.

Killarney Looking Good Committee received a total of €4,500 under two different applications, while Clann Housing and Killarney Lions Club each netted €1,000 under the scheme.

Killarney Men's Shed got €1,700 and Social Action Group Rathmore will get €2,098.

Sporting organisations to benefit from the grants include the Barraduff Community Field Organisation (€1,000), Glenflesk GAA (€4,000), Killarney Celtic Football Club (€500), Muckross Rowing Club (€700) and Killarney Valley Athletic Club (€1,000).

The funding is being administered by the Community Department in Kerry County Council in co-operation with the Local Community Development Committee (LCDC).

Cllr Niall Kelleher’s term as chair of the LCDC came to an end on Wednesday but his last job before handing over the role to the next chair was to announce this year’s round of funding.

“There are many very worthwhile community groups that will benefit from this,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “These are volunteer groups – and the contribution of the volunteers is important.”

Cllr Marie Moloney has also welcomed the funding.

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Relief as indoor dining finally resumes

By Michelle Crean After almost 500 days of closures the sense of relief was evident this week as restaurants, cafés and bars were finally allowed to welcome customers back in. Some had reopened for outdoor dining previously to help keep their businesses afloat but it was back to normal on Monday. According to the new […]

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By Michelle Crean

After almost 500 days of closures the sense of relief was evident this week as restaurants, cafés and bars were finally allowed to welcome customers back in.

Some had reopened for outdoor dining previously to help keep their businesses afloat but it was back to normal on Monday.

According to the new rules as set out by Fáilte Ireland and the Government, in order for customers to access indoor service, they must show proof that they are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months. Those who are not yet vaccinated can only be served outside.

A maximum of six people aged 13 and over are allowed per table and it’s advised that face coverings be worn when not at the table, there is no time limit, customers can only eat or drink at a table and not at the bar or counter, and one person must give their details for contract tracing purposes. Live music and dancing is not allowed.

The Killarney Advertiser spoke to a number of businesses this week and overall the feeling was relief that they can finally get back to normal service but the issue of staffing still remains.

Brian Murphy from Courtney’s Bar said he was feeling nervous.

“I’m feeling nervous as we don’t have enough staff,” he said. “It’s a Monday so hopefully we can cope. Things will settle down and we’ll find a level we are all happy with.”

At the Porterhouse Restaurant Lee O’Callaghan said “It’s great to be back open and have people coming into the restaurant”.

“Hopefully we have a long season after being closed for so long.”

Staff at Reidy’s, Ellen Shannon, Rory Carroll and Jack Sweeney, added that they’re delighted to return to indoor dining.

“Hopefully we get back to normal soon and to brighter days ahead.”

At Jimmy Brien’s Bar in Fair Hill, customers echoed the same sentiments about being finally open.

“We are delighted to be back,” Danjoe Aherne said.

“We appreciate everything Alan Breen has done for us. We’re glad to be back home again!” Charlie Buckingham said.

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Time to get your skates on!

By Sean Moriarty People of Killarney are being urged to have their say on a new skateboard park before next week’s deadline. A public consultation on the project has been launched by Kerry County Council. Cllr Donal Grady, who first put forward the idea of a Killarney skateboard park in 2018, is urging the people […]

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By Sean Moriarty

People of Killarney are being urged to have their say on a new skateboard park before next week’s deadline.

A public consultation on the project has been launched by Kerry County Council.

Cllr Donal Grady, who first put forward the idea of a Killarney skateboard park in 2018, is urging the people of the town to have their say.

It is proposed to build the park on land adjacent to the Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre with help and support from the KDYS.

“In 2017 a group of skateboard enthusiasts approached me, they had no designated safe area to enjoy their sport. Sport is vital for youths, stakeboarding increases metabolism, improves balance and enhances coordination use,” Cllr Grady told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Skateboarding is now an Olympic sport. I commend Kerry County Council, management, engineers and the planning team for getting the project to this stage, it’s now up to the people of Killarney to have their say. It’s vital positive submissions are lodged by Wednesday, August 25,”

Submissions can be lodged to the Playground Unit, Finance Dept, Kerry County Council.

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