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Supercar road trip to roll into town this Saturday

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A stunning fleet of Supercars is set to roll into Killarney town this coming Saturday evening.

The two-day Bumblebee 1000 VIP Drive, which is raising funds for the Little Blue Hero’s garda charity, will set out from Straffan in County Kildare on Saturday morning.

After stops in Adare and Abbeyfeale County Limerick, the high powered cavalcade will arrive in Killarney at around 5.30pm.

Members of the public will be able to get up close and personal with a fleet of amazing cars like Lamborghinis, McLarens, Bentleys, American muscle cars, Nissan GTRs, Audi Supercars, an AMG Mercedes and Jaguars at the overnight halt at the Gleneagle Hotel.

“Bumblebee 1000 are working with the superb Little Blue Hero’s charity, a not-for-profit charity operated entirely by Garda members and staff. It aims to help families in need from local communities in Ireland who have children undergoing long-term medical treatment for serious illness. Little Blue Hero’s representatives will be present throughout this event,” said event ambassador and social media comedian Al Foran.

On Sunday morning the cars will go on display at the Gleneagle Hotel from 9am to 10.30am before setting off for Tralee arriving at the Inver Petrol Station Castlemaine Road at approximately 11am.

From there, this gallery of automotive artwork will head to Dingle via the spectacular climb up to Conor Pass and will finish the tour at the Dingle Skellig Hotel at 1.30pm.

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Killarney hotels are still open for business

By Sean Moriarty Only a few of the town’s 37 hotels are homing displaced people – according to Bernadette Randles, chair of the Kerry branch of the Irish Hotel Federation. […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Only a few of the town’s 37 hotels are homing displaced people – according to Bernadette Randles, chair of the Kerry branch of the Irish Hotel Federation.

This week she said that there’s still accommodation to be found in Killarney for visitors.

She was speaking in relation to the current accommodation situation facing International Protection Applicants and Ukrainian war refugees.

She explained that there is a perception that Killarney has taken in too many refugees and that it is putting the tourism industry at risk as people are starting to think that the town is at full capacity.

“If you can’t get a room in Killarney there is something wrong,” she said. “Maybe with the exception of New Year’s Eve.”

She added that hotels that are providing emergency accommodation are helping off-season unemployment.

Many hotels remain in survival mode after two years of pandemic turmoil and the additional off season business is important, she explained.

“Many could be closed at this time of the year, others would not be operating at full capacity,” she added.

However, she warned the Government needs to put a plan in place before the tourism season starts next year. Some hotels offering emergency accommodation either have a three or six month contract.

“I can see there will be tears next April – the Government must have a long-term plan,” she said.

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Homing refugees worth almost €14m

By Sean Moriarty Hotels, B&Bs and other accommodation suppliers in the Killarney area have secured contracts in excess of €13 million to accommodate Ukraine war refugees. The Department of Children, […]

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Hotels, B&Bs and other accommodation suppliers in the Killarney area have secured contracts in excess of €13 million to accommodate Ukraine war refugees.

The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth released figures to the Killarney Advertiser.

Documents show that contracts totalling €13,852,255.00 are being shared between 13 premises in the Killarney urban area.

However, the department warned these figures are “indicative” only and the full value of the contracts depends on “occupancy and actual usage”.

The Eviston Hotel has secured a contract worth €5,727,590.00, the Innisfallen Hotel in Fossa for €2,404,620.00 and The Hotel Killarney signed a deal worth €1,701,000.00. These are the three biggest contracts published in the documentation.

This is only the tip of the iceberg, and Department officials say more contracts could come on stream. Figures seen by the Killarney Advertiser only cover contracted premises up to the end of September this year and updated figures are only released every three months.

“We are in contract with far more, but the formal exchange of contracts can take place sometime after the service commences,” a department spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth is obliged to publish a list of contracts formally signed off each quarter that have been awarded under a special EU Derogation that permits the Department to enter into contracts in the context of the Ukraine accommodation crisis without going to formal tender.

“The values of the contracts shown are estimates; the actual value materialises upon occupancy and actual usage. Standard contracts have no-fault break clauses available to both parties so again, the figures are indicative rather than actual.”

These figures only cover Ukrainian refugees fleeing the war and do not include International Protection Applicants.

The Department refused to release International Protection Applicant figures to the Killarney Advertiser.

“The International Protection Applicant accommodation contract information is commercially sensitive information and is not available,” added the Department spokesperson.

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