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Excitement building ahead of Christmas lights switch on

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney’s Christmas lights will have several new features this year - but the exact style is remaining a closely guarded secret until the official switching on ceremony on Saturday night.

Electrician Diarmuid Cronin has been a familiar sight on the town's streets over the last few weeks as he and his team put the finishing touches to this year’s display.

The official ‘Switching on Ceremony’ will take place with Mayor Marie Moloney tasked with the all important job.

The first of several planned ‘Christmas in Killarney’ parades will also take place on Saturday night.

“It is a great honour for me to be bringing such joy and festivities to Killarney,” Diarmuid told the Killarney Advertiser. “There are a few new elements but you will have to wait until Saturday to see them. I hope the people of Killarney will enjoy them – especially the kids – and that we bring some light and colour after a difficult year. I would also like to thank motorists for their patience in recent weeks as we blocked streets to get the decorations and lights up in time. I would also like thank Eileen O’Donoghue and Noel O’Leary of the Municipal District Council who have been a great support in this.”

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No spare change – no problem, as charity embraces new technology

By Sean Moriarty With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier. For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank […]

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With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier.

For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank card to make a donation.

The Society’s annual churchgate collection will be held on the weekend of December 11/12 at places of worship in the town and surrounding areas. This year’s collection has be renamed as ‘Giving Sunday’ and makes a return after the pandemic forced the cancellation of last year’s fundraiser.

“We are moving towards a cashless society,” explained Killarney Conference President Breda O’Dwyer. “You can tap and swipe your card to make a donation.”

Breda added that they are hoping to have the buckets ready by next week in time for the collection.

She said the local conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society has seen a marked increase in the number of families it is helping mainly caused by the increase in the cost of fuel and home heating products.

The annual St Vincent De Paul Society’s Christmas Jumper Day, in association with Radio Kerry is scheduled for December 10.

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SURVEY: Locals are reducing their social contacts

It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week. An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their […]

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It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week.

An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their level of contacts with people.

Interestingly, 37.10% of people had made no change to their lifestyle, but they could have been extra cautious already.

A tiny minority – just 1.61% – said they increased their social contacts over the last week.

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