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Killarney to get over €16 million in funding windfall.





As predicted in last week’s Killarney Advertiser,  Killarney is to receive  €16.6 million in funding in the Regional Economic Driver and Destination programme attached to the urban regeneration scheme.


That is not the only good  news for the county as Tralee is set to get €15.93 million under the same scheme.


The Killarney Advertiser exclusively revealed last week that Killarney was set to get millions in funding, and that the announcement would be timed to coincide with the St Patrick’s Day celebrations.


The funding will include monies allocated towards the regeneration of the derelict Áras Phádraig and the designation of the Glebe Craft quarter in the town centre.


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today (Friday) welcomed the announcement of €31.90 million in funding for the Tralee and Killarney regions under the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF).


The URDF part-funds projects aimed at enhancing urban areas to make them more attractive places to live, work, visit and invest.


This funding is part of a Government promise to assist with residential and commercial development, supported by infrastructure, services and amenities and within the existing built-up areas of larger urban settlements.


Minister Foley said: “I welcome the announcement of almost €32 million in Kerry by my Cabinet colleague, Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’ Brien.

“I have been working on these twin projects for some months with Minister O’Brien and I am delighted with this positive and timely boost for our country.”


“I wish to thank Kerry County Council for their work on the applications. Their support has been crucial to the delivery of both projects.


“This funding will help create opportunities for commercial development in Tralee and Killarney while enhancing the many natural amenities and attractions that make Kerry one of the country’s top tourist destinations.


“I believe that this funding can be a catalyst for regeneration, development and growth.”

Among the projects set to benefit from this funding are the town centre Public Realm works in Tralee which would result in the primary streets of the central area of the town being finished to a high standard.


“This would link the major retail areas of the Mall, Castle Street and Lower Rock Street to the Island of Geese, and strengthen the links to the town park through St John’s Church Plaza.


“It will also help to maximise the wider benefits of tourism in Killarney town centre and to create an experience equivalent to the natural environment that surrounds it.”


Laura’s new look for Leaving Cert



NEW LOOK: Laura Cronin, who is currently sitting her Leaving Cert, cut 14 inches off her hair for The Rapunzel Foundation.

By Michelle Crean

Rathmore’s Laura Cronin headed into her Leaving Cert exams this week with a whole new look after transforming her hairstyle for charity.

Laura, daughter of Una and Donal from Rathbeg, cut 14 inches off her hair for The Rapunzel Foundation.

As her long locks didn’t get cut over the last year Laura decided to get a good chop in Katelynn’s Hair Design in Rathmore instead, and use the left over hair to create wigs for sick children.

“I thought, rather than trim it I’d cut a lot off,” Laura, who hopes to study pharmacy in college, told the Killarney Advertiser. “I wanted to cut off a lot of it, I was sick of long hair. I said that if there’d be enough I’d donate it as it’d be a shame to see it on the floor.”

Laura said that hopefully it can make a child happy if it allows them to receive a specially made wig for their First Holy Communion, or a similar occasion.

“I’d encourage anyone who has long hair to think about what they could do with it.”

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€1m upgrade for Killarney store



INVESTMENT: DV8 have invested €1m to update their store in the Killarney Outlet Centre. Pictured at the reopening were staff members: Clodagh McCarthy (Store Manager), Lorraine McGough (Assistant Manager), Anuka Altanson and Sarah Murphy. Photo: Don MacMonagle

A popular Killarney fashion shop, which reopened last week, securing up to 15 jobs, has had a facelift after a €1 million investment.

Leading fashion retailer DV8, which has a network of over 50 stores across Ireland, reopened its 4,000 square feet store in the Killarney Outlet Centre.

And customers admired the new look.

DV8 sells over 40 top fashion clothing brands as well as footwear and accessories in its stores and online at The hip fashion house is well-known for its uber cool shop interiors and has dedicated customers across Ireland and the UK.

“We are delighted to be reopening our new store in Killarney and confident it will compliment the existing retail offering in the town, with DV8’s unique range of male and female clothing and footwear,” David Scott from DV8 said.

“We think local shoppers will enjoy the DV8 experience, including the top fashion brands and excellent customer service.”

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Kodaline to play stripped down Killarney gig



By Michelle Crean

One of Ireland’s best known bands – who have had their recently released studio album streamed more than 60 million times – as well as reached 100 million YouTube views – are set to come to Killarney.

Kodaline will play their first ever stripped down fully acoustic tour on December 4 in the Gleneagle INEC Arena, which is part of a nationwide tour across the country.

Tickets went on sale yesterday (Friday) from the

‘One Day At A Time’ is the band’s fourth album, and adds a new chapter to a career that has already encompassed three number 1 albums in Ireland, two Top 5 albums in the UK, and more than a billion streams at Spotify. Kodaline approached the album with a streamlined process that took them back to their roots. The majority of the sessions revolved around the four band members alone in their modest recording space in Dublin, with bassist Jason Boland leading the production side of things.


In 2019, Kodaline played some of the biggest shows of their career. At home in Dublin they sold-out two huge outdoor shows at St Anne’s Park, while a 10-date UK tour culminated with a packed show at London’s historic Roundhouse. Further afield, they hit festivals including Lollapalooza, Benicàssim and Open’er before becoming the first Irish band to headline the massive NH7 Weekender in Pune, India. Their extensive touring throughout Asia also included a headline set at Monsoon Music Festival in Vietnam plus dates in China, Japan, South Korea, The Phillippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan and Singapore.

“We’re excited to do our first ever stripped down fully acoustic tour, it’s something we’ve wanted to do for a long time and something that’s gonna be very special for us. Hope to see you guys there,” the band said.

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