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Ho Ho Ho! Santa takes time to talk to the Killarney Advertiser

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Totally ‘sleighing’ my inside information this week - I nailed an interview with the big man himself, Santa Claus!

Santa was checking into the International Hotel for the weekend to launch the first Christmas in Killarney Parade on Saturday evening last.

Did you park the sleigh in the Glebe Santa?

“Ho-ho-ho not at all Marie, I arrived by steam train this evening. The reindeer must preserve their energy and need a full 28 days sleep to generate high speeds of up to 650 miles per second. Dasher by name and Dasher by nature is the fastest of the lot and is in top form this Christmas,” Santa replied.

Is it the same route as always Santa?

“Yes, it’s a race against the speed of light so beginning with the South Pacific, New Zealand and Australia. After that Japan, Asia, across to Africa, then Western Europe, Canada, the United States, Mexico, Central and South America. The route can sometimes be affected by weather but the reindeer and I have always got the job done!” Santa replied.

What do you prefer to be called; Santa Claus, Santy, Kris Kringle, Nick?

Oh my, I hope I don’t have as much ego as I have names. Santa or Santy will do me fine. Maybe Santa Claus on formal letters and correspondence, just to be sure to be sure you get the right man… I won’t tell you what Mrs Claus calls me!

Wow Santa, all that travelling, you must sleep for a month after your super express delivery?

“Myself and Mrs Claus usually recuperate by February and we take off on a SuperValu break in disguise. Mrs Claus especially loves Killarney National Park and makes a point of visiting the reindeers' cousins, the red deer on occasion and I enjoy Torc Waterfall and taking a boat trip on the lakes with Dux. I also love a good hot chocolate and Killarney is elite when it comes to this,” Santa replied.

With that Bar Manager Dara McCarthy arrives with the most delicious looking hot chocolate complete with an abundance of marshmallows and topped with lashings of cream!

“Are you making up for lost time?” Santa asked Dara. “I’m never going to make it onto that nice list am I Santa,” Dara laughed. “Perhaps tonight is your lucky night Dara, this hot chocolate is a definite 12 and a half out of 10,” Santa slurped.

"People like to leave out all sorts of food items for you all over the world, different things like a glass of milk, some cookies, maybe mince pies… what is your favourite food to find when you go down a chimney?" I asked.

"To be honest, I’m becoming almost as jelly as I am jolly these days! I need to lose some weight, ho, ho, ho! So, the less I eat on Christmas Eve is probably better. If you really want to leave something out for me, I’d say just go with a small glass of water or milk, and perhaps one carrot for the reindeer to share at each house is plenty."

One last thing before we go. What would you say to any children out there who are reading this?

Oh, I’d tell them that it’s nearly Christmas time now, not long to go, so it’s good to be as nice as you can. Help your parents with anything they ask, take some time to remember others around you, and remember, Christmas is a time for understanding the magic held within the hearts of all that believe in the spirit of Christmas. Thank you to everyone who has come to see me at the Christmas in Killarney parade. It's one of my most special things to do in the lead up to my express delivery coming soon. Merry Christmas to you all and I hope I don't see you on the 24th, ho, ho, ho!

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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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Corcoran’s Furniture walk raises €12k for autism charity

Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland There were 37 participants in the event, which included […]

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Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland

There were 37 participants in the event, which included AADI families, dogs, and representatives, as well as fundraisers, supporters, and members of the Corcoran’s team. The stars of the day were the three life-changing super-hero dogs, Buzz, Baron and Hank.

Former Kerry Footballer, James O’ Donoghue, was the ambassador for the event
Those taking part left Ross Castle and were treated to a phenomenal boat ride in the expert hands of Diarmuid ‘Dux’ O’Donoghue of Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours. The O’Donoghue family entertained the entire group with a range of fascinating stories outlining the history of the lakes of Killarney and Killarney National Park.

The group set out from Lord Brandon’s Cottage and walked the 11K through the iconic Gap of Dunloe, with two AADI families and their dogs taking part in the full walk. This was followed by a well-deserved meal and some rest and relaxation at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. Flemings Taxi’s Killarney brought the group back to Ross Castle, Killarney upon completion of the event.

“On behalf of everybody at Corcoran’s Furniture, we would like to thank everybody who participated in our Gap of Dunloe charity event on behalf of AADI,” said Shane O’ Callaghan, Financial Controller atCorcoran’s.

“Collectively we have raised almost €12,000 for this incredible charity and monies are still coming in. We are extremely grateful to all who supported our walk, and also to James O’ Donoghue, Christina Tagney, the Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours, the fantastic support of Noel Lucey and Donal McCarthy from the Order Of Malta, Killarney branch, and to Killarney National Park, Kate Kearney’s Cottage and Fleming’s Taxi’s. All funds raised will go toward the expert training and maintenance of the upcoming AADI dogs who will make a dramatic difference to so many children with Autism and their families.”

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