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Killarney looking good for St Patrick’s festival

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Plans are well underway for this years St Patrick’s Festival Cill Airne. This year’s theme, which was announced last week in the Killarney Advertiser, is ‘Killarney You’re Looking Good’, a celebration of 60 years of the National Tidy Towns competition.

The committee, under the auspices of the Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, have been busy behind the scenes putting together a fun-packed family festival for visitors and locals alike. Of course, the highlight is the St Patrick’s Day parade which this year will commence from Mission Road taking in East Avenue Road, College Street, Plunkett Street, Main Street, New Street and finishing at Beech Road car park. The parade will start at 2pm sharp and we are promised plenty of entertainment and audience participation along the route.

As in previous years, the progressive committee will be “greening” Killarney with local landmarks going green for the weekend. The public will have the final say on the most attractive “greened” building or landmark.

Voluntary Chairperson Paul Sherry said: “We are calling on all clubs, associations, businesses and voluntary groups to get your thinking caps on, open your minds and get the creative juices flowing. You have heard it a million times and more, ‘there is no place like Killarney’. Let’s illustrate this to the world and join us on St Patrick’s Day.”

Application forms for the parade are included in this week’s Killarney Advertiser and are also available from the Town Hall and Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce offices.

More details to follow in the coming weeks including the Grand Marshall announcement, entertainment details and competitions.

Pic: Valerie O'Sullivan.

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Killarney competitors bring home the medals

By Michelle Crean It was a great weekend for Killarney as Brazilian jiu jitsu competitors took home medals from the AJP Switzerland International Tour in Zurich. Members of Movement & Fitness Club competed against the world’s finest athletes which led to them bringing home amazing results.After a great fight Matthew Morris made it into the […]

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By Michelle Crean

It was a great weekend for Killarney as Brazilian jiu jitsu competitors took home medals from the AJP Switzerland International Tour in Zurich.

Members of Movement & Fitness Club competed against the world’s finest athletes which led to them bringing home amazing results.After a great fight Matthew Morris made it into the semi-finals.Ewelina Downey received two gold medals in Gi and NOGI fights, just two months after her promotion to blue belt.The club’s coach, Wilson Da Silva, also competed for the first time as a brown belt, and won gold in the Gi category and silver in NOGI.”The results don’t lie,” he said.”The hard work, dedication, commitment and passion pays off. Impossible is nothing, and that’s what we are trying to teach our students in Movement & Fitness Club Killarney.”Martial Arts helps to fight depression, bulling, obesity, and builds up self esteem and confidence, he explained.”There is no ego, no one is better, we are all the same trying to learn from each other, helping and correcting ourselves so we become better together. Our club is filling up with amazing students from age four up who connect with us by the same passion and love for the sport. If you are looking to change your life come and join our family.”

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Ian makes his debut as a radio presenter

By Sean Moriarty Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week. The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017. Since the accident he has been a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week.

The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017.

Since the accident he has been a champion for the less fortunate under his mantra: “If you can’t stand up – standout”.

This was the inspiration behind his brand new radio show which aired for the first time on Wednesday evening.

‘Stand Out with Ian O’Connell’ will feature interviews with people who have overcome great adversary to reach even greater heights.

His first guest was fellow Killarney man Jordan Lee. The Paralympian represented Ireland in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

“I was used to being in the studio from people interviewing me, but this time I turned the table,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was great to have Jordan on, two Killarney men! I really enjoyed it, it got a massive reaction and I got loads of emails and messages afterwards and into Thursday morning.”

Ian will reveal his guest for the show on the previous Monday through various social media channels.

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