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Council looking forward to opening of Killarney House and Gardens

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Members of the Killarney Municipal District Council pictured on a visit to Killarney House today ahead of the official opening of the gardens on April 3; from left, Cllr Michael Gleeson, Cllr John Sheahan, Cllr Brendan Cronin, Angela McAllen, Killarney Town Manager, Cllr Bobby O'Connell, Chairman, Cllr Donal Grady, Cllr John Joe Culloty and Pat Dawson, NPWS regional manager. PICTURE: DON MACMONAGLE

Members of the Killarney Municipal District Council pictured on a visit to Killarney House today ahead of the official opening of the gardens on April 3; from left, Cllr Michael Gleeson, Cllr John Sheahan, Cllr Brendan Cronin, Angela McAllen, Killarney Town Manager, Cllr Bobby O’Connell, Chairman, Cllr Donal Grady, Cllr John Joe Culloty and Pat Dawson, NPWS regional manager. PICTURE: DON MACMONAGLE

 


 

KERRY COUNTY COUNCIL is warmly welcoming the forthcoming opening of Killarney House and Gardens, an amenity it says will enhance what Killarney and Kerry has to offer to visitors to the area.

The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has advised that the garden is opening at weekends from April 3. Planting works will be continuing in the garden for the next few weeks and a full opening will take place once this work is completed.

The first opening of the gardens to the public on April 3 – followed by the opening of the house later in the year – are hugely exciting developments, said Killarney Municipal District manager Angela McAllen.

Adding that the opening of Killarney House and Gardens is “hugely significant” for the town and the county as a whole, Ms McAllen said:   “Killarney House has undergone at €7m refurbishment and will function as a National Park Visitor Centre and an attraction in its own right. This will enhance the broader tourism product in Killarney by providing yet another attraction for tourists and locals alike.”

Last week, Cathaoirleach Pat McCarthy and Kerry County Council’s Tourism Officer, John Griffin, met with Sr Pauline McShain – whose family donated Killarney House to the State – during a St Patrick’s Day visit to Philadelphia. “Sr McShain was very excited about the opening and wished the project well,” said Ms McAllen.

Kerry County Council is fully supportive of this project and hopes that it will prove to be a popular attraction for visitors and a valuable addition to Killarney’s tourism infrastructure.

 

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Hike up Strickeen Mountain for air ambulance

  Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance. The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab. It […]

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Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance.

The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab.

It is expected that the 7.5km hike will take around three hours to complete and participants will benefit from the expertise of Krzysztof for a minimum donation €10 per person or €20 per family.

Strickeen Mountain is the eastern most peak of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and the hike will start from the Gap of Dunloe at 11am on the day.

As an added bonus fruit and water, donated by local supermarkets including Lidl, Aldi and Daly’s SuperValu, will be provided. The first 20 to register will receive a limited edition Irish Community Air Ambulance face covering snood.

“This is an ideal opportunity for someone who has never climbed this mountain, but wants to do it with the help of an experienced guide,” Donie Lucey, who is one of the Irish Community Air Ambulance’s chief fundraisers, said.

Further details are available from Donie on 086 854 5873 or from Krzysztof on 087 7589697 after 6pm.

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Golf club launches Summer Series competition

By Sean Moriarty Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality. The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer. Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality.

The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer.

Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at the famed Killeen course this coming Wednesday (June 23). This series will continue every Wednesday for eight weeks and top five scorers on each date will qualify for a Grand Final which is scheduled for Sunday, August 22.

“We are delighted to launch the ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series. This is a singles stableford event taking place on the Irish Open course, Killeen,” said the club’s marketing manager Meg Dalton. “With over €8,000 worth of prizes to be won, this is an event not to be missed. The first opportunity to qualify for the grand final is Wednesday.”

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Investigation continues into New St fire

  Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week. The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7). It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting […]

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Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week.

The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7).

It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting and ducting on the first, second and third floors. There was heavy smoke throughout the hotel but all guests were evacuated safely.

The landmark hotel, which also houses the famous Danny Mann pub, has not yet reopened, and local Gardai are still investigating its cause.

“The investigation is ongoing,” a Killarney Gardai Station spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser. “We are establishing the full facts in relation to the fire.”

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