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Traffic a problem and staff crisis escalates – Chamber survey

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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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Dancing classes set to unite communities

By Michelle Crean There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities. KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities.

KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, has teamed up with dance instructor John Moriarty to teach both Ukrainians and multiple cultures living in Kerry Irish set dancing steps from next week.

The first class will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting next week (September 27) at St Mary’s Parish Hall at 6.30pm and all are welcome to join.

The idea is to help Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry to come and have fun and get to know locals better, KASI coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have a women’s group for all ages where we do crochet, sewing and art and crafts, where they can talk which is good. I had the music on and they were dancing. I asked if they would like to do dancing classes so I organised it with John Moriarty who is well known in Killarney.”

She added that the women are very excited to learn set dancing and get to know other people from the area.

“Sometimes when you meet new people the language can be a barrier and when you’re dancing everybody is moving. He will open it to everyone so there’ll be integration, it’s fun as well. They are all very excited.”

To find out more contact John on 086 1579381.

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Multiple Sclerosis Walk celebrates 20 years

By Sean Moriarty The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers. On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers.

On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk takes place over the Old Kenmare Road.

First run in 2002, this year’s event will celebrate 20 years since its foundation but two years were lost as a result of the pandemic.

This year’s walk will be limited to 150 people – three coach loads – so event organisers can cut back on running costs.

It will only be possible to participate in this year’s event if walkers pre-register.

“Walkers must raise at least €40 to make it worthwhile,” organiser John O’Shea told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Spaces are limited, 150 people equals three coaches and we need smaller coaches to get into the start of the Old Kenmare Road as that is just a bog road. We have limited numbers for cost and operational reasons.”

Mr O’Shea thanked event sponsors O’Callaghan Coaches and The Gleneagle Hotel for their support of the event.

Registration forms can be obtained by calling John on 087 2348824.

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