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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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Massive increase in numbers using local bus services

Passenger numbers on local link buses across Kerry have increased by 1727% from 2020 to 2023 according to local Green Party Candidate for Killarney Diarmaid Griffin. This is the highest […]

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Passenger numbers on local link buses across Kerry have increased by 1727% from 2020 to 2023 according to local Green Party Candidate for Killarney Diarmaid Griffin.

This is the highest increase nationally and is due to the investment by the Department of Transport during this government term.

“This service was lacking in former times, especially in rural areas and is a welcome addition to the countryside and villages of Kerry.’ says Green Party Candidate for Killarney,” said Griffin.

“While in the past, a taxi was the only option for those not cycling or driving. Now a service to Killarney is available every Friday morning from my townland of Barleymount. This is just one example of the network of bus routes criss-crossing the county thanks to local link.”

“This project is a notable success as the figures show. Investment in public transport helps alleviate congestion, increases community cohesion and reduces rural isolation. This is all welcome news for the locality,”

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Two weeks to go to Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’There is less than two weeks to show time for the cast of Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’

Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena. The launch was […]

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Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena.

The launch was followed by a full rehearsal and director Oliver Hurley was also there to lend a hand.

“We were delighted to introduce our lead characters to you. We had Abbey Theatre players Brigid Delia and Michael, who are the narrators throughout the musical drama. Eamonn De Valera , Harry Boland, Joe Emmett, Arthur Griffith, Cathal Brugha, volunteers and of course the beautiful Kitty Kieran were in full costume,” said KMS PRO Linda O’Donoghue.

“Mother Ireland and her five graceful dancers were fabulous. Our director and choreographer Oliver, our musical director Michael Young and the full cast of 64 were there. The singing was powerful. The music in ‘Michael Collins – A Musical Drama’ is distinctly Irish. People will definitely enjoy it.”

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Get your tickets in the INEC box office, online at universe.com or at the pop-up ticket office in the Laurel’s Pub, Market Cross from 12 pm to 4 pm between February 29 and March 2.

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