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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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€2.3m funding for Kerry schools under Summer Works Programme

Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme. This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country. “I am delighted to confirm […]

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Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme.

This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country.

“I am delighted to confirm this significant tranche of funding which will provide further investment for schools in Kerry under the Summer Works Scheme,” Minister Foley said.

“School communities have shown great resilience, flexibility and leadership in adapting to the many challenges that arose over the course of the pandemic. This funding is a further endorsement of the excellence in education provided by schools across the county. I am announcing the Summer Works Scheme projects now so that schools have a good lead-in period to plan and deliver the projects in summer 2022,” she said.

“Today’s announcement follows on from the enhanced minor works funding which was delivered to schools a number of weeks ago.”

The projects for Kerry included in today’s announcement include Mechanical Works at Two Mile Community NS and Spa National School, Science Labs including Gas Works at Community College Killorglin and Castleisland Community College, as well as Roof Works at Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra. 

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New 33-apartment development for town centre

New 33-apartment development for town centre Planning permission has been granted for a 33-apartment development on Monsignor O’Flaherty Road. The development will consist of 23 two-bedroomed apartments and a further ten one-bedroomed units. It also includes plans to build related bicycle parking bays, car parking, bin stores and a landscaped courtyard amenity area. Attachments 0219178_Unknown-32 […]

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New 33-apartment development for town centre

Planning permission has been granted for a 33-apartment development on Monsignor O’Flaherty Road.

The development will consist of 23 two-bedroomed apartments and a further ten one-bedroomed units.

It also includes plans to build related bicycle parking bays, car parking, bin stores and a landscaped courtyard amenity area.

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