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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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Coolick National School to launch online lotto

A popular primary school in the Killarney area is launching a new fundraising initiative this week to support and improve the education experience of the children it serves. The Coolick […]

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A popular primary school in the Killarney area is launching a new fundraising initiative this week to support and improve the education experience of the children it serves.

The Coolick National School Lotto is now live; offering a weekly prize, a weekly jackpot and a range of valuable spot prizes at launch.

Coolick NS first opened its doors in 1870 making it one of the county’s oldest primary schools. The school and pre-school is home to over 130 children from the locality. This is an increase of 20% over the past 5 years taking enrolment to an all-time high.

Coolick NS School Lotto Chairperson and parent, Pádraig Leane says properly resourcing primary school services is crucial:

“The cost of providing education is rising and the school grants provided by the department, although valuable, only do so much. We want to overcome this challenge with our school lotto. The school has a range of immediate needs but also longer-term goals to expand our facilities, add more sports equipment, wellness programmes, student support programmes and increase extra-curricular trips,” he said.

First on the list is a new set of school jerseys, gymnastics mats, replacement of end-of-lfe iPads and further expansion of their Tír na nÓg play area for the younger pupils.
Coolick National School Principal Gearoid O’Sullivan remains focused on providing the best for the children of Coolick.

“As a school we are committed to providing the best equipment, teaching and learning resources, outdoor spaces and a school interior that helps nurture each child. This school lotto will help us with our commitment to provide the very best for the school and especially for the pupils in our care,” said the principal.

The staff and students of Coolick National School are appealing to families, friends, past pupils, members of the local community, stakeholders and supporters to get behind the weekly school lotto. It is hoped that the option of 1 line for €2.50, 2 lines for €4 or 3 lines for €5 will encourage everybody to contribute. A lotto draw will take place each week with a maximum jackpot of €2,000 to be won.

Signing up is easy; through the school’s website https://www.ourfundraiser.ie/org/coolickns

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Live TV audience date with Daniel O’Donnell at INEC

People of Killarney will have the opportunity to participate in a live television audience with Daniel O’Donnell. TG4 television’s highest rating country music series of concerts is coming to the […]

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People of Killarney will have the opportunity to participate in a live television audience with Daniel O’Donnell.

TG4 television’s highest rating country music series of concerts is coming to the Gleneagle INEC Arena for the first time from June 17 to 19.

Recorded before a live audience over three nights with two concerts per night, Opry le Daniel offers a different music theme each evening and a host of special guests will join the legendary presenter Daniel O’ Donnell on stage to perform all your favourite songs.

The recordings of the show will be split into two one-hour blocks, taking place throughout each evening.

Now in its 14th year, Ireland’s favourite country music artist O’ Donnell will be joined on stage by Declan Nerney, Cliona Hagan, Mike Denver, Chrissy Mac, Dana and the Donegal balladeers ‘Onóir’ to mention but a few.

Tickets from €30.20 are available from www.inec.ie and the Gleneagle INEC Arena box office on 064 6671555.

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