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Echoes of Killarney Past this St Patrick’s Day

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A nostalgic reflection on Killarney’s proud past, including its rich history, folklore and legends, will be the focus of this year’s gala St Patrick’s Day parade in the town.

Echoes of Killarney Past is the theme chosen for the annual celebration of the national feast day with the spotlight falling, in particular, on three historical features in the town: 

Inisfallen Island and the tales of the monks who significantly shaped Killarney’s history;

Ross Castle, a wonderful landmark, which showcases a real symbol of Killarney’s resilience;

Queen Victoria’s visit in 1861 with a focus on capturing the pomp and grandeur of the occasion.

The theme for the Killarney parade will evolve over the coming years to celebrate Killarney's present and future but, in 2024, the focus will be very much on the town’s historical past.

“This year our goal is to elevate the Killarney event to become the premier regional parade outside of Dublin and we are counting on the support of the public and the adoption of the theme to achieve this,” said St Patrick’s Festival Chairperson, Jason Clifford.

A fun zone and live music will add to the magical atmosphere on the streets of Killarney on St Patrick’s Day and, to ensure full inclusivity, plans are at an advanced stage to provide an enhanced area at the Anam Centre on East Avenue Road where the focus will be on accessibility, autism-friendly and providing a quiet space.

The bumper festival, as always, is being organised by a team of volunteers guided by Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce in partnership with Kerry County Council and with support from Fáilte Ireland.

Several major events have been planned for the festival including a star-studded concert in St Mary’s Church of the Sloes, on Saturday, March 16th, featuring renowned pianist Frank McNamara who will elevate many Irish classics to new heights.

Joining him on the night will be celebrated soprano Megan Ruby Walsh, accomplished RTÉ Concert Orchestra violinist Anne Phelan and lead dancer with Riverdance Tomás Ó Sé who will astonish the audience with his rhythmic footwork and dynamic movements, showcasing the unparalleled beauty of Irish dance.

Later that evening, as the sun sets and the stars emerge on the eve of St Patrick’s Day, Frank McNamara will perform Chopin by Candlelight which will be meticulously crafted to showcase the breadth of Chopin's genius and it promises an immersive experience that will linger in the memory long after the final notes have faded.

The concerts are being organised in conjunction with the Dunloe Hotel and Gardens and the Europe Hotel and Resort.

On the Monday after the St Patrick’s parade, at 12 noon, there will be a real feast of fun in store at the Great Duck Dash on the River Deenagh at Knockreer with proceeds going to the St Francis Special School in Beaufort.

At 2.30pm that day seanchaí Ray O’Sullivan will present Myths & Legends for Families at the Anam Centre on East Avenue Road and at 5.00pm he will reflect on Echoes of Killarney Past at the same venue.

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland

There were 37 participants in the event, which included AADI families, dogs, and representatives, as well as fundraisers, supporters, and members of the Corcoran’s team. The stars of the day were the three life-changing super-hero dogs, Buzz, Baron and Hank.

Former Kerry Footballer, James O’ Donoghue, was the ambassador for the event
Those taking part left Ross Castle and were treated to a phenomenal boat ride in the expert hands of Diarmuid ‘Dux’ O’Donoghue of Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours. The O’Donoghue family entertained the entire group with a range of fascinating stories outlining the history of the lakes of Killarney and Killarney National Park.

The group set out from Lord Brandon’s Cottage and walked the 11K through the iconic Gap of Dunloe, with two AADI families and their dogs taking part in the full walk. This was followed by a well-deserved meal and some rest and relaxation at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. Flemings Taxi’s Killarney brought the group back to Ross Castle, Killarney upon completion of the event.

“On behalf of everybody at Corcoran’s Furniture, we would like to thank everybody who participated in our Gap of Dunloe charity event on behalf of AADI,” said Shane O’ Callaghan, Financial Controller atCorcoran’s.

“Collectively we have raised almost €12,000 for this incredible charity and monies are still coming in. We are extremely grateful to all who supported our walk, and also to James O’ Donoghue, Christina Tagney, the Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours, the fantastic support of Noel Lucey and Donal McCarthy from the Order Of Malta, Killarney branch, and to Killarney National Park, Kate Kearney’s Cottage and Fleming’s Taxi’s. All funds raised will go toward the expert training and maintenance of the upcoming AADI dogs who will make a dramatic difference to so many children with Autism and their families.”

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