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Luciano now running Iguana Cafe at racecourse

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By Michelle Crean

Luciano Oliveira came to Killarney to learn English but five years on he has well and truly embedded himself into the community.

Moving here has been life-changing to say the least as he is now a well-known face at Killarney Racecourse after taking over the running of Nave Cafe which he has since renamed Iguana Cafe.

"I came here to learn English," Luciano told the Killarney Advertiser. "Even though I couldn't speak English, people were very patient. The plan was to stay two years and then travel to Australia and New Zealand."

The Brazilian met his Polish wife Barbara, a GP, set up home in Firies and the couple have since had two children.

He previously worked in Nave Cafe for Adrian and Elaine and was looking to set up his own coffee business when he heard they were looking for a change in direction.

"The transition was very smooth," Luciano, who employs eight staff part-time, said.

He added that he has been warmly received since taking over the cafe.

"We're very busy. We get good passing trade from the new footpath linked with Muckross. People come here also as we have a free car park which is very large."

And he has a love of Killarney too especially, he says, the scenery outside the window of the cafe which looks out onto the racecourse and the mountains.

Iguana is open seven days a week to the public from 8am to 5pm serving tea, coffee, iced-drinks, soup and toasted sandwiches and offers vegan and gluten free options.

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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