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Magic and excitement as Santa visits Killarney

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Christmas in Killarney has truly begun as excited children and their families gathered on Saturday night for a colourful display for the town's first festive parades and switching on the festive lights.

Santa Claus arrived in style with his all new specially engineered reindeer sleigh for the first of the Christmas in Killarney Parades and switching on the Christmas Festive lights in town. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Dave Rea dancing with the parade characters awaiting the arrival Santa Claus for the first of the Christmas in Killarney Parades and switching on the Christmas Festive lights in town. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

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Donal Dux O'Donoghue driving a Christmas float awaiting the arrival Santa Claus for the first of the Christmas in Killarney Parades and switching on the Christmas Festive lights in town. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

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Families lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the man of the moment and were wowed by the wonder and colour on display.

Santa Claus - who was being cautious and wore a red face mask - arrived in style with his all new specially engineered reindeer sleigh.

A new route and a new float were added this year. The parade left Fitzgerald Stadium at 6pm and it proceeded along Lewis Road, College Street, Plunkett Street, Main Street and High Street.

After last year's parade was cancelled due to COVID, the excitement was palpable as children finally had a chance to catch a glimpse of the man himself who took time out of his busy schedule to visit before returning to his busy toy room and elves to finalise his plans to deliver the presents on time.

Local dancer Dave Rea had great fun dancing in the streets with the stars of the show, the fantastic parade characters, and the event was beautifully captured by local photographer Valerie O'Sullivan.

Don't worry though, Santa has promised a number of return visits again before the big day arrives on December 25!

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Man released without charge in murder case

The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge […]

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The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge in relation to this matter.

Miriam Burns was found in her home on Monday afternoon after family and neighbours became concerned about her welfare.

A file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions and investigations are ongoing under the direction of a Senior Investigating Officer.

Gardaí are continuing to appeal to any persons who were in the Ardshanavooley area between 5pm on Friday and 1pm on Monday and observed any activity which drew their attention, to come forward.

Any road users who were travelling in the area at these times who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) are asked to make this footage available to Gardaí.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Killarney Garda Station on 064 6671160, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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Plenty of music and entertainment to celebrate Kilcummin talent

The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night. The talent within […]

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The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night.

The talent within the branch was clearly evident with a packed trophies table. Indeed some of the successes over the last number of months were replayed in a relaxed, jovial atmosphere that meant that all attending had a great night’s entertainment.

“We had demonstrations of winning sets across all age groups and then we moved onto the musicians who pulled out all the stops to entertain the large crowd, packed into the clubhouse,” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCÉ PRO, told the Killarney Advertiser.

John Moriarty, who has recently retired from his role of Supervisor with Kilcummin Rural Development was acknowledged with a presentation to reflect the outstanding work that he has done to enhance and grow Kilcummin Comhaltas over his 25 years in his role, he added.

“Much thanks and praise was also offered to Mary, Adrian and Conor Moriarty, all involved in the progression of dancing and music within the Kilcummin branch. The music and entertainment continued with Helen Kerins and Denis Crowley late into the night. We’re looking forward to next year already!”

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