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Cinema owner “deeply grateful” for outpouring of support




Popular businessman Tommy Cooper, proprietor of Cinema Killarney, has thanked locals for their support following the news that a proposed second cinema has been given the green light for Killarney.

Speaking exclusively to the Advertiser, Mr Cooper said plans are in place to redevelop the beloved picture house, which has been the site of a cinema for decades.

“Firstly, just to say that Marla and I are deeply grateful for all the supportive comments over the past week,” he said. “We have taken on board suggestions and an application will be made based on the public’s suggestions to optimise the site to provide for a full array of educational, entertainment and exhibition facilities in the next development of Cinema Killarney.

“The current planning that has already been approved to upgrade the existing facilities will proceed at the end of the summer and we are looking forward to continuing the family’s involvement in providing the highest standard of entertainment to Killarney in the coming years.”

Plans for another cinema on the site of the old Torc Great Southern Hotel on the Park Road have been greeted with opposition from the majority of locals, many of whom have questioned the need for another cinema in a town of Killarney’s size. In a poll carried out on the Killarney Advertiser Facebook page, 65% of respondents said they didn’t think the new development was a good idea.

As these Facebook comments show, a number of interesting alternatives have been suggested by our readers. What do you think? Let us know via Facebook or by emailing newsdesk@killarneyadvertiser.

Deirdre Foley: We already have a cinema! I would prefer to see a multi-purpose entertainment complex with indoor activities for kids/teens families both local and visitors with bowling lanes, pool tables, a diner and maybe an indoor play centre. We have a great tourist town but it's lacking in suitable indoor activities for rainy days and evenings.

Mark O’Brien: Isn’t it a pity the people of Killarney weren’t surveyed before planning permission was granted? A lot of people are quite angry over this. Obviously some will welcome it but I feel the majority will feel it’s a wasted opportunity for some other venture.

Chris Rogan: Why do we need another cinema? Just absolute silly there is one already. If they could fix the roads it would be better. 

Agnieszka Rzucidlo: A skatepark could be a good idea.

Hazel Norris: We need something different like a jumpzone or indoor all-year ice rink or bowling or skateboard park or roller disco.



Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]




The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.


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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]




The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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