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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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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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