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Everyone urged to answer Killarney’s call

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AN IMPORTANT briefing on what has the potential to be an incredible opportunity for Killarney will be held in the town’s Malton Hotel next Tuesday evening, February 7.

The open business meeting, organised by the Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce, will feature a keynote address by Olly Hodges who is the bid manager for the Rugby World Cup in 2023.

He will detail the current status of the bid and what inclusion as a venue could mean for Killarney, including the enormous publicity and marketing opportunities it would guarantee.

Mr Hodges has been working closely on the project with the Chamber as well as Kerry County Council, the Kerry County Board and the Fitzgerald Stadium Committee.

At the event, new Chamber President Paul O’Neill will outline his priorities for the year ahead and detail what projects are being undertaken to enhance Killarney as a business town and a vibrant community.

“The Rugby World Cup bid is so exciting and if Ireland is successful and Killarney is chosen as a host venue, an event of that magnitude would have enormous legacy potential,” said Paul.

“The timing of the event would be ideal for Killarney and the whole of Kerry given that it would run from mid-September to early November and, of course, a successful bid would be an incredible boost for Fitzgerald Stadium which would be significantly upgraded if Rugby World Cup games are to be played there.”

The open business meeting in The Malton conference centre will commence at 6.30pm and, in addition to the President’s Preview and the World Cup 2023 bid discussion, there will be a buffet and wine for those in attendance.

The admission for Chamber members is €15 and for non-members it is €20.

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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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