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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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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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Caring group craft charity blankets

By Michelle Crean One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity. Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members […]

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By Michelle Crean

One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity.

Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members of Kilcummin Community Care worked together to make blankets for service users on the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus.

“Each blanket is assigned as a personal gift to the clients using the Cancer Link Bus and is kept by them,” Kate Fleming, Chairperson of Kilcummin Community Care, said.

The knitting of the squares to make the blankets began at a gathering in the Rose Hotel in 2018. It was a gathering of different volunteer groups.

The Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus were requesting knitted squares to make blankets for the clients who were using their facilities, she explained.

“Kilcummin Community Care were knitting at the time, so it was decided to help out this worthy cause. We received donations of wool from people in the parish and surrounding areas. Kilcummin ICA also got involved in the efforts.”

During the two years of COVID-19, members of both organisations continued to knit and are still knitting to the present day.

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