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Tim Jones supports ‘Shop Local’ with hamper giveaway



WINNER: Linda Brennan, pictured with Tim Jones, has won the Tim Jones Family Butcher's Christmas hamper in association with the Killarney Advertiser.


Tim Jones Family Butchers has been operating in Killarney since 1991. Over the past number of years they have enjoyed modest growth and have expanded their business to two shops, one on Park Road, the other in the Innisfallen Mall. Tim supplies some of the finest restaurants, hotels and B&Bs in the Kerry region and when COVID-19 hit in March this side of the business was hit hard.

“Yes, it’s been a trying year for us, especially on that side of things, but it has been difficult for everyone in business and there’s no point getting down about it, we just put an extra focus on trying to support our loyal customers, ensuring they continue to get great quality meat at affordable prices,” Tim told the Killarney Advertiser.

Tim wanted to help ease the financial stress that comes with the festive season and came up with a novel idea to help customers spread the cost of their Christmas dinner.

“We went about setting up a system in-shop whereby the customer can fill out a Christmas order form. It’s very easy; they write down their details, tick off their selection of meat and away they go. Our customers have the option of paying up front or weekly in either shop. It’s great, the customers just pop in each week and pay off a small amount, by the time Christmas comes around we are all square and they are calling to collect a monster Christmas meat hamper. There is a bit of extra admin on our end but the reaction has been fantastic and customers really appreciate that kind of thing."

Tim Jones is well-known for his support of local sports clubs and other events in town and was delighted to get involved in The Killarney Advertiser's 'Shop Local' campaign. “It’s a great idea and it’s a bit of fun, shoppers are hopefully getting close to collecting all four coloured vouchers now and best of luck to them all in the big draw next week."

Thanks to Tim Jones Family Butchers and the Killarney Advertiser, Christmas has come early for one lucky family. Linda Brennan (pictured below) won our Facebook competition last week which was run to celebrate the launch of the campaign. Speaking to the Killarney Advertiser she said, “I have five men at home, my husband Andy and four sons, Arron (19), Darragh (16), Cian (13) and nine-year-old Luke, even they will have a job of getting through this amount of meat." Included in the hamper was a fresh turkey, half a green ham, a roast loin of pork joint, 2lb of sausages, 1lb of sausage meat, one black and white pudding, 1lb of rashers, a dozen eggs, and a 5kg bag of potatoes. Handing over the prize to Linda, Tim Jones said "it’s great the hamper was won by a big family because our hampers are jam packed this year, and as I often say to our customers – better to be looking at it rather than for it".

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Lee Strand awarded Gold in Sustainability Programme

Lee Strand was recognised once again for their exceptional performance and commitment to sustainability with Gold Membership at the Origin Green 2022 awards. Origin Green is Ireland’s food and drink […]




Lee Strand was recognised once again for their exceptional performance and commitment to sustainability with Gold Membership at the Origin Green 2022 awards.

Origin Green is Ireland’s food and drink sustainability programme led by Bord Bia – The Irish Food Board. Gold Membership is awarded to companies who demonstrate an exceptional annual performance on their sustainability targets.

“We are delighted Lee Strand is recognised once again with the prestigious Origin Green Gold Membership for our commitment to sustainability,” Gearoid Linnane, CEO said.

“In Lee Strand environmental management and sustainability are key elements of our business model, from launching 100% renewable cartons, to reducing water usage and energy efficiency. This is a great achievement by our sustainability team who are continually striving for higher levels of environmental excellence. We would also like to thank Veronica Kennelly from the Munster Technological University who assisted Lee Strand in the development of our Origin Green plan.”

Origin Green continues to evolve to ensure Bord Bia is helping Irish food and drink companies to remain up to date with the evolving needs of trade customers and their consumers, globally. With the introduction of the Origin Green credits system in early 2022, it is now easier to identify members who are performing at a high level or excelling in their sustainability performance.

To retain ongoing membership of Origin Green, companies must subsequently submit an annual review to demonstrate clear progress against the established targets and initiatives set. This annual review is subject to an independent third-party review by their verification authority Mabbett. This ensures minimum programme requirements are consistently met and maintained. Companies receive credits for their performance in areas such as raw material sourcing; water and energy efficiency; waste reduction; packaging; and social sustainability. Origin Green has established five different membership tiers based on company size and turnover, so that a real diversity of industry is reflected in the overall Gold Membership.


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Shock at the death of “wonderful community activist”

There was a great sense of shock over the weekend when new of the death of Yvonne Quill, a Tidy Towns champion and wonderful community activist, became known. Yvonne, from […]




There was a great sense of shock over the weekend when new of the death of Yvonne Quill, a Tidy Towns champion and wonderful community activist, became known.

Yvonne, from Barleymount and formerly of the Cafe, College Street, passed away following a short illness on Friday. Requiem Mass takes place this morning (Monday) at 11am in The Prince of Peace Church, Fossa, followed by burial in Aghadoe Lawn Cemetery.

Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce President Niall Kelleher said she will be very fondly remembered as an incredibly dedicated woman, a strong personality who led by example and spearheaded the town’s Tidy Towns committee with such passion for over 25 years.

He recalled that her proudest day was when, as chairperson of the Killarney Looking Good Committee, she inspired Killarney to the prestigious overall national award in 2011 which had proved so elusive prior to that.

“Yvonne led by example and she never asked anyone to do something she wouldn’t do herself. You would seldom see her without the yellow bib, playing her part and showing us all what needed to be done to give Killarney the edge,” Mr Kelleher said.

“While winning the overall prize was something special, Killarney has never been far from the top and it has won a gold medal almost every year which is testament to Yvonne’s great ability to organise, her steely determination and her unrivalled ability to rally the troops,” he added.

The Chamber President also remembered her as a great businesswoman, a master baker and confectioner whose café on College Street was a must-visit for a whole generation of Killarney people and visitors.

“Yvonne Quill has left a great legacy in her home town. We thank her for what she has done, we’ll remember her incredible work ethic and we’ll ensure her name will live on in Killarney by continuing the commitment to the Tidy Towns initiative.”

Johnny McGuire, a member of the executive of Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, who worked alongside Yvonne at the helm of the Tidy Towns committee, said she was a born leader who inspired the whole community and always led by example.

“Killarney would never have won the All-Ireland Tidy Towns award without her. She was the inspirational captain of the winning team. Yvonne worked night and day and, when it came to Tidy Towns, there was no downtime for her,” Mr McGuire said.

“Her commitment to the cause brought her into every school and every housing estate in Killarney. Working closely with the late Fr Michael Murphy, her great friend, Kathleen Foley, and others, they really put Killarney in contention for the top awards every year. The name Yvonne Quill was known and respected in Tidy Towns circles throughout the entire country – she really was a legend and everything she turned her hand to,
she succeeded. Killarney will miss her,” he added.

She will be deeply missed by her husband John, children Peter, Sandra and Sean, her son-in-law Peter, daughter-in-law Mairéad, grandchildren Anna, Jake, Ted, Abby and Luke, sister Angela Mulvey, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, and extended family, friends, neighbours and the community.

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