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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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Wine, art and lots of catching up at popular fundraiser

By Michelle Crean Spirits were high and the atmosphere electric at this year’s Wine & Art Night which had a huge attendance on Wednesday night. Over 50 exhibitors gathered in […]

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By Michelle Crean

Spirits were high and the atmosphere electric at this year’s Wine & Art Night which had a huge attendance on Wednesday night.

Over 50 exhibitors gathered in the Great Southern Killarney as the Killarney Rotary Club’s fundraising event – which is one of the biggest in the town each year – was back after a COVID break.

During the afternoon the artists and crafters, many who travelled from all over Kerry, Clare, Cork and even Waterford this year, organised their display for the event. Later that evening there were a lot of familiar faces but also some new people who absolutely loved the evening.

There were many wines available to taste as well as cheese and breads at the event which is run in conjunction with Daly’s SuperValu, Killarney and Killarney Brewing Company.

“There was a huge attendance and everybody was in good spirits to be back to normal,” President of Rotary, Rayla Tadjimatova, said.

“Many of the patrons were buying some art as Christmas presents and the members of Rotary were delighted to be kept busy packing these. A portion of all art sales goes to the fundraiser. One local young man, who is only 16, exhibited his beautiful photographs of local scenic areas. There was an auction of donated works of art and a Kerry Jersey. All one hundred percent of the proceeds from this auction goes to the fundraiser.”

Mike Neeson entertained the crowd on arrival and right until the end of the night.

“Mike is a great supporter of our events and we would like to thank him for keeping everybody entertained.”

The Irish Pilgrimage Trust ran the raffle and they had some wonderful hampers and gifts to be won.

Beneficiaries from this year’s event are: Coolick NS, Gaelscoil Faithleann NS, Knockanes NS, Holy Cross Mercy NS, St Francis Special School, Kerry Stars, Killarney Athletic AFC, and Killarney Cougars Basketball Club.

She thanked everybody for attending and everyone for their help organising the event.

Some, she added, had never been before and said they did not know what exactly the night involved but will definitely be back again next time as it was “so enjoyable”.

“We hope the money raised will help the beneficiaries to proceed with projects,” she said.

“We are delighted for Rotary to be able to help these charities, community groups and schools through our fundraising event.”

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Comedy drama ready for the stage

By Michelle Crean Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage. What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy […]

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By Michelle Crean

Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage.

What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy father and a confused visitor to the dentist, all have in common? You’ll have to come along to the Killarney Avenue Hotel on Monday, December 12, Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 at 8pm to find out.

The popular drama group will present their three new comedies featuring the work of playwrights Brian Bowler, Ger Madden and Mary Quirke.Come along for a night filled with fun and laughter. Just the right beginning to the festive season. Doors open at 7.15pm and tickets are available at the door. All tickets; adults, seniors, students and children are €10. Don’t miss a great night out.

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