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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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Vaccination centre leaves basketball club homeless

By Sean Moriarty With the National Basketball League set to get underway in two weeks’ time, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club are still unsure where they will play their homes games this season as their usual venue is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre. The local side play Limerick Celtic away on […]

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With the National Basketball League set to get underway in two weeks’ time, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club are still unsure where they will play their homes games this season as their usual venue is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre.

The local side play Limerick Celtic away on the weekend of October 8 and 9 and their first home game is set for October 16.

Currently their home venue at Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre is unavailable as it is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre and according to the Health Service Executive (HSE) this week, there are no plans in place, as of yet, to move out.

Killarney Cougars, the town’s newest addition to the National League, has secured the use of the gym at St Brigid’s Secondary School in the town centre but, as it stands, St Paul’s remain homeless as the season opener looms.

“It is ridiculous at this stage,” said head coach Jarlath Lee. “If you look at what is happening at the Sports Centre, there are very few people in and out of there now compared to the start [of the vaccination roll-out].”

The HSE when contacted by the Killarney Advertiser this week said that they would not be adding to a previous statement issued earlier this month, which said: “In relation to Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre, we are very grateful to staff and management for the use of their facility as a vaccination centre.

“Planning work is well underway for the next phase of the vaccination programme, locally and nationally. This includes a review of where vaccinations are administered in future, but we cannot confirm any decisions in relation to any particular location at this point in time.”

However, the HSE did confirm this week, that the Tralee Vaccination Centre, located at the Munster Technology University, will re-locate to the recently vacated Borg Warner factory in the town. The move is expected to be completed within the next week to 10 days.

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Triple treat for car lovers this weekend

Killarney car fans are in for a triple treat this weekend with three different events to look forward to over two days. Tomorrow (Saturday), Cannonball will blast through the town. Over one hundred supercars, ranging from firm favourites like McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley are expected to take part […]

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Killarney car fans are in for a triple treat this weekend with three different events to look forward to over two days.

Tomorrow (Saturday), Cannonball will blast through the town.

Over one hundred supercars, ranging from firm favourites like McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley are expected to take part while raising funds for the HOPE Foundation.

The cars will leave Kenmare at around 11.30am and will travel via Moll’s Gap to Killarney and onwards to Farranfore and Tralee.

“The cars will not be stopping in towns this year to avoid gatherings,” said an event spokesperson, but the Killarney Advertiser understands that the high-powered convoy will be stopping in Tralee for a lunch halt before making their way to Tarbert and the Shannon Ferry.

On Sunday, and as revealed by the Killarney Advertiser last week, the Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club will host its annual classic motorshow at the racecourse from 11am. This event will raise funds for St Francis’s Special School in Beaufort.

Cars n’Coffee Killarney will join the vintage club on Sunday. After a successful 2019 season at KC Print, Cars n’Coffee is looking for a new home in Killarney, and Sunday’s collaboration with the vintage club could pave the way for further events at the racecourse.

“Having events of this quality in Killarney shows that the town could soon become the car culture capital of Ireland,” said Cars n’Coffee organiser Ger Neeson.

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