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Extra sparkle in town as Christmas in Killarney set to return

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The magic dust has been ordered by the sleigh-load and extra sparkle has been added to the festive trimmings as the truly spectacular Christmas in Killarney celebrations will return with a vengeance in the coming weeks.

With Santa cocooning for long spells last year, the festival had to be put on hold but that merely gave the amazing Team Christmas in Killarney ample opportunity to plan a bigger, better and more incredible party for 2021.

The first of four fabulous and colourful street parades will wind through the streets on Saturday, November 27, at 6pm, and the magic will continue with further fun-filled parades on December 4, December 11 and December 18.

As well as all the traditional favourites, an elaborate and spectacular new float has been added this year and it will certainly have a real wow factor as it takes to the streets.

A new route has been planned for this year’s parade of floats and Christmas characters which will wind its way from Fitzgerald Stadium along Lewis Road, on to College Street, Plunkett Street, Main Street and High Street with Santa looking forward to seeing all the boys and girls lining the streets.

Strict COVID-19 protocols will apply and, to ensure everyone’s safety, those planning to attend are asked to wear facemasks and observe social distancing guidelines.

SANTA's GROTTO

Plans are also being made for a Santa’s Grotto experience in the lead up to the festive season with details to be revealed very soon and the final programme for the hugely popular Dine in Killarney Christmas experience is also being finalised.

Mayor of Killarney Cllr Marie Moloney, who is a member of the Christmas in Killarney Committee, said it will be wonderful to see a bit of normality returning to the town for the festive season.

“Last Christmas was very hard on everybody who couldn’t meet up with their loved ones and many people spent it on their own. This year, thankfully, there will be a bit more freedom for people to meet up and celebrate together,” she said.

Mayor Moloney said the Christmas in Killarney festival will provide a superb backdrop for the seasonal celebrations but she urged everybody to be cautious, to wear their masks and to observe social distance requests when they are watching the parades so that everybody remains safe.

The voluntary chairman of the Christmas in Killarney celebration, Niall Kelleher, said everyone behind the scenes is just as excited as the children of Killarney and beyond and he said it is a wonderful feeling to be able to sprinkle an extra handful of magic dust and sparkle on the town this year.

“Last year was difficult for all of us but we plan to make up for it in the coming weeks with the type of spectacular celebration that has made Christmas in Killarney famous all over the world,” he said.

Santa Claus, meanwhile, has confirmed that he has pencilled the Killarney parades into his packed diary and he is really looking forward to seeing everybody when he arrives.

“My little helpers have been doing their research and they told me just how hard everybody on the Christmas in Killarney Committee is working to make this year extra special. It is going to be a magical time in one of my favourite towns in the whole world,” he said.

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Killarney competitors bring home the medals

By Michelle Crean It was a great weekend for Killarney as Brazilian jiu jitsu competitors took home medals from the AJP Switzerland International Tour in Zurich. Members of Movement & Fitness Club competed against the world’s finest athletes which led to them bringing home amazing results.After a great fight Matthew Morris made it into the […]

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By Michelle Crean

It was a great weekend for Killarney as Brazilian jiu jitsu competitors took home medals from the AJP Switzerland International Tour in Zurich.

Members of Movement & Fitness Club competed against the world’s finest athletes which led to them bringing home amazing results.After a great fight Matthew Morris made it into the semi-finals.Ewelina Downey received two gold medals in Gi and NOGI fights, just two months after her promotion to blue belt.The club’s coach, Wilson Da Silva, also competed for the first time as a brown belt, and won gold in the Gi category and silver in NOGI.”The results don’t lie,” he said.”The hard work, dedication, commitment and passion pays off. Impossible is nothing, and that’s what we are trying to teach our students in Movement & Fitness Club Killarney.”Martial Arts helps to fight depression, bulling, obesity, and builds up self esteem and confidence, he explained.”There is no ego, no one is better, we are all the same trying to learn from each other, helping and correcting ourselves so we become better together. Our club is filling up with amazing students from age four up who connect with us by the same passion and love for the sport. If you are looking to change your life come and join our family.”

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Ian makes his debut as a radio presenter

By Sean Moriarty Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week. The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017. Since the accident he has been a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week.

The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017.

Since the accident he has been a champion for the less fortunate under his mantra: “If you can’t stand up – standout”.

This was the inspiration behind his brand new radio show which aired for the first time on Wednesday evening.

‘Stand Out with Ian O’Connell’ will feature interviews with people who have overcome great adversary to reach even greater heights.

His first guest was fellow Killarney man Jordan Lee. The Paralympian represented Ireland in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

“I was used to being in the studio from people interviewing me, but this time I turned the table,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was great to have Jordan on, two Killarney men! I really enjoyed it, it got a massive reaction and I got loads of emails and messages afterwards and into Thursday morning.”

Ian will reveal his guest for the show on the previous Monday through various social media channels.

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