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Cinema owner “deeply grateful” for outpouring of support

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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.

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Applecroft B&B named in Ireland’s Top 10

By Michelle Crean What a better way for a local business to celebrate its silver jubilee than to be named in the Top 10 places to stay in Ireland especially as they prepare to reopen after the pandemic. Owners Kathy and Don Brosnan, who run Applecroft House in Woodlawn, were named number 6 in Ireland’s […]

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By Michelle Crean

What a better way for a local business to celebrate its silver jubilee than to be named in the Top 10 places to stay in Ireland especially as they prepare to reopen after the pandemic.

Owners Kathy and Don Brosnan, who run Applecroft House in Woodlawn, were named number 6 in Ireland’s Top 10 B&Bs for 2022 by the Irish Independent ‘Reader Travel Awards’ while Ireland’s Best B&B was named as Dingle’s Pax House.

The couple began their business in 1997 and are very happy with the feedback from visitors who voted for their B&B, especially after two difficult years.

“I’m thrilled, especially as we’re celebrating our silver jubilee this year,” Kathy told the Killarney Advertiser.

The couple built their house in the early ’80s and aptly named it ‘Applecroft’ as it was built in a field which has an orchard.

In the late ’90s they opened five spacious rooms up, each with its own theme; 
‘Poet’s Corner’, ‘Past Times’, ‘The 19th Green’, ‘The Race-goer’s Club’ and ‘The Kerry Way’, for guests as Kathy, who worked in The Europe Hotel and the Great Southern Killarney for many years, had a passion to bring a great stay experience to guests visiting Killarney. They kept themselves busy planting in their two acre garden during the pandemic.

They have won numerous awards over the years and have had film crews in but this latest award is the icing on the cake for the couple who are looking forward to reopening in late March.

“It’s amazing, and a bonus especially with the two years we’ve had. We’ve never experienced anything like that. It was “wow” – we were preparing to reopen on St Patrick’s Day that year and all of a sudden everything closed down on the 16. It was a big shock.”

Don creates amazing bread and scones which guests rave about, she added.

“I was delighted as we came tenth for breakfast and sixth for the B&B.”

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Tributes paid to life-long Legion supporter

By Sean Moriarty Legion GAA Club has led tributes to one of their most ‘fervent’ supporters who passed away on Tuesday. Described as one of the town’s ‘old stock’, Tim Looney from Coolgraine Park and late of Daltons Avenue, was a central part of Killarney’s rich sporting heritage. As well as a life-long supporter of […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Legion GAA Club has led tributes to one of their most ‘fervent’ supporters who passed away on Tuesday.

Described as one of the town’s ‘old stock’, Tim Looney from Coolgraine Park and late of Daltons Avenue, was a central part of Killarney’s rich sporting heritage.

As well as a life-long supporter of Legion, he played basketball in the famous town leagues of the 1970s and the seven-a-side soccer ‘Wipeouts’ competitions.

“He was a very proud Legion man and always flew the green and white flag out his window whenever the club was playing in a big game,” PRO Enda Walshe told the Killarney Advertiser. “He was a fervent loyal club supporter but was also one of the characters of the winter basketball leagues.”

Tim was also a regular participant in Dart Pub Leagues back in the 1970s and 1980s.

Tim’s funeral took place today (Friday). He was laid to rest at Killarney Burial Ground after 10am Mass St Mary’s Cathedral.

Tim is survived by his wife Nuala, his children Joanne, Paudie and Timmy, and was a much loved grandfather to Stephen, Makaela, Chloe, Padraic, Keelan, Alex and the late Lorna. He will also be sadly missed by his daughters-in-law Margaret and Sharon, son-in-law Tony, sisters Kathleen, Sheila and Ann, brothers Lewis-John and Paddy, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews, relatives, neighbours and many great friends.

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