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Killarney groups benefit from community funding

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By Sean Moriarty

Two major events and a local community group are set to receive over €10,000 in funding between them thanks to the latest round of the Communities Activities Fund grants.

There are just three of several Killarney-based clubs, organisations and community associations that received funding under the scheme.

A total of 221 organisations in Kerry will divide €284,817 in the funding released by the Department of Rural and Community Development.

Major events in the locality to benefit under the scheme include the 4th July Festival which will get €4,000.

Killarney and District Motor Club (KDMC) will receive €3,550 towards town centre activities associated with the Rally of the Lakes.

Ballyspillane Community and Family Resource Centre is the biggest community group winner. They will get €2,400 under the scheme.

“This is very welcome funding for community groups who are struggling with the significant increase in running costs, I will be lobbying Minister’s Humphreys and O’Brien to open another round of this vital funding in 2022,” said Kerry TD Brendan Griffin.

“While these grants are small in nature, they can make a big difference by allowing local community organisations to carry out much needed works in their area.”

Ballydribeen Residents Association and the Barraduff Community Field Organisation will get €1,850 each under the scheme.

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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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