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Killarney hasn’t lost its golden Tidy Towns touch

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Killarney’s gold medal winning performance in this year’s Tidy Towns competition has been described as a wonderful boost and even more encouraging was the fact that the town was just three points behind overall winner, Ennis, Co Clare.

That’s the view of Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce President, Niall Kelleher, who described the town’s 352 points tally in the keenly contested Category F as hugely impressive.

He said to finish just three marks behind Ennis was a marvellous achievement for Team Killarney, particularly considering the town’s disappointing showing in the recent IBAL awards.

“This result is a fairer reflection of the outstanding ongoing work led by the dedicated management and outdoor staff of Kerry County Council. Without their input, our town would not maintain such a high ranking,” Mr Kelleher said.

“The input from residents, Tidy Towns volunteers and the commercial interests was well reflected and highly commended in the adjudication,” he added.

The Tidy Towns judge said: “Killarney is a busy place and your group is very active in developing and promoting projects that enhance the townscape. Well done on progressing with these, especially during the past two years of the COVID pandemic”.

The adjudicator added: “It has been a difficult two years so it’s great to be back out and on the ground experiencing, in person, the excellent work that has been taking place for Tidy Towns”.

Business premises that especially caught the eye of the adjudicator and mentioned in the report were The Laurels, the Royal Hotel, the Ross Hotel and the Town Hall.

Killarney House and Gardens also came in for great praise from the judge who found it was maintained to an exceptionally high standard, as was Muckross House and Gardens.

“Killarney’s gold medal brought the county’s tally to four this year and we were delighted too that Kenmare, Listowel and Tralee all received gold medals,” the Chamber president said.

“No other county in Ireland has managed to achieve so much success at county level and it reflects the commitment by Council management and staff and the 35 different Tidy Towns committees within the county,” he added.

Killarney won the prestigious overall award in 2011 and, following this year’s performance, confidence is growing that a second overall win is not far away.

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Soroptimists fundraising efforts not “hampered” by COVID

By Michelle Crean COVID didn’t “hamper” their efforts this year as members of the Killarney Soroptimist Club came together and gave generously to charity. Members of the group couldn’t hold normal meetings this year due to the ongoing restrictions but pulled together to continue supporting a women’s aid countywide service. Along with family and friends […]

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By Michelle Crean

COVID didn’t “hamper” their efforts this year as members of the Killarney Soroptimist Club came together and gave generously to charity.

Members of the group couldn’t hold normal meetings this year due to the ongoing restrictions but pulled together to continue supporting a women’s aid countywide service.

Along with family and friends they created Christmas hampers for the third year running and donated them to the ADAPT Centre in Tralee on Tuesday.

There, they presented them to Catherine Casey, who is the Manager of ADAPT Women’s Refuge Centre.

“It is wonderful to be in a position to donate these Christmas hampers to ADAPT once again this year,” Killarney Soroptimist Club President, Teresa Irwin, said.

“Due to COVID and not being able to hold normal club meetings we were unsure what we could manage. We are thrilled with the response since we decided to go ahead and amazed at the generosity and the number of hampers. We wish to thank all those that donated. Hopefully the residents of ADAPT will enjoy them.”

Catherine said that they were once again very grateful to all the members of the Killarney Soroptimist Club.

“We recognise that there is a lot of organising and work done by the Club President Teresa Irwin and all the members in collecting and putting the hampers together. It is heartwarming to see the support and generosity of the club. ADAPT Kerry and the Killarney Soroptimists have built a very good relationship over the last number of years and they have lead many campaigns to highlight our service in the Killarney area, including taking part in the ‘Safe Homes, Safe Communities’ initiatives. There is no doubt that their work raises awareness of our service and has contributed to many more women making contact with us for support by phone, through our outreach service and availing of refuge.”

If you would like to talk to ADAPT Kerry please ring 066 7129100 anytime.

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Time to get your Santa letters posted!

We hope you have your Christmas letter written – and checked it twice – because Santa is waiting for it to be posted! And thanks to the Christmas in Killarney committee it’s now so much easier to get it to him with the special Santa post box on College St. just outside Lana. His elves […]

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We hope you have your Christmas letter written – and checked it twice – because Santa is waiting for it to be posted!

And thanks to the Christmas in Killarney committee it’s now so much easier to get it to him with the special Santa post box on College St. just outside Lana.

His elves will collect the post every night at midnight and bring them straight to the North Pole.

After taking part in the magical parade in town on Saturday evening, Santa spoke to the Killarney Advertiser and said he is so excited to deliver the toys later this month.

“Season’s Greetings to everyone,” Santa said.

“I would like to remind all the boys and girls in Killarney and Kerry to write and post their letters to me as soon as possible. They can use the green post box on College St and my elves will collect the letters every night when everyone is asleep! I can’t wait to get in my sleigh and deliver all the fantastic presents on Christmas Eve. Remember, be good, the elves are watching!”

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