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O’Callaghan brings modern twist to election canvassing

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Former mayor to seek election via social media

By Sean Moriarty

Former Mayor of Killarney, Niall ‘Botty’ O’Callaghan has made a surprise return to politics by announcing that he’s to run for the Killarney Municipal District in the local elections, set to take place on May 24.

O’Callaghan, who’s to run as an independent candidate, served two previous terms as a town councillor and was named as the town mayor in 2008. He has not worked in politics since 2013.

He operates, along with his brother Paudie, the popular Fáilte Hotel on College Street and has identified the Government’s decision to increase the VAT rate to 13.5 percent which is having an impact on hotels, restaurants, pubs and other service industries.

Car parking and traffic congestion in Killarney, especially during peak tourism months and the state of the Tralee to Killarney road are other issues he intends to fight - if elected.

The former Dr Crokes GAA team selector also hopes to put the redevelopment of Fitzgerald Stadium on the agenda.

However, his campaign will take on a modern twist and he will engage with voters via social media platforms and not through a traditional door-to-door canvas.

“I look forward to meeting as many people as I possibly can in the weeks ahead but it is not my intention to knock on doors and disturb people in their own homes in an attempt to get my message across,” he said. “I firmly believe that, in this day and age, traditional canvassing methods are seriously outdated. I intend to run a modern campaign with a heavy emphasis on social media and I will reach out to the public to convey my message through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, video and other modern day methods.”

 

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Country Queen Cliona Hagan to play Sneem Hotel

Get ready for a glamorous evening of country music as bombshell Cliona Hagan, one of Ireland’s most beloved country music stars, takes the stage at Sneem Hotel on Saturday, May […]

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Get ready for a glamorous evening of country music as bombshell Cliona Hagan, one of Ireland’s most beloved country music stars, takes the stage at Sneem Hotel on Saturday, May 11, 9:00 PM.

Known for her powerful vocals, captivating stage presence, and chart-topping hits, Cliona Hagan promises to deliver a memorable performance that will have the audience on their feet and singing along all night long.
The concert, set against the stunning backdrop of Golden’s Cove at the Sneem Hotel, promises to be an unforgettable experience for country music fans of all ages. From heartfelt ballads to lively toe-tappers, Cliona Hagan’s versatile repertoire ensures there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Tickets for the concert are priced at €25 and can be purchased at the door on the night of the event. Don’t miss your chance to see Cliona Hagan live in concert at Sneem Hotel on May 11th. Overnight hotel stay packages including dinner and concert tickets, bed and breakfast are also available!
For more information, please visit www.sneemhotel.com or contact 064 667 5100.

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Coffee morning for Kerry Cancer Support Group at the Royal

Killarney Royal is hosting a Charity Coffee Morning on April 19, in aid of the Kerry Cancer Support Group. Join the team at Killarney Royal from 10.30am-12pm where fresh coffee, […]

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Killarney Royal is hosting a Charity Coffee Morning on April 19, in aid of the Kerry Cancer Support Group.

Join the team at Killarney Royal from 10.30am-12pm where fresh coffee, delicious homemade scones, pastries and treats await in the newly refurbished lobby and bar.

All guests attending will also have the chance to be entered into a raffle with a number of wonderful prizes on offer throughout the morning. Volunteers will also be on hand to accept donations, with all proceeds going to the Kerry Cancer Support Group.

“The Kerry Cancer Support Group work hard each day to provide an excellent service and are devoted to maintaining a warm, welcoming environment while ensuring that service users have immediate access to free programmes and resources. Killarney Royal are delighted to support this incredibly worthy charity,” said Brand Sales and Marketing Executive Aoibheann O’Leary.

All are welcome on the morning, with no pre-booking needed.

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