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The Killarney Advertiser, in conjunction with the Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce and the Killarney Town Retail Association, have just launched a new campaign to create awareness and support for small local businesses that are dealing with a challenging trading environment.

Speaking at the launch this week, Killarney Advertiser's Chris Davies said, “We are not going to be able to solve all of the different challenges our local businesses are facing but as consumers we can make a difference by making a conscious effort to shop locally when we can. We know that when we spend locally, we are keeping money circulating within the community, supporting local jobs, strengthening the local economy and protecting the character of our town”.

When discussing challenges posed by big discounters and the lure of online Chris added, "of course, you might find lower prices online sometimes but consider the hidden costs of neglecting the small independent retailer. Those savings often come at the expense of local jobs, unique offerings, and a vibrant community. When you shop local, your money stays local, supporting your neighbours, friends, and families”.

Over the coming weeks and months the Killarney Advertiser will be highlighting some of the many great small businesses in town with a business spotlight feature. We are encouraging our readers to get to know the faces behind these businesses and to remember them when doing their weekly shop, buying gifts or shopping for clothes.

As one business owner said in response to our recent business survey, "Talk to the business owner, tell them what you’re paying online and ask if can they match it? It might be that small little boost they need"

“More than just shopping outlets, these businesses are never found wanting when it comes to sponsoring local events, supporting charity fundraisers, and backing sports clubs and projects. When they thrive, so does our town”, Chris added. 

William Sheahan represents members of the Killarney Town Retail Associaton in his role as chairperson. Speaking about the new shop local campaign this week he said “Killarney Town Retailers Association (KTRA) welcomes the initiative shown by Killarney Advertiser in creating a Shop Local Campaign for our town. Hopefully, through this campaign we can remind people of all that is good about our town centre shops from butchers to footwear, fashion to fragrances - our town centre has a huge amount to offer both locals & tourists alike. We hope to roll out a number of initiatives this year to drive more people to our town centre”.

Bridget O’ Keefe, Senior Executive with the Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, also welcomed the campaign adding, “The Chamber is delighted to be a part of the new campaign which will shed a light on Killarney's fantastic retail offering".

Killarney Advertiser owner Cormac Casey concluded, "Killarney has some fantastic, long-standing small businesses in town, many of which we have built up great relationships with down through the years. The success of the Killarney Advertiser was built on the support of local businesses so we are delighted to launch this campaign to raise awareness around the importance of supporting the local economy. 

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Corcoran’s Furniture walk raises €12k for autism charity

Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland There were 37 participants in the event, which included […]

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Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland

There were 37 participants in the event, which included AADI families, dogs, and representatives, as well as fundraisers, supporters, and members of the Corcoran’s team. The stars of the day were the three life-changing super-hero dogs, Buzz, Baron and Hank.

Former Kerry Footballer, James O’ Donoghue, was the ambassador for the event
Those taking part left Ross Castle and were treated to a phenomenal boat ride in the expert hands of Diarmuid ‘Dux’ O’Donoghue of Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours. The O’Donoghue family entertained the entire group with a range of fascinating stories outlining the history of the lakes of Killarney and Killarney National Park.

The group set out from Lord Brandon’s Cottage and walked the 11K through the iconic Gap of Dunloe, with two AADI families and their dogs taking part in the full walk. This was followed by a well-deserved meal and some rest and relaxation at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. Flemings Taxi’s Killarney brought the group back to Ross Castle, Killarney upon completion of the event.

“On behalf of everybody at Corcoran’s Furniture, we would like to thank everybody who participated in our Gap of Dunloe charity event on behalf of AADI,” said Shane O’ Callaghan, Financial Controller atCorcoran’s.

“Collectively we have raised almost €12,000 for this incredible charity and monies are still coming in. We are extremely grateful to all who supported our walk, and also to James O’ Donoghue, Christina Tagney, the Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours, the fantastic support of Noel Lucey and Donal McCarthy from the Order Of Malta, Killarney branch, and to Killarney National Park, Kate Kearney’s Cottage and Fleming’s Taxi’s. All funds raised will go toward the expert training and maintenance of the upcoming AADI dogs who will make a dramatic difference to so many children with Autism and their families.”

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Summer of song with Grace Foley

Killarney singer Grace Foley is launching a summer series of concerts in Anam House Arts and Cultural Centre on Saturday night. ‘Storyteller’ is a series of intimate, one woman performances […]

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Killarney singer Grace Foley is launching a summer series of concerts in Anam House Arts and Cultural Centre on Saturday night.

‘Storyteller’ is a series of intimate, one woman performances that will be given by Foley during the summer months.

The first of the performances takes place this Saturday 7pm and will feature the songs and stories of well-known singers including Dolly Parton, ABBA, and an array of Irish artists as well as a selection of poems and famous quotes.

“It promises to be a lovely evening,” she said. “This the first of three performances.”

Tickets are €10 and will be available on the night. The performance is approximately one hour long.

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