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Killarney still has that golden touch

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By Michelle Crean

Killarney’s remarkable gold medal performance in this year’s national Tidy Towns competition should be a source of great pride to everybody in the town, Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce has said.

TRAFFIC: Cllr Maura Healy-Rae hit out at the Council for not producing a detailed traffic plan at Wednesday's Killarney Municipal District meeting.

PRAISE: Mayor of Killarney Niall Kelleher praised the work of volunteers in this year's Tidy Towns competition.

This year the hard working group increased its overall mark by nine points, to 361.

Competition judges were more than impressed by the high standard of upkeep and presentation in the town saying they were "very impressed at the small volume of fresh litter" that they saw.

Other comments included the KASI community garden which they said was "very impressive and where great crops of vegetables, fruit trees and fruit bushes are grown beside stunning floral displays", adding that the "the bin storage units at Chapel Lane with the colourful murals make the area bright and inviting".

There were a few negative points however, from weed growth to too many 'Bee Friendly' signs.

"You have installed addition ‘Bee Friendly’ signs throughout the town ….don’t overdo the installation of signage as remember it’s the streetscape or natural area we want to see not signage and their associated poles!"

Chamber President Niall Kelleher thanked and congratulated all the businesses, residents’ associations, community groups and individuals who have played their part in ensuring Killarney is presented in the best possible light.

Mr Kelleher also thanked all those involved in the local Tidy Towns committee for volunteering their services for the weekly clean-up work throughout the year and, he said, it made all the difference when the adjudicators paid their annual visits to the town during the busy summer months.

The Chamber President said everybody in the town should be particularly grateful to the management and staff of Kerry County Council for the investment they have made in keeping Killarney Looking Good and for having the vision to implement a number of projects which have helped enormously in Killarney achieving its stated goals.

“The outdoor staff in the Killarney Municipal District Council area, led by Noel O’Leary, are a real force to be reckoned with when it comes to polishing the jewel in the crown of Kerry tourism," he said.

“The work that they do on a daily basis has to be seen to be believed. They are a tremendously dedicated bunch of workers and Killarney owes them an enormous gratitude.”

Johnny McGuire from Killarney Tidy towns also praised the volunteers and Council staff.

"On behalf of the volunteers we'd like to acknowledge the fantastic work of the outdoor staff of Kerry County Council who we have the great hour of working with. It's a testament to the hard working community of volunteer."

He added that it's also bittersweet without Yvonne Quill who passed away in September.

"I would like to acknowledge Yvonne's great contribution over the years. It's the first time without her in 25 years and it's a huge void. She is sadly missed by all the volunteers."

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Festive jumpers and a Kerry jersey brings fundraiser to €10k

By Michelle Crean Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up! A Kerry football […]

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Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up!

A Kerry football jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team is up for grabs via a fundraising link once a donation is made to the Presents for Palliative fundraiser.

On Friday eight local schools including Holy Cross Mercy, Killarney Community College, Presentation Monastery, Lissivigeen, St Brendan’s College, St Brigid’s, St Francis Special School, and St Oliver’s
swapped their uniforms for their most colourful festive gear with funds going to help the amazing services in the Palliative Care Unit/Kerry Hospice Foundation.

“The day took place across the schools involved last Friday (December 2) and looks like it has been a success,” teacher Elaine Moynihan from St Brendan’s College told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The donations from the schools are still being counted but students look to be on their way towards making their goal of €10k.”

The iDonate ‘Fundraising For Kerry Hospice Foundation’ has been very helpful in this regard, she added.

“Anyone who donates via the link and leaves their name will be in with a chance to win a Kerry jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team which will be presented to them before Christmas by a couple of members of the team.

“This was organised by the students involved in the fundraiser as a way to say thanks, and give back, to the members of the community who have gotten involved in the event – the link is live until December 18 and the draw will be made the following day.”

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Killarney punter secures €50,000 in EuroMillions draw

A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’. The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was […]

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A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’.

The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was valid for Tuesday night’s special draw.

The Killarney winner was one of 10 who each secured the €50,000 windfall.

“The National Lottery can reveal that three players in Dublin, three players in Cork and one player in Kerry, Roscommon, Kildare and Wexford all scooped the special raffle prize which was the seventh of 12 draws in the National Lottery’s ’12 Draws of Christmas’ promotion,” said a National Lottery statement.

The eighth draw will take place tonight (December 9) where 10 more players are guaranteed to win the amazing prizes.

Meanwhile, a player in Belgium scooped the EuroMillions Jackpot prize worth an astonishing €142,897,164.

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