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Publican says 15,000 jobs at risk in hospitality sector unless the Government steps in

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PROTEST: A group of Killarney publicans, led by Niall 'Botty' O'Callaghan outside the Dáil on Wednesday.

By Sean Moriarty

Local councillor and publican Niall ‘Botty’ O’Callaghan - described Government's €16m restart grant to be divided between the country’s 3,500 pubs as "an insult" - and warned that 15,000 jobs are at risk in the hospitality sector in Kerry unless the Government steps in and offers realistic aid packages to the industry.

Mr O’Callaghan was speaking after he led a group of Killarney and Kerry-based publicans to Leinster House on Wednesday to protest the death of rural pubs.

They carried a coffin to the gates of Leinster House to symbolise the death of the rural pubs, while supporters from the county looked on.

They took it in turns, in small groups to comply with social distancing rules, to stage their day long protest outside the Dáil.

Killarney publicans that took part in the protest include Niall's brother Paudie (Fáilte Hotel), Patrick O’Sullivan (Tatler Jack), John O’Shea (Jack C’s), and Tadgh Kelly (The Shanty, Ballyfinnane).

Kerry TDs that met with the publicans during their three-hour protest included Minister for Education Norma Foley, Brendan Griffin, Michael Healy-Rae, Danny Healy-Rae, and Pa Daly.

“Everyone in the hospitality sector across Ireland, pubs, hotels, coach tours, need to come together and organise one massive protest march in Dublin – but we can’t do that with COVID-19 crowd restrictions,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“And what they never told is that if pubs that were opened since August, and many had to open and sell food just to survive, are not entitled to the grant,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “There is no leadership in our Government and they have no idea what is happening in rural Ireland. We will get the grant in the next few weeks but our rates are due too so they give with one hand and take with another.”

The publicans say that unless Government brings forward meaningful supports pub culture will all but disappear from Ireland.

“We will be turned into a sterile nation,” He said.

Pubs will be allowed to reopen on September 21, but Kerry publicans say huge problems remain within the sector.

“The death knell of rural pubs is the death knell of rural communities,” he added. “These pubs contribute to the local community, they sponsor local football teams and they allow people to meet and socialise – there are huge mental health issues at stake.”

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Coveted KY-1 plate goes to Hyundai for 2022

  The coveted KY-1 plate has been allocated to Adams of Tralee for the second year in a row. The county’s Hyundai dealership secured the coveted plate as a result of the Hyundai Tucson topping the individual model sales charts for 2021. Available in diesel, petrol and pug-in hybrid, the Tucson offers something for every motorists. […]

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The coveted KY-1 plate has been allocated to Adams of Tralee for the second year in a row.

The county’s Hyundai dealership secured the coveted plate as a result of the Hyundai Tucson topping the individual model sales charts for 2021.

Available in diesel, petrol and pug-in hybrid, the Tucson offers something for every motorists.

With the switch to full electric not far away, Adams of Tralee’s general manager Marcus O’Shea believes that hybrid offers the perfect transition from fossil fuelled-cars to electric.

“It is a steeping-stone towards full electric,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “It reduces the range anxiety for those not ready for full electric and it gets people used to new ways – plugging in the car at night at home will become normal and hybrid is the first step.”

The Tucson range has a model to suit all tastes and budgets. As well as being available in petrol, diesel or hybrid, each power variant is also available as in entry-level, mid or high specification formats.

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Hairdresser reveals women “open up” on safety while getting their hair done

By Sean Moriarty Nicole Coffey of Nicole’s Hair Salon on St Anne’s was inspired to run a fundraiser for a women’s refuge after hearing distressing stories from some of her clients. On Saturday last she offered a wash and blow-dry to clients and rather than charging them for the her services her customers made a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Nicole Coffey of Nicole’s Hair Salon on St Anne’s was inspired to run a fundraiser for a women’s refuge after hearing distressing stories from some of her clients.

On Saturday last she offered a wash and blow-dry to clients and rather than charging them for the her services her customers made a donation to Adapt Women’s Refuge in Tralee.

Nicole was inspired to run the charity day because a lot of her regular clients opened up to her while they were getting their hair done.

The timing of her charity day was poignant as it came just days after Ashling Murphy was murdered while out for a run in her own town of Tullamore.

“People open up while I do their hair, many of them would not know that there is a refuge in Kerry,” she told the Killarney Advertiser. “I have experience with clients who are struggling. I had this idea to create more awareness for Adapt.”

She raised €2,000 for Adapt and the cheque was handed over to the Tralee-based charity on Thursday night this week.

Such was the success of her charity day Nicole worked from 7am to 7pm and as well as cash donations customers also donated vouchers and care packs to the charity.

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