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Plaque unveiled in memory of Hannah Carey

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The Cathaoirleach of the Killarney Municipal District, Cllr Marie Moloney, today (Friday) unveiled a plaque in the memory of Hannah Carey, the last person to die during the War of Independence.

PLAQUE: Owen O'Shea Historian Author and Communications Officer with Kerry County Council at the unveiling of a commemorative plaque to Hannah Carey the last person to die in Ireland's War of Independence on July 11 1921. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

HONOUR: Owen O'Shea (left) Historian Author and Communications Officer with Kerry County Council pictured at the unveiling of the plaque in honour of Hannah Carey by Cathaoirleach of Killarney Municipal District Cllr Marie Moloney which took place at O’Donoghue’s Bar Tower's Hotel College Street Killarney formally The Imperial Hotel. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Hannah Carey was killed outside the Imperial Hotel on College Street a few minutes before noon on July 11 1921, when the truce that ended the war came into effect.

The RIC and Black and Tans were firing indiscriminately as they drove down College Street. Carey was struck by a stray bullet. She was going about her day's work at the Imperial Hotel, now known as the Killarney Towers Hotel.

The unveiling took place at O’Donoghue’s Bar, Tower's Hotel, College Street, formally The Imperial Hotel.

It was hoped to unveil the plaque in July last year to coincide with the centenary but COVID-19 crowd gathering rules at that time put a stop to it.

Ms Carey was from the Scart Cross area and Mayor Moloney has been trying to make contact with her descendants.

“Local historian Owen O’Shea has helped a lot with this project. So far we have been unable to find a direct descendant but the Careys that live in the area are trying to find out too,” the Mayor told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Maybe today's event will spark some interest. I first mooted this idea a long time ago – it is so important to mark local history."

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Camera Club ready to celebrate its 21st anniversary

Killarney Camera Club is ready for the new season and as well as celebrating their 21st birthday – they’re also looking for new members. Next Thursday night they will be […]

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Killarney Camera Club is ready for the new season and as well as celebrating their 21st birthday – they’re also looking for new members.

Next Thursday night they will be holding an Open Night at 7.30pm in the Plaza Suite at The Brehon Hotel.

The club meets every other Thursday at 7.30pm and is open to everyone with an interest in photography, including a junior membership category for 16 to 17-year-olds.

“Whether you’re a complete beginner, or you already know your way around a camera, everyone is welcome,” Deirdre Donohue from the club said.

The club activities include speaker nights, outings, project nights and competitions. At part of the club’s 21st celebrations they will be mounting an exhibition at Killarney House in late October.

“As well as a warm welcome, including tea and biscuits, the Open Night will feature a presentation, by professional photographer Micheál O’Sullivan, of his wonderful landscapes, so come along for a lovely evening of chat and photography!”

If you have any queries, you can contact the club secretary via email at secretary@killarneycameraclub.ie.

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Dancing classes set to unite communities

By Michelle Crean There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities. KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities.

KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, has teamed up with dance instructor John Moriarty to teach both Ukrainians and multiple cultures living in Kerry Irish set dancing steps from next week.

The first class will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting next week (September 27) at St Mary’s Parish Hall at 6.30pm and all are welcome to join.

The idea is to help Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry to come and have fun and get to know locals better, KASI coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have a women’s group for all ages where we do crochet, sewing and art and crafts, where they can talk which is good. I had the music on and they were dancing. I asked if they would like to do dancing classes so I organised it with John Moriarty who is well known in Killarney.”

She added that the women are very excited to learn set dancing and get to know other people from the area.

“Sometimes when you meet new people the language can be a barrier and when you’re dancing everybody is moving. He will open it to everyone so there’ll be integration, it’s fun as well. They are all very excited.”

To find out more contact John on 086 1579381.

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