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Toyota’s Killarney roadshow a big success

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Kellihers Garage has described its Killarney open day as an “outstanding success”.

DEMO: Mags Kenny Tim Kelliher (Dealer Principal) Jack Watkinson Margaret O'Mahony and Tom Kenny at the Kellihers Garage Toyota open day at The Gleneagle Hotel on Sunday. Photo: Eamonn Keogh

ROADSHOW: Tim Kelliher (Dealer Principal) showing a Toyota Yaris Cross Hybrid to Paddy and Bernie O'Sullivan Muckross Killarney at the Kellihers Garage Toyota open day at The Gleneagle Hotel Killarney on Sunday. Photo: Eamonn Keogh

NEW CAR: Tim Kelliher (Dealer Principal) showing a Toyota Rav 4 Hybrid to Kuba Jedyczowskif Denis Murphy and Sinead McCarthy at the Kellihers Garage Toyota open day at The Gleneagle Hotel on Sunday. Photo: Eamonn Keogh

TEST DRIVE: Linda Doona testing a Toyota Rav 4 Hybrid at the Kellihers Garage Toyota hybrid open day at The Gleneagle Hotel on Sunday. Photo: Eamonn Keogh

The Tralee-based garage was recently announced as the sole Toyota dealer for County Kerry.

On Sunday the family run garage organised a Toyota roadshow and open day at the Gleneagle Hotel so they could introduce themselves to their new customer base in Killarney.

The full range of 2022 Toyota cars were on display including the star of the show – Yaris Gazoo Racing – which dealer principal Tim Kelliher described “as a true classic of modern motoring with performance to beat a Ferrari with its diminutive 1.6 petrol engine”.

Mr Kelliher said that he and his five staff “were busy all day” and “surprised at the number people that turned up”.

So surprised in fact, that he apologised to the people he did not get a chance to speak to on Sunday.

“To everybody who called into the Gleneagle on Sunday, a huge thank you for what was a fantastic day for Kellihers, sincere apologies that we didn't get to talk to everybody,” he said. “We started to set up around 7am, and from before nine we had a constant flow of people up to 4.30pm or 5pm.”

Over the weekend Kellihers also announced a five-year associate sponsorship deal with Kerry GAA.

“The Kellihers love Kerry GAA, both hurling and football,” he added. “I remember going to the games in Croke Park in the 1970s and we [as a family] remain avid supporters of local GAA since.”

Everyone who participated in a Toyota test drive over the weekend is entered into a draw to win €2,000 off their new Toyota purchase.

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No spare change – no problem, as charity embraces new technology

By Sean Moriarty With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier. For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank […]

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With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier.

For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank card to make a donation.

The Society’s annual churchgate collection will be held on the weekend of December 11/12 at places of worship in the town and surrounding areas. This year’s collection has be renamed as ‘Giving Sunday’ and makes a return after the pandemic forced the cancellation of last year’s fundraiser.

“We are moving towards a cashless society,” explained Killarney Conference President Breda O’Dwyer. “You can tap and swipe your card to make a donation.”

Breda added that they are hoping to have the buckets ready by next week in time for the collection.

She said the local conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society has seen a marked increase in the number of families it is helping mainly caused by the increase in the cost of fuel and home heating products.

The annual St Vincent De Paul Society’s Christmas Jumper Day, in association with Radio Kerry is scheduled for December 10.

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SURVEY: Locals are reducing their social contacts

It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week. An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their […]

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It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week.

An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their level of contacts with people.

Interestingly, 37.10% of people had made no change to their lifestyle, but they could have been extra cautious already.

A tiny minority – just 1.61% – said they increased their social contacts over the last week.

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