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Niall Kelleher elected new Mayor of Killarney

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By Michelle Crean

Fianna Fáil Councillor Niall Kelleher has been elected the new Mayor/Cathaoirleach of Killarney Municipal District (KMD).

MAYOR: Fianna Fáil's Niall Kelleher has been elected the new Mayor/Cathaoirleach of Killarney.

He was voted in during the Annual General Meeting of the KMD held in County Buildings today (Monday). 

Kelleher replaces Labour Cllr Marie Moloney who held the role for the past year for the Killarney Municipal District. Councillors also elected Cllr John O'Donoghue (Independent) as Deputy Mayor/Leas Cathaoirleach for the Killarney Municipal District.

In her outgoing speech, Cllr Moloney praised her Council colleagues, groups she worked with and her family for their support over the past year.

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Marie Moloney's (left) term of office as Mayor of Killarney ended today (Monday). She is pictured with Mary G O'Sullivan (right) admiring the plaque to Janie McCarthy after it was unveiled on Mission Road last week. It was one of her last official duties as mayor. Photo: Michelle Crean

“It has been an absolute honour and privilege to have been elected Cathaoirleach of Killarney Municipal District and to act as mayor of a town I love so much," she said.

She added that she was proud of honouring two women during her term as mayor, Hannah Carey and Janie McCarthy, by unveiling plaques in the town.

She thanked the numerous organisations she has worked with; the 4th of July, Christmas in Killarney, St Patrick’s Day, Wander Wild, Rally of the Lakes, and groups such as the Soroptimists, the Rotary Club and Killarney Chamber.

“The respect that was shown to the office of mayor and to me personally was second to none. I want to say a sincere thanks to all the organisations I have worked with and participated with over the past year."

INCOMING MAYOR

Incoming mayor, Cllr Niall Kelleher, said that he had a number of key priorities for the year ahead including progressing works on the Killarney Bypass.

"I want to see work started and significant progress made during my 12 month term as mayor and the sooner the better," he said.

"I know that this is an aspiration shared by all my colleagues and indeed officials present. The message going out here today is "let's get the job done and let's get it done now."

Another of his ambitions, which he said he tabled as a motion last March, is to have the "magnificent" 12th century Annals of Inisfallen returned to Killarney "where they belong".

He said a renewed effort should be made to have the "priceless" Annals returned and he intends to set up a working group to liaise with the library in Oxford University where the Annals are currently housed.

"It would be an enormous privilege and economic boost to Killarney "even for the summer months".

"My promise to the people of Killarney - if it can be done, it will be done."

Litter is another issue he plans to focus on from introducing a coffee cup levy to an urgent focus on discarding of cigarette butts.

Looking forward for the year, he said that he fully intends to reintroduce the Mayor's Ball to raise "much needed" funds for local charities.

"I think it is a wonderful opportunity for us all and the community to gather together in a social setting to enjoy some laughs, get in a dance or two and support deserving causes.

"The only guarantee I will give you at this stage is that after two years of what we've been through, it certainly will not be a masked ball."

He added that he has six months left as his current position as President of Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, but that his "absolute priority" will be to represent the people of Killarney "to the best of my ability".

Council colleagues congratulated him on his new role saying that his priorities are "ambitious" and "achievable" but that he has the experience to see them through.

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Sam Maguire to feature at next week’s AugustFest

Killarney Racecourse is set to host the exciting three-day summer horse-racing festival from Thursday August 18 to Saturday 20 inclusive. The festival also marks 200 years of racing at Killarney Races […]

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Killarney Racecourse is set to host the exciting three-day summer horse-racing festival from Thursday August 18 to Saturday 20 inclusive. The festival also marks 200 years of racing at Killarney Races offering patrons great racing, history, socialising, entertainment and so much more at Ireland’s most scenic racecourse.

With lots of ticket levels and packages including food and beverage options to choose from, whether it is close to the action general admission tickets or silver service fine dining, there is something for everyone at Killarney Races. Live music, fashion, and fun for all the family complement the best of summer racing at the track this August.

Thursday and Friday are evening meetings and Saturday is an afternoon event with all race cards offering seven thrilling races for spectators to enjoy each day.

Thursday is Sam Maguire evening. And to mark Kerry’s recent success and Killarney Races bi-centenary celebration, Killarney Races are offering an amazing deal on the opening day of their three-day event. On Thursday August 18 patrons will enjoy admission, a racecard and a €5 free bet all for €20! The first race is approximately 5pm with gates open from 3pm. Come early, bring along your jersey and camera, it’s going to be a great evening.

Friday will see the new entrance officially open, as racing officials and elected representatives unlock the gate to the next 200 years at the popular Killarney track, first race at approximately 5pm with gates open from 3pm. With music on the lawn from Donal Lucey and from Tom Cats in the Jim Culloty bar after racing the après racing party is sure to be a ‘winner alright’!

Saturday is AYU Ladies Day and all about the glamour as fashionistas bring the curtain down on AugustFest in fine style. AYU is an Irish based and Irish owned cosmetics company set up by renowned make-up artist Suzie O’Neill. With over €1,500 in prizes for the most stylish ladies to dress up for, what’s not to love! Gates open from 12 noon with the first off at approximately 2pm.

“At AugustFest we will be celebrating a major milestone here at Killarney Races, 200 years of racing in Killarney which is amazing,” Killarney Racecourse Chairman, Gerard Coughlan said.

“I would like to take this opportunity to encourage all locals and visitors to Killarney to come along and be part of the 200 year celebrations and share in this historic moment with us as we officially open the gates on the next 200 years! It’s a rare opportunity to be able to say ‘I was there the day they celebrated the bi-centenary’ anywhere and what a great story to share with the grandchildren in years to come. On that note, we are looking forward to welcoming multiple generations of families during AugustFest, so make a plan and come along and join us for what will be a most remarkable festival at our beautiful boutique racecourse this August!”

The feature race on the opening day of AugustFest is the Vincent O’Brien Ruby Stakes (listed), the Kingdom Gold Cup Handicap of €50,000 and the Gain Advantage Race Series. On Friday, the day two feature is the Grade B Handicap Hurdle of €50,000 and the EBF Novice Hurdle, with four competitive chase races. The final day of the festival the feature is the Grade B Handicap Chase of €50,000.

Adult tickets are available from €20 and children under 14 go free ensuring a great day out for all the family. For those who love a deal, the “Punter’s Pack” is a great value-added option and if you want to live it up check out the Maurice O’Donoghue Suite and Panoramic Restaurant options.

For all ticket details and festival programme information visit killarneyraces.com.

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Jessie Buckley’s album shortlisted for prestigious award

Killarney superstar Jessie Buckley has been shortlisted for the 2022 Mercury Prize Album of the Year. Her collaboration with Bernard Butler ‘For All Our Days That Tear the Heart’ is […]

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Killarney superstar Jessie Buckley has been shortlisted for the 2022 Mercury Prize Album of the Year.

Her collaboration with Bernard Butler ‘For All Our Days That Tear the Heart’ is one of 12 albums shortlisted for the prestigious award which will be revealed in London on September 8.

“Neither of us really knew each other and it was actually a blessing in disguise because we met each other in the moment and trusted each other, took a leap of faith and in a way come in just the way we were and not because of who we are,” she told a press conference at the awards announcement in London last week.

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