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There was a magical atmosphere in Killarney town last Saturday week as record crowds enjoyed the first Christmas parade of the season.

Streets were lined with thousands of excited visitors of all ages and from all over, as the Magic Parade, which kick-started an exciting month of Christmas in Killarney events, made its way around the streets.

And according Christmas in Killarney Chairperson Kate O’Leary, this year’s event was the biggest to date.

The wonderful annual show has become a firm favourite with kids of all ages and huge crowds flocked to see the Christmas lights turned on, catch a glimpse of Santa and his elves, and a whole host of fun new characters.

“We seem to say it every year, but this year’s parade was the biggest yet,” Kate said. “We had a lot of new characters and the crowds were unbelievable. It was incredible.”

Santa’s Cottage will be opening this weekend from 1-6pm in Old Market Lane and will remain open Saturdays and Sundays in the run-up to Christmas, Dine in Killarney started last night and will run again next Thursday night, and the Christmas in Killarney Concert will take place in the INEC on Thursday, December 13. Further parades will be held this coming Saturday, and every Saturday at 6pm, right up until Christmas.

 

“The feedback has been super and we’re ready to rock and roll again this Saturday night,” Kate added. “Hopefully the weather will hold off for us. We tend to get really good crowds for these smaller parades as well.”

 

The Christmas in Killarney team are looking for volunteers to act as stewards at the upcoming parades. If you can spare 45 minutes on a Saturday from 5.45pm to 6.30pm, please contact Kate on 087 2446131.

 

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More than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country without power

Gale force winds associated with Storm Barra, with gusts of over 130 km/h, are continuing to cause damage to the electricity network, currently affecting more than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country. The damage is mainly attributable to fallen trees on overhead lines as a result of the high winds. ESB Networks’ crews will […]

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Gale force winds associated with Storm Barra, with gusts of over 130 km/h, are continuing to cause damage to the electricity network, currently affecting more than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country.

The damage is mainly attributable to fallen trees on overhead lines as a result of the high winds. ESB Networks’ crews will continue to work late into the evening to restore power to those affected, where safe to do so, but unfortunately, some customers will remain without electricity overnight.

Since early morning and despite challenging conditions, ESB Networks have continued to restore power to customers across the country.
With the storm still crossing the country, more damage and interruptions to supply can be expected. ESB Networks reminds the public that if you come across fallen wires or damaged electricity network, never, ever touch or approach these as they may be LIVE and extremely dangerous.

All internal resources and contractors remain on alert and are responding to electricity outages once it is safe to do so. With a Red weather warning in the Southwest in effect until 9 pm tonight, and Co Clare until 1 am on Wednesday morning, some of our crews may not be mobilised on the ground until the worst of the severe weather passes.

We are advising all those impacted by outages that they should prepare to be without electricity overnight and into tomorrow, with some customers potentially without power beyond that. It is very important that any customers who use electrically powered medical devices should contact their healthcare professional to make alternative arrangements if necessary.

In addition to safety procedures associated with power restoration, crews continue to work under all national Covid-19 protocols with respect to hygiene, social distancing and PPE.

Customers without power can check for updates on when their fault is expected to be repaired at www.powercheck.ie

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“Avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney” Kerry County Council

County Kerry is now bearing the full brunt of Storm Barra and the Kerry Severe Weather Coordination Team reminds everyone that a Status RED weather warning, the highest such warning, remains in place for Kerry until 9pm. Kerry County Council is advising people to avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney Due to the significant risk […]

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County Kerry is now bearing the full brunt of Storm Barra and the Kerry Severe Weather Coordination Team reminds everyone that a Status RED weather warning, the highest such warning, remains in place for Kerry until 9pm.

Kerry County Council is advising people to avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney

Due to the significant risk to life and property, members of the public should remain indoors and not travel for the rest of the evening. Everyone is advised to follow updates on weather warnings from Met Éireann as well as the local media and social media.

There are an increasing number of roads closed or blocked because of fallen trees, electricity poles and spot flooding. Council crews will respond to issues when it is safe to do so and with the assistance of other agencies where required.

The N71 road at the Suspension Bridge in Kenmare remains closed to traffic as does the N70 Tralee to Castlemaine Road at the hairpin bends. There are a significant number of local and regional and local roads blocked or partially blocked by fallen trees, electricity poles and debris in all parts of the county so travel should be avoided.

The Ballycasheen Road in Killarney and Main Street in Ballybunion (and the surrounding area) should be avoided due to concerns about potential falling debris.

The Council’s emergency contact number is 066 7183588 and it will be operational through this evening and tonight.

Fallen electricity wires/poles and power outages should be reported to ESB Networks on 1800 372 999.

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