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Another Strictly success for the Irish Cancer Society

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WINNERS: Winners of Strictly Come Dancing 2019 Emmet Flanagan and Ciara O'Donoghue. Picture: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

By Sean Moriarty

There was an electric atmosphere in Killarney’s INEC on Friday night last as 1,500 gathered for the highly anticipated Strictly Come Dancing event.

12 couples, trained by Tralee choreographer Cassie Leen, took to the floor for the biggest annual fundraiser for the Killarney and South Kerry branch of the Irish Cancer Society.

And it was the footwork and graceful movements by local Garda Emmet Flanagan and his dancing partner Ciara O’Donoghue from Listry, who gave a beautiful contemporary style performance to ‘Lost Boy, Peter Pan’ – which saw them crowned the Overall Winners.

A second People’s Choice award was won by Kenmare’s Mike Delaney and Mags O’Mahony who danced to the jive to ‘Runaway Baby’ by Bruno Mars.

Emmet, is the third member of Killarney Gardai to win the glamorous event. Neither he nor his partner had any substantial dancing experience and both said they were shocked when they were named by the judges as the winners.

“I said from day one that this was going to be fun,” Emmett told The Killarney Advertiser this week.

“I would not say I am a competitive man, but for a few moments before the judges called out the names of the winners I was very nervous and I suppose then the competitive element crept in.”

Emmet was supported on the night by many of his family and friends, including several who travelled from his native Ennis, and colleagues from Killarney Garda Station.

“I had no dancing experience,” Ciara, who works in Fexco, said.

“Maybe when I was a child of six or seven I might have done a small bit but really I had no experience. Everyone made a huge effort in the run up and it was amazing we won.”

The next big fundraiser for the branch is the annual Daffodil Day on Friday, March 22.

Kathrina Breen of the Killarney South Kerry Branch praised the people of Killarney for supporting all fundraising activities in the town.

“We are a small committee but Strictly is the biggest event on our calendar and we cannot thank the people and businesses of Killarney enough,” she said.

“Daffodil Day is next for us and if anyone would like to donate daffodils for sale, they can be dropped in to the Credit Union offices on Beech Road.”

 

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Local author’s debut book makes Late Late Toy Show

Killarney art psychotherapist Katie O’Donoghue was delighted to spot her first children’s book on last Friday’s Late Late Toy Show! ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ was written and illustrated by Katie, and published by Gill Books in July. With almost every eye in Ireland on the Toy Show every year, children’s authors, illustrators and publishers […]

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Killarney art psychotherapist Katie O’Donoghue was delighted to spot her first children’s book on last Friday’s Late Late Toy Show!

‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ was written and illustrated by Katie, and published by Gill Books in July.

With almost every eye in Ireland on the Toy Show every year, children’s authors, illustrators and publishers compete for a much-coveted spot on the set. Aware that her book had been sent to Ryan, but not having heard anything from RTÉ, Katie was thrilled to see it in a prominent position. It was a wonderful surprise to discover ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ had been placed in the front row of the book corner. There, it had a little chair of its own and was even embraced by a cuddly toy.

It was visible many times over the course of the evening, particularly during the book discussion, an incredibly proud moment for first-time author Katie.

“I have to admit, when I saw ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ cradled in the teddy’s arms, I may have jumped up and down with excitement,” Katie told the Killarney Advertiser.

What began as a lockdown project while Katie was living in London and missing her family in Kerry, is providing comfort to children around the world.

Using a gentle story with gorgeous illustrations, Little Squirrel and his forest friends teach young people a variety of simple coping techniques.

“These skills will benefit children their entire lives and the book is even helpful for adults who are prone to worrying and overthinking,” she added.

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No 2021 return for Killarney on Ice

By Michelle Crean Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year. Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year. […]

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By Michelle Crean

Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year.

Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year.

Rising case numbers, uncertain COVID-19 restrictions, and insurance challenges have been the main drivers behind the decision not to open, according to the company.

As Kerry’s only festive ice rink, the facility has brought much fun and life to the town over the years, attracting thousands of people from all over the county, and indeed the whole country, with many families coming to stay overnight in Killarney and enjoying all that this great town has to offer.

As well as friends and families coming to skate, schools, youth clubs, sports teams and employees of local companies use the group booking discount rate to plan sessions on the ice, and Killarney on Ice would like to thank them all for their continuing loyalty.

“We sincerely hope to be back better and stronger in 2022, and we look forward to welcoming all of our valued customers,” Tim O’Donoghue, the promoter of the rink, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“In the meantime, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.”

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