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Killarney Memory Tree moves online

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REMEMBRANCE: A photo of the Killarney Memory Tree from a previous year. Photo: Marie Lyne Kelly

 

By Michelle Crean

The much loved Killarney Memory Tree is back again for the festive season but this year with a twist as it'll now move online.

The official switching on will take place on New Road, Killarney on Monday, December 7 at 7pm and members of the public are being asked to join with the organisers online for a virtual switch on experience on www.mercyholycross.ie or the school’s Facebook page.

"We thank everyone who has supported this initiative in the past as it is an extremely important fundraiser for our school," Principal Ursula Coffey told the Killarney Advertiser.

"Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the much anticipated rituals associated with our Memory Tree have had to be slightly altered this year. For that reason we are going online!"

Those being commemorated by The Memory Tree will be remembered in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Lights can be ordered in memory of a loved one for a suggested donation of €5. All proceeds are in aid of Holy Cross Mercy School, Killarney. The Memory Tree will then be lit nightly during the Christmas
season until January 6, The Feast of The Epiphany.

"All are welcome to visit the tree while maintaining a safe distance from one another in accordance with the COVID-19 safety guidelines."

Mass will be offered for all those commemorated at 1pm on Wednesday, December 16 in St Mary’s Cathedral.

"All are welcome to join us online via the Killarney Parish Webcam on www.killarneyparish.com. Lights are available from our school website www.mercyholycross.ie or via a click and collect service at Holy Cross Mercy School on New Road.

Please phone 064 6631241 to arrange a payment and collection time. Thank you for your support and keep an eye on our social media for more details closer the time."

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Eileen rewarded for her dedication to athletics

By Sean Moriarty Well-known Dalton’s Avenue woman Eileen Switzer has been named as the Honorary President of Killarney Valley Athletic Club in recognition of her work as a volunteer. The club held its annual awards night on Friday night last. As well as presenting awards to club members in recognition of their achievements at home […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Well-known Dalton’s Avenue woman Eileen Switzer has been named as the Honorary President of Killarney Valley Athletic Club in recognition of her work as a volunteer.

The club held its annual awards night on Friday night last.

As well as presenting awards to club members in recognition of their achievements at home and abroad they decided to honour Mrs Switzer for her “lifetime of volunteering to the community, to sport, to youth and for championing diversity and inclusion”.

“Eileen has been an advocate, a coach and an administrator in the sport of athletics for over 60 years in the town of Killarney, Kerry and beyond,” said club chair Jerry Griffin.

Eileen and her husband Frank have dedicated their lives to the community games and athletics in the greater Killarney area.

“I enjoy, but I don’t like, all the limelight,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I like to watch newcomers as they come up through the ranks, many of the Community Games people of the past are now running the committee.”

In a life time dedicated to volunteerism in Killarney Eileen has helped sports like golf, pitch and putt and badminton grow.  She was also heavily involved in the local Irish dancing scene and remains a great supporter of Kerry Parents and Friends.

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A Mass of Commemoration in Kilcummin

COMMEMORATION: A Mass of Commemoration for all those who fought and died in Kilcummin during the Irish War of Independence was celebrated last Sunday last at 11.30am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin by Fr Kieran O’Brien. Organised by the Kilcummin Historical Group there followed a walk to the Kilcummin Mass Rock where Fr […]

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COMMEMORATION: A Mass of Commemoration for all those who fought and died in Kilcummin during the Irish War of Independence was celebrated last Sunday last at 11.30am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin by Fr Kieran O’Brien. Organised by the Kilcummin Historical Group there followed a walk to the Kilcummin Mass Rock where Fr Kieran laid a wreath.

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