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Killarney woman pens book in honour of balcony collapse survivor

KILLARNEY author Kathryn Crowley has released a book in aid of one of the survivors of the tragic balcony collapse in California.



Killarney native and author Kathryn Crowley.

KILLARNEY author Kathryn Crowley has released a collection of memoirs and short stories in aid of one of the survivors of the tragic balcony collapse in California last year.

Kathryn’s book, Room For One More, will launched this evening by her cousin Angela Beary, mother of Aoife, and the proceeds will go towards Aoife’s rehabilitation fund.

Aoife’s grandmother, Maureen, originally from Listowel is a sister of Killarney pharmacist Donie Sheahan.

Room For One More, which is published by Emu Ink, is Kathryn’s second collection to be released in as many years and it is made up of memoirs from her life, each one accompanied by a short fictional story which it inspired.

It will be launched in Ballyboden St Enda’s GAA Club in Dublin at 8pm this evening.

Kathryn, a Dublin school principal, described Aoife as “one of the bravest and most determined young people I have the privilege to know”. “I hope any funds raised from the sale of my collection of stories will help defray the significant costs of her journey to recovery and help to make her future brighter in some small way,” she said.

Room for One More, a touching memoir from the collection, holds a special place in the hearts of the cousins.

Angela said: “I am so grateful to Kathryn for all she has done to support our family in the last year. She has been a true friend and, as they say, “cousins are friends from the same family tree.”

“Kathryn and I spent many summers together as children. When going on family holidays, my mother believed there was always some more room left in the car for cousins! We reminisce often on these happy times growing up, but Kathryn’s memories are much clearer than mine.

“I have loved immersing myself in these stories.”

Room for One More will be available in paperback, eBook and to rent digitally from It is available to pre-order at

The paperback will also be available from Sheahan’s Pharmacy, Main Street, Killarney.


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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Kodaline to play stripped down Killarney gig



By Michelle Crean

One of Ireland’s best known bands – who have had their recently released studio album streamed more than 60 million times – as well as reached 100 million YouTube views – are set to come to Killarney.

Kodaline will play their first ever stripped down fully acoustic tour on December 4 in the Gleneagle INEC Arena, which is part of a nationwide tour across the country.

Tickets went on sale yesterday (Friday) from the

‘One Day At A Time’ is the band’s fourth album, and adds a new chapter to a career that has already encompassed three number 1 albums in Ireland, two Top 5 albums in the UK, and more than a billion streams at Spotify. Kodaline approached the album with a streamlined process that took them back to their roots. The majority of the sessions revolved around the four band members alone in their modest recording space in Dublin, with bassist Jason Boland leading the production side of things.


In 2019, Kodaline played some of the biggest shows of their career. At home in Dublin they sold-out two huge outdoor shows at St Anne’s Park, while a 10-date UK tour culminated with a packed show at London’s historic Roundhouse. Further afield, they hit festivals including Lollapalooza, Benicàssim and Open’er before becoming the first Irish band to headline the massive NH7 Weekender in Pune, India. Their extensive touring throughout Asia also included a headline set at Monsoon Music Festival in Vietnam plus dates in China, Japan, South Korea, The Phillippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan and Singapore.

“We’re excited to do our first ever stripped down fully acoustic tour, it’s something we’ve wanted to do for a long time and something that’s gonna be very special for us. Hope to see you guys there,” the band said.

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