DESPITE the Covid-19 restrictions, all the fun of the fair might not be lost in Killarney for the summer of 2020.
Bird’s Euroshow – part of the summertime landscape in the town since 1937 – will be up and running in the Fair Field car park as soon as the green light is received from Kerry County Council.
KillarneyToday.com has confirmed that the amusements roadshow is ready and waiting to roll into town once permission to do so is obtained from the local authority.
Director Don Bird confirmed to KillarneyToday.com that the application has been submitted to the council and the formal response is awaited.
He said all Euroshow staff have completed the required Covid-19 related training, health and safety officials have been consulted and engaged, all regulations have been complied with, a response plan has been prepared and the necessary maintenance work has been completed.
“We have ticked all the checklists and it’s now in the hands of Kerry County Council. We have a letter of comfort from our insurers with indemnity for the council and we will be ready to go once approval is received,” said Mr Bird whose children are the fourth generation of the Bird family involved with the Euroshow.
He said the funfair also hopes to maintain tradition by moving on to Killorglin, Tralee and Listowel after Killarney even though Puck Fair, the Rose of Tralee and the Harvest Festival have been cancelled.
“We want to assist local people to keep things going and we hope to get involved in events locally and have some fun,” he said.
“There won’t be many overseas visitors this year so we will assist local people to get things moving”.
Don Bird’s grandparents first brought the funfair to Killarney in 1937 and the 75th anniversary of the family’s association with the town was formally recognised by the council in Killarney with a civic reception as well as at Puck Fair where a special commemorative diamond anniversary medal was presented.
The Euroshow employs 20 staff on a full-time basis and creates up to 30 part-time positions in Kerry when it visits each town.
Kerry County Council is expected to confirm its decision following a meeting with representatives of Bird’s Amusements in the coming days.
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