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Barraduff lights up for Christmas

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By Michelle Crean

There was a fantastic festive atmosphere in Barraduff on Friday night as up to 70 locals turned out to light up the village for Christmas.

Kathleen Cronin (left) with Santa Clause and Kathleen Healy attending the switching on of the Christmas lights in Barraduff last Friday. Photo: Seamus Healy

Oisin O'Connell and his brother Cian delighted meeting Santa Clause in Barraduff last Friday at the switching on of the Christmas lights. Photo: Seamus Healy

Shane Doyle and Ciara Horgan with their children Saoirse Aaron and Kayla at the switching on of the Christmas lights in Barraduff last Friday. Photo: Seamus Healy

Local Garda Declan Leader managed to catch Santa so the boys and girls had a great time quizzing him about what he'll be bringing to them on Christmas night! Christmas carols added to the occasion as local school children sang their hearts out with music also by the very talented Rosie Healy.

Killarney Mayor Niall Kelleher did the honours and switched the lights on while Fr Lenihan blessed the Christmas Memorial tree at the church.

The event was organised by the local Tidy Towns group which has approximately 15 members. They have been doing it for five or six years pre-pandemic.

"We haven't had it in two years [due to COVID]," Stuart Kelly, Chairperson of the Tidy Towns group, told the Killarney Advertiser.

"Six years ago we decided to put a Christmas tree and lights up. Residents put up lights also. Kerry County Council and the Community Support Fund allowed us to get new lights this year. We have a memory tree at the church and hearts are €5 with proceeds going back into the village and we'll say a special memorial Mass after Christmas."

He added a huge thanks to the residents for their support as well as Fr Lenihan and their local shop keeper.

"Michael O'Donoghue Costcutter powers the tree and the church powers the memory tree," Stuart said.

He added that there's a fundraising table quiz on December 27 at 8pm sharp in John Dan's and everyone is welcome.

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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