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Marking a moment in time – a very different St Patrick’s Day

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Marking a moment in time

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By Sean Moriarty

For the second year in a row the streets of Killarney fell silent on St Patrick’s Day.

Ireland’s National Holiday is usually a day of celebration and revelry but all public events were cancelled again this year as the country remains on COVID-19 alert.

There was an eerie silence the town centre on Wednesday afternoon.

Both the Municipal District Mayor and Killarney Gardai thanked the people of Killarney fo their high level of compliance and promised better days are ahead.

“I am so proud of the people of Killarney and wider district, “Mayor Brendan Cronin told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There is hope ahead and the brighter days are very close.”

The Mayor of Killarney is usually very busy on St Patrick’s Day. He would be one of the leading dignitaries at the parade, he would be obliged to give welcome speeches to national and international visitors as well as attending religious and other ceremonies.

“I just drove into town and visited some of the many displays – it was very visible [the lack of large crowds] but it was also nice to see families marking the day in their own way [within the guidelines].”

Meanwhile Killarney Gardai reported a very quiet Bank Holiday and there no reports of unessential crowd gatherings.

“The day passed off fine,” Superintendent Flor Murphy told the Killarney Advertiser. “There were people out and about but everyone was behaving in a responsible [within public health guidelines] manner. There is a high level of compliance in the Killarney area. This is what we want to see so we can get out of this.”

One of these photographs was taken on Main St on Wednesday afternoon around the same time that the annual St Patrick’s Day parade was expected to pass through town.

The other photograph taken by well-known and respected local snapper Valerie O’Sullivan was captured during the 2019 running of the hugely popular event.

The contrast captures the times we live in and the good times that lay ahead.

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Free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer

Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30). The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney. The workshop, which […]

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Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30).

The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney.

The workshop, which takes place via Zoom at 6.30pm, is aimed at children who have been impacted by cancer in any way and will also see Katie read from her debut children’s book, ‘‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’.

Workshop facilitator, Katie, has worked for many years as a child and young people’s therapist with the NHS, before returning to her native Killarney this year. Her background is in fine art and design and she has a Masters degree in Art Psychotherapy.

If you would like to register your child for this free online workshop, please contact Recovery Haven Kerry on 066 7192122 to book your place.

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Not to be for Killarney as Waterford named Best Place to Live in Ireland

While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021. While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, […]

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While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021.

While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, Co Cork, Galway city and the village of Glaslough in Co Monaghan.

Among the things which impressed the judges about Waterford were its beautiful buildings, its liveability, its pedestrian friendly public space, its weather, and its easy access to the Comeragh Mountains and the Copper Coast.

The Chair of the judging panel Conor Goodman congratulated Killarney on its fine showing in the competition.

“Given the level of entries and the extremely high standard of those entries, making it into the Best 5 Places to Live in Ireland really is a wonderful achievement which I’m sure everyone in Killarney and Kerry is really proud of. We were delighted with the level of interest in the competition and would like to thank everyone who nominated a place or who engaged with us on it.”

The Irish Times Best Place to Live in Ireland contest, which is supported by Randox Health, began in June.

In total 470 locations were nominated by more than 2,400 people from all 32 counties for the title of ‘Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021’.

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