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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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Headford man’s 1948 Jaguar the star of car run

A staggering 157 classic and vintage cars and motorcycles took part in the 12th annual Car and Honda 50 Run, organised by Ballymac Vintage Club on Sunday. The O’Riada’s Bar […]

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A staggering 157 classic and vintage cars and motorcycles took part in the 12th annual Car and Honda 50 Run, organised by Ballymac Vintage Club on Sunday.

The O’Riada’s Bar and Restaurant-based event raised money for the nearby Glanageenty Walkways and followed a new for 2022 route via Ballymac, Raemore, Knocknagoshel, Brosna, and Mount Eagle before the finish line in the Mart Yard in Castleisland.

Gerard Healy from Knockysheehan, Headford, Killarney had the oldest cars on the run.

He has owned his 1948 Jaguar Mark 4 saloon for the last seven years.

“This car was manufactured in Coventry after World War Two,” he said. “And it was then shipped to Ireland in kit form to avoid high import duty on complete cars. It was reassembled in Dublin and painted emerald green. This is a Sligo car, the first owner was a Miss Teresa Ferry, it was very unusual for a lady to own a car in those days.”

The car was then sold to a vicar and then a soldier before, somehow, ending up in The Netherlands. There it underwent a full restoration in 1999.

Gerard bought the car from a restorer called Roberto Verboon.

“I was proud to bring the car back to Ireland,” he added.

Thanks to generous support from local businesses and sponsors including O’Riada’s and BG Motors over €500 worth of spot prizes were handed out on the day.

Listry’s Tony and Kay Darmody were prize winners after judges were impressed with their Hillman Minx Convertible.

George Carey from Tralee won the motorcycle award with his finely turned out 1986 Honda 90.

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White Tailed Sea Eagles released into Killarney National Park

By Sean Moriarty Four White-tailed Eagle chicks have been released into the wild in Killarney National Park. The National Park is one of three locations in Munster as well as Lough […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Four White-tailed Eagle chicks have been released into the wild in Killarney National Park.

The National Park is one of three locations in Munster as well as Lough Derg and the lower Shannon Estuary where a total of 16 of the once extinct in Ireland birds have been released in recent days.

On Friday last, An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin was in Tarbert where a number of eagles were released into the wild as part of a project to re-establish a population of this iconic species in Ireland.

This was followed by a further release today (Tuesday) in Killarney National Park by the Minister of State for Heritage, Malcolm Noonan, TD, accompanied by the Norwegian Ambassador, Mari Skåre.

Also in attendance were a group of visiting Norwegians who were responsible for the collection of the eagle nestlings in Norway earlier this year.

These white-tailed Eagle chicks arrived in Kerry Airport last month as part of a long-term wildlife reintroduction project.

The four eagle chicks brought to Killarney National Park have been held in special aviaries in a remote part of the Park where they have been carefully looked after by National Parks and Wildlife Service staff.

“It has been wonderful to watch the release of the magnificent White Tail Eagles collected in Norway. The friendship between the people of Norway and the people of Ireland runs deep. The eagles we see fly free and strong in their natural habitat here today are spreading their wings as a result of the voluntary work of so many,” said Ambassador Skåre.

“Biodiversity is essential for all life on Earth. Yet we are seeing an extremely rapid loss of species world-wide. Through joint efforts we can halt this decline.”

As in previous years, the young eagles were collected under licence in Norway by the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA) and co-workers. All the birds were fitted with satellite tags in Ireland to enable their progress to be followed and their integration into the existing Irish breeding population monitored.

One of the first pairs of White-tailed Eagles to breed in Ireland was in Killarney National Park in 2013 and the pair have remained in the Park since, once again fledging a chick this year. Their nest is in a tree on an inaccessible cliff, but visitors may be lucky and catch a glimpse of the eagles soaring over the mountains or catching fish in one of the Park’s many lakes.

As they mature, these chicks will join and strengthen the small Irish breeding population that has become established since the reintroduction programme began in 2007. So far, 47 young eagles from Norway have been released over the last two years.

FLYING HIGH: One of the White-tailed Eagle chicks released into the wild in Killarney National Park on Tuesday.
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