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Friday 17 November 2017

Applications flood in for a single Killarney jarvey licence

First to have been publicly advertised in generations

A jarvey working in Killarney National Park
A jarvey working in Killarney National Park

Anne Lucey

Dozens of applications have been received for a single Killarney jarvey licence - the first hackney horse and carriage licence to have been publicly advertised in generations.

The successful applicant will be drawn by lot – such is the level of interest in the traditional Killarney trade.

Some 66 applications have been deemed “valid” and the opportunity to drive a horse and carriage for hire to Ross Castle and down by Lough Léin for an annual licence fee of €65 will be offered to the first name drawn out of a  metaphorical  hat.

“Expressions of interest” were invited in December for the coveted licence, after moves at local council meetings to have the horse drawn carriage licence kept within traditional jarvey families failed.

Cllr Maura Healy-Rae in particular urged that families with a sense of horses  -those families  familiar with horses and with experience of working with them – should have priority.

This was rejected as 2010 bye laws, which sparked controversy because of their insistence on dung devices for the horses, say jarvey licences are non-transferrable and there was also a question of competition law and that the opportunity should be open to all citizens of the European Economic Area (EEA)

The single licence is one of just 37 Killarney town jarvey licences.

Recent Moves by jarvey companies, including legal action to increase the number of licences to meet demand, have so far failed.

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Nonetheless, the level of interest has surprised officials. The applicants are mostly from the Killarney area, although a small number of the would-be jarveys are from Kenmare and surrounding towns.

The new jarvey will be governed by the town bye laws.

Bye laws Number 14 insists that horses must be of the right temperament  and be in a physical condition and of an age suitable for work.; while Number 30 lays down that a jarvey when standing to ply for hire  cannot ”annoy” people by calling  our or otherwise “accosting” people.

However the priority for the council in awarding of the licence is tax clearance, a spokesman said.  

“They will have three weeks to submit insurance, tax clearance, etc. If they do not provide this information in the time period then the second person drawn will be allowed apply for the licence,” a council spokesman said.

The winner will now be decided” by lot”, in the next few days, in  a selection overseen by the staff of the operations department in Killarney, and under the supervision of the mayor of Killarney, Brendan Cronin and the town manager Angela McAllen.

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