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Inaugural Kerry Clubs Fair attracts almost 800 visitors

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The first ever Kerry Clubs Fair proved very successful as almost 800 people turned up to see Killarney Racecourse see what 50 clubs and organisations had to offer.

The fair, held on Sunday, is the brainchild of Killarney Lions Club and sponsored by Killarney Credit Union.

And, so unique was the event, that it even gained national attention last week when Ray D’Arcy got behind the event on his RTÉ 1 radio show.

“This was the first time we held the fair so we are very pleased with the turnout, and the feedback from the Clubs has been very positive,” Ronan Doyle, President of Killarney Lions Club, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There was a lot of interest in what the clubs have to offaer, and most of the people who visited the fair signed up for something that caught their eye. I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to those who worked at the 50 stands on the day, the faces behind the clubs and voluntary organisations that help form the fabric of our communities, they are true local heroes.”

Tom Barrett, from The Kerry Branch of Arthritis Ireland, one of the organisations represented on the day, said it was a great occasion.

“We greatly enjoyed the event,” he said.

“It was a fantastic opportunity to pass on valuable information and knowledge on how to manage arthritis to a large number of people who came along.”

Mark Murphy from Killarney Cycling Club added that they achieved in excess of 30 membership enquiries on the day.

“The event was a tremendous success and we look forward to taking part again next time,” he said.

Clubs that took part in the event included:

Men’s Shed, First Responders, Killarney Community Games, Toastmasters, Girl Guides, Lions Club, Tidy Towns, Killarney Camera Group, Southwest Counselling, The Rotary Club, Grace Baptist Church, Tralee Art Club,  Ring of Kerry Cycle, Laune Mountaineering Club, Killarney Drama Circle, Kerry Archaeological & Historical Society, KDYS, Killarney Tennis Club, Fossa Scouts, Killarney Camogie Club, Kerry Stars Special Olympics, Workmen’s Rowing Club, Order of Malta, Macra Na Feirme, Killarney Mountain Meitheal, Irish Countrywomen’s Association (ICA), 4th of July Killarney Festival, Killarney Valley Classics and Vintage, Killarney Musical Society, No Name Club, Killarney Badminton Club, Killarney Golf and Fishing Club, Sean Cháirde, Ross Golf Club, Arthritis Ireland Nordic Walking Group Killarney, Killarney Cycling Club, Comhaltas, Killarney Active Retirement Group, Team Hope, Killarney Credit Union, Kerry Canoe Club (Killorglin), St Pats Hurling Club, Killarney Mental Health, Dóchas Drama Group, Kerry Volunteer Centre, Spa Killarney Handball Club, Kingdom Gospel Choir, Rathmore Social Action Group, Kerry Parents and Friends, Killarney Celtic, Spa Killarney Handball Club, Tralee Lions Club, Cois Lí Camera Club, Beaufort Pioneer Association.

Killarney Lions Club would like to thank those who helped to make the day such a huge success: main sponsor Killarney Credit Union; Killarney Racecourse who provided invaluable assistance before and on the day; local media who got behind the event; Killarney Parish who allowed announcement of the event at Masses over the weekend; and finally the members of the public who took the time to attend the event.

For more information on the Killarney Lions Club pleaseemail: killarneylionsclub@gmail.com.

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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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