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It was a Grand reopening!

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By Sean Moriarty

The owner of the Killarney Grand said his hands are sore from welcoming people back to his landmark bar.

STAFF: Back in business after two years the staff including owner Patsy Sheehan (back centre) are delighted reopen the newly refurbished Paddy Sheehan's Bar and nightclub over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

READY: Just before the doors of the newly refurbished Killarney Grand opened over Easter weekend owner Patsy Sheehan and General Manager Mags Walsh enjoy the calm before welcoming many eager locals back after two years. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

REOPENED: Staff at The Grand including owner Patsy Sheehan (centre back) are delighted to reopen their doors having been closed for just over two years. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Killarney’s top music venue reopened over Easter weekend after 760 days. It was one of the first pubs to close as a result of the pandemic ahead of the Government's pandemic announcement in March 2020.

The town centre pub did not reopen during last year’s restrictions as owner Patsy Sheehan and his team decided to refurbish the premises.

The doors finally reopened last weekend and while Killarney was busy with tourists enjoying the long weekend, it was mainly locals who visited the Killarney Grand.

“It was like you flicked a switch and it was all back to normal again,” Patsy told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The locals missed it but they loved the new additions and at the same time loved that it is still The Grand and not much has changed,” he added.

“My hands are sore from shaking peoples’ hands but the goodwill of the locals and the people of the town has been fantastic."

Two new features include an underground tunnel linking both sides of the dance floor and several new photos of famous Irish musicians strategically placed on the walls of the music bar.

“They [locals] loved the corridor and all the photos,” Patsy added.

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Coolick National School to launch online lotto

A popular primary school in the Killarney area is launching a new fundraising initiative this week to support and improve the education experience of the children it serves. The Coolick […]

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A popular primary school in the Killarney area is launching a new fundraising initiative this week to support and improve the education experience of the children it serves.

The Coolick National School Lotto is now live; offering a weekly prize, a weekly jackpot and a range of valuable spot prizes at launch.

Coolick NS first opened its doors in 1870 making it one of the county’s oldest primary schools. The school and pre-school is home to over 130 children from the locality. This is an increase of 20% over the past 5 years taking enrolment to an all-time high.

Coolick NS School Lotto Chairperson and parent, Pádraig Leane says properly resourcing primary school services is crucial:

“The cost of providing education is rising and the school grants provided by the department, although valuable, only do so much. We want to overcome this challenge with our school lotto. The school has a range of immediate needs but also longer-term goals to expand our facilities, add more sports equipment, wellness programmes, student support programmes and increase extra-curricular trips,” he said.

First on the list is a new set of school jerseys, gymnastics mats, replacement of end-of-lfe iPads and further expansion of their Tír na nÓg play area for the younger pupils.
Coolick National School Principal Gearoid O’Sullivan remains focused on providing the best for the children of Coolick.

“As a school we are committed to providing the best equipment, teaching and learning resources, outdoor spaces and a school interior that helps nurture each child. This school lotto will help us with our commitment to provide the very best for the school and especially for the pupils in our care,” said the principal.

The staff and students of Coolick National School are appealing to families, friends, past pupils, members of the local community, stakeholders and supporters to get behind the weekly school lotto. It is hoped that the option of 1 line for €2.50, 2 lines for €4 or 3 lines for €5 will encourage everybody to contribute. A lotto draw will take place each week with a maximum jackpot of €2,000 to be won.

Signing up is easy; through the school’s website https://www.ourfundraiser.ie/org/coolickns

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Live TV audience date with Daniel O’Donnell at INEC

People of Killarney will have the opportunity to participate in a live television audience with Daniel O’Donnell. TG4 television’s highest rating country music series of concerts is coming to the […]

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People of Killarney will have the opportunity to participate in a live television audience with Daniel O’Donnell.

TG4 television’s highest rating country music series of concerts is coming to the Gleneagle INEC Arena for the first time from June 17 to 19.

Recorded before a live audience over three nights with two concerts per night, Opry le Daniel offers a different music theme each evening and a host of special guests will join the legendary presenter Daniel O’ Donnell on stage to perform all your favourite songs.

The recordings of the show will be split into two one-hour blocks, taking place throughout each evening.

Now in its 14th year, Ireland’s favourite country music artist O’ Donnell will be joined on stage by Declan Nerney, Cliona Hagan, Mike Denver, Chrissy Mac, Dana and the Donegal balladeers ‘Onóir’ to mention but a few.

Tickets from €30.20 are available from www.inec.ie and the Gleneagle INEC Arena box office on 064 6671555.

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