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How much is St Finan’s worth?

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By Sean Moriarty

The property value of St Finan’s Hospital and its adjoining lands are to be revalued.

The landmark site has been vacant since 2012.

There have been several proposals put forward, including a site for social housing and a potential university campus but so far nothing has been done and the site continues to fall further into disrepair.

Current owners, the Health Services Executive insist the site will only be sold or transferred to other state bodies for its full market value.

That puts it out of reach of Kerry County Council which could also be faced with a multi-million euro repair bill for the dilapidated building which is also a protected structure.

Earlier this year Killarney Municipal District councillors wrote to the HSE seeking a current value on the property.

A reply was presented at this week’s Killarney Municipal District meeting.

“The HSE can confirm that a valuation of lands at St Finan’s Killarney was carried out in June 2018. Due to the time which has passed and changes to the site, a re-evaluation will be required,” said Paul De Freine, who is the National Director of Capital Estates with the HSE.

“the HSE will liaise with Kerry County Council and arrange for the Valuation Office to complete a current valuation of the St Finan’s site. Once the valuation has been issued to the HSE it will be shared as appropriate.

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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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