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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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Gleeson Dental now offering facial aesthetics

Gleeson Dental, located on St Anthony’s Place, is now offering facial aesthetics. It is the latest offering from the town centre practice. Dr Susan Gleeson graduated as a general dental […]

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Gleeson Dental, located on St Anthony’s Place, is now offering facial aesthetics.

It is the latest offering from the town centre practice.

Dr Susan Gleeson graduated as a general dental surgeon 27 years ago.

She previously worked in England and Cork before returning home to Killarney in 2009 to take over her father’s dental practice with her sister Katie.

“More recently, I decided to pursue my keen interest in facial aesthetics. Hence, I embarked on an intensive training course,” she told the Killareny Advertiser.
“This mentorship is under the guidance of Dr Sheila Li, a Harley Street based dentist with over 10 years’ experience in facial aesthetics. Every year following an interview process, Sheila takes on six trainees and I was lucky enough to get this amazing training opportunity.”
The course is a year-long process involving in-depth learning and hands-on clinical training days in Dr Sheila’s Harley Street clinic.
The course, also, extends to treatment planning cases with Dr Sheila, thus allowing access to her vast knowledge when planning treatments for Dr Gleeson’s patients.
“Therefore, I am now able to offer a vast array of facial aesthetic treatments at Gleeson Dental. These treatments include the use of Botox to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In addition to this, Botox has a wide range of additional applications, including the treatment of tooth grinding, headaches, gummy smiles, neck bands and excessive underarm sweating,” she added.
Dermal filler treatments are, also, available to treat issues related to volume loss while skin booster treatments such as Sunekos and Profhilo can be used to regenerate and rehydrate tired looking skin.
Facial aesthetics may conjure up images of over-filled expressionless people but Susan hopes to change people’s view of it.

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Killarney postcode V93 home to the county’s most-expensive properties

With properties both for rent and for sale in short supply, prices in the Killarney area have remained strong. In fact, houses with the V93 eircode were, once again, the […]

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With properties both for rent and for sale in short supply, prices in the Killarney area have remained strong.

In fact, houses with the V93 eircode were, once again, the most expensive homes in Kerry over the past 12 months according to data published by the CSO Residential Property Price Index. The report shows that in the year to December 2023, the average cost of buying a home in Kerry was €242,000 up 5% from the previous year’s figure of €230,000
Nationally that figure now stands at €327,000.
The average house price within the V93 eircode region was €284,000, 17% approx. above the average price for a home within the county.
With supply levels at an all time low and with very little new construction in the pipeline, there is little sign of this changing in the immediate term.

Commenting on the market, Ted Healy of DNG, has expressed concern with the low volume of properties available for sale at present.
‘We have lots of interested buyers seeking property in the Killarney area but unfortunately, we cannot satisfy the demand at present. The past 12 months has seen us securing sales in record time for record levels.”

DNG Ted Healy will be launching a new development of townhouses in the Woodlawn area to the market in the coming months and report that demand is exceptionally high.
The expect these properties to sell out in record time.
And with construction due to commence shortly on another scheme of detached houses on Muckross Road, it is looking like a busy year ahead.
However, this will not be enough to satisfy the demand at present. Properties within the V93 area are highly sought after and in very short supply, resulting in strong prices being achieved.
So is now a good time to sell your property? Yes, according to DNG Ted Healy who is actively seeking properties for sale to satisfy their ever expanding list of buyers.

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