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Resilience helps Killarney company to come up trumps

Oliver Kirwan of Elite Event Management with Late Late Show host Ryan Tubridy

A KILLARNEY company which devised a novel way to cope with the loss of business during the Covid-19 lockdown was the recipient of a €15,000 Vodafone bursary as part of the Late Late Show’s showcase of Irish businesses which aired last Friday night.
Elite Event Management, the team behind Run Killarney, Ring of Beara Cycle Kenmare, Quest Killarney and Quest Kenmare, was recognised for its Box of Smiles initiative which was launched after the sports event management business ceased overnight when the pandemic commenced in March.
The business concept behind the project promotes gift boxes of produce and crafts sourced from local small businesses including coffee roasters and bakers, creatives and artisans, tea connoisseurs and candle creators.
Owner Oliver Kirwan remarked: “It’s been a tough few months for our business like so many others”.
He added: “We were on course to run 14 sell out events this year but only managed to complete one and with no roadmap in sight to get back on track, we had to get the thinking caps on”.
Oliver said the feedback and support from across the country has been fantastic and the bursary will go a long way towards helping the company to move forward into 2021.

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