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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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Students awarded for their contribution to school life

By Michelle Crean Students were honoured for their contribution to school life this week during a special end of year awards ceremony. Held in the school gym on Wednesday afternoon, […]

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By Michelle Crean

Students were honoured for their contribution to school life this week during a special end of year awards ceremony.

Held in the school gym on Wednesday afternoon, the students from St Brigid’s Presentation were presented with a variety of awards from sport to science, music and visual art while Sixth Year student Saoirse Coffey received the Orla Benson Award.

“During this school year, our students have showcased their brilliance and extensive talents,” teacher Adrienne Brosnan, said.

“We are all so proud of these outstanding achievements across all aspects of school life. Awards day is a truly special occasion for all members of the St Brigid’s community and one which we relish the opportunity to celebrate. It is a time of anticipation, a time of excitement and a time of great joy. The awards that are presented are a testament to that dedication and we also acknowledge all the great work that is done by the teachers here in St Brigid’s.”

Sixth Year students also said their final goodbyes ahead of their State exams next month.

“We wish them the best of luck as they spread their wings and leave the shelter of St Brigid’s for the beginning of a new adventure.”

AWARD WINNERS

Other awards winners were:

Anna Dunlea received the Contribution to Graphics award while Leah Vinluan got the Design and Communication Graphics award.

Clodagh O’Connor and Sarah O’Sullivan both received the Contribution to Visual Art award.

Abbie Finan was awarded Soccer: Player of the Year, Chloe Hue Senior Football: Player of the Year, Emily Buckley 1st Year Football: Player of the Year, Abbey Cronin 2nd Year Football: Player of the Year, and Andrea Murphy Junior Football; Player of the Year, Senior Basketball: Most Valued Player went to Tara Donnellan, the Minor Basketball: Most Valued Player was given to Ciara O’Sullivan and the Cadette Basketball: Most Valued Player went to Leah McMahon.

Kara Huggard earned herself the LCA Student of the Year, Sarah McGrath received the CEIST Award, Excellence in Science was awarded to Emma Myers and Jennie O’Mahony, while Rita Akhter received the Overall Contribution to STEM.

Bríd O’Connor who wrote the book Spark presented Saoirse O’Sullivan with the Outstanding Achievements in Music award.

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Businesses face closure due to staff shortages

Hospitality sector businesses might have to close a few days a week to off-set staff shortages. Fáilte Ireland last week launched a recruitment drive to attract part-time workers into hospitality […]

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Hospitality sector businesses might have to close a few days a week to off-set staff shortages.

Fáilte Ireland last week launched a recruitment drive to attract part-time workers into hospitality and tourism roles, where it is estimated that there is as much as a 40,000 shortage in such roles for the peak summer season.

Damien McCarthy of HR Consultancy firm HR Buddy, founded in Killarney but now based in the RDI Hub in Killorglin, said that workers are losing out due to a more cashless society.

“Hospitality businesses may have to consider shutting their doors or decreasing their operational hours during the peak summer season as many businesses such as bars, restaurants, cafes, B&Bs and hotels are struggling to find staff for the demand. The industry is suffering over these few current weeks in particular as many part-time student workers are not available due to college and Leaving Cert exams. This shows how dependant the industry has become on young student workers,” he said.

“Many service industry workers choose part-time or casual work in hospitality roles because of the tip bonus, but this has even been impacted negatively now as most tips are taxed because they are coming in electronically. The worker is losing out and this key attraction tool that existed when we were a more cash orientated society in pre-pandemic times, is now gone.”

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