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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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Family to run in memory of the late Linda Eviston

By Sean Moriarty The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory. Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer. Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory.

Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer.

Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of her daughter Alannah, will run a 42.2km course, on the day before her anniversary to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

The route will be based on landmarks that were an important part of Linda’s life. Starting from the family home in Dromkerry, before heading for the town centre and passing the Eviston House Hotel, Linda’s grandmother’s home at Park Road, Linda’s childhood home and national school in Glenflesk, Loreto where Linda attended secondary school, back to Killarney and finishing at Linda’s pride and joy – Brook Lodge Hotel.

“It is tough but we wanted to do something in Linda’s memory and help other people who might find themselves in similar circumstances,” Pat told the Killarney Advertiser. “We originally hoped to do the Dublin City Marathon but that got cancelled. This route is much better, but much tougher as it’s more hilly.”

All proceeds will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society and donations can be made via: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/inhonouroflinda.

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Women bravely bare all for Kerry’s first ‘Dip in the Nip’

By Michelle Crean  It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend. Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend.

Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst the all female grouping were some Killarney ladies who joined in the empowering adventure for what was described as “a special and unforgettable morning” all in aid of Recovery Haven Kerry.

According to Marisa Reidy from Recovery Haven, the women were of all ages and all walks of life who came together for so many personal reasons.

“Some were still on their own cancer journey, some were celebrating coming out the other side and of course, many were there to honour friends and loved ones who they had lost to cancer, but we were all equal on the day – flaws and all,” Marisa, who also took part in the event, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was a truly uplifting and exhilarating experience and we are so, so grateful to each and every lady who joined us for a morning we will never forget. One woman described it as ‘companionship among strangers’ and that really sums it up perfectly. It was emotional, there were some tears, but lots of laughter and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. When the ladies hit the water, they all formed a circle and held hands in a gesture that was totally unplanned – it just happened organically and it was quite overwhelming.”

She added that a very special mention has to be made to Michaela and John Edwards and their team from Wild Water Adventures for their support and expertise in ensuring no stone was left unturned in making it a fabulous, safe event.

“It was an all-female team from beginning to end, from our own volunteers, stewards, registration, Gardai, teas and coffees, lifeguards, sea rescue – girl power at its finest! Now all that’s left to do is start planning for 2022!”

Donations are still being taken via the link on the Recovery Haven Kerry Facebook page.

“So far we are close on €9,000 which is just fabulous.”

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