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Citizenship ceremonies return to Killarney

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Over 7,000 visitors are expected in Killarney tomorrow (Monday) as the town plays host to its third citizenship ceremony day.

2,500 people will formally become Irish citizens at three ceremonies taking place in the INEC on the day. The candidates will be accompanied by a further 4,500 people including family members and guests. The town previously hosted these auspicious ceremonies in May and November 2018.

Detailed traffic management plans will be in place to cater for this large influx of visitors. Free shuttle buses will operate from the bus and train station, as well as from Scotts Street, from 8am.

Hotel, guesthouse and bed and breakfast operators are asked to advise their guests to use the shuttle buses and leave their cars parked at their accommodation, as parking in the vicinity of the INEC, The Gleneagle and The Brehon will be limited. Traffic delays are anticipated so attendees are asked to allow extra travel time. Residents too are advised to allow extra time for journeys in and around Killarney, on Monday, April 29.

Registration for the first ceremony commences at 9.45am and the final ceremony will draw to a close at 4.45pm.

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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