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Killarney sporting and cultural museum back on the agenda

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Municipal District Council is to make a second attempt at securing a cultural and sporting museum on the grounds of Fitzgerald Stadium.

A previous attempt, in the height of the Celtic Tiger, failed to get off the ground because Fáilte Ireland refused to honour a commitment to visit the proposed site and meet with a local committee.

It was also claimed, that at the time, the centre would only qualify for national funding if it was deemed a site “of iconic importance”, and to qualify for that status it needed to cost in excess of €5 million.

The Killarney committee had costed the project at €3.5 million and had secured a free site on the grounds of Fitzgerald Stadium.

At the time the committee had secured a €0.5 million bridging loan from the GAA in Dublin and planning permission was granted. It is not certain if that permit is still valid today.

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Earlier this week elected members of Killarney Municipal Council met online with senior Fáilte Ireland officials to outline plans for the Kerry area over the next five years.

This prompted Cllr Michael Gleeson to reignite the initial proposal and he brought a motion before Wednesday’s KMD meeting.

“I was overwhelmed by the level of support I received from my elected colleagues,” Cllr Gleeson told the Killarney Advertiser. “Hopefully, by now the term “iconic” has been removed from the lexicon of Fáilte Ireland officials. This project will enhance the town – we badly need an all-weather indoor facility for those rainy days.”

Mr Gleeson added that the new museum, if it gets off the ground, would feature all aspects of Kerry sport and culture and will not be a stand-alone GAA museum.

“It will cover everything from Sliabh Luachra to Slea Head,” he said.

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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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