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Chamber pays tribute to the late Christy Quill

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Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce has expressed its condolences to the Quill family on the sudden and sad passing of hugely popular and successful businessman Christy Quill.

Originally from Ballingeary, Co Cork but living in Killarney for many years, Christy was a key part of the Quill family business empire which has a number of busy premises in Killarney as well as Kenmare, Dingle, Sneem and Cork.

In recent years Christy and his wife, Pauline, have operated the bustling Strand House in Dingle, specialising in high-end fashion, knitwear and household goods, but they continued to live at Upper Park Road in Killarney.

For many years Christy was the man at the helm in the landmark Quill’s building on the Main Street-High Street junction in Killarney and he played a very active role in the commercial life and business development of the town.

Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce President, Niall Kelleher, said Christy was to the forefront in the early years of the Christmas in Killarney Festival when he was part of a group that travelled to Trier in Germany to ascertain what could be learned from the festive markets there.

On his return, he fundraised actively and negotiated the purchase of the decorative street garlands that give the town such a magical atmosphere every Christmas.

Christy was also a dedicated volunteer with the Tidy Towns Meitheal and he played a significant logistical role when Killarney won the overall national prize in 2011.

“He was a great man for getting work done. He had a real get-up-and-go attitude and Christy was always available to help whenever help was needed. He worked hard in his business and he worked hard for Killarney and the town greatly appreciates the huge contribution he made,” the Chamber President said.

Quill’s is to the forefront of business in the town. It has been one of the great success stories and a wonderful employer and it has certainly helped Killarney retain its edge as a busy and successful commercial town, Mr Kelleher added.

He expressed the Chamber’s condolences to Christy’s wife, Pauline, and their children Aoife, Ciara, Clionagh, Rónán and Úna as well as to his siblings Mary, Pádraig, Catherine, Séamus, Síle, Eileen, Johnny, Gobnait, Joe, Finbarr and Ann, as well as the extended family and staff.

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Vaccination centre leaves basketball club homeless

By Sean Moriarty With the National Basketball League set to get underway in two weeks’ time, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club are still unsure where they will play their homes games this season as their usual venue is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre. The local side play Limerick Celtic away on […]

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By Sean Moriarty

With the National Basketball League set to get underway in two weeks’ time, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club are still unsure where they will play their homes games this season as their usual venue is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre.

The local side play Limerick Celtic away on the weekend of October 8 and 9 and their first home game is set for October 16.

Currently their home venue at Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre is unavailable as it is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre and according to the Health Service Executive (HSE) this week, there are no plans in place, as of yet, to move out.

Killarney Cougars, the town’s newest addition to the National League, has secured the use of the gym at St Brigid’s Secondary School in the town centre but, as it stands, St Paul’s remain homeless as the season opener looms.

“It is ridiculous at this stage,” said head coach Jarlath Lee. “If you look at what is happening at the Sports Centre, there are very few people in and out of there now compared to the start [of the vaccination roll-out].”

The HSE when contacted by the Killarney Advertiser this week said that they would not be adding to a previous statement issued earlier this month, which said: “In relation to Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre, we are very grateful to staff and management for the use of their facility as a vaccination centre.

“Planning work is well underway for the next phase of the vaccination programme, locally and nationally. This includes a review of where vaccinations are administered in future, but we cannot confirm any decisions in relation to any particular location at this point in time.”

However, the HSE did confirm this week, that the Tralee Vaccination Centre, located at the Munster Technology University, will re-locate to the recently vacated Borg Warner factory in the town. The move is expected to be completed within the next week to 10 days.

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Triple treat for car lovers this weekend

Killarney car fans are in for a triple treat this weekend with three different events to look forward to over two days. Tomorrow (Saturday), Cannonball will blast through the town. Over one hundred supercars, ranging from firm favourites like McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley are expected to take part […]

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Killarney car fans are in for a triple treat this weekend with three different events to look forward to over two days.

Tomorrow (Saturday), Cannonball will blast through the town.

Over one hundred supercars, ranging from firm favourites like McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley are expected to take part while raising funds for the HOPE Foundation.

The cars will leave Kenmare at around 11.30am and will travel via Moll’s Gap to Killarney and onwards to Farranfore and Tralee.

“The cars will not be stopping in towns this year to avoid gatherings,” said an event spokesperson, but the Killarney Advertiser understands that the high-powered convoy will be stopping in Tralee for a lunch halt before making their way to Tarbert and the Shannon Ferry.

On Sunday, and as revealed by the Killarney Advertiser last week, the Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club will host its annual classic motorshow at the racecourse from 11am. This event will raise funds for St Francis’s Special School in Beaufort.

Cars n’Coffee Killarney will join the vintage club on Sunday. After a successful 2019 season at KC Print, Cars n’Coffee is looking for a new home in Killarney, and Sunday’s collaboration with the vintage club could pave the way for further events at the racecourse.

“Having events of this quality in Killarney shows that the town could soon become the car culture capital of Ireland,” said Cars n’Coffee organiser Ger Neeson.

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