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Unique recruitment drive for Killarney hotel sector

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An upcoming recruitment event, which will match employees with employers in major Killarney hotels, will be held in the town next month.
The Recruitment Event for the Hotel Sector will take place on Thursday, March 7, although the venue is to be confirmed.
It is being organised by South Kerry Development Partnership CLG through the SICAP programme. It is aimed at matching potential employees with available jobs in seven of the major Killarney hotels. A significant number of jobs across all areas of the hotel sectors will be available through the event.
SKDP’s Employer Liaison Officer Joanne Griffin explained that it will enable potential employees to meet directly with representatives of the hotels involved where they can discuss the positions available and showcase the skills which they can offer the potential employers.
“Through registering the potential employees in advance it makes the event very efficient from everyone’s point of view as potential employees can be matched with employers who have available positions to suit the skillset of those attending,” Joanne said.
Potential employees do not need to have specific experience in the hotel sector to attend, she added.
“The event will enable people to try out different aspects of hotel work to see which areas they are interested in and it can progress from there,” she said.
Positions in areas such as accommodation, kitchen, reception, food and beverage as well as spa therapists will be available in the hotels involved including The Cahernane House Hotel, The Great Southern Hotel, The Muckross Park Hotel, The Lake Hotel, The Killarney Park Hotel, The Aghadoe Heights Hotel and the McSweeney Arms Hotel. People attending will get to meet with the heads of the relevant departments as well as with the Personnel Manager from the hotel with a view to formalising a job offer where both parties are interested to progress.
SKDP CEO Noel Spillane said that this is the first time the Partnership has organised such an event and he is hopeful it will prove to be successful.
“We are very focused in the Partnership in developing economic activity in South Kerry through assisting both jobseekers and employers through a range of training and support initiatives and we hope this event will prove to be another key support we can offer to both,” Noel said.
Job seekers interested in attending the event must register in advance and they can do this by contacting Joanne Griffin by email; jgriffin@skdp.net, or by phone on 066 9761615, before 5pm on Friday, March 1.

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Black Valley broadband installation gets underway

Works are under way to install a high-speed fibre broadband network in the remote Black Valley area of Kerry. The Black Valley was one of the last areas of Ireland […]

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Works are under way to install a high-speed fibre broadband network in the remote Black Valley area of Kerry.

The Black Valley was one of the last areas of Ireland to be electrified but broadband in the region is expected to be live in the second half of the year with residents already able to pre-order their connection. 
“It is well known that Black Valley was one of the last locations to get electricity due to its remoteness and challenging terrain, so we are extremely pleased to be commencing the rollout of our high-speed fibre network now with a view to connections being available later this year,” said National Broadband Ireland Deployment CEO, TJ Malone.
  
“We are determined to ensure the rollout is as fast as possible and connection is made easy for Black Valley residents, and we have a plan in place to work around the location’s all-important tourist season.

“Black Valley is a symbol of NBI’s mission that no area will be left behind no matter how rural or remote and we are delighted that this beautiful location moves one step closer to high-speed fibre today, with all the opportunities that will unlock for the local community.” 

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Players of the year don’t duck a challenge

They never duck when faced with a big challenge on the field so it was safe to assume that GAA players of the year David Clifford and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh […]

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They never duck when faced with a big challenge on the field so it was safe to assume that GAA players of the year David Clifford and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh weren’t going to shy away from the latest task on their home patch.

The two top footballers in the country teamed up to launch a charity duck race which will form part of this year’s St Patrick’s Festival in Killarney, where they both live.

When the working day was done, busy secondary school teachers David and Louise had some great quack and they got caught up in the spirit of the occasion along the scenic River Deenagh in Killarney National Park.

The reigning Player of the Year and Ladies Player of the Year award winner demonstrated their competitive streak when they expressed confidence that their own ducks will win The Deenagh Duck Dash on the same river at noon on Monday, March 18.

But, luckily, festival chairman Jason Clifford was there to keep the peace and he even threatened to cry fowl and brandish a card at the star players – with duck yellow deemed the most appropriate colour.

Considered by many to be the greatest players of all time in their respective codes, between them, Fossa hotshot David and Corca Dhuibhne star Louise have an incredible nine All-Star awards.

But they might be tempted to swap one if their duck wins the fun-filled race on the day after St Patrick’s Day.

All proceeds from the event will go to St Francis Special School in Beaufort, Killarney which provides specialist education for young people with learning disabilities.
Festival chairman Jason remarked: “This isn’t just a race – it’s great fun for the whole family.
“Picture the scene with a flotilla of vibrant rubber ducks racing down a winding river, their owners cheering them on and all in the name of a fantastic cause”.
Super prizes await the winners, the cost of a rubber duck to participate in the race is just €5 and they can be bought online at https://stpatricksfestivalkillarney.ie/.

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