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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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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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Caring group craft charity blankets

By Michelle Crean One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity. Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members […]

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By Michelle Crean

One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity.

Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members of Kilcummin Community Care worked together to make blankets for service users on the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus.

“Each blanket is assigned as a personal gift to the clients using the Cancer Link Bus and is kept by them,” Kate Fleming, Chairperson of Kilcummin Community Care, said.

The knitting of the squares to make the blankets began at a gathering in the Rose Hotel in 2018. It was a gathering of different volunteer groups.

The Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus were requesting knitted squares to make blankets for the clients who were using their facilities, she explained.

“Kilcummin Community Care were knitting at the time, so it was decided to help out this worthy cause. We received donations of wool from people in the parish and surrounding areas. Kilcummin ICA also got involved in the efforts.”

During the two years of COVID-19, members of both organisations continued to knit and are still knitting to the present day.

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