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Much-loved Healy’s Shop celebrates its 100th birthday

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By Michelle Crean

Today (Friday) marks 100 years of Healy's Shop on New Street - and all these years later it's still a firm favourite for locals.

Angela pictured behind the counter of Healy's many years ago.

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Christy Healy opened the shop on New Street 100-years-ago on St Patrick's Day.

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Christy Healy's shop opened on St Patrick's Day 1923 - at a time when a caller might give a gentle tap late at night for one of his famous baloney sandwiches and a glass of milk. It was a time when sweets were sold from big glass jars, biscuits from large tins, and everything was weighed.

Christy was born and raised at 86 New Street where the Healy shop now stands.

He was a man ahead of his time as he was one of the very few that headed to America in the early 1900s and returned home to Killarney bringing with him the experience he acquired.

He was always one step ahead; not only did he stock the usual groceries like bread, milk, tea, flour which were all sold by weight, he also turned his hand to candy floss and homemade ice cream, the favourite being vanilla finished with a dollop of raspberry sauce!

The sale of tobacco and cigarettes was huge not like today and many young people of Killarney remember buying the single cigarettes.

After Christy's passing in 1978 the shop was run by his daughter Angela and son Johnny. All of his grandchildren have also gotten first-hand experience spending time behind the counter.

Angela is still at the helm. The shop is managed by her daughter Aileen, and staff members Kay Griffin who has given 34 years service, Hannah, Olivia and Emer.

“My father was full of ideas, and I have fond memories of life in the shop," Christy’s daughter Patsy told the Killarney Advertiser.

Patsy remembers delivering milk in the mornings, mostly in the lower New Street area which she did on her rollerskates.

However, she regularly felt the wrath of Sr Philomena of the Presentation Convent when she was late for class.

Christy's eldest daughter Angela, like many of that generation, planned to move to America but she decided that she wanted to stay to continue working with her father at the shop, something she is very glad she did as she loves nothing more than meeting the customers and chatting to them. This year will mark her 70th year serving the people of Killarney.

Both Angela and Johnny raised their families beside the shop. Angela and her husband Jack O’Brien (RIP) raised three daughters, Aileen who manages the shop, Angie who owns Vendricks Restaurant and Niamh.
Johnny retired from the shop in 2012. He and his wife Mary had three children, Christopher, Sandra and Helen.

Patsy and her husband Arthur Hanley had four children, Deirdre, Carolyn, Stephen and Barbara.
The youngest, Frances (RIP), went to New York to Au Pair and with her husband Willie raised her children Peter, Stephen, Jason, Lilian, David, Randall and Deirdre there.

"A huge thank you to the people of Killarney for supporting Healy’s Shop for the last 100 years. A special thanks to all staff past and present, our suppliers, friends and families for making Healy's what is it today. Here’s to another 100 years," Christy's granddaughter Angie added.

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland

There were 37 participants in the event, which included AADI families, dogs, and representatives, as well as fundraisers, supporters, and members of the Corcoran’s team. The stars of the day were the three life-changing super-hero dogs, Buzz, Baron and Hank.

Former Kerry Footballer, James O’ Donoghue, was the ambassador for the event
Those taking part left Ross Castle and were treated to a phenomenal boat ride in the expert hands of Diarmuid ‘Dux’ O’Donoghue of Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours. The O’Donoghue family entertained the entire group with a range of fascinating stories outlining the history of the lakes of Killarney and Killarney National Park.

The group set out from Lord Brandon’s Cottage and walked the 11K through the iconic Gap of Dunloe, with two AADI families and their dogs taking part in the full walk. This was followed by a well-deserved meal and some rest and relaxation at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. Flemings Taxi’s Killarney brought the group back to Ross Castle, Killarney upon completion of the event.

“On behalf of everybody at Corcoran’s Furniture, we would like to thank everybody who participated in our Gap of Dunloe charity event on behalf of AADI,” said Shane O’ Callaghan, Financial Controller atCorcoran’s.

“Collectively we have raised almost €12,000 for this incredible charity and monies are still coming in. We are extremely grateful to all who supported our walk, and also to James O’ Donoghue, Christina Tagney, the Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours, the fantastic support of Noel Lucey and Donal McCarthy from the Order Of Malta, Killarney branch, and to Killarney National Park, Kate Kearney’s Cottage and Fleming’s Taxi’s. All funds raised will go toward the expert training and maintenance of the upcoming AADI dogs who will make a dramatic difference to so many children with Autism and their families.”

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