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Up to one thousand opportunities at Killarney jobs fair




Following on the tremendous success of last year’s South Kerry Jobs Fair, plans are at an advanced stage for this year’s event.

It will take place on March 2 at the Great Southern Killarney.

JOBS FAIR: At the launch of the Kerry Jobs Fair were Fred McDonough (Red Chair Recruitment) Katy Jacobi (Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce) Joanne Griffin (South Kerry Development Partnership) Bridget O'Keeffe (Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce) and Caoimhe Spillane (Great Southern Killarney). Photo: Sean Moriarty

More than eight hundred people attended the event last year while there were 50 exhibitors with almost one thousand jobs available.

The event is being jointly organised by South Kerry Development Partnership in conjunction with the Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce.

“To date many of last year’s exhibitors have indicated they will again attend the event and there are also enquiries from other companies and organisations with positions available,” Joanne Griffin from SKDP’s Enterprise Office said.

“We expect there will be a strong interest in the event from many of those who have recently taken up residence in the county and we will be working to facilitate them to attend the event.”

Jobs will be available in all sectors she noted, pointing out that in addition to the hotel sector, last year’s event featured companies from the engineering, finance, retail and marketing sectors.

The fair was launched at the Great Southern Killarney on Tuesday morning.

It marked one of the first public engagements for newly appointed Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce chief executive Bridget O’Keeffe.

“Having joined the Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce as Senior Executive in the last week I can see the tremendous value this will bring to South Kerry. Hosting the event early this year gives exhibitors an even greater opportunity to find the right candidates for roles within their organisations earlier in the season. Jobs will be available in all sectors which will help support the wider community,” she said.

Killarney based companies already confirmed for the fair include Red Chair Recruitment, the Great Southern Killarney and Hayfield Collection of hotels, which includes the Royal Hotel.

Potential employees are advised to bring an up-to-date CV with them.

Further information on the event can be obtained by contacting Joanne by email at or 087 6152660.



Seven An Post staff retire

Seven well-known staff members at An Post Killarney celebrated retirement this week. The staff, Mary O’Sullivan, Joe Clifford, Paudie Cronin, Joe Coffey, Tom Ashe, Jerry McCarthy and Dan Murphy were […]




Seven well-known staff members at An Post Killarney celebrated retirement this week.

The staff, Mary O’Sullivan, Joe Clifford, Paudie Cronin, Joe Coffey, Tom Ashe, Jerry McCarthy and Dan Murphy were treated to an night of celebration and reminiscing by the South Kerry branch of the Communication Workers Union of Ireland.

The retirees, their families and colleagues enjoyed an evening at ‘The Panoramic’ the newly named restaurant upstairs at Killarney Racecourse.

Ollie Favier, of the Shire fame has taken over responsibility for operating the coffee shop / restaurant at the racecourse.

“A beautiful venue and apt that Ollie’s father Dan RIP from Glenflesk, was also a long serving postman in the community,” said John O’Shea, the Union Secretary An Post Killarney.

“The night included music with Derry Healy and Rosie Healy and was attended by up to 80 people, under the attentive guidance of Sales and Marketing Manager Emma O’Connor and Ollie’s right hand man, Colin Daly

“The event the food and the atmosphere was a great success and credit to all Ollie’s staff for being great hosts. “

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Watch Video: Primary School Students share knowledge from Coffee Cup Project



Killarney primary schools have joined the crusade against single use coffee cups this week by joining the Killarney Coffee Cup Project and declaring themselves single use coffee cup free. The Killarney Coffee Project is a community grassroots project aimed at eliminating single use coffee cups from Killarney town centre to protect Killarney National Park and the towns surroundings all in the name of conservation.

Alan Oliver, a local coffee shop owner, Lir Café, who is one of the participants of the project has said that he is “thrilled to see the project extend into the local schools. Teaching young people about why we should be moving away from a throw away culture is imperative to the continuous success of projects like this. Today’s young people are the future custodians of this town and so educating them on the importance of sustainability will ensure that Killarney and its National Park will be in safe hands for future generations.”

The schools involved in declaring themselves single use coffee cup free include Holycross Mercy, Gaelscoil Faithleann, Presentation Monastery, Glenflesk, Knocknanes, Coolick, Loreto, Lissivigeen and Tiernaboul. This follows on from the Killarney Coffee Cup Primary Schools Initiative which took place last November supported by Killarney Credit Union, the Kerry Biosphere, and the IKC3 project in MTU.

In November the 5th classes in the Killarney area were brought to Muckross School House and Killarney House for a 2-hour immersive environmental education experience around our connection to the Kerry Biosphere and citizen climate action. Here the students learned about our biosphere and how we as citizens and sustainable initiatives like the Killarney Coffee Cup Project can protect this Special Area of Conservation. Finally, they went outside to work with a park ranger, collecting acorns in leftover disposable compostable cups that the project had gathered from various businesses. They took these acorns back to their classrooms where they have planted and are caring for their oak tree. In 2024, these young oak tree seedlings will be planted back into the National Park.

The Killarney Coffee Cup Project is the 1st of its kind in the world, and it is something that belongs to all the citizens of the town. We all own this!

Want to hear from the future voices of our environment?

This week the Killarney Advertiser caught up with primary schoolers who have been busy learning all about protecting our amazing natural environment

Watch our video where the future eco-warriors share what they’ve learned about keeping our Killarney healthy and thriving! Here is to the next generation of environmental stewards!

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