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Diversity to lead the way in Killarney for St Patrick’s festival

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THE wizards behind the St Patrick’s Festival Chill Áirne have been hard at work over the winter months preparing for this year’s big event, Killarney Advertiser can confirm.

The festival chairperson Anne Marie Kennelly has just announced this year’s theme for the parade. “One year on from the centenary year we have decided to celebrate our Diversity, the parade will celebrate our variety of sports, activities, clubs, musicians, dancers and local characters,” said Anne Marie.

“We invite you to use your creative skills and imagination to interpret the theme with lots of colour and fun. This is a call to action for all participants, we want energy, creativity, imagination, humour, music and dance. Preparations are well underway so feel free to contact us if you would like to get involved in the parade or the festival.”

Anne Marie placed particular emphasis on the support received from local businesses and the local authority. “We would like to thank all our sponsors for last year, their support is critical, especially Kerry County Council, without their co operation and financial support the festival and parade could not happen,” she said. “New sponsorship opportunities are evolving and we are happy to meet with any sponsors to discuss.”

Killarney Advertiser is delighted to support the festival, which is organised by a subcommittee of Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce and together with the support of Kerry County Council and local volunteers organises a full weekend of family-friendly activities.
Watch this space in coming weeks for further details and the committee can be contacted at Stpatricksfestivalkillarney@gmail.com
 


 
Above: St Patrick walking tall in the St Patrick's Festival 2016 parade in Killarney. PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

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Free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer

Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30). The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney. The workshop, which […]

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Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30).

The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney.

The workshop, which takes place via Zoom at 6.30pm, is aimed at children who have been impacted by cancer in any way and will also see Katie read from her debut children’s book, ‘‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’.

Workshop facilitator, Katie, has worked for many years as a child and young people’s therapist with the NHS, before returning to her native Killarney this year. Her background is in fine art and design and she has a Masters degree in Art Psychotherapy.

If you would like to register your child for this free online workshop, please contact Recovery Haven Kerry on 066 7192122 to book your place.

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Not to be for Killarney as Waterford named Best Place to Live in Ireland

While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021. While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, […]

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While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021.

While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, Co Cork, Galway city and the village of Glaslough in Co Monaghan.

Among the things which impressed the judges about Waterford were its beautiful buildings, its liveability, its pedestrian friendly public space, its weather, and its easy access to the Comeragh Mountains and the Copper Coast.

The Chair of the judging panel Conor Goodman congratulated Killarney on its fine showing in the competition.

“Given the level of entries and the extremely high standard of those entries, making it into the Best 5 Places to Live in Ireland really is a wonderful achievement which I’m sure everyone in Killarney and Kerry is really proud of. We were delighted with the level of interest in the competition and would like to thank everyone who nominated a place or who engaged with us on it.”

The Irish Times Best Place to Live in Ireland contest, which is supported by Randox Health, began in June.

In total 470 locations were nominated by more than 2,400 people from all 32 counties for the title of ‘Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021’.

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