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Killarney House benefiting from Budget 2017 with additional half million euro

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Killarney House photographed two weeks before it opened on April 3, 2016. PICTURE: DON MACMONAGLE

AN ADDITIONAL €500,000 has been granted to Killarney House as part of Budget 2017. Speaking in the Seanad, Leas-Cathaoirleach Paul Coghlan welcomed the Minister for Public Expenditure Pascal Donohue’s confirmation that an additional €500,000 million will be allocated to Killarney House, under the Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. It’s one of a number of selected projects across the country that have received additional funding thanks to Budget 2017.

Killarney House has already received €1.9 million from the Department. “The refurbishment of Killarney House was announced in 2011, as a joint project between the Department and Fáilte Ireland, and I believe the house has the capacity to become the top tourist attraction in the south-west,” said Senator Coghlan.
“This continued support by Minister Donohue comes in what has been a crucial year for Killarney House, and will provide a vital link between the town centre and park.

“Killarney House is a magnificent place, that has been beautifully restored thanks to Government investment and will hopefully become the main visitor centre for Killarney National Park. The gardens were opened this year with 70,000 estimated visitors over the summer, and the museum is to be formally opened in the coming months. The refurbishment of the historical site is the most significant development for Kerry tourism in years.

“Every little helps in terms of improving and promoting our tourism offering here in Kerry. The Government knows the vital importance that tourism plays in the Kerry economy. This type of funding is crucial to helping us maintain and upgrade Killarney’s tourism potential.”

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Hike up Strickeen Mountain for air ambulance

  Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance. The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab. It […]

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Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance.

The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab.

It is expected that the 7.5km hike will take around three hours to complete and participants will benefit from the expertise of Krzysztof for a minimum donation €10 per person or €20 per family.

Strickeen Mountain is the eastern most peak of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and the hike will start from the Gap of Dunloe at 11am on the day.

As an added bonus fruit and water, donated by local supermarkets including Lidl, Aldi and Daly’s SuperValu, will be provided. The first 20 to register will receive a limited edition Irish Community Air Ambulance face covering snood.

“This is an ideal opportunity for someone who has never climbed this mountain, but wants to do it with the help of an experienced guide,” Donie Lucey, who is one of the Irish Community Air Ambulance’s chief fundraisers, said.

Further details are available from Donie on 086 854 5873 or from Krzysztof on 087 7589697 after 6pm.

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Golf club launches Summer Series competition

By Sean Moriarty Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality. The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer. Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality.

The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer.

Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at the famed Killeen course this coming Wednesday (June 23). This series will continue every Wednesday for eight weeks and top five scorers on each date will qualify for a Grand Final which is scheduled for Sunday, August 22.

“We are delighted to launch the ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series. This is a singles stableford event taking place on the Irish Open course, Killeen,” said the club’s marketing manager Meg Dalton. “With over €8,000 worth of prizes to be won, this is an event not to be missed. The first opportunity to qualify for the grand final is Wednesday.”

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Investigation continues into New St fire

  Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week. The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7). It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting […]

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Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week.

The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7).

It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting and ducting on the first, second and third floors. There was heavy smoke throughout the hotel but all guests were evacuated safely.

The landmark hotel, which also houses the famous Danny Mann pub, has not yet reopened, and local Gardai are still investigating its cause.

“The investigation is ongoing,” a Killarney Gardai Station spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser. “We are establishing the full facts in relation to the fire.”

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