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There's a whole lot to explore in Killarney - and it's even easier now for locals and visitors to the town - with the launch of a new App driven by the Killarney Advertiser.

From shopping and local attractions to visit - including self-guided tours, as well as places to eat, and the best local news from "Your Favourite Friday Read" - the Killarney Advertiser - the Xplore App is now available and ready to be downloaded to your smartphone from the Apple Store and the Google Play Store.

Developed by Galway based company, Booniverse Limited, the platform’s simplistic design allows users to interact with a variety of towns without having to download multiple Apps or websites. Users enable location services or select a region to stay local.

Killarney is the latest town to become part of Xplore’s growing network which extends from Galway to Kerry, and Cork to Carlow. The launch is indicative of a wider movement in towns across the country, where enterprising locals are seeking out new and efficient ways to boost their local economies, attract tourists and promote their towns' amenities.

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NEW APP: Killarney Advertiser’s Aidan Quirke (General Manager) and Chris Davies (Business Development Manager) with Maevita De Barros from Xplore pictured at Killarney House for the announcement that Killarney town has joined the Xplore App.

General Manager of the Killarney Advertiser Aidan Quirke, and the team have been working tirelessly over the past number of months to get the App ready for release.

“Xplore Killarney aims to better serve the needs of locals and tourists alike - especially in times like these when shopping and exploring locally has never been more important," Aidan said.

"With retailers fully reopened, local businesses are sure to be delighted with the e-commerce features of the App that are coming very soon. Hospitality won’t be forgotten either, with access to features that highlight their services, people and community impact.”

Commenting on the launch, Xplore COO James Finan said that they are "delighted to be in partnership with Killarney".

"The response has been amazing and it shows how valuable and needed something like the Xplore Killarney App is. We are working with the communities in Galway, Fermoy, Tralee, Clonakilty, Gort, Portumna, Bagenalstown and Youghal to keep them up to date and are currently preparing Killarney for rollout. We want Xplore to matter - to our clients, to our people, and in our communities - both here in Ireland and other communities around the world, wherever we do business."

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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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Caring group craft charity blankets

By Michelle Crean One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity. Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members […]

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By Michelle Crean

One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity.

Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members of Kilcummin Community Care worked together to make blankets for service users on the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus.

“Each blanket is assigned as a personal gift to the clients using the Cancer Link Bus and is kept by them,” Kate Fleming, Chairperson of Kilcummin Community Care, said.

The knitting of the squares to make the blankets began at a gathering in the Rose Hotel in 2018. It was a gathering of different volunteer groups.

The Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus were requesting knitted squares to make blankets for the clients who were using their facilities, she explained.

“Kilcummin Community Care were knitting at the time, so it was decided to help out this worthy cause. We received donations of wool from people in the parish and surrounding areas. Kilcummin ICA also got involved in the efforts.”

During the two years of COVID-19, members of both organisations continued to knit and are still knitting to the present day.

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