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Post-COVID recruitment fair to help kick-start industry

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By Michelle Crean

It's full steam ahead for the third annual South Kerry Hotel Recruitment fair to help kick-start the critical tourism season in the region.

While COVID has delayed the event, SKDP’s Enterprise Office Joanne Griffin said that they are now working to ensure the event can take place as soon as possible.

While the start of the tourism season has been delayed due to COVID-19, the many hotels involved are actively recruiting staff with the hope of having a positive season.

However, the event will not be held in its usual format due to restrictions on large gatherings, she explained.

"We hope that our work developing an alternative will continue the success of the event for both the recruiters and job seekers,” Joanne said.

The whole idea of the event is to introduce those interested in taking up a career in the hotel industry with a large number of employers from the sector in an informal setting. It is organised through South Kerry Development Partnership’s SICAP programme and has proven hugely popular since its inception.

The event is open to those who already have experience in the hotel sector as well as those who might be interested in a career change.

“Its success is built on the fact that employers get to meet with a broad range of potential employees with a range of skills that they otherwise might not have the chance to interact with,” she said.

"We anticipate that this will continue to be the case despite the changed format proposed this year."

Participation in the event is through registration and jobseekers wishing to take part are asked to register now by contacting Joanne by email at jgriffin@skdp.net or 087 6152660.

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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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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 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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