AN AIR of pageantry and fun is filling the town as preparations get underway for the third annual 4th of July Celebrations in Killarney. A wonderful weekend has been lined up for the run-up to this year’s festival.
The town will be awash with colour as up to 11,000 cycling enthusiasts descend upon Killarney for the 33rd Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle on Saturday, July 2.
On Sunday, July 3, Tipperary are in town to meet Kerry in the Munster Senior Football Championship final for the first time in 72 years. “They can expect a huge Killarney welcome as they take the place of our dear friends and neighbours from the Rebel County. (That is until at least 2pm when the ball is thrown in),” said a spokesperson.
On Monday, July 4, the third annual Killarney 4th of July Celebrations get underway. “Hopefully last year’s deluge will be a distant memory and the sun will shine upon us,” said Paul Sherry on behalf of the organisers.
“Preparations for this year’s celebration are at full tilt and this year’s offering is shaping up to be bigger, better and more colourful than ever before.”
This daylong celebration of America’s Independence is again being organised by a subcommittee of Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce headed up by Diarmuid Leen and supported by Kerry County Council, Fáilte Ireland, IPB Insurance, Heineken Ireland, O’Donoghue Ring Hotel Group, The Henggeler – Moriarty Family and many others.
“The town of Killarney has a very longstanding association with the United States Of America. It spans decades and has been one of the building blocks for the town we have today, largely due to the number of Americans that visit annually,” Diarmuid Leen said.
“Every year we welcome thousands of American citizens to the South West but ultimately Killarney is the destination. This is why we in the Killarney Chamber Of Tourism & Commerce wanted to recognise and celebrate this cherished relationship and Killarney 4th of July Celebrations is the exciting result.”
Be up early because the 4th of July will commence with a 7am “Dawn Chorus” of the Star – Spangled Banner performed by a chorus drawn together from local choirs especially for the event. The ceremonial hoisting of the USA flag over the Town Hall will be an incredibly emotional event as huge numbers of our American visitors join with our Dawn Chorus and hold their state flags aloft and sing their national anthem with pride.
Down town Killarney will be transformed into Main Street USA and the town will come alive with street entertainment throughout the day. Watch out for The Wild West Troupe as they roam the town shooting up the place looking for an easy target or Bank to raid. Brass bands and can- can girls will perform on the streets and if you are feeling peckish don’t forget the celebration charity BBQ at 4pm at Scott’s Hotel Scott’s Street kindly sponsored by the Henggeler-Moriarty Family and Scott’s Hotel in aid of Kerry Cancer Support Group.
The big parade will commence at 8pm, making its way from the car park at the Killarney Outlet Centre and winding its way down College Street and Plunkett Street before culminating in Main Street USA alias Main Street Killarney for the mother of all parties.
DJ Niall Botty O’Callaghan will be the master of ceremonies and everyone is invited to stay on Main Street for the after-party.
No 4th of July Celebration would be complete without a spectacular fireworks display, which will round off the evening and light up the night sky over Killarney. The 4th of July committee are working hard to bring you this spectacle however the fireworks display is still subject to licence and is unconfirmed at this time.
Business owners are encouraged to participate in the celebration and decorate their premises accordingly; to this end USA flags are available for purchase from Kate O’Leary at The Laurels Public House Killarney.
Diarmuid Leen said: “This will be the biggest celebration of America’s Independence outside of America itself. We want to show our American visitors how truly appreciative we are of them and so we want the whole town to come out and celebrate with us. This is of course a celebration of all things American so wear your colours, bring your flags and join us on Monday 4th of July as Killarney becomes hometown USA just for a day.”
Kate O’Leary, president of Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce thanked the event’s partners, Kerry County Council, Fáilte Ireland and IPB Insurance, who support this event bringing communities together through a community tourism initiative for the Diaspora. Kate also thanked sponsors O’Donoghue Ring Hotel Group, Heineken Ireland, The Killarney Park & Ross Hotels, The International Hotel, Scott’s Hotel, M D O’Shea’s Ltd, and The Henggeler-Moriarty Family.
A full programme of events will be available throughout the town and on our Facebook page shortly.
Stars and stripes: Preparing for this year’s Killarney 4th of July Celebrations, which will take place on Monday, July 4, were from left, Michael Moynihan, Heineken, Diarmaid Leen, Chairman, Organising Committee, Margaret Brosnan, Kerry Film Festival, Kate O’Leary, President, Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce, Dermot Healy, Ollie Favier and his daughter Gracie-Mai Favier, Cllr Michael Gleeson, Mayor of Killarney Municipal Area, Paul Sherry, and Declan Murphy, Fáilte Ireland. PICTURE: VALERIE O’SULLIVAN
The secret is in the book!
By Michelle Crean The secret to finding your true happiness is all in a new book which will guide readers to unlock their potential. Brazilian native Michelle Hadad, who moved to Ireland 14 years ago has written ‘The Secret Box: Concave and Convex’, a 432 page book which addresses the issues of suicide and develops into […]
By Michelle Crean
The secret to finding your true happiness is all in a new book which will guide readers to unlock their potential.
Brazilian native Michelle Hadad, who moved to Ireland 14 years ago has written ‘The Secret Box: Concave and Convex’, a 432 page book which addresses the issues of suicide and develops into two different narratives.
It is also a follow up to her previous work ‘The Secret Box…Finding the Key’, a 192 page paperback launched by Michael Healy-Rae TD and reviewed by now retired judge James O’Connor, in October 2017.
Michelle, who studied adult psychology and is a NLP practitioner who encourages clients to transform limiting self-beliefs, explains that this version continues the story of Maria from the first book.
In the first book, the reader compares and contrasts their own life experiences with those of Maria and ask themselves the very question posed at the end of the book in the final chapter or ‘Padlock 13’ – “who are you?”
“Readers are outside the box, they see their own stories – that’s when we judge others,” Michelle told the Killarney Advertiser.
“It is fiction and the story is in two versions, the positive is bigger than the negative. There is always hope regardless of pain.”
She added that people need to forget about what others think, and focus on their own values and traditions.
“It’s a self help book, it doesn’t matter what people think of us, life’s too short. I’m motivating people in a positive way because of my NLP and psychology qualification.”
However, she emphasised that readers don’t have to have read the first book to understand the second one.
“Maria is the leading figure and there’s a few characters from book one but you don’t have to read that to get book two.”
She added that she’s thankful to everyone who helped her along the way.
“I have been blessed to have met so many people to help with my books.”
Both books are available from O’Connor’s Centra, The Reeks and Horans Health Store on Beech Road.
Green light for teen accommodation
By Michelle Crean Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead. An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment. The teens living within the premises […]
By Michelle Crean
Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead.
An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment.
The teens living within the premises will be supervised by applicant Eileen O’Brien who will live on the ground floor of the premises.
The two one-bed apartments on the second floor would either be rented out or used for independent living for the teenagers as they reach adulthood.
The two-bed apartment will be on the third floor. There are also plans for balconies at second and third floor levels.
The proposed apartment building is contemporary in design with a mix of stone and render finish on the lower floors and synthetic burned timber finish on the upper floors. The second floor is recessed at the front and the third floor is recessed at the front and the rear with a decorative feature on the front elevation comprising dark grey timber steel poles. The building will also have a flat roof.
Planning permission was granted subject to 14 conditions including a two-metre high boundary wall to be constructed on south, south-western boundaries of the site and there’s to be no overnight commercial guest accommodation.
Fans return to Fitzgerald Stadium after eight months
By Sean Moriarty Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game. Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the […]
By Sean Moriarty
Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game.
Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.
Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.
“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”
She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.
“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”
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