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Lewis Road historian charts history of Killarney

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By Sean Moriarty

A brand new walking loop which will trace the history of Killarney and how it got its name is in the pipeline and could become a huge tourist attraction.

Killarney historian Thomas ‘Totty’ O’Sullivan from Lewis Road is an author, illustrator, musician and storyteller. Earlier this year he devised a walk in Killorglin linking all of the town’s historical sites.

He will now turn his attention to his home town and how it got its name.

Killarney translates from Irish into the Church of the Sloe.

Thomas has hand-drawn a map that links 41 sites of historical importance. The walk starts and finishes at the Church of the Sloe or St Mary’s Church of Ireland at Kenmare Place. Linking all the sites is the base for his historical walk and he now hopes to attract funding to allow him print brochures and launch the official historical walking tour and guide to Killarney.

“This is an exploration into of the origin of the name ‘Cill Áirne’ which translates as Church of the Sloe or Killarney, and one of the most famous tourism destinations in the world,” he said.

His research took him to Adamstown, County Wexford.

The Irish name for Adamstown is Magh Áirní which is translated as ‘Plain of the Sloes’.

The town’s patron saint was St Abbán a pre-Patrician saint who travelled abroad and all over the south of Ireland in the fifth century, founding many ecclesiastical foundations and sites on his way.

St Abbán of Wexford founded Aghadoe, Killarney in the sixth Century. From here Thomas was able to trace the importance, firstly the religious sites around the town, and linked them with more modern monuments like the World Ploughing Memorial on Mission Road.

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International day was a recipe for success

By Michelle CreanSpicy dishes and sweet treats were part of the experience in Killarney Community College as students took time out on Monday to celebrate a variety of different cultures. […]

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By Michelle CreanSpicy dishes and sweet treats were part of the experience in Killarney Community College as students took time out on Monday to celebrate a variety of different cultures.

The Modern Foreign Languages Department organised many events throughout the week but activity that took centre stage place was MasterChef for International Culture Day.

60 students from different countries took part by cooking dishes from their native countries. The judges had their work cut out for them but they finally agreed on a deserving winner.

First place went to Greece with a classic but simple Greek salad which was unbelievably well received by all. In second place was the Polish representatives who made mouth-watering pierogi dumplings while students from Germany produced a sweet cake from their own specific region and took third place.

First Year students got the opportunity to sample the food and learn about the dishes and cultures.

Stickers were worn on students’ jumpers from European Day of Languages and allowed students to speak with other students from their country and make new friends.

“It’s important to recognise and celebrate the ever-growing variety of different cultures within our society and our school setting,” Principal Stella Loughnane said.

“These opportunities provide a great scope for our students to learn and have a better understanding of these cultures while creating a greater respect for everyone’s backgrounds. I also got to taste a few of the dishes and even managed to snag a couple of recipes, they were that good.”

BREWING UP

Meanwhile it was a feel-good morning last Thursday at the school as students and staff brewed up for the Kerry Hospice Foundation.

They enjoyed many delicious treats kindly donated by staff all for an amazing cause. The Bewley’s Big Coffee Morning in aid of Kerry Hospice raised a whopping €650, this will no doubt be put to great use in supporting people in difficult times. This charity has an extra special meaning for Killarney Community College as they have had members of staff, who in challenging times, were supported by this outstanding service.

Ms Loughnane commended the efforts of staff involved adding that it was such a worthwhile cause.

“The college was delighted to host this event to raise funds for Kerry Hospice who provide so much support to our community at times of need, it is so important to give a little back.”

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Godley fourth in National Ploughing competition

By Sean Moriarty Four years on from his last appearance at the National Ploughing Championships, Shane Godley continues to move up the ranks in his age group. The Killarney Ploughing […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Four years on from his last appearance at the National Ploughing Championships, Shane Godley continues to move up the ranks in his age group.

The Killarney Ploughing Association member last represented Kerry in the Under 21s in 2018 when he placed sixth in the two-furrow conventional class in the national competition.

Last week at the 2022 National Ploughing Championships at Rathinaska, County Laois he placed fourth in the under 28 age group for the same category.

“Weather conditions for both the ploughing days was very good but the ground was very hard,” he said.

Club mate Mike Brosnan from Gortalea, finished 20th in the ‘Vintage Mounted’ class. They were the only two members of Killarney Ploughing Association to compete at the event.

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