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Killarney’s first whisky distillery celebrates Harvest Fest ’21

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Killarney Distillery, which is a part of Torc Brewing Company, celebrated this summer’s local grain harvest with a gathering at the distillery/brewery on Saturday.

There was plenty of local food, beer, music and other products made by Torc Brewing Company; Torc beer, Killarney Coffee Roasters and Killarney Artisan Chocolates.

“It was a fantastic afternoon with amazing offerings from local businesses; The Hungry Donkey, Muckross Creamery and Rí-Rá Killarney," said Manager Triona Keane. "We want to thank everyone who joined us on the day and also thank our local farmers, as their successful harvest made the celebration possible.”

Barley and oats from the 2021 harvest were grown locally on varying soil types at Knockacullig, Ballyhar, Grenagh, Fossa, Dromin and Gortroe. The grain recently harvested will be stored, floor malted, brewed and distilled separately so as to allow for a series of single farm, single harvest whisky releases. In some, local turf will be used to produce a peated spirit which will then be matured in sweet white wine casks from the south of France and in casks of local oak, manufactured in Killarney. About a kilo of grain goes into a bottle of Killarney Whisky so a ton of local grain will produce one thousand bottles of local whisky.

“We are working to produce high quality provenance-driven spirits," John Keane, Owner and Head Distiller, said. "The coming months will be exciting with further whisky terroir projects at the distillery and with the release of a new range of unaged spirits including Distillery’s Irish Rye Vodka.”

Killarney Distillery is the first whisky distillery in Kerry since Dingle Distillery in 2012. The first cask of Killarney Whisky was filled in December 2020 and will be released in December 2023. This distillery is part of a wider whisky region concept on County Kerry’s Iveragh Peninsula. The project is inspired by the island of Islay off the coast of Scotland. Follow along on social media channels for all the latest projects and news.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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Corcoran’s Furniture walk raises €12k for autism charity

Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland There were 37 participants in the event, which included […]

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Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland

There were 37 participants in the event, which included AADI families, dogs, and representatives, as well as fundraisers, supporters, and members of the Corcoran’s team. The stars of the day were the three life-changing super-hero dogs, Buzz, Baron and Hank.

Former Kerry Footballer, James O’ Donoghue, was the ambassador for the event
Those taking part left Ross Castle and were treated to a phenomenal boat ride in the expert hands of Diarmuid ‘Dux’ O’Donoghue of Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours. The O’Donoghue family entertained the entire group with a range of fascinating stories outlining the history of the lakes of Killarney and Killarney National Park.

The group set out from Lord Brandon’s Cottage and walked the 11K through the iconic Gap of Dunloe, with two AADI families and their dogs taking part in the full walk. This was followed by a well-deserved meal and some rest and relaxation at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. Flemings Taxi’s Killarney brought the group back to Ross Castle, Killarney upon completion of the event.

“On behalf of everybody at Corcoran’s Furniture, we would like to thank everybody who participated in our Gap of Dunloe charity event on behalf of AADI,” said Shane O’ Callaghan, Financial Controller atCorcoran’s.

“Collectively we have raised almost €12,000 for this incredible charity and monies are still coming in. We are extremely grateful to all who supported our walk, and also to James O’ Donoghue, Christina Tagney, the Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours, the fantastic support of Noel Lucey and Donal McCarthy from the Order Of Malta, Killarney branch, and to Killarney National Park, Kate Kearney’s Cottage and Fleming’s Taxi’s. All funds raised will go toward the expert training and maintenance of the upcoming AADI dogs who will make a dramatic difference to so many children with Autism and their families.”

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