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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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Therapy dog begins first day of school

By Michelle Crean A four-month-old puppy is the latest addition to school life at one local secondary school and his homework is to help students and staff. On Wednesday, there was great excitement as therapy dog Zoomer joined the school community at St Brigid’s on New Road – the second post primary school in the county […]

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A four-month-old puppy is the latest addition to school life at one local secondary school and his homework is to help students and staff.

On Wednesday, there was great excitement as therapy dog Zoomer joined the school community at St Brigid’s on New Road – the second post primary school in the county to welcome such a dog.

It’s part of the My Canine Companion (MCC) charity which has a number of therapy dogs in schools across the country.

Deirdre Horgan from MCC paid a visit to schools looking for families for the charity’s socialisation programme. ​​​​​​

Zoomer is a mix of a sheepdog and a poodle and Deirdre’s dog Fifi is his mother.

In May Fifi had 10 puppies all named with the letter ‘z’. Just recently Fossa National School welcomed Zoomer’s sister Zazu to their classrooms, and puppy Zoro went to the CBS in Tralee.

The dogs not only provide comfort and support to pupils and students with Autism but to all in the school.

“There is an increasing body of research to support the benefit of a dog in school,” Ber O’Connor, a teacher in St Brigid’s, said.

Zoomer will be under the guidance of Ms O’Connor and some Transition Year students who will undertake a specific training programme for the therapy dog.

“The dog will be based in different rooms around the school but will have a timetable of interactions. We hope Zoomer settles in well and brings joy to many of our students lives. You can follow all the updates of Zoomer’s life on Instagram by following @zoomersbk or his TikTok account ‘zoomerthepuppy’.

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Brian James secures much sought after award

A local business is celebrating receiving a very special accolade – beating off stiff competition from UK and Irish retailers – by taking home the title of ‘Menswear Independent of the Year 2021’. Brian James, whose business is located on Main Street, secured the award at the internationally acclaimed Drapers Independents Awards in London last […]

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A local business is celebrating receiving a very special accolade – beating off stiff competition from UK and Irish retailers – by taking home the title of ‘Menswear Independent of the Year 2021’.

Brian James, whose business is located on Main Street, secured the award at the internationally acclaimed Drapers Independents Awards in London last week.

The highly respected and sought after Drapers Awards celebrate the very best of independent fashion retail and Brian James saw off exceptionally tough competition from other menswear stores to bring home this much coveted award.

Brian James were announced the winners at a celebratory luncheon in The Hilton London Bankside amongst fashion industry leaders and were presented with the iconic Drapers mannequin bust to much applause.

Commenting that Brian James has been a destination for fashion-conscious shoppers for more than 15 years, the judges praised Brian James’ strong “roster of brands” and said that it “offers an aspirational experience in Killarney”.

“Killarney is an incredible town to trade in – it is a brand in itself, offers the best of everything to those that are lucky to live here and an unbeatable experience for those that visit,” Brian O’Shea, who founded and runs Brian James for the last 15 years, said. “This award recognises Brian James and Killarney as a superior shopping destination town. Brian James and the other superb retailers in Killarney are an important piece of the jigsaw – the Park, the lakes and mountains, the hotels, restaurants and bars… it is the whole picture which guarantees the experience is first class.”

He added that his team are a key element of the experience at Brian James.

“My sincere thanks go to each of the team as without them we could not provide the customer experience and service we aim to ensure each and every time. Brian James’ success is also down to the partnerships we have developed over time with key international brands. On the store itself, of course we have relocated to our new super store on Main Street and more than doubled our floor space. Although it has been great to be able to design and create this stunning space to enhance the customer experience, it also allowed us to add more brands to our menswear mix. This year we will have added Hugo Boss and Eden Park to our familiar brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Gant, Barbour, Bugatti and Farah. The new space also plays host to ladies collections from Tommy Jeans, Calvin Klein, Diesel and Superdry and this is an exciting new element we are really enjoying too!”

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