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Rainy day fund gone but Killarney will bounce back – says newly elected Chamber president

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If any town in the country has the capability and resolve to recover from the economic and social devastation caused by the Coronavirus it is Killarney but it will take time and initiative, the newly elected President of Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce has said.

Cllr Niall Kelleher, whose two-year term at the helm of the organisation commences this month, said there are very significant challenges ahead for businesses but they must rise to meet them with innovative thinking and sheer willpower.

“I am very much aware that many businesses in all sectors, from retail to hospitality, have been devastated by the events that have occurred since last March and that, in many cases, the rainy day fund is now gone,” he said.

“There is huge resilience out there, however, and if any town is equipped to bounce back, it is Killarney because of its infrastructure and its natural advantages as a world class tourism destination. We saw that during the few months businesses were allowed to reopen in the summer and Killarney became the number one destination of choice for so many people. As we prepare for a post-COVID world, big opportunities to rebuild will be provided through our National Park with a focus on the great outdoors to promote fitness, health and adventure.”

Cllr Kelleher, who is a member of Kerry County Council for the Killarney Municipal District, said while great benefits for businesses exist online, people must remember that money spent locally circulates in the local economy and locals must support locals.

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“The big challenge for Killarney over the next two years will be to get back on the path we were on before the virus struck and to work to further enhance the wonderful destination we already have.”

He said the progress to develop Killarney as a gateway to the Wild Atlantic Way would bring significant advantages and Chamber will play its part, working with all the other agencies, to ensure it is implemented.

It was hugely positive news, he said, that Killarney was chosen as one of two pilot areas to test the gateway concept over a three-year period as the Wild Atlantic Way has been a phenomenal success.

Another of his priorities during his term as president will be to continue to work with the relevant authorities to tackle traffic congestion in Killarney which was a major issue prior to COVID and will be again when the town gets back to normal.

“Everybody must work towards the ultimate goal of getting the outer relief road from Farranfore to Killarney underway as it is absolutely vital that the project is brought to shovel ready stage as soon as possible,” he said.

Cllr Kelleher said he is looking forward to the new cycleway from Ross Road to Muckross Road being completed as it is a hugely exciting initiative and there are several other infrastructural projects in the pipeline which the Government has pledged to support.

On a personal level, Cllr Kelleher acknowledges that he is facing a very busy two-year period combining his Chamber duties with his role as a councillor but, he insists, he is more than up for the challenges it will present.

“I have been a member of the Chamber for many years and vice-president for the last two, and I have seen that the organisation shares many common goals with the Council.

“Sometimes, of course, there will be different views but that can only lead to healthy debate as we are all working with one goal in mind and that’s to create a better Killarney and to ensure it continues to prosper as a wonderful town to live in and to do business in,” he stated.

Cllr Kelleher thanked outgoing Chamber president, Paul Sherry, for his enormous work and the huge commitment he demonstrated during his two-year tenure.

“It sounds a bit of a cliché, but I have a very hard act to follow. Paul had a vast amount of knowledge, particularly from a retail perspective, and he did an excellent job,” he said.

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Who’s in your circle?

    Are you happy and where you want to be with your health, where you want to be financially or are you going through the motions each day, unsure of your purpose? Are you supported by others when you’re struggling or only supported by others when things are going well?Are you looking forward to […]

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Are you happy and where you want to be with your health, where you want to be financially or are you going through the motions each day, unsure of your purpose?

Are you supported by others when you’re struggling or only supported by others when things are going well?
Are you looking forward to the next five, 10, 20 years of your life?

If you answered “no” to any of these questions, I encourage you to look around at the people you spend your time with. Your time is your most expensive asset. Your mind is your most expensive real estate.

With whom you spend your time, and those that you permit to impact your thoughts and decisions will have a great impact on your life.

From the outside looking in, our gym culture is the most difficult health benefit for others to understand.
Now more than ever all our brains are fed is chaos, division, selfishness and negativity. We can’t have that here. Those that thrive in that environment aren’t a good fit for us, and they won’t last long here. Either they’ll leave on their own, or we’ll tell them it’s time to go.

Years ago, when I was struggling with some people decisions (personally and business); one of my mentors told me something that continues to stick with me. It’s since been something I have said to people many times;
“The people that have helped you get to where you are may not be the same people that can help you get to where you want to go.”

Ask yourself these three questions;

* Who’s in your circle?
* Who do you need to start spending less time with?
* In order to get where you want to be, what kind of people do you need to start spending more of your time with?

Now it’s time to get to work. Start spending less time with those dragging you down. Start surrounding yourself with the people that won’t condone your behaviours that aren’t consistent with your goals, support your work ethic, help you to learn from your failures and will be excited to celebrate your successes.

When you are ready, we are here to help. Book your complimentary consultation by visiting our website www.activate.ie.

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Get on your bike from The Rose Hotel!

  There’s an energetic way to explore Tralee and its surrounds this summer as a new bike rental company has teamed up with The Rose Hotel. Tralee Bike Rental have opened a new bike kiosk located at the hotel where visitors and locals can now hire a bike. “This is a fantastic service for our […]

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There’s an energetic way to explore Tralee and its surrounds this summer as a new bike rental company has teamed up with The Rose Hotel.

Tralee Bike Rental have opened a new bike kiosk located at the hotel where visitors and locals can now hire a bike.

“This is a fantastic service for our customers and we are thrilled to be part of this new collaboration with Tralee Bike Rental. We wish Maurice and his team the very best of luck, and I know all our guests and visitors to Tralee are going to really enjoy this new service exploring Tralee and its surrounds,” Mark Sullivan, General Manager, The Rose Hotel, said.

Tralee Bike Rental have a fleet of comfortable, top quality Hybrid Bikes – ideal for a leisurely cycle, and power assisted eBikes. For families, child seats or trailer for the little legs that can’t cycle yet can be provided!

“We are thrilled to have our new business, Tralee Bike Rental, located on the grounds of The Rose Hotel,” Maurice Whelan, Tralee Bike Rental, said.

“With so many visitors coming to Tralee, we feel this will be a fantastic service and partnership. Included in the bike rental is access to a self-guided tour via our App, which has preloaded moderate and more energetic cycling tours of Tralee.”

The Rose Hotel have a new package, Tralee Activity Break, with bike hire included. You can book this package online at www.therosehotel.com or call 066 7199100.

To contact Tralee Bike Rental, visit www.traleebikerental.ie or call 085 2605817.

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Currow kids go toddling to raise vital funds

  70 toddlers from Currow Play School have become Ireland’s littlest fundraisers as they stepped out to raise vital funds for vulnerable children. They took part in the Barnardos Big Toddle which this year has the theme of ’Community Helpers’. Barnardos currently works with just under 18,000 children and families across Ireland and the funds raised will support Barnardos Early Years […]

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70 toddlers from Currow Play School have become Ireland’s littlest fundraisers as they stepped out to raise vital funds for vulnerable children.

They took part in the Barnardos Big Toddle which this year has the theme of ’Community Helpers’.

Barnardos currently works with just under 18,000 children and families across Ireland and the funds raised will support Barnardos Early Years services.

“This year, Currow Play School turns 25 and we have been taking part in Barnardos Big Toddle since 2006, which is 18 years of toddling in aid of vulnerable children,” Catherine Fleming form Currow Play School said.
“Our toddle is a highlight for the children and the team every year. It’s fantastic to get the little ones involved in something so worthwhile at a young age, it’s always a great day of fun. Barnardos provides a huge number of services in communities across Ireland, but these can only continue with help from the public. The toddle runs throughout June so I would implore anyone with toddlers or wobblers at home to sign up for Barnardos Big Toddle supported by Pipin Pear today.”

Anyone wishing to take part can register today at www.barnardos.ie/bigtoddle.  

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