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SINGING: Pupils from Kilcummin National School, pictured with Garda Brendan O'Donovan, gathered outside Our Lady of Lourdes Nursing Home to sing Christmas carols on Wednesday morning.

 

By Michelle Crean

Sounds of Christmas carols from young voices brought a huge sense of happiness to many in Our Lady of Lourdes Nursing Home this week.

Pupils from First and Second Class at Kilcummin National School gathered at a social distance outside the home and sang loud and proud on Wednesday morning as part of the An Garda Síochána 'Christmas Together' campaign.

The pupils were joined by the organiser, Garda Brendan O’Donovan, who collected cards created by the pupils of Kilcummin NS for the residents of the nursing home and other nursing homes in the Killarney area.

"We are encouraging families to drop presents for the residents and staff of the nursing homes in the Killarney vicinity, to Killarney Garda Station," principal Gillian Sheehan told the Killarney Advertiser.

"The cards and gifts will be dropped to the residents after undergoing a rigorous sanitising process by Garda Brendan and his colleagues at Killarney Garda Station. Thanks to Garda O'Donovan for his commitment to this festive community initiative. Thanks also to class teacher Miss McCarthy and SNA Teresa for organising the visit to the grounds of our neighbouring nursing home. We look forward to welcoming the residents back into the school in the future when it will be safe to do so. In the interim, we hope to help the An Garda Síochána 'Christmas Together' campaign with some outdoor, socially distanced, carol singing and music. Our senior pupils will spread some festive cheer to the residents of the Heather Lee Nursing Home with a short outdoor music session, thanks to teacher Mr Kelliher and Tony O’ Connor, Kilcummin Comhaltas, later this week. This event is weather dependent, so we are preparing a live Zoom session in the event that the clouds try to dampen festive spirits in Kilcummin!"

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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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