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Hopes that ‘Light up Killarney’ will get a second chance

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Hopes that 'Light up Killarney' will get a second chance

By Sean Moriarty

It was supposed to be Killarney’s way of saying thank you.

Instead a yellow weather warning put an end to an ambitious project that was supposed to “Light up Killarney.”

Last Thursday night (May 22) a group of business people involved in the hospitality sector wanted to say thanks to frontline workers. The plan was to turn off business and street lights in the town centre and at 1030pm re-light the town as symbolic journey from dark times into better, brighter times.

Additionally, members of the emergency services, Garda, Fire and Ambulance were to park their emergency vehicles at strategic locations in the town – blue lights flashing. Local musicians were to stand on street corners and belt out some of their favourite tunes. The whole event was to be recorded so it could be shared on local social media platforms.

No one told the weatherman and at the last minute, the whole thing got called off – a bitter blow to those who had put so much work into Killarney’s unique way of saying thank you.

“It was very disappointing but there was no way we could run it,” one of the organisers Kelly Ann Sweeny told the Killarney. “We are going to try again, it is just a case of regrouping. It means contacting every business in town and that is no problem as there is enough of us there. We are hopeful and everyone is in favour.”

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Eileen rewarded for her dedication to athletics

By Sean Moriarty Well-known Dalton’s Avenue woman Eileen Switzer has been named as the Honorary President of Killarney Valley Athletic Club in recognition of her work as a volunteer. The club held its annual awards night on Friday night last. As well as presenting awards to club members in recognition of their achievements at home […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Well-known Dalton’s Avenue woman Eileen Switzer has been named as the Honorary President of Killarney Valley Athletic Club in recognition of her work as a volunteer.

The club held its annual awards night on Friday night last.

As well as presenting awards to club members in recognition of their achievements at home and abroad they decided to honour Mrs Switzer for her “lifetime of volunteering to the community, to sport, to youth and for championing diversity and inclusion”.

“Eileen has been an advocate, a coach and an administrator in the sport of athletics for over 60 years in the town of Killarney, Kerry and beyond,” said club chair Jerry Griffin.

Eileen and her husband Frank have dedicated their lives to the community games and athletics in the greater Killarney area.

“I enjoy, but I don’t like, all the limelight,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I like to watch newcomers as they come up through the ranks, many of the Community Games people of the past are now running the committee.”

In a life time dedicated to volunteerism in Killarney Eileen has helped sports like golf, pitch and putt and badminton grow.  She was also heavily involved in the local Irish dancing scene and remains a great supporter of Kerry Parents and Friends.

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A Mass of Commemoration in Kilcummin

COMMEMORATION: A Mass of Commemoration for all those who fought and died in Kilcummin during the Irish War of Independence was celebrated last Sunday last at 11.30am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin by Fr Kieran O’Brien. Organised by the Kilcummin Historical Group there followed a walk to the Kilcummin Mass Rock where Fr […]

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COMMEMORATION: A Mass of Commemoration for all those who fought and died in Kilcummin during the Irish War of Independence was celebrated last Sunday last at 11.30am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin by Fr Kieran O’Brien. Organised by the Kilcummin Historical Group there followed a walk to the Kilcummin Mass Rock where Fr Kieran laid a wreath.

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