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Experience the Magic of an Ukrainian Christmas at St. Mary’s Church

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Embrace the enchanting traditions of Ukrainian Christmas on December 23 at 6 p.m., as the Ukrainian community extends a warm invitation to St. Mary's Church for a spectacular Christmas concert.

Anna Nikulcha, the event's passionate organizer, expresses her joy in fostering the celebration of Ukrainian Christmas in Killarney.

Following the success of last year's festive concert, the community is thrilled to continue this cherished tradition.

Father Simon from the Church of St. Mary graciously opens the doors to his premises, welcoming all those eager to join. "We're delighted to see everyone who shares the spirit of celebration," says Anna.

As a member of the renowned "Ukrainian Code" choir, Anna ensures that attendees will be treated to the distinctive voices of this remarkable choir, known for their dynamic performances across Killarney and throughout Ireland.

The concert's diverse program features the lively sounds of the ’Chervona Kalin’ group from Waterville. Adding to the excitement, the Killarney Children's Choir will make their debut appearance, and a dance team led by Alina Maslak will grace the stage. This vibrant dance group is a traditional participant in both the Killarney Christmas Parade and the 4th of July Independence Day Parade.

“We extend a warm invitation to everyone to join us for this joyous occasion. Admission is free, ensuring that the spirit of Ukrainian Christmas is shared with the entire community. Don't miss this festive celebration at St. Mary's Church, where the rich cultural tapestry of Ukrainian Christmas comes alive,” added Anna.

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

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 […]

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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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