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It’s always upsetting to me when I see children begging, and my friends in NY used to mock me for being a soft touch, since I always gave money. In Killarney, I came across this girl on the street, but as I was reaching into my pocket, I noticed something remarkable.
Why would she choose our tub, or was it just handy?
Did she feel that people might think she was just a few pennies short of a scoop?
I stood there and tried to figure out whether I should offer her a different cup or whether I should drop in some money.
In the end, I did neither and just let her be.
It was utterly heart-warming and a tribute to the Christmas in Killarney organising committee.
It’s wonderful to see a town make such an effort over Christmas beyond the usual “stick up a tree, play the Christmas music, and try to sell as much as possible” attitude.
Killarney really does put a lot into its Christmas program, and the festival seems to be growing each year.
We handed out hot chocolates for free to the chilled crowds and were happy enough to simply be a part of it…
For the next two weekends, there is a huge market on Main Street with food and other attractions, and it’s worth a detour for anyone in Kerry…
We’ve had Lorge Chocolates in our shops in a small way, but over the Christmas season we will have a much wider range as well as a delicious selection of loose truffles for mixing and matching or devouring with a coffee.
For the holiday season, Benoit has made chocolate Santas, snowmen, and best (and most random) of all, he has chocolate boots and shoes filled with truffles. We also have his chocolate bars and award-winning nougat.
There’s usually not much chocolate on offer in Killarney, but that’s definitely changed. Not only do we have Lorge, but we still have our own chocolates, Valrhona bars, and a selection from other Irish artisan producers…
I’m happy to announce that we’re now offering free WiFi to customers in our Killarney shop. So, if you’re a visiting blogger, business person on the road, or a tourist with a laptop and the need for broadband, come in for an ice cream or a coffee and ask for the password!
Anyone who’s been reading these pages for long enough knows that ourselves and other Killarney traders had to survive nine horrific months of construction on Main Street (ending in May 2007). What’s amazing is that they are at it again. Needless to say we’re not pleased about re-living the disruption to business, the sound of jackhammers, and fences outside our shop. I don’t know how long it’s going to go on or what’s the reason for it. One would like to think they would have gotten it right the first time and didn’t forget anything when they had the street open for such a long period, so I have a few alternate theories:
- The head engineer lost his keys “somewhere under there.”
- Given the government’s talk of redundancies and cutbacks, everyone at the council is trying to look very, very busy.
- Grey paving stones are “like, so 2007.”
- In these straightened times, councils are now responsible for finding their own sources of oil and are digging frantically.
- It’s all an excuse to put up a peace wall between Main Street and New Street.
Not sure. I am open to other theories…
One of the best things to open in Killarney in a long time is Miss Courtney’s Tearooms on College Street. It’s a great addition to the town, I wish her the best of luck, and I would highly recommend to all my readers that they check it out.
I’ve just come from an encounter with their cream tea. With a steaming pot, warmed scones and clotted cream, it naturally reminded me of a trip I took to Devon, as would the decor of the shop with its frills and lace.
A good range of teas, china cups and pots, and even silver tongs for the sugar ensures a refined experience. Plates of cakes on the counter tempt, and a pretty little garden in the back completes the experience.
The service was professional, and the prices what would one expect for an upscale place in Killarney.
Miss Courtney also has the beginnings of a blog (here), so we might be seeing the beginning of an Irish tea blogger. Fingers crossed.
I’m not usually a fan of hotel food – usually there are much better options to be had.
However, not only is there a great vibe – plush yet very relaxed and comfortable, but the food is just as cozy – I had their take on fish and chips recently and the latter came wrapped in newspaper, and it was one of the best and most enjoyable lunches I’ve had for a while.
Parents take note: it seems very child-friendly as well!
This weekend also is the launch of Summerfest, with loads on. Not a bad excuse to head to Kerry!
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