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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.

Danny Casey, who established Killarney Advertiser in March 1973.

 

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.

 

The Killarney Advertiser’s first home at Monteagle, Woodlawn.

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Fans return to Fitzgerald Stadium after eight months

By Sean Moriarty Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game. Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game.

Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.

Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.

“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”

She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.

“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”

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Garda appeal to park legally at beaches and public amenities

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An Garda Siochana is appealing to the public to park legally in designated car parks and spaces when visiting beaches, beauty spots and other public amenities. 

The good weather has seen an increase in dangerous illegal parking at these locations across the country in recent weeks. An Garda Siochana wants people to enjoy the summer but do so safely.

Parking illegally can lead to unnecessary risk and dangers such as pedestrians being forced to walk along dangerous roads. It can also prevent emergency services from gaining access to these amenities a seaside locations which could lead to the loss of life. 

“We encourage the public to plan their journeys and think safety first when parking your vehicle,” the Gardai said in a statement. 

“The outcome of parking illegally could be far more serious than a FCPN or vehicle towing and puts others and your own life at risk. 

An Garda Siochana reminds and encourages the public to social distance and follow public health guidelines when attending these locations this Summer.

An Garda Siochana is also supporting National Water Safety Awareness Week (June 14th – 20th). Information on this campaign and general water safety can be found on Water Safety Irelands Website – www.watersafety.ie/national-water-safety-awareness-week/

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IFTA nomination for Jessie Buckley

By Michelle Crean  Killarney’s Jessie Buckley is up for an award as the 2021 Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTA) nominations were announced this week. Jessie has been nominated as Best Actress in a Lead Role Film category for her work in Charlie Kaufman’s surreal ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’. Winners will be announced at […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

Killarney’s Jessie Buckley is up for an award as the 2021 Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTA) nominations were announced this week.

Jessie has been nominated as Best Actress in a Lead Role Film category for her work in Charlie Kaufman’s surreal ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’. Winners will be announced at a virtual IFTA awards ceremony which will be broadcast on Virgin Media One on Sunday, July 4.

Other well-known Irish actors up for awards include Brendan Gleeson for ‘The Comey Rule’, Paul Mescal for ‘Normal People’, Dervla Kirwan ‘Smother’ and Gabriel Byrne for ‘Death of a Ladies Man’.

Over the past few months during lockdown, the Irish Academy Members have been busy viewing, deliberating, and shortlisting the very best work from across great Irish films, performances, and achievements.

Nominations have been shortlisted by Irish Academy members alongside a specialist jury panel of industry experts from around the world.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no physical IFTA Awards Ceremony until March 2022, in keeping with COVID guidelines and best international practice.

Further details about the show and the international guest participants will be announced shortly.

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