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PARKING RESPECT: Garda Emma Harte, Mary O'Shea, Garda Brendan O'Donovan (Community Policing), Superintendent Flor Murphy, Aileen O'Sullivan, Mike Scannell, Garda Shane McCarthy participating 'Operation Enable'.

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By Sean Moriarty

Inconsiderate motorists who insist on parking in areas dedicated for other uses have come under fire from elected members of Killarney Municipal District.

Councillors raised concerns at last week's special meeting of Killarney Municipal District.

They were concerned about drivers using disabled bays without a blue badge and about drivers using loading bays to park private cars forcing delivery drivers to seek alternative parking adding to the congestion on the town centre.

Cllr Marie Moloney was particularly concerned about the misuse of blue parking zones near the Killarney Medical Centre.

Meanwhile Niall ‘Botty’ O’Callaghan raised concerns over drivers partially parking on footpaths, in particular at school time, on New Road.

He called for local traffic wardens to be more visible at this time as bad parking was causing problems for people with disabilities or wheelchair users.

The calls came the same week that Killarney Gardai clamped down on the illegal use of parking spaces in the town.

“We also targeted the illegal use of disabled parking permits within Killarney town,” Garda Brendan O’Donovan told the Killarney Advertiser. “This operation was supported by the Killarney Access Group and also run in conjunction with ‘Make Way Day’ which also took place last Friday. ‘Make Way Day’ is a national public awareness campaign to highlight the issues people with disabilities face getting around their local communities. Killarney Gardaí would like to thank all who helped support this operation, including Mary O'Shea (Killarney Access Group) and all at the Cheshire Home Killarney.”

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Rodeo lasso demo to kickstart 4th of July Festival on Friday

Killarney’s 4th of July celebrations will get underway today (Friday) when the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus put on an unusual show at St Mary’s Church of the Sloes. The choir […]

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Killarney’s 4th of July celebrations will get underway today (Friday) when the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus put on an unusual show at St Mary’s Church of the Sloes.

The choir is due to perform a concert in the town centre church on Friday evening..

However part of their act is a demonstration in the art of lasso ropes – a tradition that stems from the early farming days of the Wild West – and there isn’t enough room in the church for that element of their act.

Instead they will give a lasso demonstration on the grounds of St Mary’s from 5pm Friday.

“They are showcasing on the green space outside our church at 5pm,” the Venerable Simon J Lumby the Rector of Killarney said.

“They will perform rodeo lasso stunts as part of their act. We couldn’t accommodate that during the concert so we’ve got them to do it earlier outside.”

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GAA stars set to gather for A Night With Legends

By Sean Moriarty Over 1,500 people are expected to attend Fossa GAA Club’s ‘A Night With Legends’ on Tuesday night. GAA royalty will grace the INEC stage as part of […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Over 1,500 people are expected to attend Fossa GAA Club’s ‘A Night With Legends’ on Tuesday night.

GAA royalty will grace the INEC stage as part of an ambitious fundraiser by the club.

The event will be styled on RTÉ’s popular pre All-Ireland Final show ‘Up for the Match’ where footballing legends will tell some of their life stories in between music and songs.

It will be hosted by author and raconteur Billy Keane and horseracing photographer Pat Healy. The event is one of the key fundraisers for the expanding Fossa GAA Club.

Coming just days before Kerry’s All-Ireland semi-final with Dublin, ‘A Night With Legends’ will also serve as a light-hearted preview to the important game.

Kerry greats like Pat Spillane, Mike Frank Russell, Paul Galvin and Eamon Fitzmaurice will be joined on stage by Dublin hero Bernard Brogan Sr. Killarney greats Colm ‘Gooch’ Cooper and Ambrose O’Donovan will also be there.

“This is not going to be a boring night, it is going to be filled with fun and banter, music and craic,” Fossa GAA chairman, Dermot Clifford, told the Killarney Advertiser.

Several raffle and auction prizes are up for grabs on the night too, the most unusual being a chance to bid on a racing greyhound, donated by the Murphy Family from Brosna.

The fundraiser has already raised €10,000 thanks to a recent auction organised by Paul Nagle. The local rally star sold one of his world championship helmets for €25,000 with the balance going to Recovery Haven in Tralee.

Limited tickets are still available at a cost of €25 per person or groups can buy a table of 12 for €250.

Ticket enquires: nightoflegends2022@gmail.com.

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