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It’s ‘strictly’ coffee time!

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By Michelle Crean

 

The uniform will be swapped for the glitter and glam of the dance floor this March as a local garda takes to the INEC stage for the ever popular Strictly Come Dancing Killarney.

Garda Emmet Flanagan, who is based at Killarney Garda Station, is gearing up to make his Strictly Come Dancing debut on Friday, March 8.

However, before the big night he’s planning a fundraiser in town to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

Emmet, who is originally from Ennis, Co Clare, is organising a fundraising coffee morning in the Towers Hotel in conjunction with Daffodil Day, on Friday next, March 1, taking place from 10.30am to 12.30pm. And all are welcome.

On March 8, 12 couples will be taking to the dance floor to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society. The local SCD fundraiser has raised over €200,000 since it began and locals are once again hoping to build on that amount this year.

Emmet, who is dancing with Ciara O’Donoghue from Milltown wouldn’t reveal his dance this week – but said it will definitely be a little bit different.

“It’s not a tap dance, it’s a little bit different – a surprise. We’re practicing several times a week and looking forward to it,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

And Emmet said there’s further pressure on him this year as his colleague Mike Milner previously won it.

“I’m under a little bit of pressure because he won it - but I’m not in it to win it, I’m in it for the cause.”

Kathrina Breen from the Killarney/South Kerry branch of Irish Cancer Society said they’re delighted to team up with Emmet for the coffee morning on March 1.

“All are welcome to come along, the more the merrier. The food and beverages are sponsored by Towers. This is our 30thDaffodil Day and we’ll also have merchandise for sale on the day including tea towels, travel mugs, teddy bears, notepads as well as daffodils and pins. All donations are welcome and there’ll also be a raffle with many prizes to be won which are being sponsored by local businesses.”

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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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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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