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Magical Christmas experience to benefit local groups

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EXCITEMENT: Ryan Lynch and his friends will run a sweet shop at The Killarney Christmas Tree Farm which promises a magical Santa experience for all.

By Michelle Crean

Santa Claus is coming to town - and to help keep him safe, he'll be in a special "bubble" - but is excitedly getting ready to meet local children.

The elves have worked their magic and are bringing the man in red to Killarney before he gets too busy in his workshop making toys.

Tonight (Friday) from 6pm he is planning a trip from Killorglin in a special red open top Mercedes and will make his way to Beaufort where he will pass by slowly waving at the children before driving through Killarney town. Then it's off to The Killarney Christmas Tree Farm where he'll eagerly await visiting children tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday.

With a fairy trail, festive wooden decorations made by Killarney Community College students, a dock with hot chocolate and refreshments - and even a sweet shop, it promises to be a magical experience.

An idea by Nicola Lynch and her father Nick Foley, the trail will light up in different colours resembling the northern lights. Santa will be in one giant four metre by four metre bubble lit red where he can interact with the children. A second bubble of the same size further away will have three naughty elves inside.

"When we put it online it completely bookedout immediately and the website crashed," Nicola told the Killarney Advertiser.
"When someone buys a Christmas tree or a wreath they get a golden ticket to get in. He'll be here every Saturday from 12-6 and Sunday in the run up to Christmas. We can only have three families at a time every half hour due to social distancing."
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However, the idea is not concentrating on profit - as charities and groups will benefit including St Vincent de Paul with the money staying locally, and the Tralee Soup Kitchen. Her eight-year-old son Ryan and his friends are also running a sweet shop which raised €650 which they're donating to Fossa GAA Club.
"There is also a post box for the kids - but it's different - as we're asking them to write their letters which I will post to local care homes."

For now it's all booked out but follow their Facebook page: Killarney Christmas Trees for updates.

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Shock at the death of “wonderful community activist”

There was a great sense of shock over the weekend when new of the death of Yvonne Quill, a Tidy Towns champion and wonderful community activist, became known. Yvonne, from […]

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There was a great sense of shock over the weekend when new of the death of Yvonne Quill, a Tidy Towns champion and wonderful community activist, became known.

Yvonne, from Barleymount and formerly of the Cafe, College Street, passed away following a short illness on Friday. Requiem Mass takes place this morning (Monday) at 11am in The Prince of Peace Church, Fossa, followed by burial in Aghadoe Lawn Cemetery.

Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce President Niall Kelleher said she will be very fondly remembered as an incredibly dedicated woman, a strong personality who led by example and spearheaded the town’s Tidy Towns committee with such passion for over 25 years.

He recalled that her proudest day was when, as chairperson of the Killarney Looking Good Committee, she inspired Killarney to the prestigious overall national award in 2011 which had proved so elusive prior to that.

“Yvonne led by example and she never asked anyone to do something she wouldn’t do herself. You would seldom see her without the yellow bib, playing her part and showing us all what needed to be done to give Killarney the edge,” Mr Kelleher said.

“While winning the overall prize was something special, Killarney has never been far from the top and it has won a gold medal almost every year which is testament to Yvonne’s great ability to organise, her steely determination and her unrivalled ability to rally the troops,” he added.

The Chamber President also remembered her as a great businesswoman, a master baker and confectioner whose café on College Street was a must-visit for a whole generation of Killarney people and visitors.

“Yvonne Quill has left a great legacy in her home town. We thank her for what she has done, we’ll remember her incredible work ethic and we’ll ensure her name will live on in Killarney by continuing the commitment to the Tidy Towns initiative.”

Johnny McGuire, a member of the executive of Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, who worked alongside Yvonne at the helm of the Tidy Towns committee, said she was a born leader who inspired the whole community and always led by example.

“Killarney would never have won the All-Ireland Tidy Towns award without her. She was the inspirational captain of the winning team. Yvonne worked night and day and, when it came to Tidy Towns, there was no downtime for her,” Mr McGuire said.

“Her commitment to the cause brought her into every school and every housing estate in Killarney. Working closely with the late Fr Michael Murphy, her great friend, Kathleen Foley, and others, they really put Killarney in contention for the top awards every year. The name Yvonne Quill was known and respected in Tidy Towns circles throughout the entire country – she really was a legend and everything she turned her hand to,
she succeeded. Killarney will miss her,” he added.

She will be deeply missed by her husband John, children Peter, Sandra and Sean, her son-in-law Peter, daughter-in-law Mairéad, grandchildren Anna, Jake, Ted, Abby and Luke, sister Angela Mulvey, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, and extended family, friends, neighbours and the community.

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Jim awarded for life-long service to the community

By Michelle Crean Listry local Jim O’Shea was honoured last week as members of the community council presented him with an award for his life-long service to the community. Jim […]

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By Michelle Crean

Listry local Jim O’Shea was honoured last week as members of the community council presented him with an award for his life-long service to the community.

Jim received the O’Shea Award for 2022 at a meeting of Directors of Listry Community Council held on September 21.

Jim has been involved in Athletics from a very early age both as a competitor and administrator.

He was very much involved with Community Games in Milltown/Listry as organiser and coach. He was also involved with the Farranfore Maine Valley Athletic Club since its foundation.

Over the years Jim has competed in athletic events, mainly high jump and long jump, both in Ireland and abroad.

Recently he travelled to Derby in the UK in the British Masters Championship and won Gold in the 100 metres and Long Jump and finished second in the High Jump.

Jim, who is a very modest man, was actively involved with Listry Community Council as a volunteer driver for Meals on Wheels and for his commitment to keeping our community litter free by organising a number of litter picking days each year.

Always interested in fitness, Jim often came along to the Listry Seniors Social day and led the group in gentle exercises.

“Jim is a very worthy recipient of the O’Shea Award 2022 and we thank him for a lifetime of service to others,” Tony Darmody, Chairman, said.

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