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Ministerial update sought on Killarney House

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At the preview opening of Killarney House & Gardens are Reverend Simon Lumby, and Christel Nolke, dressed up as Lord and Lady Kenmare. PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

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Reverend Simon Lumby, and Christel Nolke, dressed up as Lord and Lady Kenmare at the preview opening of Killarney House in April. PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

At the preview opening of Killarney House & Gardens are Reverend Simon Lumby, and Christel Nolke, dressed up as Lord and Lady Kenmare. PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

KILLARNEY HOUSE is in the limelight again as local senator Paul Coghlan is seeking details as to plans for its future. Senator Coghlan, Fine Gael, has asked the Minister for Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys, to clarify her plans for the future of Killarney House.

The Killarney senator said: “In November 2015, Minister Humphreys launched the Action Plan for historic houses in private ownership. The plan contains nine actions aimed at securing these historic properties on a sustainable footing into the future."

“I have now asked Minister Humphreys to provide me with a full update on Killarney House in the Seanad. I have specifically asked for a time frame as to when it will be open to the public and also if it will commemorate the previous owners, namely the Browne and McShain families.

The action plan for historic houses in private ownership focuses on ways to strengthen links with local communities and local authorities; the development of visitor programmes; boosting marketing and tourism opportunities and improving links between historic houses and the educational sector, added Senator Coghlan.

“Killarney House has real potential to become an excellent tourist attraction for the town of Killarney,” he said. “It’s vital that Killarney House is placed at the top of the Action Plan for historic houses as we need movement on this project. I have no doubt that the Minister will provide a full update on her plans for Killarney House following a debate that I have tabled in the Seanad, and I look forward to working with her in securing the future of this wonderful amenity.”
 


 
Reverend Simon Lumby, and Christel Nolke, dressed up as Lord and Lady Kenmare at the preview opening of Killarney House in April.
PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

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Dancing classes set to unite communities

By Michelle Crean There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities. KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities.

KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, has teamed up with dance instructor John Moriarty to teach both Ukrainians and multiple cultures living in Kerry Irish set dancing steps from next week.

The first class will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting next week (September 27) at St Mary’s Parish Hall at 6.30pm and all are welcome to join.

The idea is to help Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry to come and have fun and get to know locals better, KASI coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have a women’s group for all ages where we do crochet, sewing and art and crafts, where they can talk which is good. I had the music on and they were dancing. I asked if they would like to do dancing classes so I organised it with John Moriarty who is well known in Killarney.”

She added that the women are very excited to learn set dancing and get to know other people from the area.

“Sometimes when you meet new people the language can be a barrier and when you’re dancing everybody is moving. He will open it to everyone so there’ll be integration, it’s fun as well. They are all very excited.”

To find out more contact John on 086 1579381.

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Multiple Sclerosis Walk celebrates 20 years

By Sean Moriarty The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers. On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers.

On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk takes place over the Old Kenmare Road.

First run in 2002, this year’s event will celebrate 20 years since its foundation but two years were lost as a result of the pandemic.

This year’s walk will be limited to 150 people – three coach loads – so event organisers can cut back on running costs.

It will only be possible to participate in this year’s event if walkers pre-register.

“Walkers must raise at least €40 to make it worthwhile,” organiser John O’Shea told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Spaces are limited, 150 people equals three coaches and we need smaller coaches to get into the start of the Old Kenmare Road as that is just a bog road. We have limited numbers for cost and operational reasons.”

Mr O’Shea thanked event sponsors O’Callaghan Coaches and The Gleneagle Hotel for their support of the event.

Registration forms can be obtained by calling John on 087 2348824.

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