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Callan to star at Mayor’s Charity Shindig

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Killarney will experience a St Patrick’s weekend celebration the likes of which it has never seen before thanks to the town’s first citizen who is to host a major night of top-notch entertainment to raise funds for two very worthy causes.

Cllr Niall Kelleher is reviving the tradition of holding a mayor’s fundraising ball on March 18 but this year, given its immediate proximity to the St Patrick’s Day celebrations, it is to be known as the Mayor’s Charity Shindig.

All funds raised on the evening will be divided between the Kerry Parents and Friends Buy a Bus Campaign and the Social Action Group in Rathmore with Mayor Kelleher anxious to help both very worthy causes. 

“As Mayor of Killarney, I am delighted to be in a position to organise an event that will help good causes and I know the people of the greater Killarney Municipal District and beyond will be only too happy to offer their support and, in the process, have a night to remember,” Mayor Kelleher said.

The gala event, a key part of this year’s St Patrick’s Weekend Festival in the town,  will be held in the INEC, Killarney on Sunday, March 18 and with the bank holiday Monday to follow, it is considered the perfect time for a great get-together.

The gala will include a pre-dinner drinks reception, a sumptuous banquet, after-dinner entertainment with a nationally renowned celebrity guest and dancing to big band sounds until the early hours. 

Mayor Kelleher is certainly pulling out all the stops as the master of ceremonies and after dinner guest speaker for the evening will be none other than accomplished comedian and satirist Oliver Callan.

The hugely popular star will be followed by The Kelts who are one of the most popular and engaging dance bands on the circuit.

Tickets for the big event are €65.00, the dress code is lounge suit, as opposed to black tie, and the fun will get underway at 7.30pm.

Tickets are available from Killarney Town Hall, Rathmore Social Action Group, Kerry Parents and Friends, Rathmore Post Office, Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce and Cllr Niall Kelleher’s Offices in the Courtyard, Fairhill.

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Applecroft B&B named in Ireland’s Top 10

By Michelle Crean What a better way for a local business to celebrate its silver jubilee than to be named in the Top 10 places to stay in Ireland especially as they prepare to reopen after the pandemic. Owners Kathy and Don Brosnan, who run Applecroft House in Woodlawn, were named number 6 in Ireland’s […]

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By Michelle Crean

What a better way for a local business to celebrate its silver jubilee than to be named in the Top 10 places to stay in Ireland especially as they prepare to reopen after the pandemic.

Owners Kathy and Don Brosnan, who run Applecroft House in Woodlawn, were named number 6 in Ireland’s Top 10 B&Bs for 2022 by the Irish Independent ‘Reader Travel Awards’ while Ireland’s Best B&B was named as Dingle’s Pax House.

The couple began their business in 1997 and are very happy with the feedback from visitors who voted for their B&B, especially after two difficult years.

“I’m thrilled, especially as we’re celebrating our silver jubilee this year,” Kathy told the Killarney Advertiser.

The couple built their house in the early ’80s and aptly named it ‘Applecroft’ as it was built in a field which has an orchard.

In the late ’90s they opened five spacious rooms up, each with its own theme; 
‘Poet’s Corner’, ‘Past Times’, ‘The 19th Green’, ‘The Race-goer’s Club’ and ‘The Kerry Way’, for guests as Kathy, who worked in The Europe Hotel and the Great Southern Killarney for many years, had a passion to bring a great stay experience to guests visiting Killarney. They kept themselves busy planting in their two acre garden during the pandemic.

They have won numerous awards over the years and have had film crews in but this latest award is the icing on the cake for the couple who are looking forward to reopening in late March.

“It’s amazing, and a bonus especially with the two years we’ve had. We’ve never experienced anything like that. It was “wow” – we were preparing to reopen on St Patrick’s Day that year and all of a sudden everything closed down on the 16. It was a big shock.”

Don creates amazing bread and scones which guests rave about, she added.

“I was delighted as we came tenth for breakfast and sixth for the B&B.”

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Tributes paid to life-long Legion supporter

By Sean Moriarty Legion GAA Club has led tributes to one of their most ‘fervent’ supporters who passed away on Tuesday. Described as one of the town’s ‘old stock’, Tim Looney from Coolgraine Park and late of Daltons Avenue, was a central part of Killarney’s rich sporting heritage. As well as a life-long supporter of […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Legion GAA Club has led tributes to one of their most ‘fervent’ supporters who passed away on Tuesday.

Described as one of the town’s ‘old stock’, Tim Looney from Coolgraine Park and late of Daltons Avenue, was a central part of Killarney’s rich sporting heritage.

As well as a life-long supporter of Legion, he played basketball in the famous town leagues of the 1970s and the seven-a-side soccer ‘Wipeouts’ competitions.

“He was a very proud Legion man and always flew the green and white flag out his window whenever the club was playing in a big game,” PRO Enda Walshe told the Killarney Advertiser. “He was a fervent loyal club supporter but was also one of the characters of the winter basketball leagues.”

Tim was also a regular participant in Dart Pub Leagues back in the 1970s and 1980s.

Tim’s funeral took place today (Friday). He was laid to rest at Killarney Burial Ground after 10am Mass St Mary’s Cathedral.

Tim is survived by his wife Nuala, his children Joanne, Paudie and Timmy, and was a much loved grandfather to Stephen, Makaela, Chloe, Padraic, Keelan, Alex and the late Lorna. He will also be sadly missed by his daughters-in-law Margaret and Sharon, son-in-law Tony, sisters Kathleen, Sheila and Ann, brothers Lewis-John and Paddy, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews, relatives, neighbours and many great friends.

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