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Festival video captures town’s history, lore and legend



A stunning video showcasing Killarney’s fascinating history, lore and legend has been produced as part of this year’s unique virtual St Patrick’s Festival in the town. Chronicling the monasticism and ecclesiastical heritage of the town and its surroundings, from the arrival of the monks on Innisfallen Island to the building of the landmark St Mary’s Cathedral, the production will be beamed into homes all over the world as Killarney marks the national feast day in a very special way.

In the absence of the colourful parade and street celebrations that have traditionally made Killarney a must-visit town on March 17, the St Patrick’s Festival Committee has opted for a virtual celebration to allow people everywhere to celebrate the town, its history and its people.

Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, Kerry County Council, Fáilte Ireland and the National Parks and Wildlife Service have joined forces for the project which will promote Killarney as a destination with a treasured history.

This year’s celebration will be much different to previous years – for obvious reasons – but it will still be quite spectacular as the town will turn various shades of green to mark the annual feast day with several iconic landmarks in the spotlight.

The specially commissioned video, titled 'Killarney: A place between heaven and earth', captures Killarney in all its glory with dramatic footage of standout mythical and magical features and contributions from high quality local performers.

[caption id="attachment_36474" align="alignleft" width="457"] The Venerable Simon J. Lumby, Rector of St Mary's Church of Ireland, Killarney. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan[/caption]

It tells the story, in words and pictures, of how the beauty of the surrounds which now form Killarney National Park set the scene for monks, writers, poets and mystics down through the centuries and the production culminates in a spectacular fashion with St Patrick lighting the fire on the Hill of Tara which is depicted in the stained glass windows of St Mary’s Cathedral.

Soprano Sharon Lyons performs 'The Deer’s Cry – a hymn by St Patrick' composed by Shaun Davey – and the video also features performances from David Rea of Celtic Steps and his daughter Jennifer, as well as interviews with the Venerable Simon J Lumby of St Mary’s Church of Ireland and St Brigid’s Secondary School students Éabha and Kate Rudden.

The video production is the work of award-winning Killarney photographer Valerie O’Sullivan with voiceover by Breda O’Farrell, lighting and effects by Kieran Somers, and Killarney National Park and Wildlife Conservation Ranger Seán Forde.

The Cathaoirleach of Killarney Municipal District, Cllr Brendan Cronin, said he is really looking forward to what will be a very different St Patrick’s Day in 2021.

“After what has been a difficult year, we are delighted to have an opportunity to be able to celebrate our national holiday in what will be a very unusual but very exciting manner,” he said.
“Kerry County Council is delighted to work with St Patrick’s Festival Committee to develop this unique celebration of our people and place."

[caption id="attachment_36473" align="alignleft" width="708"] This year's greening of The Methodist Church, Killarney. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan [/caption]

St Patrick’s Festival Chairman, Paul Sherry, said the committee understands that many people who would like to be in Killarney for the event this year will be unable to do so as they are stranded elsewhere because of pandemic restrictions.

“We are instead calling on Killarney people all over the world to join us in our virtual celebration as we await better days ahead,” he said.
“The video is a splendid piece of work and it will be a very valuable and important tool in the promotion of Killarney going forward."


[caption id="attachment_36470" align="alignleft" width="1024"] Bean an Tí Joan, at Foley's Farm House, Muckross Traditional Farms, Killarney, celebrating a virtual St Patrick's Day this year on the farms. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan[/caption]

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Do facial treatments hurt?

It can be difficult to book your first facial, as you aren’t sure what your skin needs or what’s involved, but don’t worry, as that’s our job to make it […]




It can be difficult to book your first facial, as you aren’t sure what your skin needs or what’s involved, but don’t worry, as that’s our job to make it an easy process.

One of the most asked questions I get asked is do facials hurt? The short answer is no, but I have to admit it depends on your skin type and what is required. Squeezing black heads isn’t the most comfortable moment during a facial, but we always have the skin well prepared, exfoliated and softened, and use steam to open the pores. Mostly a facial is super relaxing and comfortable.

Summer weather tends to bring with it oily skin and breakouts, but it’s often less acne prone in the winter. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be getting regular facials throughout the year however. The best way to see the benefits of a facial is to get them consistently. A good facial will have the products tailored to your skin type.

You have nothing to loose but excess oil and dead skin cells. I have a feeling men are more sensitive than women as they always ask about the pain involved first!

Give me a call to book in or if you’ve any other questions ring 064 6632966.

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The ultimate Quest makes a welcome return to Killarney

Adventure race enthusiasts from around the country gathered in Killarney on Saturday for the much anticipated return of Quest Killarney. Last held in 2019, this year’s event attracted over 2,500 […]




Adventure race enthusiasts from around the country gathered in Killarney on Saturday for the much anticipated return of Quest Killarney.

Last held in 2019, this year’s event attracted over 2,500 participants who signed up to run, cycle and kayak their way around some of the most iconic scenery in the country.

Gap of Dunloe, Ladies View, Mangerton Mountain and Torc Waterfall were just some of the stunning locations along five routes of varying distances: 25km, 55km, 66km (run and cycle only), 75km, and 83km. The choice of routes allowed everyone from beginners to those with more experience to take part, as well as taking into account varying post-lockdown fitness levels!

Taking part this year were a couple of popular first-timers. Fresh from RTÉ’s Hell Week was Kerry’s own viral Instagrammer Tadgh Fleming who completed the 55k Sport Route. A fresh looking Tadgh said at the finish that Quest Killarney was, “Nothing like Hell Week, a bit harder I think! But really enjoyed it, I’d highly recommend it, going for the Pro next time!”

Incorporating Quest Killarney on her transformative weight loss journey was an elated Patricia Lewis (Trisha Transformations) who completed the 27km Challenge route, and had this to say as she crossed the finish line: “Anyone who’s thinking about doing it, don’t even hesitate, register now!”

Now on its tenth event, Quest Killarney, the world’s biggest adventure race, enjoys a growing reputation as a challenging race with a friendly atmosphere. It is also popular with visitors and participants alike as they are introduced to the stunning natural charm of Killarney’s glorious lakes and imposing mountains.

First home in the 83km Expert route was Niall Davis in a time of 04:17:55. In second place was Sebastien Giraud (04:32:47), and in third was Garry Carroll (04:34:24).
Kerry’s own Ellen Vitting (based in Kenmare) and RTÉ Hell Week finalist, was the first female home in 05:02:07. In second position was Laura O’Driscoll (05:18:43), in third position was Eimear O’Brien (05:27:13).

Overall male winner in the 73km Pro route was Dwayne Flynn (03:48:47) and overall female winner was Siobhan Dineen (04:08:37). Overall winners in the 55km ‘Sport’ route were Kevin McGuinness (02:13:08) in the men’s race and Orlaith Smith (02:34:45) in the women’s race. Winners of the 65km ‘Dual’ route were men’s race Liam Aherne (02:40:40) and women’s race Emer Monaghan (03:09:49). Winners of the 27km ‘Challenge’ route were Larry Stapleton for the men (01:13:27) and Niamh Hickey for the women (01:21:08).

Competitors were treated to hot food and music at the finish line, with prize-giving at The Gleneagle Hotel whose significant sponsorship and exceptional support continues to contribute to a positive day for everyone.

“We are thrilled that Quest Killarney has once again proven so popular with adventurers who are looking for a new challenge,” Oliver Kirwan, Race Organiser, said.

“Killarney itself is a great draw to visitors both from Kerry and further afield, introducing new people every year to its inspirational terrain. We are very much looking forward to preparing for 2023 as we encourage more people to discover their next adventure and put themselves to the Quest! We are grateful to everyone who gave us support and volunteered their time. We’d like to thank our main event sponsors Volvo and The Gleneagle Hotel, and also the contribution of our event partners All Real, Gnarly Peaks, Nuasan and MCG Kayaks.”

Organisers Elite Event Management are delighted to announce their event dates for 2023: Quest Kenmare on 11 March 2023, Quest Glendalough on 1 April 2023, Quest Lough Derg on 9 September 2023, and Quest Killarney on 7 October 2023.

For more information on next year’s events please visit

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