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By Sean Moriarty

A well-known local historian has questioned a recent article which named the tunnel on the Moll’s Gap road as the Newfoundland Bay Tunnel.

Published by the Killarney Advertiser last week, the article referred to a Kerry County Council press release which named the tunnel as Newfoundland Bay Tunnel.

However, local historian Damien Switzer disputes the name.

He accepts that the bay in Upper Lake, just below where the tunnel sits on the Moll’s Gap Road, is called Newfoundland Bay.

“Any local fisherman will tell you that but the tunnel has no official OSI name nor is it named on any map going back to when the tunnel was built and I have them all, I collect them,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “Admittedly you got your information from an official source but this is rewriting history and that cannot happen on my watch.”

The disputed statement was issued to advertise a proposed road closure for road works, works that have now be postponed following the closure of the Kilgarvan to Loo Bridge road following a recent landslide during Storm Ciara.

‘The purpose of the road closure is to allow repair works to be completed on a section of partially collapsed retaining wall on the N71 in the townland of Gortroe which is located approximately 100m south of Newfoundland Bay Tunnel. The road is narrow at this location so a road closure will be required to complete the works safely’, the statement read.

Mr Switzer added that the Council official is most definitely one hundred percent wrong.

“It's not Gortroe, it's Gortderraree. Last time I checked, Gortroe was in Fossa and yes the bay on the Upper Lake is called Newfoundland. The famous engineer Alex Nimmo is responsible for its creation, he also built the suspension bridge in Kenmare.”

The historian went into fascinating detail to reveal, what he believes, is the correct name for the tunnel.

“The tunnel was on the Prince of Wales route, blasted from Cromaglaun Mountain, which the old Irish used call it. They referred to the tunnel as 'through Cromaglaun’,” he said.

“Anyway, local lore aside, the official provable name that has featured in numerous books for about 200 years is ‘The Heading’. From Westminster to Derrynane it was known as 'The Heading', and it also gained notoriety and was made famous by a local robber called Martin Mahony who used to hide there.”

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Local author’s debut book makes Late Late Toy Show

Killarney art psychotherapist Katie O’Donoghue was delighted to spot her first children’s book on last Friday’s Late Late Toy Show! ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ was written and illustrated by Katie, and published by Gill Books in July. With almost every eye in Ireland on the Toy Show every year, children’s authors, illustrators and publishers […]

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Killarney art psychotherapist Katie O’Donoghue was delighted to spot her first children’s book on last Friday’s Late Late Toy Show!

‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ was written and illustrated by Katie, and published by Gill Books in July.

With almost every eye in Ireland on the Toy Show every year, children’s authors, illustrators and publishers compete for a much-coveted spot on the set. Aware that her book had been sent to Ryan, but not having heard anything from RTÉ, Katie was thrilled to see it in a prominent position. It was a wonderful surprise to discover ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ had been placed in the front row of the book corner. There, it had a little chair of its own and was even embraced by a cuddly toy.

It was visible many times over the course of the evening, particularly during the book discussion, an incredibly proud moment for first-time author Katie.

“I have to admit, when I saw ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ cradled in the teddy’s arms, I may have jumped up and down with excitement,” Katie told the Killarney Advertiser.

What began as a lockdown project while Katie was living in London and missing her family in Kerry, is providing comfort to children around the world.

Using a gentle story with gorgeous illustrations, Little Squirrel and his forest friends teach young people a variety of simple coping techniques.

“These skills will benefit children their entire lives and the book is even helpful for adults who are prone to worrying and overthinking,” she added.

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No 2021 return for Killarney on Ice

By Michelle Crean Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year. Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year. […]

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By Michelle Crean

Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year.

Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year.

Rising case numbers, uncertain COVID-19 restrictions, and insurance challenges have been the main drivers behind the decision not to open, according to the company.

As Kerry’s only festive ice rink, the facility has brought much fun and life to the town over the years, attracting thousands of people from all over the county, and indeed the whole country, with many families coming to stay overnight in Killarney and enjoying all that this great town has to offer.

As well as friends and families coming to skate, schools, youth clubs, sports teams and employees of local companies use the group booking discount rate to plan sessions on the ice, and Killarney on Ice would like to thank them all for their continuing loyalty.

“We sincerely hope to be back better and stronger in 2022, and we look forward to welcoming all of our valued customers,” Tim O’Donoghue, the promoter of the rink, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“In the meantime, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.”

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