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Tim Jones supports ‘Shop Local’ with hamper giveaway

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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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NPWS survey to find out impact of fires

By Michelle Crean The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April. The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find […]

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By Michelle Crean

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April.

The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find out the biological impacts of the fires in the 26,000 acre park.

The fires in April burned from Friday night on April 23 until around 12pm the following Monday when they were finally brought under control.

Parts of the Park were scorched resulting in flora and fauna being wiped out. Some fires came as close as 10 metres to a church and school in the Black Valley area.

Fires raged near Tomies Wood and fire crews from five different districts quenched fires near the properties under threat. A real threat was for The Oak Woods but fire fighters managed to avert danger.

The fire is believed to have begun on the Kenmare Road area escalated by the strong winds.

“The purpose of this tender is to commission a comprehensive survey of the impacts, and the chrono-sequence of fire recovery or otherwise, on lands burned over the past four decades, as well as surveys in unburned areas, in order to assess the biological impacts of the fires, in particular the fire of April 2021, on the biodiversity of Killarney National Park,” an NPWS spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Killarney spin will bring comfort to patients

By Michelle Crean Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town. Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22. This year due to COVID […]

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Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town.

Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22.

This year due to COVID restrictions the 54321 team will run with two teams of five people, all female – who are raising funds for one single charity – Comfort for Chemo Kerry.

Their four day challenge will include a cycle the Ring of Kerry on day one (Thursday 19), a climb up Carrantuohil on day two (Friday 20), a cycle from Killarney to the foot of Cnoc Na Tobair and then climb Cnoc Na Tobair on day three (Saturday 21) finishing off with a cycle of the Skellig Ring on day four (Sunday 22).

In advance of the ninth annual challenge they will first participate in the spinathons at various locations to help raise much needed funds for this year’s chosen charity.

The first of the spinathons will take place on Saturday, July 31 in Listowel, Killorglin, Dingle, Cahersiveen. On the day volunteers will take to the spinning bikes from 10am to 5pm in different locations around these towns.
This will be followed by Killarney on Sunday, August 15, and Tralee on Saturday, August 28.

When choosing this year’s charity, organisers contacted a past participant and a dear friend, Mairead Dunphy from Glencar who is currently on her own journey with cancer.

“We wanted to show our support to Mairead and knowing that she would like to support those who have supported her on her journey so far, she had already being looking at ideas to raise much needed funds for Comfort for Chemo Kerry,” TJ O’Connor said.

“Please support Comfort for Chemo Kerry by giving what you can.”

For more information about the spinathons go to www.54321challenge.org or the Comfort for Chemo Kerry Facebook page for online donation information.

There’s also a GoFundMe page: ‘Comfort for Chemo Kerry – 54321 Challenge 2021’ which has a €20,000 target set up.

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