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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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Headford man’s 1948 Jaguar the star of car run

A staggering 157 classic and vintage cars and motorcycles took part in the 12th annual Car and Honda 50 Run, organised by Ballymac Vintage Club on Sunday. The O’Riada’s Bar […]

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A staggering 157 classic and vintage cars and motorcycles took part in the 12th annual Car and Honda 50 Run, organised by Ballymac Vintage Club on Sunday.

The O’Riada’s Bar and Restaurant-based event raised money for the nearby Glanageenty Walkways and followed a new for 2022 route via Ballymac, Raemore, Knocknagoshel, Brosna, and Mount Eagle before the finish line in the Mart Yard in Castleisland.

Gerard Healy from Knockysheehan, Headford, Killarney had the oldest cars on the run.

He has owned his 1948 Jaguar Mark 4 saloon for the last seven years.

“This car was manufactured in Coventry after World War Two,” he said. “And it was then shipped to Ireland in kit form to avoid high import duty on complete cars. It was reassembled in Dublin and painted emerald green. This is a Sligo car, the first owner was a Miss Teresa Ferry, it was very unusual for a lady to own a car in those days.”

The car was then sold to a vicar and then a soldier before, somehow, ending up in The Netherlands. There it underwent a full restoration in 1999.

Gerard bought the car from a restorer called Roberto Verboon.

“I was proud to bring the car back to Ireland,” he added.

Thanks to generous support from local businesses and sponsors including O’Riada’s and BG Motors over €500 worth of spot prizes were handed out on the day.

Listry’s Tony and Kay Darmody were prize winners after judges were impressed with their Hillman Minx Convertible.

George Carey from Tralee won the motorcycle award with his finely turned out 1986 Honda 90.

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White Tailed Sea Eagles released into Killarney National Park

By Sean Moriarty Four White-tailed Eagle chicks have been released into the wild in Killarney National Park. The National Park is one of three locations in Munster as well as Lough […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Four White-tailed Eagle chicks have been released into the wild in Killarney National Park.

The National Park is one of three locations in Munster as well as Lough Derg and the lower Shannon Estuary where a total of 16 of the once extinct in Ireland birds have been released in recent days.

On Friday last, An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin was in Tarbert where a number of eagles were released into the wild as part of a project to re-establish a population of this iconic species in Ireland.

This was followed by a further release today (Tuesday) in Killarney National Park by the Minister of State for Heritage, Malcolm Noonan, TD, accompanied by the Norwegian Ambassador, Mari Skåre.

Also in attendance were a group of visiting Norwegians who were responsible for the collection of the eagle nestlings in Norway earlier this year.

These white-tailed Eagle chicks arrived in Kerry Airport last month as part of a long-term wildlife reintroduction project.

The four eagle chicks brought to Killarney National Park have been held in special aviaries in a remote part of the Park where they have been carefully looked after by National Parks and Wildlife Service staff.

“It has been wonderful to watch the release of the magnificent White Tail Eagles collected in Norway. The friendship between the people of Norway and the people of Ireland runs deep. The eagles we see fly free and strong in their natural habitat here today are spreading their wings as a result of the voluntary work of so many,” said Ambassador Skåre.

“Biodiversity is essential for all life on Earth. Yet we are seeing an extremely rapid loss of species world-wide. Through joint efforts we can halt this decline.”

As in previous years, the young eagles were collected under licence in Norway by the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA) and co-workers. All the birds were fitted with satellite tags in Ireland to enable their progress to be followed and their integration into the existing Irish breeding population monitored.

One of the first pairs of White-tailed Eagles to breed in Ireland was in Killarney National Park in 2013 and the pair have remained in the Park since, once again fledging a chick this year. Their nest is in a tree on an inaccessible cliff, but visitors may be lucky and catch a glimpse of the eagles soaring over the mountains or catching fish in one of the Park’s many lakes.

As they mature, these chicks will join and strengthen the small Irish breeding population that has become established since the reintroduction programme began in 2007. So far, 47 young eagles from Norway have been released over the last two years.

FLYING HIGH: One of the White-tailed Eagle chicks released into the wild in Killarney National Park on Tuesday.
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