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Publicans are ready to serve again!

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By Sean Moriarty

Relieved Killarney publicans are looking forward to reopening this coming Monday - but have concerns about how they are going to manage the new regulations.

General Manager of Celtic Whiskey Bar & Larder, Luke Crowley-Holland, Photo: Grigoriy Geniyevskiy

Under new the new regulations agreed by Government this week and signed into law on Wednesday, pubs will have to operate under strict parameters in order to serve food and drink indoors.

Closing time will be set at 11.30pm, and up to six people will be allowed sit at tables that must be kept one metre apart from the next one.

Husband and wife team John and Theresa Cronin will reopen their popular Sportsmans Bar on High St at 10.30am on Monday morning.

Apart from a few short weeks during last summer, when they were obliged to serve a ‘substantial €9 meal’ in order to all sell drinks, the couple have not had customers since March 2020.

They chose not to open in November last year and their decision proved correct as the hospitality sector was forced to close again on December 23.

Under the new regime The Sportsmans Bar has a maximum capacity of around 50. It can usually take over 200.

“I will be at the door and once it's full, it's full,” John told the Killarney Advertiser. He confirmed he won’t be operating a pre-booking service as he fears people won’t turn up.

“It will be mainly locals, so I will know everyone,” he added. “If a stranger comes to the door I will have to take their details for contact tracing. All we can do is open up and take it from there.”

Luke Crowley-Holland is also looking forward to reopening the Celtic Whiskey Bar & Larder on New St.

General Manager of Celtic Whiskey Bar & Larder, Luke Crowley-Holland,

Photo: Grigoriy Geniyevskiy

His biggest fear ahead of reopening was staff retention as constantly changing dates left him worried that staff would take up positions in other sectors that have reopened since June.

“Thankfully that is not the case,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “We have a loyal team in place.”

Managing food and drink orders was another concern. He explained that he got caught by the sudden closures on December 23.

“We were geared up for St Stephen’s night and New Year’s Eve. We had to return stock to suppliers, it was very difficult,” he added. “It was difficult to turn around orders. Food suppliers need a few days lead time and this was only confirmed on Wednesday.”

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Man released without charge in murder case

The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge […]

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The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge in relation to this matter.

Miriam Burns was found in her home on Monday afternoon after family and neighbours became concerned about her welfare.

A file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions and investigations are ongoing under the direction of a Senior Investigating Officer.

Gardaí are continuing to appeal to any persons who were in the Ardshanavooley area between 5pm on Friday and 1pm on Monday and observed any activity which drew their attention, to come forward.

Any road users who were travelling in the area at these times who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) are asked to make this footage available to Gardaí.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Killarney Garda Station on 064 6671160, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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Plenty of music and entertainment to celebrate Kilcummin talent

The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night. The talent within […]

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The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night.

The talent within the branch was clearly evident with a packed trophies table. Indeed some of the successes over the last number of months were replayed in a relaxed, jovial atmosphere that meant that all attending had a great night’s entertainment.

“We had demonstrations of winning sets across all age groups and then we moved onto the musicians who pulled out all the stops to entertain the large crowd, packed into the clubhouse,” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCÉ PRO, told the Killarney Advertiser.

John Moriarty, who has recently retired from his role of Supervisor with Kilcummin Rural Development was acknowledged with a presentation to reflect the outstanding work that he has done to enhance and grow Kilcummin Comhaltas over his 25 years in his role, he added.

“Much thanks and praise was also offered to Mary, Adrian and Conor Moriarty, all involved in the progression of dancing and music within the Kilcummin branch. The music and entertainment continued with Helen Kerins and Denis Crowley late into the night. We’re looking forward to next year already!”

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