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Charity fishing competition planned in Killarney



FISHING: Launching ‘The Charity’ Lough Lein Anglers Association, Killarney annual charity event at Reen Pier, Ross Castle, Killarney were: Timo O’Sullivan (Chairman), Ian O’Connell and organising members, Phil Horan and Padraig Coughlan. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

The Lough Lein Anglers Association, one of the longest established fishing clubs in Ireland, will host its 32nd annual charity open fly fishing competition on April 28.

The event, known as ‘The Charity’ will take place on Lough Lein, from Ross Castle in Killarney National Park with funds this year going to the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) inDún Laoghaire Co Dublin.

Since its inception in 1987, the Lough Lein Anglers Association and its supporters have raised over €229,000 in Kerry and Cork.

Chairman of ‘The Charity’ organising committee, Timo O’Sullivan, is an avid angler, volunteer with many organisations in Kerry, and a wonderful advocate for wheelchair accessibility. It is 35 years since an accident at work resulted in Timo sustaining life changing injuries and leaving him wheelchair bound.

“The treatment and the expert care and lifelong friendship I received from staff at the NRH, has enabled me to carry out every aspect of daily life to the fullest extent,” he said.

“35 years on, and I am involved in many volunteer organisations in Killarney, beekeeping is my new passion,” Timo, who spent six months in the expert care of the NRH following his accident in 1984, said.

Building has commenced on a new state of the sports arena, rehabilitation facilities and 120 patient bedrooms, with the project expected to be completed by 2020.

“Our association has, following discussions with the NRH Foundation, agreed to expand the fundraising efforts of this year’s charity. Our aim is to raise €58,000 which is the cost of equipping 26 of the 120 bedrooms. As well as ‘The Charity’ the NRH has been chosen as a beneficiary of this year’s Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle. We are delighted to receive this news, and to have Ian O’Connell, the inspirational Killarney teenager, who sustained serious injuries in a cycle accident two years ago with us for this year’s launch at Reen Pier, together with organising members Phil Horan and Padraig Coughlan. The charity is indebted for the kind support and sponsorship of Lee Strand who come up trumps for us every year.”

The competition is open to members of angling clubs or associations which are TAFI or FISSTA associated. For further information about the event or donating to ‘The Charity’ contact Timo 087 9364886 or





Laura’s new look for Leaving Cert



NEW LOOK: Laura Cronin, who is currently sitting her Leaving Cert, cut 14 inches off her hair for The Rapunzel Foundation.

By Michelle Crean

Rathmore’s Laura Cronin headed into her Leaving Cert exams this week with a whole new look after transforming her hairstyle for charity.

Laura, daughter of Una and Donal from Rathbeg, cut 14 inches off her hair for The Rapunzel Foundation.

As her long locks didn’t get cut over the last year Laura decided to get a good chop in Katelynn’s Hair Design in Rathmore instead, and use the left over hair to create wigs for sick children.

“I thought, rather than trim it I’d cut a lot off,” Laura, who hopes to study pharmacy in college, told the Killarney Advertiser. “I wanted to cut off a lot of it, I was sick of long hair. I said that if there’d be enough I’d donate it as it’d be a shame to see it on the floor.”

Laura said that hopefully it can make a child happy if it allows them to receive a specially made wig for their First Holy Communion, or a similar occasion.

“I’d encourage anyone who has long hair to think about what they could do with it.”

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€1m upgrade for Killarney store



INVESTMENT: DV8 have invested €1m to update their store in the Killarney Outlet Centre. Pictured at the reopening were staff members: Clodagh McCarthy (Store Manager), Lorraine McGough (Assistant Manager), Anuka Altanson and Sarah Murphy. Photo: Don MacMonagle

A popular Killarney fashion shop, which reopened last week, securing up to 15 jobs, has had a facelift after a €1 million investment.

Leading fashion retailer DV8, which has a network of over 50 stores across Ireland, reopened its 4,000 square feet store in the Killarney Outlet Centre.

And customers admired the new look.

DV8 sells over 40 top fashion clothing brands as well as footwear and accessories in its stores and online at The hip fashion house is well-known for its uber cool shop interiors and has dedicated customers across Ireland and the UK.

“We are delighted to be reopening our new store in Killarney and confident it will compliment the existing retail offering in the town, with DV8’s unique range of male and female clothing and footwear,” David Scott from DV8 said.

“We think local shoppers will enjoy the DV8 experience, including the top fashion brands and excellent customer service.”

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Kodaline to play stripped down Killarney gig



By Michelle Crean

One of Ireland’s best known bands – who have had their recently released studio album streamed more than 60 million times – as well as reached 100 million YouTube views – are set to come to Killarney.

Kodaline will play their first ever stripped down fully acoustic tour on December 4 in the Gleneagle INEC Arena, which is part of a nationwide tour across the country.

Tickets went on sale yesterday (Friday) from the

‘One Day At A Time’ is the band’s fourth album, and adds a new chapter to a career that has already encompassed three number 1 albums in Ireland, two Top 5 albums in the UK, and more than a billion streams at Spotify. Kodaline approached the album with a streamlined process that took them back to their roots. The majority of the sessions revolved around the four band members alone in their modest recording space in Dublin, with bassist Jason Boland leading the production side of things.


In 2019, Kodaline played some of the biggest shows of their career. At home in Dublin they sold-out two huge outdoor shows at St Anne’s Park, while a 10-date UK tour culminated with a packed show at London’s historic Roundhouse. Further afield, they hit festivals including Lollapalooza, Benicàssim and Open’er before becoming the first Irish band to headline the massive NH7 Weekender in Pune, India. Their extensive touring throughout Asia also included a headline set at Monsoon Music Festival in Vietnam plus dates in China, Japan, South Korea, The Phillippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan and Singapore.

“We’re excited to do our first ever stripped down fully acoustic tour, it’s something we’ve wanted to do for a long time and something that’s gonna be very special for us. Hope to see you guys there,” the band said.

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