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No parade but Killarney to turn green this St Patrick’s Day

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GREEN: The International Hotel will turn green again this March to celebrate St Patrick's Day. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

 

By Michelle Crean

Plans for Killarney's St Patrick’s Day parade this March have yet again become a casualty of the COVID crisis with organisers this week saying that it's being shelved for the second year in a row.

Disappointed organisers from Killarney St Patrick’s Festival said that the colourful cultural spectacle - which brings thousands of people and a huge economic boost to the town - won't be going ahead for obvious safety reasons - but plan to mark the day in a very special way by turning the town green - a message they say they will relay to people all over the world in a virtual format.

Businesses are being asked to take part in the Killarney Goes Green initiative to bring some colour to the town and the greening of the town’s iconic buildings, a signature part of the festival in recent years and now an annual tradition, will continue this year with the spotlight falling on landmarks like Ross Castle, St Mary’s Cathedral, the Franciscan Friary, St Mary’s Church of Ireland, Killarney Methodist Church and Killarney Courthouse.

There will also be prizes for the best greened building and the best dressed shop window.

“We hope and pray that all things being well, we will be back next year with a celebration of St Patrick’s Day like there has never been before and we trust everybody will want to be a part of that celebration,” Paul Sherry, St Patrick’s Festival Chairman, said.

“We hope the town’s business community will again join us by taking part in the Killarney Goes Green initiative for St Patrick’s Day and we invite everybody to shine the green light on their buildings, dress the shop windows and send us images or videos of their efforts,” Paul Sherry said.

“Let’s show the world that, despite the huge challenges, Killarney’s glass will always be more than half full and we promise it will be the place to be for St Patrick’s Day 2022,” he added.

The Killarney St Patrick’s Festival thanked its partners and sponsors Kerry County Council, Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, Fáilte Ireland and the business community of Killarney for their support and enthusiasm.

Those who would like to visit Killarney next year to be a part of the festival are invited to get in touch through the festival website www.stpatricksfestivalkillarney.ie.

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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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