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Christmas in Killarney changes but the show goes on

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SHOW WILL GO ON: There will be no Christmas in Killarney parades this year but there will be plenty of light to be cheerful about. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

 

A whopping €25,000 will be invested in additional street lighting features which will help ensure that Killarney will enhance its reputation as Ireland’s greatest – and brightest – Christmas town.

While traditional events like the annual parades cannot go ahead, static floats will be placed in strategic locations across the town adding to the new street lighting.

All of this is thanks to the combined efforts of Killarney Municipal District Council, Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce and the Christmas in Killarney Committee.

The spectacular Tree of Light on the grounds of St Mary’s Cathedral will again form the magnificent focal point for the Christmas celebrations.

Close on 3,000 bulbs will sparkle to life on the 30-metre Californian Redwood which is one of the most famous and photographed landmarks in the country.

Santa’s Sleigh and Santa’s Postbox will be positioned on Main Street and children and the young at heart are invited to write their letters and pop them in the box while giant Christmas decorations will also be positioned in several areas throughout the town.

Announcing details of the Christmas in Killarney celebrations, Mayor of Killarney, Cllr Brendan Cronin, said he is delighted that everybody is working hard to retain Killarney’s deserved reputation as the best and most exciting Christmas town in the country.

“It will be different this year and we know that, but we must adapt. It is so important that Killarney has a festive feel and a festive look for Christmas 2020,” he said.
“People can take full advantage of our great natural surroundings and enjoy the season of goodwill in the best place on earth to spend some time at Christmas,” he said.
“Christmas will be different this year but the opportunity is there, as always, to spend time with family, friends and loved ones,” added Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce President, Paul Sherry.

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Man released without charge in murder case

The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge […]

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The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge in relation to this matter.

Miriam Burns was found in her home on Monday afternoon after family and neighbours became concerned about her welfare.

A file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions and investigations are ongoing under the direction of a Senior Investigating Officer.

Gardaí are continuing to appeal to any persons who were in the Ardshanavooley area between 5pm on Friday and 1pm on Monday and observed any activity which drew their attention, to come forward.

Any road users who were travelling in the area at these times who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) are asked to make this footage available to Gardaí.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Killarney Garda Station on 064 6671160, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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Plenty of music and entertainment to celebrate Kilcummin talent

The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night. The talent within […]

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The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night.

The talent within the branch was clearly evident with a packed trophies table. Indeed some of the successes over the last number of months were replayed in a relaxed, jovial atmosphere that meant that all attending had a great night’s entertainment.

“We had demonstrations of winning sets across all age groups and then we moved onto the musicians who pulled out all the stops to entertain the large crowd, packed into the clubhouse,” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCÉ PRO, told the Killarney Advertiser.

John Moriarty, who has recently retired from his role of Supervisor with Kilcummin Rural Development was acknowledged with a presentation to reflect the outstanding work that he has done to enhance and grow Kilcummin Comhaltas over his 25 years in his role, he added.

“Much thanks and praise was also offered to Mary, Adrian and Conor Moriarty, all involved in the progression of dancing and music within the Kilcummin branch. The music and entertainment continued with Helen Kerins and Denis Crowley late into the night. We’re looking forward to next year already!”

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