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Killorglin Town starts to reopen safely

Coronavirus has ripped across the country, transforming every town and village in its wake. Killorglin’s businesses have been hit extremely hard, while the majority in the town closed completely, others created new innovative ways to survive, from creating an online presence to offering a delivery or collection service.

In light of the accelerated reopening plan set out by the Government last week, it is great to see the businesses in the town starting to reopen their doors again, all be it in the ‘new normal’.

Stephen O’Sullivan, Chairman of the Killorglin Chamber Alliance, said: ‘Over the past 13 weeks there was a real sense of loss when you saw our empty silent streets. It’s now great to see Killorglin reopening safely. Local retailers and businesses are vital to the economic and social fabric of Killorglin and we can all play a part in their survival so I’m urging people to make a conscious effort to please shop local.’

As consumers venture back out around the town centre, they will see that Upper Bridge Street has been transformed. The businesses along the street have been spruced up with a fresh coat of paint. We hope to expand on the Streetscapes projects success to other parts of the town in the coming months.

Day to day we know that our fantastic community rallies around to support one another. During the lockdown this was further highlighted, an example of how our incredible community has pulled together for the greater good includes Killorglin Family Resource Centre, along with the support of local businesses coordinated and distributed packs for local families in need, while The Real Burger embarked on selling burgers for a community project fundraiser which was the brainchild of Chad Byrne and Andrew Byrne. has also played its part by increasing its digital output with the introduction of dedicated communication hubs sharing some practical hints, tips, supports and links to help keep our community and businesses informed and engaged.

The hubs can be accessed via the links below:

Our annual cultural events and festivals like K-FEST and Puck Fair sadly won’t be taking place this year but we’re certain that the voluntary committees will ensure that these great experiences once again are the pride of the town in 2021.

‘In the coming weeks we can all enjoy meeting up with our family and friends, rediscover our stunning surroundings and help our town thrive again,’ concluded Stephen.

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About Killorglin

Killorglin occupies a scenic position overlooking the River Laune and backed by the dramatic slopes of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks. It is situated at the beginning of the world-famous scenic drive of the Ring of Kerry, part of the Wild Atlantic Way and it’s the gateway to the Reeks District.

Killorglin’s name in Irish is Cill Orglan, meaning “Orgla’s Church”. The town hall was built with the help of Andrew Carnegie. As of the 2016 CSO census, the town’s population was 2,199.

The town has the ability to create, develop and sustain high quality export-oriented and technology-led local employment. There are 2.2 local jobs per resident worker; the highest employment density of any town in Ireland (source CSO, 2016). The town fulfils an important commercial function, employment and service location for a large rural hinterland.

There is a strong sense of community engagement and a tradition of achievement in sporting, artistic and cultural activities/festivals.

About Killorglin Chamber Alliance

Killorglin Chamber Alliance aims to be at the core of the community where businesses, individuals, clubs and groups come together. Through its collaborative approach, the chamber can achieve more for the town. One of its goals is to make a positive social impact, through working group projects, partnerships, initiatives and events. The Alliance is supported by Kerry County Council and South Kerry Development Partnership.

The Alliance has an ambition for enhanced liveability, quality of life and quality of place in Killorglin and its environs. They look forward to innovating and collaborating to create a socially diverse, economically vibrant and sustainable future for Killorglin., the official website for Killorglin Town was launched on Sunday, December 1st, 2019. The website highlights the many benefits of living, working, doing business and visiting the town.

The aim of and its social networks is to help build stronger relationships with the local community, stakeholders and potential visitors. We’re delighted to say in just a few short months it has become a great community communication hub. Take a look at our impressive engagement statistics here:

Watch Killorglin during the Covid-19 lockdown This video has been viewed by an incredible 7k+ users across all our social networks.

Our tagline is Killorglin – Live Here. Play Here. Thrive Here. Please use the hashtags #Killorglin #LivePlayThriveHere when sharing posts.


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