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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

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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

 


 

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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Local soprano releases new single

Local soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan has released her second self-penned single. Following the success of her debut song ‘Forever and a Day’ which was released on July 16 and was aired on radio stations all over the world and on streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, her second single was released last Friday. ‘Before […]

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Local soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan has released her second self-penned single.

Following the success of her debut song ‘Forever and a Day’ which was released on July 16 and was aired on radio stations all over the world and on streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, her second single was released last Friday.

‘Before You Leave Me’ has a Jazz influence. Mary has been writing her own songs since March this year covering several different genres.

“Tony O’Flaherty of Sonas Studios has brought my songs to life and I am delighted with the production on the songs,” Mary told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Fun Urban Orienteering event coming to Killarney town

The event is free, open to all ages, levels of fitness and is both wheelchair and buggy friendly.Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership are calling on you, to get out and #BeActive as part of European Week of Sport 2021, which runs from September 23 to 30. Sport Ireland, the national coordinating body for European Week of Sport in […]

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The event is free, open to all ages, levels of fitness and is both wheelchair and buggy friendly.
Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership are calling on you, to get out and #BeActive as part of European Week of Sport 2021, which runs from September 23 to 30.

Sport Ireland, the national coordinating body for European Week of Sport in Ireland hope that this year’s event will inspire even more people than previous years and has funded multiple flagship as well as local events run by the Network of Local Sports Partnerships, including this ‘Family Street Orienteering Kerry’ event.

“This free event looks to offer everyone an opportunity the get out and be active and maybe try something new,” Gearóid O Doherty, the Coordinator of Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership said. 

“Urban Orienteering is an activity that you can do on your own or with your family and friends. You get to challenge yourself a little and still go at a pace that suits you – and what a beautiful location to do it all in, Killarney town!

“With many people possibly new to the Kerry region, be that through work, college or otherwise, this is an ideal way to get involved in the community and explore the streets and lanes of Killarney in a fun and active way.”

The Kerry Orienteers Club have designed the courses for this event and are looking forward to the excitement of it all and helping those new to the sport to continue taking part in the months and years that follow.

“We know that, for a lot of people, this will be their first time trying orienteering, but they can rest assured, as we will be there to talk them through it and help them out if needed,” Brendan O’Brien from Kerry Orienteers said.

“If it is something they want to try again, we can signpost them to other events, both locally here in Kerry and indeed nationally. Orienteering is a fantastic sport that allows you to build your skills and confidence, with all events having a variety of routes to cater for all levels.”

To cater for physical distancing and government guidelines, there are several staggered start times for participants to choose from, beginning at 6pm and the last group heading off at 7.30pm. With free t-shirts for all who sign up and additional workshops onsite, from the likes of Leave No Trace Ireland, it is sure to be a fun and vibrant evening, all stemming from the start point at ANAM – Killarney’s Arts and Culture Centre.

Places are limited for this event. Free online registration is available and those looking to attend are encouraged to book their place early to avoid disappointment.

For more information, you can visit any of the Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership social media accounts or go to www.sportireland.ie.

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