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€59,000 funding announced for Killarney Micro Track

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A community project is near its funding target after receiving €59,000 on Thursday.
Killarney Micro Track, also known as the South and East Kerry Community Rural Track project, which will be located at St Brendan’s College, is now at 75 percent of its €400,000 target.
News of the funding was announced by Kerry Fine Gael TD and Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin from his Department’s Sports Capital Programme.
The funding was warmly welcomed by project coordinator Jerry Griffin, who says they now just need to fundraise the final 25 percent to reach their goal.
The site for the track was donated by St Brendan’s Trust on a leased basis, and is centrally located on the grounds of St Brendan’s College.
It will benefit the 2,000 students in schools nearby, athletic clubs, paralympic athletes, Special Olympics athletes and community groups as well.
Full planning for the project has been granted for the track, but now they’re hoping for public support to get the project over the line, Jerry explained to the Killarney Advertiser.
“I welcome the efforts from Minister Griffin, Cllr John Sheahan and Cllr Niall Kelleher and other elected reps for working with us to secure the funding.”
The project received €110,000 in LEADER funding in April last year, €20,000 from Kerry County Council, and a huge chunk of the money was raised through community fundraising including the Killarney 10 Mile, AIB Schools Fitness Challenge, GoFundMe, a World’s Best Record with The Most Minions in One Place, and Wine and Art nights in Killarney over a number of years.
Now, as they look towards appointing a contractor and setting a date for the sod turning, he says they are ready to relaunch their fundraising drive in the coming weeks.
“This project has gone on for four to five years – we didn’t give up,” he said.
“To raise the final 25 percent we need the community to row in with us to assist us in the final fundraising drive. We’re also looking for donations from private individuals and business people.”
Minister Griffin also announced funding for Kenmare Community School who will receive €36,000 towards a compact athletics training facility, while in Faha/Listry, a new all-weather pitch at Faha National School will receive €42,800.
“I am really happy for the recipients of this funding,” Minister Griffin said.
“I wish all of our funding recipients well and look forward to seeing these projects coming to fruition in the time ahead.”

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Laura’s new look for Leaving Cert

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NEW LOOK: Laura Cronin, who is currently sitting her Leaving Cert, cut 14 inches off her hair for The Rapunzel Foundation.

By Michelle Crean

Rathmore’s Laura Cronin headed into her Leaving Cert exams this week with a whole new look after transforming her hairstyle for charity.

Laura, daughter of Una and Donal from Rathbeg, cut 14 inches off her hair for The Rapunzel Foundation.

As her long locks didn’t get cut over the last year Laura decided to get a good chop in Katelynn’s Hair Design in Rathmore instead, and use the left over hair to create wigs for sick children.

“I thought, rather than trim it I’d cut a lot off,” Laura, who hopes to study pharmacy in college, told the Killarney Advertiser. “I wanted to cut off a lot of it, I was sick of long hair. I said that if there’d be enough I’d donate it as it’d be a shame to see it on the floor.”

Laura said that hopefully it can make a child happy if it allows them to receive a specially made wig for their First Holy Communion, or a similar occasion.

“I’d encourage anyone who has long hair to think about what they could do with it.”

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€1m upgrade for Killarney store

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INVESTMENT: DV8 have invested €1m to update their store in the Killarney Outlet Centre. Pictured at the reopening were staff members: Clodagh McCarthy (Store Manager), Lorraine McGough (Assistant Manager), Anuka Altanson and Sarah Murphy. Photo: Don MacMonagle

A popular Killarney fashion shop, which reopened last week, securing up to 15 jobs, has had a facelift after a €1 million investment.

Leading fashion retailer DV8, which has a network of over 50 stores across Ireland, reopened its 4,000 square feet store in the Killarney Outlet Centre.

And customers admired the new look.

DV8 sells over 40 top fashion clothing brands as well as footwear and accessories in its stores and online at www.dv8fashion.com. The hip fashion house is well-known for its uber cool shop interiors and has dedicated customers across Ireland and the UK.

“We are delighted to be reopening our new store in Killarney and confident it will compliment the existing retail offering in the town, with DV8’s unique range of male and female clothing and footwear,” David Scott from DV8 said.

“We think local shoppers will enjoy the DV8 experience, including the top fashion brands and excellent customer service.”

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Kodaline to play stripped down Killarney gig

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By Michelle Crean

One of Ireland’s best known bands – who have had their recently released studio album streamed more than 60 million times – as well as reached 100 million YouTube views – are set to come to Killarney.

Kodaline will play their first ever stripped down fully acoustic tour on December 4 in the Gleneagle INEC Arena, which is part of a nationwide tour across the country.

Tickets went on sale yesterday (Friday) from the www.inec.ie.

‘One Day At A Time’ is the band’s fourth album, and adds a new chapter to a career that has already encompassed three number 1 albums in Ireland, two Top 5 albums in the UK, and more than a billion streams at Spotify. Kodaline approached the album with a streamlined process that took them back to their roots. The majority of the sessions revolved around the four band members alone in their modest recording space in Dublin, with bassist Jason Boland leading the production side of things.

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In 2019, Kodaline played some of the biggest shows of their career. At home in Dublin they sold-out two huge outdoor shows at St Anne’s Park, while a 10-date UK tour culminated with a packed show at London’s historic Roundhouse. Further afield, they hit festivals including Lollapalooza, Benicàssim and Open’er before becoming the first Irish band to headline the massive NH7 Weekender in Pune, India. Their extensive touring throughout Asia also included a headline set at Monsoon Music Festival in Vietnam plus dates in China, Japan, South Korea, The Phillippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan and Singapore.

“We’re excited to do our first ever stripped down fully acoustic tour, it’s something we’ve wanted to do for a long time and something that’s gonna be very special for us. Hope to see you guys there,” the band said.

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