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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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Family to run in memory of the late Linda Eviston

By Sean Moriarty The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory. Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer. Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of […]

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The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory.

Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer.

Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of her daughter Alannah, will run a 42.2km course, on the day before her anniversary to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

The route will be based on landmarks that were an important part of Linda’s life. Starting from the family home in Dromkerry, before heading for the town centre and passing the Eviston House Hotel, Linda’s grandmother’s home at Park Road, Linda’s childhood home and national school in Glenflesk, Loreto where Linda attended secondary school, back to Killarney and finishing at Linda’s pride and joy – Brook Lodge Hotel.

“It is tough but we wanted to do something in Linda’s memory and help other people who might find themselves in similar circumstances,” Pat told the Killarney Advertiser. “We originally hoped to do the Dublin City Marathon but that got cancelled. This route is much better, but much tougher as it’s more hilly.”

All proceeds will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society and donations can be made via: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/inhonouroflinda.

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Women bravely bare all for Kerry’s first ‘Dip in the Nip’

By Michelle Crean  It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend. Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend.

Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst the all female grouping were some Killarney ladies who joined in the empowering adventure for what was described as “a special and unforgettable morning” all in aid of Recovery Haven Kerry.

According to Marisa Reidy from Recovery Haven, the women were of all ages and all walks of life who came together for so many personal reasons.

“Some were still on their own cancer journey, some were celebrating coming out the other side and of course, many were there to honour friends and loved ones who they had lost to cancer, but we were all equal on the day – flaws and all,” Marisa, who also took part in the event, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was a truly uplifting and exhilarating experience and we are so, so grateful to each and every lady who joined us for a morning we will never forget. One woman described it as ‘companionship among strangers’ and that really sums it up perfectly. It was emotional, there were some tears, but lots of laughter and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. When the ladies hit the water, they all formed a circle and held hands in a gesture that was totally unplanned – it just happened organically and it was quite overwhelming.”

She added that a very special mention has to be made to Michaela and John Edwards and their team from Wild Water Adventures for their support and expertise in ensuring no stone was left unturned in making it a fabulous, safe event.

“It was an all-female team from beginning to end, from our own volunteers, stewards, registration, Gardai, teas and coffees, lifeguards, sea rescue – girl power at its finest! Now all that’s left to do is start planning for 2022!”

Donations are still being taken via the link on the Recovery Haven Kerry Facebook page.

“So far we are close on €9,000 which is just fabulous.”

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