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Golden moment for Killarney’s Tidy Towns team

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KILLARNEY made a clean sweep today as it scooped a gold medal in this year’s national Tidy Towns competition.

The cathaoirleach of Killarney Municipal District, Councillor Brendan Cronin, praised all involved. “I wish to extend my congratulations to all concerned in Killarney being successful in winning gold in this year's Tidy Town competition,” said Cllr Cronin. “In particular I want to thank the Killarney Tidy Towns committee and all the volunteers who put in a tremendous effort and give so much of their time and commitment in keeping Killarney looking so beautiful. I also wish to recognise the work done by the council staff and management in Killarney which has again ensured that with broad cooperation and support Killarney town has secured gold medal status.”

In fact, it was a case of celebrations all round as overall the county notched five gold medals, the others going to Tralee, Listowel, Kenmare and Sneem. Kerry also had cause to celebrate the fact that Listowel was named Ireland’s Tidiest Small Town. Knightstown and Portmagee, meanwhile, received bronze honours.

The cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Michael O’Shea, said the wins for the Kerry towns and villages were testament to the outstanding efforts of volunteers across the county who keep their towns looking so well.

“This is wonderful news for Kerry and the various towns involved. I congratulate in a special way the five gold medal winners as well as Listowel which is Ireland’s Tidiest Small Town for the second year running, which is no mean achievement,” said Cllr O’Shea. “These are truly magnificent results for our county.”

Success in the Tidy Towns competition is not only an acknowledgement of the work that local committees do – it also proven to bring benefits from an economic and tourism point of view, he added.

“To each and every one of the 33 entrants from Kerry this year, the very warmest congratulations for your efforts,” said Cllr O’Shea.

Kerry’s director of services, John Breen, said Kerry County Council is delighted to work closely with Tidy Towns committees around the county on an ongoing basis. “Tidy Towns groups are the backbone of their local communities, representing all that is best about civic responsibility and love of community. Five gold medals for the county is an exceptional achievement. So too are the results for most of the Kerry entrants who have continued to see an increase in their points tally year-on-year,” he said.

The north Dublin coastal village of Skerries has won the SuperValu Tidy Towns competition for the first time.

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Rodeo lasso demo to kickstart 4th of July Festival on Friday

Killarney’s 4th of July celebrations will get underway today (Friday) when the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus put on an unusual show at St Mary’s Church of the Sloes. The choir […]

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Killarney’s 4th of July celebrations will get underway today (Friday) when the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus put on an unusual show at St Mary’s Church of the Sloes.

The choir is due to perform a concert in the town centre church on Friday evening..

However part of their act is a demonstration in the art of lasso ropes – a tradition that stems from the early farming days of the Wild West – and there isn’t enough room in the church for that element of their act.

Instead they will give a lasso demonstration on the grounds of St Mary’s from 5pm Friday.

“They are showcasing on the green space outside our church at 5pm,” the Venerable Simon J Lumby the Rector of Killarney said.

“They will perform rodeo lasso stunts as part of their act. We couldn’t accommodate that during the concert so we’ve got them to do it earlier outside.”

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GAA stars set to gather for A Night With Legends

By Sean Moriarty Over 1,500 people are expected to attend Fossa GAA Club’s ‘A Night With Legends’ on Tuesday night. GAA royalty will grace the INEC stage as part of […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Over 1,500 people are expected to attend Fossa GAA Club’s ‘A Night With Legends’ on Tuesday night.

GAA royalty will grace the INEC stage as part of an ambitious fundraiser by the club.

The event will be styled on RTÉ’s popular pre All-Ireland Final show ‘Up for the Match’ where footballing legends will tell some of their life stories in between music and songs.

It will be hosted by author and raconteur Billy Keane and horseracing photographer Pat Healy. The event is one of the key fundraisers for the expanding Fossa GAA Club.

Coming just days before Kerry’s All-Ireland semi-final with Dublin, ‘A Night With Legends’ will also serve as a light-hearted preview to the important game.

Kerry greats like Pat Spillane, Mike Frank Russell, Paul Galvin and Eamon Fitzmaurice will be joined on stage by Dublin hero Bernard Brogan Sr. Killarney greats Colm ‘Gooch’ Cooper and Ambrose O’Donovan will also be there.

“This is not going to be a boring night, it is going to be filled with fun and banter, music and craic,” Fossa GAA chairman, Dermot Clifford, told the Killarney Advertiser.

Several raffle and auction prizes are up for grabs on the night too, the most unusual being a chance to bid on a racing greyhound, donated by the Murphy Family from Brosna.

The fundraiser has already raised €10,000 thanks to a recent auction organised by Paul Nagle. The local rally star sold one of his world championship helmets for €25,000 with the balance going to Recovery Haven in Tralee.

Limited tickets are still available at a cost of €25 per person or groups can buy a table of 12 for €250.

Ticket enquires: nightoflegends2022@gmail.com.

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