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By Michelle Crean  

Christmas carols really do help ramp up the festive vibe and that's exactly what local schools did this week.

Fossa National School pupils pictured enjoying their Carol Singing Session with local musicians Padraig Buckley Maria Falvey teacher Marie McSweeney and Kirill Healy in the Fossa Community Centre on Monday. Photo: Michelle Cooper Galvin

Santa was the guest of honour at the Fossa National School Carol Singing Session in Fossa Community Centre on Monday. Photo: Michelle Cooper Galvin

Local musicians Padraig Buckley Maria Falvey teacher Marie McSweeney and Kirill Healy at the Fossa National School Carol Singing Session on Monday. Photo: Michelle Cooper Galvin

Fossa National School pupils at their Carol Singing Session pictured in Fossa Community Centre on Monday. Photo: Michelle Cooper Galvin

Ukraine children pictured taking part in the Fossa National School Carol Singing Session on Monday. Photo: Michelle Cooper Galvin

St Brendan's students collecting at the St Brendan's College Carol singing in aid of St Vincent de Paul at The Market Cross on Tuesday. Photo: Michelle Cooper Galvin

St Brendan's student Jack Cronin sorting out Santa's outfit at the St Brendan's College Carol singing in aid of St Vincent de Paul at The Market Cross on Tuesday. Photo: Michelle Cooper Galvin

St Brendan's students singing at the St Brendan's College Carol singing in aid of St Vincent de Paul at The Market Cross on Tuesday. Photo: Michelle Cooper Galvin

St Brendan's students singing at the St Brendan's College Carol singing in aid of St Vincent de Paul at The Market Cross on Tuesday. Photo: Michelle Cooper Galvin

On Monday, Fossa National School pupils brought their voices together for their Christmas carol singing session with local musicians Padraig Buckley, Maria Falvey, teacher Marie McSweeney and Kirill Healy in Fossa Community Centre. And this year they were joined by Ukraine children who learned some tunes and excitedly sang along. 

In town on Tuesday students from St Brendan's College gathered at Market Cross creating a lovely atmosphere for those out Christmas shopping. 

The group raised €2,350 for St Vincent de Paul which was the largest amount since the event was started by Tim Gleeson and Paul Barden 21 years ago.

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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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Corcoran’s Furniture walk raises €12k for autism charity

Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland There were 37 participants in the event, which included […]

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Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland

There were 37 participants in the event, which included AADI families, dogs, and representatives, as well as fundraisers, supporters, and members of the Corcoran’s team. The stars of the day were the three life-changing super-hero dogs, Buzz, Baron and Hank.

Former Kerry Footballer, James O’ Donoghue, was the ambassador for the event
Those taking part left Ross Castle and were treated to a phenomenal boat ride in the expert hands of Diarmuid ‘Dux’ O’Donoghue of Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours. The O’Donoghue family entertained the entire group with a range of fascinating stories outlining the history of the lakes of Killarney and Killarney National Park.

The group set out from Lord Brandon’s Cottage and walked the 11K through the iconic Gap of Dunloe, with two AADI families and their dogs taking part in the full walk. This was followed by a well-deserved meal and some rest and relaxation at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. Flemings Taxi’s Killarney brought the group back to Ross Castle, Killarney upon completion of the event.

“On behalf of everybody at Corcoran’s Furniture, we would like to thank everybody who participated in our Gap of Dunloe charity event on behalf of AADI,” said Shane O’ Callaghan, Financial Controller atCorcoran’s.

“Collectively we have raised almost €12,000 for this incredible charity and monies are still coming in. We are extremely grateful to all who supported our walk, and also to James O’ Donoghue, Christina Tagney, the Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours, the fantastic support of Noel Lucey and Donal McCarthy from the Order Of Malta, Killarney branch, and to Killarney National Park, Kate Kearney’s Cottage and Fleming’s Taxi’s. All funds raised will go toward the expert training and maintenance of the upcoming AADI dogs who will make a dramatic difference to so many children with Autism and their families.”

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