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Killarney’s tourism trendsetter laid to rest

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By Sean Moriarty

Tributes have been paid to Kathleen Lynch who has been described as one of Killarney’s tourism trendsetters.

Mrs Lynch, who was 92, died on Monday, September 30.

For close on 50 years she ran Lynch’s Farmhouse in Kilcummin, one of the first bed and breakfast style tourist accommodation sites outside the town of Killarney.

She started her thriving business in 1967, at a time when tourism in Killarney was growing in popularity but the town did not have as many hotels as it does now.

Tourism officials in the town put out a call to arms in an effort to get home owners from outside the centre to open their houses to passing tourists. Encouraged by a grant to install a telephone, Kathleen opened her first three-bedroom guesthouse in 1967.

“It was no trouble to her, she opened the guesthouse and it took off from there,” her daughter Carmel told the Killarney Advertiser. “She thrived on it. She was up early every morning baking and sorting out rooms, and when she was finished she was off down the fields with my father.”

Kathleen and her husband John opened up their farm to their many guests. For some it was their first experience of seeing a cow being milked. John offered horse and donkey rides to their guests, showing they were well ahead of their time when it came customer service.

Business was so good they were able to construct a purpose built guesthouse in 1973.

Such was the level of service, guests came back year after year and Kathleen built life-long friendships from all over the world.

“People came back all the time, they would bring presents and the excitement was like someone coming home from America,” added Carmel.

Famous people that stayed at the farmhouse included a first-cousin of US President JF Kennedy.

“She was a great worker,” added Carmel. “When we were young we were never brought to town. Someone had to stay at home at all times in case the phone rang and we missed a booking.”

When Lynch’s Farmhouse first opened Kathleen dealt with Mrs Meehan in the Killarney Tourist office.

“She used keep a big book with all the bookings in it and if you ever got it wrong Mrs Meehan would take the head off you.”

Kathleen Lynch was laid to rest yesterday (Thursday) in Aghadoe Cemetery.

She was predeceased by her husband John and is sadly missed by her four children: Eileen, Maura, Noel and Carmel, son-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and many friends.

 

 

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The town was saddened to learn of the death of Brendan Joy who passed away peacefully on Tuesday at his home in the loving care of his family.

Brendan (88), from Muckross and formerly of Plunkett Street, who worked in the International Hotel and as a Jarvey, was laid to rest yesterday (Thursday) in Aghadoe Cemetery following Requiem Mass in St Mary’s Cathedral.

Brendan was predeceased by his beloved wife Mairéad and baby daughter Maura, his brothers John, Jerry, Pat, Willie and sister Nancy.

He’ll be sadly missed by his daughter Breda, sons Liam, Michael, Brendan, Martin, Pat and Andrew, daughters-in-law Margaret, Eileen, Norma and Helena, his grandchildren Brendan, Mairéad, Charlie, Claire, James, Kevin, Orla, Maurice and Maura, sister Mary Sie (London), brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and many great friends.

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A number of events will take place in Killarney this weekend as part National Heritage Week 2022 which runs until this Sunday.

This year’s theme is biodiversity and sustainability. Tomorrow (Saturday) the Life in the Bogs – Family Funday in Cronin’s Yard, Beaufort, runs from 10.30am – 2.30pm.
Activities include; Bog in a Bottle activity – learn about how bogs are made, Plants of the Bog – learn about the different plants in the bog and how to tell them apart, Pond Dipping in Bog Pool – Use nets and find out what creepy crawlies can be found in Bog pools, Birds and Mammals of the Bog – learn about the different animals that live in our bogs, and a Scavenger Hunt. Tickets are free but bring €2 for parking.

On Sunday the Harpers for Heritage concert takes place at Muckross Schoolhouse with Fiachra Ó Corragáin, Máire Ní Chathasaigh and Chris Newman from 7.30pm to 9pm.

There’ll also be an exhibition from the Killarney National Park Photography Competition based on the theme of ‘Our History, Our Future’ in Killarney House and Gardens while the Me and the Moon will create Bee/Bug hotels and sustainable eco bird feeders today (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday) from 11am – 4pm at Muckross Schoolhouse.

The Heritage Council is encouraging people to visit www.heritageweek.ie to see what other events are taking place in their locality or across the country. Participants can browse the website and create a bespoke National Heritage Week ‘Events Trail’ to help them plan their week according to their location, their particular heritage interests and their preferred event type, such as a festival, performance, exhibition or re-enactment.

“This year, National Heritage Week looks to the past to create a better future,” Chief Executive of the Heritage Council of the Heritage Council, Virginia Teehan, said.

“The theme of sustainable heritage and biodiversity encourages us all to reflect on how our history and heritage can play a part in protecting our planet. Whether it’s learning a new skill like embroidery, blacksmithing or pottery making; better understanding how to prevent biodiversity loss in our own back gardens or country lanes; or gaining fresh insight into the history of our art, music or the Irish language and sharing this knowledge among friends and family, there are endless ways to get involved. I would encourage people to visit the National Heritage Week website and browse the vast array of events and projects taking place and plan their week.”

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