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Mural unveiled in Ballydribben

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The Mayor of Killarney Brendan Cronin and Cllr. Martin O’Grady officially unveiled the new mural in Ballydribeen last week.

The mural was painted by Artist Deborah O'Keeffe.

Matthew Farrell, Municipal District Officer with Kerry County Council was also in attendance along with members of the Ballydribeen Residents Association who were involved in accessing funding from Creative Ireland Kerry and The Community Sports Fund for this Project.

The committee behind the project included Liam Grimes, Suzanne Blennerhassett, Jim O’Donoghue and Rayla Tadjimatova.

“Huge thanks also to Jannie Prins who worked on all the administration work and TUS for assisting in preparing the wall for the Artist. Deborah did a wonderful job and encouraged the children in the area to get involved, which they were delighted with,” said committee member Suzanne Blennerhasset.

“All in Ballydribeen are very proud of the work and it has transformed the space, reflecting life in the Deenagh River.

“Thanks to all parents and children who took part and all the volunteers who helped out.”

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

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 […]

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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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