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Killarney the first town to host winning Texaco Art work



DISPLAY: Johnny McGuire and Declan Mulvany pictured outside Killarney Art Gallery where the Texaco Art Competition winner’s painting will go on display next week. Photo: Michelle Crean

By Michelle Crean

His creation was so stunning that it won the Texaco Children’s Arts Competition outright – and now the people of Killarney will be the first to view Casey Etherton’s work.

The young talented artist recently won first prize in the 16 – 18 years category but was denied the competition’s usual reception and exhibition in Dublin due to the current COVID restrictions.

From next week, Killarney Art Gallery will be the first in the county to display Casey’s winning work ‘Kevin In The Pink’, which features his neighbour Kevin Farrell on canvas.

However, friends and family in Kerry are determined to let Casey’s success shine in his home county including Killarney man Johnny McGuire who helped organise the local exhibition which the public can view from the Killarney Art Gallery window.

Not only that but a number of other art galleries around the county have generously made space available in their windows for the award-winning work including Dingle on February 8 – 13, Kenmare from the 15 to 20, The John Hurley Gallery, Denny Street, Tralee 22 – 27, and the Olive Stack Gallery, Listowel from March 1 to 6.

“It’s an amazing opportunity for me to have my work shown like this,” Casey said. “I hope it encourages people to paint, especially during these tough times.”

“I would like to offer my congratulations to Casey; it is wonderful to see such talent here in Kerry,” said Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr. Patrick Connor-Scarteen. “Credit must also be given to the great support from the community to host this tour – artists are a crucial part of our society and the value of their work is immeasurable.”

Johnny McGuire added that “it’s great to see such talent in Kerry”.

“I was thilled to see that someone from Kerry won the overall competition. I’m really looking forward to seeing it in reality.”

Since winning the competition Casey has been studying for his Leaving Cert and compiling his portfolio for future arts studies that he hopes to pursue. Before this lockdown he went back to his old primary school, Scoil Crohan Naofa in Caherdaniel, where he received an award and drawings done by the schoolchildren, a new generation inspired by creativity.


Go on…put the kettle on to help a good cause!



TEA TIME: Nora Murphy, Mary Lehane and Betty Carmody, drinking a cuppa as they raise awareness about this year’s Virtual Tea for Motor Neurone Disease which takes place on June 21.

By Michelle Crean

June 21 is Global Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Awareness Day and one local group is calling for participants to get involved.

Christy Lehane, Chairman of Kerry Friends of Motor Neurone and Ambassador for the IMNDA, will take part in the Virtual Tea for MND fundraiser and awareness event.

“We never thought this time last year that 12 months later we would be doing Virtual Tea for MND,” Christy told the Killarney Advertiser.

“In these COVID times our fundraising efforts have all ceased, but sadly there is no slowing down of Motor Neurone Disease. Providing the support and services to our Motor Neurone sufferers is now more important than ever before. I am now appealing to all you good people and friends who have supported us in the past to please hear my plea. I myself will drink Virtual Tea for MND again this year. So go on, put on the kettle and take out the china tea pot and get family and friends around to the garden for a brew and a catchup for a great cause. If you do not feel comfortable with having people around, you can go very modern and go Zooming and encourage your friends to do so also. I am aware that some of our MND sufferers are themselves organising Virtual Tea Drinking get togethers.”

Participating SuperValu stores are on board again this year providing tea bags etc. to raise awareness of MND, and staff will be asking shoppers for donations for the IMNDA starting on June 7 to 21.

“I seldom seek donations and financial support, but perhaps in these COVID times when our need is greatest you might be moved to help us.”

Every year MND Associations across the globe mark June 21 as a special day of recognition where the International Alliance of ALS/MND Associations across the world undertake a range of activities to raise awareness and keep focused on the search for the cause, treatment and eventual cure for this terrible disease.

You can donate to or if you can contact Christy Lehane Chairman of Kerry Friends of Motor Neurone and Ambassador for the IMNDA on 087 9671011.

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Laura’s new look for Leaving Cert



NEW LOOK: Laura Cronin, who is currently sitting her Leaving Cert, cut 14 inches off her hair for The Rapunzel Foundation.

By Michelle Crean

Rathmore’s Laura Cronin headed into her Leaving Cert exams this week with a whole new look after transforming her hairstyle for charity.

Laura, daughter of Una and Donal from Rathbeg, cut 14 inches off her hair for The Rapunzel Foundation.

As her long locks didn’t get cut over the last year Laura decided to get a good chop in Katelynn’s Hair Design in Rathmore instead, and use the left over hair to create wigs for sick children.

“I thought, rather than trim it I’d cut a lot off,” Laura, who hopes to study pharmacy in college, told the Killarney Advertiser. “I wanted to cut off a lot of it, I was sick of long hair. I said that if there’d be enough I’d donate it as it’d be a shame to see it on the floor.”

Laura said that hopefully it can make a child happy if it allows them to receive a specially made wig for their First Holy Communion, or a similar occasion.

“I’d encourage anyone who has long hair to think about what they could do with it.”

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€1m upgrade for Killarney store



INVESTMENT: DV8 have invested €1m to update their store in the Killarney Outlet Centre. Pictured at the reopening were staff members: Clodagh McCarthy (Store Manager), Lorraine McGough (Assistant Manager), Anuka Altanson and Sarah Murphy. Photo: Don MacMonagle

A popular Killarney fashion shop, which reopened last week, securing up to 15 jobs, has had a facelift after a €1 million investment.

Leading fashion retailer DV8, which has a network of over 50 stores across Ireland, reopened its 4,000 square feet store in the Killarney Outlet Centre.

And customers admired the new look.

DV8 sells over 40 top fashion clothing brands as well as footwear and accessories in its stores and online at The hip fashion house is well-known for its uber cool shop interiors and has dedicated customers across Ireland and the UK.

“We are delighted to be reopening our new store in Killarney and confident it will compliment the existing retail offering in the town, with DV8’s unique range of male and female clothing and footwear,” David Scott from DV8 said.

“We think local shoppers will enjoy the DV8 experience, including the top fashion brands and excellent customer service.”

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