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Top chefs plan head-to-head battle in the County Cooking Championships tonight (Monday)

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CHEF'S BATTLE: The Kerry team taking part in the County Cooking Championships. Pictured are: Dan Moynihan from The Brehon, Bruce Mulcahy, Mulcahy's Kenmare, Sean Roche of Doyle's Dingle, Cyril Durand from The Dromhall Hotel and Craig Lynch from the Ballygarry House Hotel.

 

 

By Michelle Crean

 

Things will be hotting-up in the kitchen tonight (Monday) as teams of chefs from Kerry and Cork will go head-to-head in Killarney.

It’s the semi-final of the County Cooking Championships – and it all takes place locally in The Brehon Hotel, explained the chef behind the idea, Chad Byrne.

“This will be the first big culinary event for Kerry in 2020,” Chad told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have some of the best chefs in Cork and Kerry competing to cook the finest food representing their region and paying homage to local artisans, growers and producers. Through the championship, we want to highlight our Irish cultural heritage using local suppliers and highlighting old cooking styles with a modern approach.”

The night will begin with an epic cook-off battle, where the chefs go head-to-head in teams of five in front of one hundred diners as judges make their decision.

The theme of this competition will be based around two judges; Speciality Food Sustainability and Green Hospitality expert Conor Spacey who is currently starring in this season’s ‘Eco Eye’, along with Food Historian and McKenna’s Guide Person of the Year, Regina Sexton, Chad added.

The Kerry team is made up of Dan Moynihan from The Brehon, Bruce Mulcahy, Mulcahy’s Kenmare, Sean Roche of Doyle’s Dingle, Cyril Durand from The Dromhall Hotel and Craig Lynch from the Ballygarry House Hotel.

“There’s no barriers in the room with chefs cooking and serving for a totally immersive night. Only one team will go through to the Munster final which will be against either Limerick or Clare. It’s serious competition and serious chefs competing.”

The County Cooking Championship is also a great chance for chefs that may not know each other to come together and form new friendships and ideas, he added.

“We all learn from each other; the food, focus and fun helping our future chefs by giving them the right tools and attitude to succeed in our craft.”

“It’s a win-win for everyone! It’ll be an absolute cracker of a night for our diners and our chefs.”

 

 

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Relief as indoor dining finally resumes

By Michelle Crean After almost 500 days of closures the sense of relief was evident this week as restaurants, cafés and bars were finally allowed to welcome customers back in. Some had reopened for outdoor dining previously to help keep their businesses afloat but it was back to normal on Monday. According to the new […]

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By Michelle Crean

After almost 500 days of closures the sense of relief was evident this week as restaurants, cafés and bars were finally allowed to welcome customers back in.

Some had reopened for outdoor dining previously to help keep their businesses afloat but it was back to normal on Monday.

According to the new rules as set out by Fáilte Ireland and the Government, in order for customers to access indoor service, they must show proof that they are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months. Those who are not yet vaccinated can only be served outside.

A maximum of six people aged 13 and over are allowed per table and it’s advised that face coverings be worn when not at the table, there is no time limit, customers can only eat or drink at a table and not at the bar or counter, and one person must give their details for contract tracing purposes. Live music and dancing is not allowed.

The Killarney Advertiser spoke to a number of businesses this week and overall the feeling was relief that they can finally get back to normal service but the issue of staffing still remains.

Brian Murphy from Courtney’s Bar said he was feeling nervous.

“I’m feeling nervous as we don’t have enough staff,” he said. “It’s a Monday so hopefully we can cope. Things will settle down and we’ll find a level we are all happy with.”

At the Porterhouse Restaurant Lee O’Callaghan said “It’s great to be back open and have people coming into the restaurant”.

“Hopefully we have a long season after being closed for so long.”

Staff at Reidy’s, Ellen Shannon, Rory Carroll and Jack Sweeney, added that they’re delighted to return to indoor dining.

“Hopefully we get back to normal soon and to brighter days ahead.”

At Jimmy Brien’s Bar in Fair Hill, customers echoed the same sentiments about being finally open.

“We are delighted to be back,” Danjoe Aherne said.

“We appreciate everything Alan Breen has done for us. We’re glad to be back home again!” Charlie Buckingham said.

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Time to get your skates on!

By Sean Moriarty People of Killarney are being urged to have their say on a new skateboard park before next week’s deadline. A public consultation on the project has been launched by Kerry County Council. Cllr Donal Grady, who first put forward the idea of a Killarney skateboard park in 2018, is urging the people […]

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By Sean Moriarty

People of Killarney are being urged to have their say on a new skateboard park before next week’s deadline.

A public consultation on the project has been launched by Kerry County Council.

Cllr Donal Grady, who first put forward the idea of a Killarney skateboard park in 2018, is urging the people of the town to have their say.

It is proposed to build the park on land adjacent to the Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre with help and support from the KDYS.

“In 2017 a group of skateboard enthusiasts approached me, they had no designated safe area to enjoy their sport. Sport is vital for youths, stakeboarding increases metabolism, improves balance and enhances coordination use,” Cllr Grady told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Skateboarding is now an Olympic sport. I commend Kerry County Council, management, engineers and the planning team for getting the project to this stage, it’s now up to the people of Killarney to have their say. It’s vital positive submissions are lodged by Wednesday, August 25,”

Submissions can be lodged to the Playground Unit, Finance Dept, Kerry County Council.

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