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Book of Condolences opened at Town Hall as Killarney pays tribute to Brendan Grace

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Tributes have been paid to the comedian and singer Brendan Grace who passed away this week aged 68.

Best known for his character Bottler, he also starred in the hit TV sit-com Fr Ted as exiled priest Fr Fintan.

The Irish showbiz legend was an integral part of the Killarney social scene and was a regular fixture at the INEC over the years.

When the late Maurice O’Donoghue was putting Killarney and The Gleneagle Hotel on the map he employed the stand-up comic as one of his , and subsequently longest-standing, acts.

"We are greatly saddened to learn of the passing of our great friend Brendan Grace. Brendan worked hard to bring happiness and laughter to generations of Gleneagle guests. We are eternally grateful to him for creating so many memories both in The Gleneagle Ballroom and the INEC over the past five decades. Our thoughts are with his wife Eileen, his family and his many friends at this time. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis. Ní bheidh a leithéid ann arís,"  Patrick O'Donoghue, CEO of The Glenagle Group told the Killarney Advertiser.

He usually stayed at the International Hotel where head porter Frank O’Sullivan has fond memories of the Dubliner.

“He would come back year after year but would always remember us by name,” said Frank.

He was also a regular customer at the Handy Stores where staff member Frances Healy remembered his generosity.

“I remember singing a few songs with him in the store,” she told the Killarney Advertiser. “He was very generous. He used to send down CDs for the staff and the jarveys. He would name each individual jarvey that he wanted to give the CDs to and he would follow up with a letter thanking us for our time when we were only delighted to have him here in the first place.”

Kerry County Council will open a Book of Condolences for the late Brendan Grace at the Killarney Municipal District Office from 9am today (Friday July 12).

The Cathaoirleach of Killarney Municipal District, Cllr Michael Gleeson expressed his condolences to the Grace family, saying that Brendan Grace had a long and much-valued association with Killarney.

"Brendan Grace was a larger than life figure who brought so much happiness and enjoyment to so many people, not least during his many performances in Killarney and County Kerry over the years. We are happy to afford this opportunity to people who wish to record their condolences to do so through our Killarney office at the Town Hall. We extend our deepest sympathies to Brendan’s family and friends at this sad time," said Cllr Gleeson.

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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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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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10 new jobs announced for Kerry County Council

The Government has approved 10 new posts for Kerry County Council to assist with the delivery of their social housing targets. The news was announced today (Friday) as part of the Government’s new housing plan ‘Housing for All’ which commits to strengthening the capacity of Local Authorities to initiate, design, plan, develop and manage housing projects. The plan […]

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The Government has approved 10 new posts for Kerry County Council to assist with the delivery of their social housing targets.

The news was announced today (Friday) as part of the Government’s new housing plan ‘Housing for All’ which commits to strengthening the capacity of Local Authorities to initiate, design, plan, develop and manage housing projects.

The plan acknowledges that this requires the resourcing of housing delivery teams and the posts being announced include a wide range of positions from engineers to quantity surveyors and architects with provision also made for the necessary administrative resources.

“I welcome this announcement by my Cabinet colleague Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien,” Minister Foley said.

“Housing is a key priority for Government and these new posts are an endorsement of the excellent work carried out by Kerry County Council and a deserved recognition of their continued commitment to providing social housing to all local communities across Kerry.”

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