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Kenmare Place to be transformed as an outdoor dining hub

THIS is what the new designated outdoor dining space in Killarney’s Kenmare Place will look like with plans for the work to get underway in a couple of weeks.

Several areas in the town were assessed to determine suitability for Fáilte Ireland’s weatherproofing and outdoor dining infrastructure scheme before this locality was deemed the most appropriate.

To qualify for the Fáilte Ireland funding, projects had to be located in permanently pedestrianised or partially pedestrianised streets or zones with links to connected pedestrianised areas of traditionally high tourism footfall.

The chosen area must contain a variety of businesses offering outdoor dining with a broad appeal to tourists at lunchtime and in the evenings and a minimum of three separate businesses should be in a position to benefit.

The street or zone must be in close proximity to hotels and visitor attractions which, in the case of Kenmare Place, would be Killarney House and Gardens and the outdoor dining facilities put in place must remain for a minimum of five years.

The overall criteria was based on:

  • Footfall
  • Proximity to a minimum of three hospitality businesses.
  • Close to tourist attractions
  • Semi/fully pedestrianised area
  • Cultural and design led approach

The 620sq metre architect designed eye-shaped area, featuring a mixture of a retractable roof, and umbrella shades, will be screened from the roadway by a toughened glass screen and a one-metre high limestone-clad barrier.

It will feature paving, landscaping and lighting with 210sq metre covered for dining purposes.

Fáilte Ireland had invited each local authority to nominate two locations to benefit and Kerry County Council has chosen Kenmare Place in Killarney and the boatyard waterfront in Dingle.

A total grant of €200,000 in grant aid was available and the criteria dictates that the work must be finished by November 30 and it is hoped that work will commence by September 1.

Kerry County Council is inviting the public to examine and comment on the plans and an advisor is also available to explain the proposals.