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“We will continue to fight for Killarney” – says Chamber President

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Killarney’s traffic issues and low occupancy levels in winter were key issues raised at the Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce business meeting held last night (Thursday).

Business people from the town gathered in the Killarney Avenue Hotel at 6.30pm for the annual general meeting (AGM) , where outgoing President Paul O’Neill addressed members.

CEO of Kerry County Council Moira Murrell, who was due to present ‘Transportation Plans for 2019’ for Killarney town, was unable to attend.

In her place was Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Services, Charlie O’Sullivan who outlined transportation plans to members present.

 

While Killarney is doing extremely well in the busy summer months, concern has been voiced that occupancy levels remain very low during the winter shoulder season and that problem needs to be tackled as a priority, outgoing Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce President, Paul O’Neill, told the meeting.

 

He said the most significant finding in the TEIR One economic impact study, commissioned by the Chamber, was that, overall, occupancy levels were found to be 10 percent below the national average and five percent down on the south west.

“A significant project backed and resourced by Fáilte Ireland and Kerry County Council, in partnership with Killarney Chamber, is well underway and there is one clear objective – season extension,” Mr O’Neill said.

“If we can add two or three busy weeks to the year, and more in time, this will benefit the town hugely, sustain employment and add to those all-important numbers.”

Killarney will have the benefit of Wild Atlantic Way Gateway status next year and that should be a boost, the meeting heard.

“The national purse-strings are now beginning to loosen and Killarney, like so many other places, is badly in need of investment. There have been numerous town enhancements over the last few years, in collaboration with the Tidy Towns and Killarney Municipal District, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Kerry County Council for the continued positive working relationship,” Paul O’Neill said in his final address as president.

“Yes, there have been times where we have been frustrated by the pace of activity on certain projects, and I’m sure that they have tired of our pestering, but we have a constructive relationship.

“We will continue to fight for Killarney and for our fair share of the national and county spoils”.

TEIR One has enabled Chamber to factually argue its case for more funding and resources but it has also helped it to establish a reputation nationally as a progressive organisation to be taken seriously.

“We plan to build on TEIR One over the coming years with updated reports.”

Mr O’Neill said at the start of his two-year term in office, one of his main objectives was to establish Killarney as Ireland’s leading accessible destination and, since then, Fáilte Ireland has designated Killarney a pilot destination.

“The ‘Destination For All’ project is progressing very well. We launched our plans in October and we will be ramping up activity and awareness, both locally and nationally, in 2019.

“Of course, there is the moral and social benefit but with Killarney positioning itself as the leading destination for everyone, I know that there is a massive economic potential as well,” he said.

Other projects that will be significantly advanced next year include the development of a new heritage trail, with electronic visitor maps, an upgrading of information panels and maps at various points at entrances to the national parks and the creation of a series of promotional videos targeting the shoulder season.

“These projects are supported by the Kerry County Council Community Support Fund and we thank the local authority and the elected members for their collaboration,” he said.

“We live in one of the most vibrant towns in Ireland and this organisation embodies that energy like no other. I must say that it has been a pleasure and an honour to work with so many talented and passionate people”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Are you getting enough sleep?

By Angela Kerrisk from Activate Fitness We have all heard the phrase “routine is the killer” however for many of us who, on a daily basis, stretch ourselves thin wearing a variety of different hats, simply creating a specific and sustainable routine will separate the successful and organised from the stressed and overwhelmed. Incorporating a […]

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By Angela Kerrisk from Activate Fitness

We have all heard the phrase “routine is the killer” however for many of us who, on a daily basis, stretch ourselves thin wearing a variety of different hats, simply creating a specific and sustainable routine will separate the successful and organised from the stressed and overwhelmed.

Incorporating a routine helps to bring direction and structure, and as Craig Ballantyne so wonderfully put it in his book ‘The Perfect Day’; “Structure = Freedom”.

In our childhood, we became accustomed to a bedtime routine. In fact, those of us who are parents go to great lengths to create this routine for our own children, knowing the benefits it brings. However, as we moved into adulthood, that same routine was thrown out the window by the demanding world of school and full-time work.

Sleep and health are locked together. When we improve our sleep, we have better energy, mood, and recover easier from exercise. When we sleep better it helps us to make better nutrition choices because sleep regulates our hormones. Yet it’s one of the first things we sacrifice in order to get through our full to-do list. Whatever these or our end goal is, jeopardising our health seems to be counterproductive and also just a little crazy! Why is it that as adults we stray so far away from one of the very foundational rituals that can keep us feeling grounded?

So how much sleep do you need? About six to eight hours is good but the exact number depends on the person. No matter who you are, you’ll feel worn out if you don’t get enough.

Here are some suggestions to help you achieve greater balance and a sound night’s sleep:

Limit caffeine:

It takes a long time for caffeine to get out of your system, so avoid it late in the day. Typically, have your last caffeinated drink 10 hours before your bedtime.

Be active:

Physical activity reduces stress and improves sleep. One exception is not to do a hard workout right before bed as it might be tough to wind down for a while afterwards.

Unwind early:

Turn off screens well before bedtime. Bright screens can mess with your body’s sleep mechanisms, so turn off TV’s, tablets and smartphones earlier in the evening. Take the dog out, brush your teeth, get into your pyjamas, and get into bed before the time you want to be asleep.

Brain dump for the next day:

Spend 5-10 minutes each night writing a list of to-do items to ensure you hit the pillow feeling organised and in control.

Set out your clothes the evening before:

This small task can save you a lot of last-minute rushing. Take the extra five minutes now when you have it.

Cool, dark and quiet:

When it comes to sleep, you want it cool, dark and quiet. Adjust the temperature or get a fan going, hang some blackout curtains and try to reduce any noise near your bedroom.

Buy an alarm clock:

This will help you to avoid being distracted by notifications should you wake and check the time in the middle of the night. Set an alarm right now for tonight. When it goes off, start your evening routine so you get into bed on time for a good night’s sleep!

Here at Activate, we promote and encourage balance to ensure we are living a happy and healthy life. Sleep is one very essential and key component of this. We hope these tips help you get some much-needed rest! When you combine great sleep with sound nutrition and solid training, you’ll feel amazing and make more progress toward your goals.

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Kerry Stars “pursuing dream to build own sports centre”

By Sean Moriarty Kerry Special Olympics Club is still pursuing its dream to build a sports centre in Derreen, a senior club official has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser. The club has identified a site, with support from Kerry County Council, between the existing Killarney Legion and Killarney Celtic sports grounds. However, the project remains […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Kerry Special Olympics Club is still pursuing its dream to build a sports centre in Derreen, a senior club official has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser.

The club has identified a site, with support from Kerry County Council, between the existing Killarney Legion and Killarney Celtic sports grounds.

However, the project remains on the long finger as the club has been concentrating on the safety of its members throughout the pandemic.

The delay prompted Cllr Donal Grady to ask Kerry County Council if it had any plans to build houses on the site.

Mr Grady asked the question in the context of making sure the land did not go to waste and not in opposition to any plans by Kerry Stars.

“The site referred to was originally identified as a potential site for development as a specific sports facility. That project has not materialised,” a Council official said.

“Kerry Stars had been in contact with Kerry County Council regarding use of the site, and it was expected that further communication would be received from them in the very short-term. As yet, Kerry County Council is awaiting further communication and will liaise directly with the Kerry Stars group before we can give consideration to use of the lands under the ‘Housing for All’ housing plan.”

However, Kerry Stars chairman John Spillane said they still “have every intention of pursuing our dream of have our own sports centre”.

“The location makes perfect sense, it is the sports hub of Killarney and all the clubs there could help and learn from each other.”

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