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Christmas magic begins as Santa arrives in Killarney

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Grace O'Hare pictured with her dad Conor has the best position in the town to watch Santa Claus arriving for the annual Christmas in Killarney lights and Christmas magic parade on Saturday night. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Parade safety steward Marie Brosnan-Leahy getting into Christmas spirit for the annual switching on of the Christmas lights and Christmas magic parade on Saturday night. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Monastery Boys National School pupils taking part in the annual Christmas in Killarney parade in the town with the switching on of the Christmas lights and Christmas magic parade on Saturday night. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Sam Maguire took pride of place and centre stage in Killarney for the annual switching on of the Christmas lights and Christmas magic parade on Saturday night. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Killarney Municipal District Area Councillors Cllr Niall ‘Botty’ O’Callaghan Cllr Donal Grady Cathaoirleach Killarney Municipal District Cllr John O'Donoghue Cllr Brendan Cronin Cllr Marie Moloney getting into the atmosphere in Killarney for the annual Christmas in the town with the switching on of the Christmas lights and Christmas magic parade on Saturday night. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

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The magic begins in Killarney for the annual Christmas in the town with the switching on of the Christmas lights and Christmas magic parade on Saturday night. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

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ARRIVAL: Santa Claus pictured arriving in Killarney for the annual switching on of the Christmas lights and Christmas magic parade on Saturday night. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

You better watch out Santa Claus is arriving in Killarney for the annual switching on of the Christmas lights and Christmas magic parade on Saturday night. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

The magic begins for the Patterson family Alex Irene Catherine and Robert in Killarney for the switching on of the Christmas lights and Christmas magic parade on Saturday night. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

He came dashing through the town on Saturday night and packed streets greeted him with huge excitement.

Yes, that's right - Santa Claus took some time out of his very busy schedule and arrived to town for the annual switching on of the Christmas lights and magic parade.

The streets were lined with children and their families and they'd huge smiles on their faces when they spotted the man in the red coat making his way around the town on the colourful float.

Grace O'Hare was pictured with her dad Conor - she had the best seat in the town to watch Santa Claus as she was perched high on her dad's shoulders.

It was the same for the Patterson family, Alex, Irene, Catherine and Robert, while Parade safety steward, Marie Brosnan-Leahy, was on hand to make sure everything went off OK.

Killarney Municipal District Councillors, Cllr Niall ‘Botty’ O’Callaghan, Cllr Donal Grady, Cathaoirleach Killarney Municipal District Cllr John O'Donoghue, Cllr Brendan Cronin, Cllr Marie Moloney, also enjoyed the occasion while the Sam Maguire took pride of place and centre stage in Killarney for the annual fun filled event.

And while he was in town Santa took some time off to have a chat with Killarney Advertiser columnist Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan - check it out on page 14 of this week's edition.

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Trilogy of comedy on offer by Dóchas Drama

By Sean Moriarty Dóchas Drama Group will present a series of three short comedy plays next week. All three plays are written and produced by Dóchas and will be acted […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Dóchas Drama Group will present a series of three short comedy plays next week.

All three plays are written and produced by Dóchas and will be acted out by the group’s members.

The opening act, ‘Flossing Around’ is written by Ger Madden and directed by Brian Bowler.

“A woman has an innate fear of the dentist. We go on the journey with her as she faces her fears, with hilarious consequences,” explained the group’s Liz Ryan.

This will be followed by ‘Faraway Hills’ which is written by Mary Quirke and directed by Michael Mills.
It is a tongue in cheek look at family life.

“A son wants to get away from small town life. His mother wants to keep him at home but his father can’t wait to see the back of him,” added Liz, who plays the mother in this short play.

Brain Bowler wrote the third instalment called ‘A Little Visitor’ which is directed by Ryan Jones.

“There are lots of misunderstandings when a hypochondriac visits a group of doctors who have other things on the their minds,” added Liz.

The run, which will feature all three performances each night, starts Wednesday next week and continues Thursday and Friday (February 8 to 10) at the Killarney Avenue Hotel. Tickets are €10 and are available at the door.

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Killarney secures three gold medals in national business awards

Three hotels in Killarney have won gold medals at the Virgin Media Business Gold Medal Awards. Now in its 33rd year, the awards the best of the best in the […]

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Three hotels in Killarney have won gold medals at the Virgin Media Business Gold Medal Awards.

Now in its 33rd year, the awards the best of the best in the hotel and catering sectors across the country.

This year, judges received over 460 entries from 150 hotels, guest houses, country houses, restaurants, cafés, bars and catering companies from around Ireland.

“An important factor in the Gold Medal Awards is the credibility and impartial nature of the judging process. Every property that undergoes this process is subject to benchmarking against a strict set of criteria and a blind site inspection conducted by the judging panel,” said an event organiser.

“This panel comprises respected industry experts from across the hospitality, culinary and catering sectors.”

Three Killarney hotels took top awards in different categories at the awards ceremony held at the Galmont Hotel and Spa in Galway on Tuesday night.

The Great Southern Hotel was named as the best Business and Conference Hotel in Ireland.

“To be recognised among the greatest hotels in Ireland is a marvellous achievement for Great Southern. It is fantastic news and has provided all our staff with a little morale boost. Our Business & Conference partners and customers are extremely important to us with some relationships in place annually for over 30 years. Receiving this recognition for the service we provide is a fantastic achievement and testament to the incredible work of our outstanding staff,” said Michael Jacobi Managing Director said.

The best front of house team award went the staff at the Aghadoe Heights Hotel and Spa.

In the Hotel Casual Dining Experience category the Dunloe Hotel and Gardens came out on top.

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