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Lewis Road historian charts history of Killorglin

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By Sean Moriarty

A Killarney historian has devised a walk in Killorglin that will link all of the town’s historical sites.

Thomas ‘Totty’ O’Sullivan from Lewis Road is an author, illustrator, musician and storyteller.

Three years ago he published a book entitled ‘Kerry Dreamtime’ – a collection of told and untold stories, photos, poems from the McGillicuddy Reeks.

His latest project is a loop walk that starts and finishes in Killorglin’s Fair Field.

It follows an older walking route to Ballykissane Pier, continues along the foreshore, past Reen Point to Knocklyne/Sunhill and back to Killorglin Town.

Items of interest along the route include The Ballykissane Tragedy, Killorglin Rowing Club’s history, St James’ Church, the old Railway Bridge and many more sights of historical importance.

The walk also includes scenic views of the Sliabh Mish and McGillicuddy Reeks mountain ranges, Dingle Bay and Castlemaine Harbour.

“There is a weighty tome of history associated with this walk, breathtaking divergent landscapes of river, bay, seascape, foreshore and mountain backdrops, hidden valleys, glens, flora and fauna and a wealth of story, cultural, historical and mythological sense of place to while away two or three hours through Killorglin’s environs,” Thomas explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

The research behind the walks took over six years to compile.

“This is a valuable amenity primarily for local residents and townspeople and obviously for tourism and visitors to Killorglin,” he added.

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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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