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The buzz is back in town as pubs and restaurants reopen

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PROUD: Tadhg Gallivan, Anna Maria Gallivan and Ruby Greene said there was a great to see the buzz around. “We’re so proud of Killarney the way it bounced back so well. It’s nice to see all the people around and of course we had to visit Reidy’s.”

Words and photos: Grigoriy Geniyevskiy

Bank Holiday Monday is a day which will be marked in the history books – as pubs, bars and restaurants reopened up for outdoor dining – after months of COVID closures.

There was relief all around and the date is another step back to normality for the country and especially Killarney town.

There was a good atmosphere in various business premises as locals and visitors enjoyed the good weather and a pint or two of their favourite beverage.

Indoor dining will not be available until next month, however that didn’t stop many of the pubs and restaurants in Killarney from opening with all the outside gardens, streets and accommodated facilities.

The Killarney Advertiser was out and about and caught up with business owners who said that they were very happy and relieved to be back doing what they do best.

Brian Murphy of Courtney’s Bar said that they were “delighted to be back”.

“I’m looking forward to the next phase of reopening,” he said.

Niamh Sheahan from Reidys added that she’s also “delighted” to be reopened and to welcome back her customers and teams.

“We have new food and new cocktail menus.”

Sinead Sheahan from the Porterhouse couldn’t contain her happiness saying that it was “great to see everyone back and to see a good buzz in town”.

Kate O’Leary from The Laurels Pub & Restaurant additionally commented that it was “lovely to be open and see our customers again”.

“A huge thanks to our team that stayed with us and were instrumental in developing the back yard,” Kate said.

Visitors included Donal, Billy, Breda and Clodagh Shanahan who travelled from Cork on a day trip.

“We’re from Cork so it was great to stop somewhere like K-Town and get something to eat. It’s fantastic to get a great meal in Killarney.”

Also enjoying K-Town were Sinead Griffin, Colleen Breen, Jane Shanahan, and Megan Fitzgerald who collectively said that it was “great to be back to normality”.

“We’re excited to meet up with friends for some food and drinks and to see lovely faces.”

All the way from Blarney to Killarney were Derry and Geraldine O’Keefe who stopped by The Laurels.

“It’s great to be back in Kerry and Killarney. The atmosphere is what we have been missing all along.”

LIFE AND SOUL: Kevin Booth, Niall Kelly, Laura Kelly, Catherine Malone pictured at Reidy’s who said it was nice to see the life back in town again.
BUZZ: Kamilla Fudyma and Sinead Sheahan from the Porterhouse said it was great to see everyone back and to see a good buzz in town.
FROM BLARNEY TO KILLARNEY: Derry and Geraldine O’Keefe from Blarney pictured enjoying their drinks at The Laurels.
NORMALITY: Bernie Kelliher, Niamh O’Donoghue, Kevin Kelliher, Shane Looney, Siobhan Enfield, Nichole Donovan at The Laurels said it was “unreal” to be back to normality.
RELAXED: Sinead Griffin, Colleen Breen, Jane Shanahan, and Megan Fitzgerald outside K-Town as they wait to meet up with friends for a meal.
WE’RE BACK: Courtney’s Niall Woulfe and Brian Murphy are also delighted to be back and said that they are looking forward to the next phase of reopening.
DAY TRIP: Donal Shanahan, Billy Shanahan, Breda Shanahan and Clodagh Shanahan stopped by from Cork for a meal and a visit.
VISITORS: Claudia Cosme, Andoni Atondo, Marga Wadros, Rebeca Solana, Lorena Girona, Jose Luiscaceres all enjoying a few drinks at Courtneys on their visit to Killarney from Dublin.

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Laura’s new look for Leaving Cert

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NEW LOOK: Laura Cronin, who is currently sitting her Leaving Cert, cut 14 inches off her hair for The Rapunzel Foundation.

By Michelle Crean

Rathmore’s Laura Cronin headed into her Leaving Cert exams this week with a whole new look after transforming her hairstyle for charity.

Laura, daughter of Una and Donal from Rathbeg, cut 14 inches off her hair for The Rapunzel Foundation.

As her long locks didn’t get cut over the last year Laura decided to get a good chop in Katelynn’s Hair Design in Rathmore instead, and use the left over hair to create wigs for sick children.

“I thought, rather than trim it I’d cut a lot off,” Laura, who hopes to study pharmacy in college, told the Killarney Advertiser. “I wanted to cut off a lot of it, I was sick of long hair. I said that if there’d be enough I’d donate it as it’d be a shame to see it on the floor.”

Laura said that hopefully it can make a child happy if it allows them to receive a specially made wig for their First Holy Communion, or a similar occasion.

“I’d encourage anyone who has long hair to think about what they could do with it.”

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€1m upgrade for Killarney store

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INVESTMENT: DV8 have invested €1m to update their store in the Killarney Outlet Centre. Pictured at the reopening were staff members: Clodagh McCarthy (Store Manager), Lorraine McGough (Assistant Manager), Anuka Altanson and Sarah Murphy. Photo: Don MacMonagle

A popular Killarney fashion shop, which reopened last week, securing up to 15 jobs, has had a facelift after a €1 million investment.

Leading fashion retailer DV8, which has a network of over 50 stores across Ireland, reopened its 4,000 square feet store in the Killarney Outlet Centre.

And customers admired the new look.

DV8 sells over 40 top fashion clothing brands as well as footwear and accessories in its stores and online at www.dv8fashion.com. The hip fashion house is well-known for its uber cool shop interiors and has dedicated customers across Ireland and the UK.

“We are delighted to be reopening our new store in Killarney and confident it will compliment the existing retail offering in the town, with DV8’s unique range of male and female clothing and footwear,” David Scott from DV8 said.

“We think local shoppers will enjoy the DV8 experience, including the top fashion brands and excellent customer service.”

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Kodaline to play stripped down Killarney gig

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By Michelle Crean

One of Ireland’s best known bands – who have had their recently released studio album streamed more than 60 million times – as well as reached 100 million YouTube views – are set to come to Killarney.

Kodaline will play their first ever stripped down fully acoustic tour on December 4 in the Gleneagle INEC Arena, which is part of a nationwide tour across the country.

Tickets went on sale yesterday (Friday) from the www.inec.ie.

‘One Day At A Time’ is the band’s fourth album, and adds a new chapter to a career that has already encompassed three number 1 albums in Ireland, two Top 5 albums in the UK, and more than a billion streams at Spotify. Kodaline approached the album with a streamlined process that took them back to their roots. The majority of the sessions revolved around the four band members alone in their modest recording space in Dublin, with bassist Jason Boland leading the production side of things.

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In 2019, Kodaline played some of the biggest shows of their career. At home in Dublin they sold-out two huge outdoor shows at St Anne’s Park, while a 10-date UK tour culminated with a packed show at London’s historic Roundhouse. Further afield, they hit festivals including Lollapalooza, Benicàssim and Open’er before becoming the first Irish band to headline the massive NH7 Weekender in Pune, India. Their extensive touring throughout Asia also included a headline set at Monsoon Music Festival in Vietnam plus dates in China, Japan, South Korea, The Phillippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan and Singapore.

“We’re excited to do our first ever stripped down fully acoustic tour, it’s something we’ve wanted to do for a long time and something that’s gonna be very special for us. Hope to see you guys there,” the band said.

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