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Killarney Advertiser is celebrating 48 years strong

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We're getting closer to half a century - as the Killarney Advertiser celebrated its 48 birthday on Wednesday - and that's all down to you, our loyal readers and advertisers. What started out with humble beginnings in 1973 by Danny Casey in Woodlawn - who saw the need for a local news publication - has become the longest-running family-owned and run advertiser in Ireland, and is the second-oldest advertiser (by a few weeks) in the country.

[caption id="attachment_36404" align="alignright" width="216"] Danny Casey, who established Killarney Advertiser in March 1973.[/caption]

 

We're also the only locally printed publication made in Killarney for the people of Killarney thanks to our parent company KC Print in Upper Lissivigeen, founded by Danny's son Cormac Casey.

From advertising to news, and sports, the Killarney Advertiser appeals to readers of all ages, and is truly at the heart of the community both in print and online.

WHERE IT ALL BEGAN

All those years ago Danny had a vision. He could see an opening for a community publication that represented what was going on within the locality. It began with just a few pages printed at home in his shed - but before long it became the talk of the town so much so that customers would beat a path to the door of the premises at Monteagle and then, down the road to Ballycasheen, where the business moved in 2005.

In early 2011 the business again moved, this time to its current location, its town-centre premises at Unit 1C, Park Place, High Street, Killarney.

Almost five decades since it first hit the shelves this free weekly publication is still in demand across the greater Killarney area and well beyond. Admit it, your Friday wouldn’t be the same without it!

And, like many businesses, the impact of the pandemic created a difficult trading year for the business but with a strong team of journalists, designers, advertising staff and administrators, we continue to navigate our way through it - bringing you the very best every week.

 

 

A constantly evolving institution

by Aidan Quirke, General Manager

The ‘Advertiser’ is very much at the heart of our local community covering all the major news and sport for nearly a half century. It is a unique publication that continues to be at the centre of Killarney life. Over the years it has evolved from black and white print to a full colour publication and is read by 26,000 people every Friday. It is an institution but not one that rests easily as the number one news resource for Killarney people.

In the coming weeks, the next evolution of the Killarney Advertiser will be launched. It promises to bring together all the best elements of the magazine and incorporate new technology to ensure that you are always up to date.

The ‘Advertiser’ remains in family ownership, highly unusual in the Irish media landscape. It is this constant that has ensured the longevity of the publication but also the commitment of local businesses and readers to support their ‘Favourite Friday Read’. In addition, it continues to be designed, written and printed in Killarney, again unique in today’s mediascape.

Danny Casey founded the magazine this week in 1973, little did he know that it would become an institution, nor that his son Cormac would lead the evolution of the magazine from black and white to colour and implement design changes that make it the most read publication in Killarney.

We are all very proud to work here, constantly striving to be the best publication of its kind in the country. Thank you to all our readers and advertisers for supporting the Killarney Advertiser for 48 years, it is a pleasure to serve you.

 

[caption id="attachment_36383" align="alignleft" width="570"] The Killarney Advertiser's first home at Monteagle, Woodlawn.[/caption]

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Family to run in memory of the late Linda Eviston

By Sean Moriarty The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory. Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer. Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory.

Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer.

Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of her daughter Alannah, will run a 42.2km course, on the day before her anniversary to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

The route will be based on landmarks that were an important part of Linda’s life. Starting from the family home in Dromkerry, before heading for the town centre and passing the Eviston House Hotel, Linda’s grandmother’s home at Park Road, Linda’s childhood home and national school in Glenflesk, Loreto where Linda attended secondary school, back to Killarney and finishing at Linda’s pride and joy – Brook Lodge Hotel.

“It is tough but we wanted to do something in Linda’s memory and help other people who might find themselves in similar circumstances,” Pat told the Killarney Advertiser. “We originally hoped to do the Dublin City Marathon but that got cancelled. This route is much better, but much tougher as it’s more hilly.”

All proceeds will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society and donations can be made via: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/inhonouroflinda.

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Women bravely bare all for Kerry’s first ‘Dip in the Nip’

By Michelle Crean  It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend. Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend.

Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst the all female grouping were some Killarney ladies who joined in the empowering adventure for what was described as “a special and unforgettable morning” all in aid of Recovery Haven Kerry.

According to Marisa Reidy from Recovery Haven, the women were of all ages and all walks of life who came together for so many personal reasons.

“Some were still on their own cancer journey, some were celebrating coming out the other side and of course, many were there to honour friends and loved ones who they had lost to cancer, but we were all equal on the day – flaws and all,” Marisa, who also took part in the event, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was a truly uplifting and exhilarating experience and we are so, so grateful to each and every lady who joined us for a morning we will never forget. One woman described it as ‘companionship among strangers’ and that really sums it up perfectly. It was emotional, there were some tears, but lots of laughter and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. When the ladies hit the water, they all formed a circle and held hands in a gesture that was totally unplanned – it just happened organically and it was quite overwhelming.”

She added that a very special mention has to be made to Michaela and John Edwards and their team from Wild Water Adventures for their support and expertise in ensuring no stone was left unturned in making it a fabulous, safe event.

“It was an all-female team from beginning to end, from our own volunteers, stewards, registration, Gardai, teas and coffees, lifeguards, sea rescue – girl power at its finest! Now all that’s left to do is start planning for 2022!”

Donations are still being taken via the link on the Recovery Haven Kerry Facebook page.

“So far we are close on €9,000 which is just fabulous.”

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