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Publican welcomes midnight closure

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By Sean Moriarty

One Killarney publican is preparing for a very different New Year’s Eve following the latest Government restrictions announced this week.

ENJOY: Paudie O'Callaghan of the Fáilte says people can still go out an enjoy themselves. Photo: Sean Moriarty

On Tuesday evening, Taoiseach Micheál Martin told the country that pubs, restaurants and nightclubs would have to close at 12 midnight in an effort to curb the growing number of COVID-19 numbers in the country.

The new rules came into effect last night (Thursday). The move comes less than one month after nightclubs were allowed reopen and pubs reverted to traditional closing times of 12.30am on weekends.

John Cronin of the Sportsman's Bar on High St welcomed the move.

“I think they made the right decision,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “It has spread like wildfire once the nightclubs reopened - it is common sense – they are trying to control it. We are looking at a long run of it, maybe next March or April, until everyone gets vaccinated we are banging our heads off a stone wall.”

Despite welcoming the decision, Mr Cronin has already lost business on foot of the new restrictions. As well as his landmark pub he also offers lodgings to visitors in the upstairs portion of the pub.

“I already had cancellations for this weekend and I expect more to come,” he added.

New Year’s Eve

With the new rules in place Mr Cronin said New Year’s Eve will be a very different prospect this year.

Instead of welcoming in 2022 on the stroke of midnight and starting a party, he will be faced with closing his bar and sending customers home.

“New Year’s is out of the question,” he added, “5,4,3,2, - go home and celebrate…!”
 

“People can still go out and enjoy themselves” – Killarney publican

"People can still go out and enjoy themselves", that is the message from one Killarney publican who was reacting to the latest Government restrictions announced this week.

Paudie O’Callaghan runs the Fáilte Bar and Hotel on College St.

“People can still come out and enjoy themselves," he said. "This won’t really effect us now. Nobody knows what is coming down the track, I gave up trying to predict this thing a long time ago.”

The Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) has also confirmed that the new closing time restriction applies to hotel bars and all events being hosted, including weddings, whether guests are residents or not.

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No spare change – no problem, as charity embraces new technology

By Sean Moriarty With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier. For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank […]

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With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier.

For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank card to make a donation.

The Society’s annual churchgate collection will be held on the weekend of December 11/12 at places of worship in the town and surrounding areas. This year’s collection has be renamed as ‘Giving Sunday’ and makes a return after the pandemic forced the cancellation of last year’s fundraiser.

“We are moving towards a cashless society,” explained Killarney Conference President Breda O’Dwyer. “You can tap and swipe your card to make a donation.”

Breda added that they are hoping to have the buckets ready by next week in time for the collection.

She said the local conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society has seen a marked increase in the number of families it is helping mainly caused by the increase in the cost of fuel and home heating products.

The annual St Vincent De Paul Society’s Christmas Jumper Day, in association with Radio Kerry is scheduled for December 10.

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SURVEY: Locals are reducing their social contacts

It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week. An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their […]

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It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week.

An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their level of contacts with people.

Interestingly, 37.10% of people had made no change to their lifestyle, but they could have been extra cautious already.

A tiny minority – just 1.61% – said they increased their social contacts over the last week.

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