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TOY DONATION: Eilish O'Riordan, Enterprise Teacher and LCA Enterprise class will donate toys to the Adapt Women's Refuge, Tralee and the Homeless Shelter.

By Michelle Crean

It seems that kindness is exuding out of local students as the festive season gets closer and the girls in St Brigid's want to see everyone happy after such a tough year.

Not only have the Leaving Cert Applied (LVA) students instigated not one - but two - acts of kindness, Third Years have also got in on the act, as well as others who are, this November, remembering those who have died.

Following a conversation with their teacher Eilish O'Riordan one afternoon, LCA girls were inspired to help others.

They launched a Christmas card competition throughout the whole school, and to be totally inclusive a winner will be chosen from each year as part of the pack of cards which will be on sale shortly. With funding raised the girls plan to make up hampers for the elderly in Killarney Community Nursing Unit.

However, that's not all they're doing, as they have also been thinking about the younger generation who have also had a tough year, many of whom may have parents who lost jobs or have had reduced hours due to COVID. So, the girls decided to use their own money and buy toys which were then donated to Garda Mary Gardiner in Tralee Garda Station who will drop them to the Adapt Women’s Refuge and Homeless Shelter.

"It came up as a topic in the classroom one afternoon," teacher Eilish O'Riordan said. "We saw an appeal on the Kerry Acts of Kindness Facebook page. The girls are brilliant, they instigated this themselves and even bought the toys with their own money. We got a lovely email from Mary Gardiner thanking us."

Third year students also believe in helping others in the local community by supporting the SVP Christmas Food Appeal. They donated non-perishable festive food items to help families and individuals enjoy an extra-special Christmas season.

And with November a time for remembering and praying for loved ones each student in the school was given a leaf to remember a person close to them that has passed and two giant trees were created.

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Relief as indoor dining finally resumes

By Michelle Crean After almost 500 days of closures the sense of relief was evident this week as restaurants, cafés and bars were finally allowed to welcome customers back in. Some had reopened for outdoor dining previously to help keep their businesses afloat but it was back to normal on Monday. According to the new […]

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By Michelle Crean

After almost 500 days of closures the sense of relief was evident this week as restaurants, cafés and bars were finally allowed to welcome customers back in.

Some had reopened for outdoor dining previously to help keep their businesses afloat but it was back to normal on Monday.

According to the new rules as set out by Fáilte Ireland and the Government, in order for customers to access indoor service, they must show proof that they are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months. Those who are not yet vaccinated can only be served outside.

A maximum of six people aged 13 and over are allowed per table and it’s advised that face coverings be worn when not at the table, there is no time limit, customers can only eat or drink at a table and not at the bar or counter, and one person must give their details for contract tracing purposes. Live music and dancing is not allowed.

The Killarney Advertiser spoke to a number of businesses this week and overall the feeling was relief that they can finally get back to normal service but the issue of staffing still remains.

Brian Murphy from Courtney’s Bar said he was feeling nervous.

“I’m feeling nervous as we don’t have enough staff,” he said. “It’s a Monday so hopefully we can cope. Things will settle down and we’ll find a level we are all happy with.”

At the Porterhouse Restaurant Lee O’Callaghan said “It’s great to be back open and have people coming into the restaurant”.

“Hopefully we have a long season after being closed for so long.”

Staff at Reidy’s, Ellen Shannon, Rory Carroll and Jack Sweeney, added that they’re delighted to return to indoor dining.

“Hopefully we get back to normal soon and to brighter days ahead.”

At Jimmy Brien’s Bar in Fair Hill, customers echoed the same sentiments about being finally open.

“We are delighted to be back,” Danjoe Aherne said.

“We appreciate everything Alan Breen has done for us. We’re glad to be back home again!” Charlie Buckingham said.

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Time to get your skates on!

By Sean Moriarty People of Killarney are being urged to have their say on a new skateboard park before next week’s deadline. A public consultation on the project has been launched by Kerry County Council. Cllr Donal Grady, who first put forward the idea of a Killarney skateboard park in 2018, is urging the people […]

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By Sean Moriarty

People of Killarney are being urged to have their say on a new skateboard park before next week’s deadline.

A public consultation on the project has been launched by Kerry County Council.

Cllr Donal Grady, who first put forward the idea of a Killarney skateboard park in 2018, is urging the people of the town to have their say.

It is proposed to build the park on land adjacent to the Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre with help and support from the KDYS.

“In 2017 a group of skateboard enthusiasts approached me, they had no designated safe area to enjoy their sport. Sport is vital for youths, stakeboarding increases metabolism, improves balance and enhances coordination use,” Cllr Grady told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Skateboarding is now an Olympic sport. I commend Kerry County Council, management, engineers and the planning team for getting the project to this stage, it’s now up to the people of Killarney to have their say. It’s vital positive submissions are lodged by Wednesday, August 25,”

Submissions can be lodged to the Playground Unit, Finance Dept, Kerry County Council.

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