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Jingle bells all the way as shoppers make tracks for Killarney Outlet Centre

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There is always a huge attendance at the annual Christmas Craft and Food Fair at Killarney Outlet Centre every year. PICTURE: EAMONN KEOGH

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WE ALL know that feeling of mild panic and general anxiety as the countdown to Christmas begins in earnest. This year you can relax completely as the best ever Christmas Craft and Food Fair comes to the main mall downstairs at Killarney Outlet Centre on Sunday, November 27, from 12 to 6pm.

As part of the Christmas in Killarney Festival, this well-established craft and food fair offers a wide and eclectic range of quality local arts, crafts and food products.

Christmas shoppers can shop early and avoid the usual last minute rush for presents, with truly unique and special Christmas gifts all under the one roof.
Prepare to be mesmerised by the sheer quality and craftsmanship of the many beautiful items on display. Everything is handmade from natural materials and bears the distinctive mark of the eye and hand of their creator, be it weaving, cheese, a piece of pottery or woodcarving, candles or chocolates!

A selection of quality local food producers will be tempting passers-by with their unique delicious products and offering you the chance to rediscover the joys of the fresh quality foods still being produced in Kerry with such care and dedication. Shoppers won’t be able to resist the smell of fresh waffles, the allure of jams, preserves and pates or the taste of traditional home baking. For the sweet of tooth, there are sumptuous handmade chocolates, fudge, and Christmas confections.

There is bound to be something to suit all tastes and pockets, with such a wide variety of quality handmade Irish crafts for sale, from crochet and knitting, ceramics and glassware to original paintings, old Kerry photographs, handmade Christmas cards and ornaments. Those seeking distinctive creations will be thrilled with the range of day and costume jewellery on display as well as hats, bags, scarves, clothes and accessories.

As well as the uniqueness and beauty that makes hand-crafted designs such a thoughtful gift, shoppers can rest easy in the knowledge that they are actively supporting local artists, craftspeople and food producers in their creative endeavours, buying directly from the producer at a much reduced price!

With free entry and ample car parking nearby, why not solve all your Christmas shopping headaches in one fell swoop on Sunday, November 27, at the Christmas Craft and Food Fair at Killarney Outlet Centre from 12pm to 6pm.
 


 
Pictured above: There is always a huge attendance at the annual Christmas Craft and Food Fair at Killarney Outlet Centre every year.
PICTURE: EAMONN KEOGH

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Local activities this weekend for National Heritage Week

A number of events will take place in Killarney this weekend as part National Heritage Week 2022 which runs until this Sunday. This year’s theme is biodiversity and sustainability. Tomorrow […]

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A number of events will take place in Killarney this weekend as part National Heritage Week 2022 which runs until this Sunday.

This year’s theme is biodiversity and sustainability. Tomorrow (Saturday) the Life in the Bogs – Family Funday in Cronin’s Yard, Beaufort, runs from 10.30am – 2.30pm.
Activities include; Bog in a Bottle activity – learn about how bogs are made, Plants of the Bog – learn about the different plants in the bog and how to tell them apart, Pond Dipping in Bog Pool – Use nets and find out what creepy crawlies can be found in Bog pools, Birds and Mammals of the Bog – learn about the different animals that live in our bogs, and a Scavenger Hunt. Tickets are free but bring €2 for parking.

On Sunday the Harpers for Heritage concert takes place at Muckross Schoolhouse with Fiachra Ó Corragáin, Máire Ní Chathasaigh and Chris Newman from 7.30pm to 9pm.

There’ll also be an exhibition from the Killarney National Park Photography Competition based on the theme of ‘Our History, Our Future’ in Killarney House and Gardens while the Me and the Moon will create Bee/Bug hotels and sustainable eco bird feeders today (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday) from 11am – 4pm at Muckross Schoolhouse.

The Heritage Council is encouraging people to visit www.heritageweek.ie to see what other events are taking place in their locality or across the country. Participants can browse the website and create a bespoke National Heritage Week ‘Events Trail’ to help them plan their week according to their location, their particular heritage interests and their preferred event type, such as a festival, performance, exhibition or re-enactment.

“This year, National Heritage Week looks to the past to create a better future,” Chief Executive of the Heritage Council of the Heritage Council, Virginia Teehan, said.

“The theme of sustainable heritage and biodiversity encourages us all to reflect on how our history and heritage can play a part in protecting our planet. Whether it’s learning a new skill like embroidery, blacksmithing or pottery making; better understanding how to prevent biodiversity loss in our own back gardens or country lanes; or gaining fresh insight into the history of our art, music or the Irish language and sharing this knowledge among friends and family, there are endless ways to get involved. I would encourage people to visit the National Heritage Week website and browse the vast array of events and projects taking place and plan their week.”

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Killarney girl has an important part to play in Rose Festival

By Michelle Crean A little Killarney girl has had her dreams come true after being selected as a Rose Bud in this year’s Rose of Tralee International Festival. Chloe Nott […]

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By Michelle Crean

A little Killarney girl has had her dreams come true after being selected as a Rose Bud in this year’s Rose of Tralee International Festival.

Chloe Nott (7) from Fossa was thrilled to find out that she has been paired with Arizona Rose Sophie Owen.

She’s now super excited as the Festival kicks off tonight (Friday) and is looking forward to being part of the big parades which attract thousands to the streets of Tralee tomorrow (Saturday) and again on Sunday.

“We found out about three weeks ago, she was picked from hundreds from all around the country,” Chloe’s mom Gemma told the Killarney Advertiser.

Last Saturday the Rose Buds came together for the first time in the Meadowlands Hotel in Tralee where they met the Kerry Rose Édaein O’Connell and received their sashes.

Tonight (Friday) they’ll enjoy a party in the Meadowlands and have a busy weekend meeting and greeting people when they take part in the Festival’s activities including a trip to the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium.

“I’m so excited to meet my Arizona Rose,” Chloe, who is going into Second Class in Fossa National School, said.

Gemma and her husband Eric and son Luke (9) went to Reidys in Killarney to tell Chloe the exciting news.

“My mom gave me a rose and told me I was a Rose Bud. After she told me I was bursting with excitement.”

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