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Chamber pays tribute to the late Christy Quill



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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Proinsias says farewell to Gaelscoil after 33 years

By Michelle Crean For over three decades one face has been constant at Gaelscoil Faithleann but today (Friday) it all changes as the school’s first and only Principal to date […]



By Michelle Crean

For over three decades one face has been constant at Gaelscoil Faithleann but today (Friday) it all changes as the school’s first and only Principal to date says a fond farewell.

It’s a day full of mixed emotions for Proinsias Mac Curtain who was appointed the school’s Principal on September 1, 1989.

Today, the school’s 245 children and staff will host a number of events at the school for him which are sure to stir a few emotions.

It follows a special Mass on Innisfallen Island on Saturday morning as 150 children, staff members, parents council and Board of Management members boarded a boat for the occasion. And the location was apt as the school is called after the island, Proinsias explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was lovely, it was meaningful as the school is called after Innisfallen Island. I’ve been blessed with the school community down through the years. It was a pleasure to work with school staff and parents, Boards of Management – but the most important is the children. I’m proud of them and their achievements. They are great children and I’ll miss them.”

He said the school will be in great hands as Lisa Ni Iarlaithe, who has been at the school since 1991, takes over as Principal.

He also praised the hardworking staff.

“I’ll miss it but I’m comfortable to step back as the school is in excellent hands.”

Proinsias is originally from Tournafulla Co Limerick. He began his career as a teacher in Scoil Iognáid in the centre of Galway city, the largest Gaelscoil in the country at the time.

Shortly before he died his father Jerry, who loved to holiday for a few days a year in Killarney, had heard of a new school opening here and phoned Proinsias to tell him. The rest they say is history.

He says his love of Irish language was inspired by Tournafulla Primary School Principal Liam O Loineacháin and in St Ita’s College Abbeyfeale by Jim Tierney and the late Johnny Nelligan.

And although three decades is a long time, Proinsias says it flew by and that he has seen many changes over the years. The first is seeing the children of former pupils coming to school. The second is the advancement of technology – some good and some not so good!

“The biggest change was the growth of technology, the changeover to the whiteboard and the use of devices which makes it challenging for parents. It’s wonderful you can access so much, but there are advantages and disadvantages.”

He added a huge thanks to his wife Karen who supported him down through the years when he was out late at meetings, adding that she was “very patient”.

He also thanked Sean O Luanaigh.

“He has been my chairperson since the start and has been such a tremendous support, help and guidance down through the years.”

In retirement he plans to spend more time with his family including his three children Ruadhán, Meadhbh and Cormac.

He also plans to get more involved in Beaufort Tidy Towns as well as the Annals of Innisfallen project.

“It’s always been an interest of mine. I also plan to relax for a few weeks, make more time for family, and I look forward to playing more trad music, bee keeping, gardening and travel.”


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Start clocking up those ‘Kingdom Kilometres’

With an increase in daylight hours there’s no better time to clock up the ‘Kingdom Kilometres’ on foot or by cycling along the county’s two new Greenways. The recently opened […]




With an increase in daylight hours there’s no better time to clock up the ‘Kingdom Kilometres’ on foot or by cycling along the county’s two new Greenways.

The recently opened Kingdom of Kerry Greenways between Tralee and Fenit and between Listowel and Abbeyfeale are already proving hugely popular with locals and visitors to Kerry.

Representatives of the tourism Industry, local public representatives, travel writers and influencers gathered in Kerry on Monday to experience the exciting new tourist attractions and welcome the arrival of the longer daylight hours as the clocks changed over to summertime.

Sarah Hanrahan, a social media influencer who posts about Irish travel and has more than 100,000 Instagram followers, described the experience.

“Ireland has some of the most amazing outdoor spaces. For a lot of my followers and other people, connecting with green spaces has become much more important to their overall sense of well-being as well as their health and fitness. It’s been really gorgeous to experience the Tralee to Fenit, and Listowel to Limerick Kingdom of Kerry Greenways; a fantastic trip sampling the warm hospitality of Kerry and a great reminder of the active holiday options that are right on our doorstep.”

The new purpose-built trails provide an accessible and inclusive experience for visitors of all abilities.

Mayor of Tralee, Cllr Mikey Sheehy and the Mayor of Listowel, Cllr Aoife Thornton, said that the greenways offer an exceptional recreational amenity for everyone to enjoy.

“The greenways are situated in some of Kerry’s most scenic landscapes and offer spectacular and safe off-road facilities for people of all ages to enjoy as the landscape comes into bloom. They also offer warm hospitality at the trail head towns of each route.”

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