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Cultural Centre set for €240k revamp

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The Killarney Cultural Centre on the East Avenue Road is to finally be revamped at a cost of €240,000 with half of the cost being provided by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

As well as significant refurbishments to the inside of the building, the outdoor area will be covered with a retractable canopy and will be a flexible area that will seat an audience which can view a show on the internal stage or an external stage.

Reaction to the news has been mixed with some people pointing to the larger Áras Phádraig site upon which little progress appears to have been made.

Speaking at a Municipal District Council meeting, Town Manager Angela McAllen insisted that the works on the Killarney Cultural Centre would not interfere with the eventual redevelopment of Áras Phádraig and that it would actually complement it.

She also said that the grant was specifically given for the purposes of redeveloping the Cultural Centre and that if it wasn’t used for this project, the money would have to be handed back.

Here at the Killarney Advertiser we unveiled a proposal for a state of the art cultural centre on the Lewis Road, which would also help alleviate the town’s chronic parking problem.

The suggestion, which was warmly received at the time, was to knock the Áras Phádraig building and develop a multi-storey car park and civic amenity to occupy the site and the adjoining Lewis Road car and coach park.

A theatre, café and cinema could also feature – which would be in keeping with the results of the existing feasibility study for the former Áras Phádraig.

What do you think? Should the council have prioritised the Lewis Road development?

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Killarney competitors bring home the medals

By Michelle Crean It was a great weekend for Killarney as Brazilian jiu jitsu competitors took home medals from the AJP Switzerland International Tour in Zurich. Members of Movement & Fitness Club competed against the world’s finest athletes which led to them bringing home amazing results.After a great fight Matthew Morris made it into the […]

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By Michelle Crean

It was a great weekend for Killarney as Brazilian jiu jitsu competitors took home medals from the AJP Switzerland International Tour in Zurich.

Members of Movement & Fitness Club competed against the world’s finest athletes which led to them bringing home amazing results.After a great fight Matthew Morris made it into the semi-finals.Ewelina Downey received two gold medals in Gi and NOGI fights, just two months after her promotion to blue belt.The club’s coach, Wilson Da Silva, also competed for the first time as a brown belt, and won gold in the Gi category and silver in NOGI.”The results don’t lie,” he said.”The hard work, dedication, commitment and passion pays off. Impossible is nothing, and that’s what we are trying to teach our students in Movement & Fitness Club Killarney.”Martial Arts helps to fight depression, bulling, obesity, and builds up self esteem and confidence, he explained.”There is no ego, no one is better, we are all the same trying to learn from each other, helping and correcting ourselves so we become better together. Our club is filling up with amazing students from age four up who connect with us by the same passion and love for the sport. If you are looking to change your life come and join our family.”

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Ian makes his debut as a radio presenter

By Sean Moriarty Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week. The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017. Since the accident he has been a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week.

The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017.

Since the accident he has been a champion for the less fortunate under his mantra: “If you can’t stand up – standout”.

This was the inspiration behind his brand new radio show which aired for the first time on Wednesday evening.

‘Stand Out with Ian O’Connell’ will feature interviews with people who have overcome great adversary to reach even greater heights.

His first guest was fellow Killarney man Jordan Lee. The Paralympian represented Ireland in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

“I was used to being in the studio from people interviewing me, but this time I turned the table,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was great to have Jordan on, two Killarney men! I really enjoyed it, it got a massive reaction and I got loads of emails and messages afterwards and into Thursday morning.”

Ian will reveal his guest for the show on the previous Monday through various social media channels.

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