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GENEROUS: Businessman Paul Fitzgerald (right) making a generous donation to the Christmas in Killarney fund with Paul Sherry, Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce (centre) and Barry O’Connor, Paul Fitzgerald and Son.

 

The true spirit of Christmas was very much in evidence in Killarney this week when a big-hearted local businessman made a very generous and unsolicited donation to the Christmas in Killarney festival committee.

Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce officials were thrilled to receive the contribution from Paul Fitzgerald of Paul Fitzgerald and Son Stone and Building Supplies who wanted to contribute to the rising cost of decorating the town for the festive season.

In the enforced absence of the colourful Santa parades this year, the committee has invested heavily in feature glass marquees to showcase some of the spectacular floats that usually take to the streets for the bumper parades.
The displays caught eye of Paul Fitzgerald and, in the true spirit of the season that’s in it, he decided to pledge his financial support.

“It never ceases to amaze me how wonderful this town looks every Christmas and I could see that a very special effort had been made this year,” said the Coolcaslagh based businessman.
“Being in business, I knew the effort of the committee would not come without expense so I felt compelled to offer what financial support I could,” he added.

Paul Sherry President of Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce said all involved in the Christmas in Killarney initiative were bowled over when the call came through from Paul Fitzgerald.

“Every year the business community of Killarney steps up to the mark and provides financial assistance to the festival. This year, given the difficult circumstances, we were reticent about asking our supporters to contribute but, as was alluded to at our recent AGM, we have had no choice but to seek that support,” said Mr Sherry.

Close on €25,000 has been invested in additional Christmas lights and repairs this year and a further €20,000 has been spent showcasing the floats in marquees.

Additionally, a very significant sum of money was invested by the Killarney Tidy Towns Committee to deliver the spectacular new lighting features at the top of High Street and outside the courthouse while Kerry County Council installs the town lighting every year.

“Even if the Christmas in Killarney committee was to standstill and do nothing each year, there would be a requirement to raise at least €20,000,” Paul Sherry said.

“We have gone for broke this year, despite the difficulties, and I am hopeful that, as in years past, the business community in Killarney will come to the rescue and support our efforts. The Killarney Chamber were so delighted with Paul Fitzgerald’s donation and we take the opportunity to thank him and his staff for their kind gesture,” he added.

 

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Man released without charge in murder case

The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge […]

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The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge in relation to this matter.

Miriam Burns was found in her home on Monday afternoon after family and neighbours became concerned about her welfare.

A file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions and investigations are ongoing under the direction of a Senior Investigating Officer.

Gardaí are continuing to appeal to any persons who were in the Ardshanavooley area between 5pm on Friday and 1pm on Monday and observed any activity which drew their attention, to come forward.

Any road users who were travelling in the area at these times who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) are asked to make this footage available to Gardaí.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Killarney Garda Station on 064 6671160, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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Plenty of music and entertainment to celebrate Kilcummin talent

The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night. The talent within […]

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The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night.

The talent within the branch was clearly evident with a packed trophies table. Indeed some of the successes over the last number of months were replayed in a relaxed, jovial atmosphere that meant that all attending had a great night’s entertainment.

“We had demonstrations of winning sets across all age groups and then we moved onto the musicians who pulled out all the stops to entertain the large crowd, packed into the clubhouse,” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCÉ PRO, told the Killarney Advertiser.

John Moriarty, who has recently retired from his role of Supervisor with Kilcummin Rural Development was acknowledged with a presentation to reflect the outstanding work that he has done to enhance and grow Kilcummin Comhaltas over his 25 years in his role, he added.

“Much thanks and praise was also offered to Mary, Adrian and Conor Moriarty, all involved in the progression of dancing and music within the Kilcummin branch. The music and entertainment continued with Helen Kerins and Denis Crowley late into the night. We’re looking forward to next year already!”

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