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Traffic management and the problems recruiting staff are the biggest post-pandemic issues facing businesses in Killarney, a major new survey has found.

A total 20.2% of respondents to a business sentiment survey undertaken by Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce cited traffic as a major concern and an identical number said finding staff was their main issue.

Other post COVID-19 challenges identified included providing adequate parking (15.5%), attracting international visitors following the various lockdowns (13.1%), cost issues (11.9%) and remaining competitive with online offerings (7.1%).

Interestingly, 57.8% of businesses surveyed said they had identified new business channels as a result of COVID-19 with some reporting a percentage turnover from the new sources to be as high as 27.1%.

Not surprisingly, 71.8% said business levels decreased during the pandemic, 20.4% said it stayed the same and 7.8% reported an actual increase in business throughout the crisis.

Local businesses who participated in the survey said they were confident about business performance following the pressures of the pandemic, with 54.4% describing their outlook as optimistic, 21.4% as very optimistic, 19.4% as somewhat optimistic and just 4.9% saying they were not at all optimistic.

Killarney’s strong reputation as a tourist town and the range of things to do was the number one reason respondents believe it is a good place to do business.

The result was gathered from extensive online research conducted in late 2021 – including a business sentiment survey, a separate visitor sentiment survey and a third and very important community sentiment survey – commissioned by Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce and conducted by professional independent marketing consultants Repucon.

A convincing 92% of those that responded to the business sentiment survey insisted that Killarney is a good place to do business with just 8% disagreeing.

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Kerry v Cork match day parking

  Kerry take on Cork in the first round of the Munster Championship at Fitzgerald Stadium on Saturday. This glamour tie always attracts a huge crowd and Cork fans will […]

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Kerry take on Cork in the first round of the Munster Championship at Fitzgerald Stadium on Saturday.

This glamour tie always attracts a huge crowd and Cork fans will travel in their droves from the Rebel County.

As a result there will be parking restrictions and traffic disruptions in the town on Saturday afternoon.

“Please be aware that the town will be bustling with activity, and traffic congestion is expected. Some parking areas may reach capacity, so we recommend allowing extra time for your journey,” said a Garda spokesperson.

Parking will be available in the following areas near the stadium: New Street, The Glebe car park, Fair Hill car park, High Street, Rock Road car park and the Lewis Road car park.

Parking in the vicinity of Fitzgerald Stadium is reserved for residents with parking passes only.

For a full preview of the match turn to our Sports section on page 54

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Win tickets for Taylor Swift and support Palestine

Killarney For Palestine is raffling two tickets to a Taylor Swift concert in Edinburgh. The group is raising funds for the Halaq family who are known to Kerry Friends of […]

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Killarney For Palestine is raffling two tickets to a Taylor Swift concert in Edinburgh.

The group is raising funds for the Halaq family who are known to Kerry Friends of Palestine and who are currently displaced in tents in the Gaza Strip.

Their homes were destroyed in the city of Khan Younis by Israeli airstrikes.

“It currently costs between €5,000 and €6,000 per person to be evacuated from Gaza,” said Susan Larkin of Killarney For Palestine.

To be in with a chance of winning the tickets for the June 8 concert all you have to do is make a donation via the gofundme link below.

A minimum €5.00 donation ensures entry to the draw which will be made on April 24.

Link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/hx5ahx-help-my-children

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