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Aghadoe woman awarded the Freedom of the City of London

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By Sean Moriarty

Well-known Killarney woman Tara Cronin has been granted the freedom of the City of London.

PRESENTATION: Lord Mayor of the City Dublin native Vincent Keaveny presents Tara Cronin with her Freedom of the City of London award.

The Freedom of the City of London started around 1237 and developed into freedom or right to trade.

In 1835 eligibility for the freedom of the city was extended to anyone who lived in, worked in or had a strong connection to London.

These days it is largely ceremonial and bestowed upon people in recognition for their personal achievements and charitable work.

London-based Aghadoe native Tara, is the Events and Fundraising Manager with ICAP, an Irish Mental Health charity in London. She was the founder of the London-version of the Darkness into Light charity walk and is the former long-serving secretary of the Kerry Association.

She received the Freedom of the City of London from Lord Mayor Vincent Keaveny who is head of the City of London Corporation and the first Irish Lord Mayor of the city in 850 years.

She is also a board member of the Irish Women’s Network.

Tara Cronin was presented with the award in the Mansion House in the City of London.

She will be amongst the first recipients to have King Charles III on her award.

She was joined on the day by her parents Jerry and Margaret and brother Eoghan and a group of close friends that made the trip from Killarney.

“I feel extremely proud to have been awarded the Freedom of the City of London by the Lord Mayor of City of London in such a historic building. It is a special day and so privileged to be able to share with my parents Margaret and Jerry and my brother Eoghan family and friends,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

The celebration continued in the nearby Rising Sun, a renowned Kerry pub in the heart of the city and the following day at Corrigan’s Mayfair where Tara previously worked under Michelin star Chef Richard Corrigan.

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Wine, art and lots of catching up at popular fundraiser

By Michelle Crean Spirits were high and the atmosphere electric at this year’s Wine & Art Night which had a huge attendance on Wednesday night. Over 50 exhibitors gathered in […]

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By Michelle Crean

Spirits were high and the atmosphere electric at this year’s Wine & Art Night which had a huge attendance on Wednesday night.

Over 50 exhibitors gathered in the Great Southern Killarney as the Killarney Rotary Club’s fundraising event – which is one of the biggest in the town each year – was back after a COVID break.

During the afternoon the artists and crafters, many who travelled from all over Kerry, Clare, Cork and even Waterford this year, organised their display for the event. Later that evening there were a lot of familiar faces but also some new people who absolutely loved the evening.

There were many wines available to taste as well as cheese and breads at the event which is run in conjunction with Daly’s SuperValu, Killarney and Killarney Brewing Company.

“There was a huge attendance and everybody was in good spirits to be back to normal,” President of Rotary, Rayla Tadjimatova, said.

“Many of the patrons were buying some art as Christmas presents and the members of Rotary were delighted to be kept busy packing these. A portion of all art sales goes to the fundraiser. One local young man, who is only 16, exhibited his beautiful photographs of local scenic areas. There was an auction of donated works of art and a Kerry Jersey. All one hundred percent of the proceeds from this auction goes to the fundraiser.”

Mike Neeson entertained the crowd on arrival and right until the end of the night.

“Mike is a great supporter of our events and we would like to thank him for keeping everybody entertained.”

The Irish Pilgrimage Trust ran the raffle and they had some wonderful hampers and gifts to be won.

Beneficiaries from this year’s event are: Coolick NS, Gaelscoil Faithleann NS, Knockanes NS, Holy Cross Mercy NS, St Francis Special School, Kerry Stars, Killarney Athletic AFC, and Killarney Cougars Basketball Club.

She thanked everybody for attending and everyone for their help organising the event.

Some, she added, had never been before and said they did not know what exactly the night involved but will definitely be back again next time as it was “so enjoyable”.

“We hope the money raised will help the beneficiaries to proceed with projects,” she said.

“We are delighted for Rotary to be able to help these charities, community groups and schools through our fundraising event.”

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Comedy drama ready for the stage

By Michelle Crean Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage. What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy […]

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By Michelle Crean

Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage.

What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy father and a confused visitor to the dentist, all have in common? You’ll have to come along to the Killarney Avenue Hotel on Monday, December 12, Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 at 8pm to find out.

The popular drama group will present their three new comedies featuring the work of playwrights Brian Bowler, Ger Madden and Mary Quirke.Come along for a night filled with fun and laughter. Just the right beginning to the festive season. Doors open at 7.15pm and tickets are available at the door. All tickets; adults, seniors, students and children are €10. Don’t miss a great night out.

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