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Oh what a night! Fireworks display lights up July 4 festival finale

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A fireworks display at Killarney House and Gardens, at midnight, closes the annual 4th July Celebrations in the Killarney National Park. PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

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GASPS of “wow” could be heard reverberating around Killarney House & Gardens at midnight as a spectacular fireworks display lit up the night sky and brought to a colourful close the annual Killarney 4th of July Celebrations.

Eager movie fans had earlier filed into the gardens, in Killarney National Park, to enjoy a wonderful open-air screening of Tom Cruise classic Top Gun.

This had been preceded by the big July 4 parade, which delighted all ages as it wound its way through the town, culminating in a street party par excellence to celebrate America’s Independence Day.

In the afternoon, gunslingers and can-can girls had enlivened the streets of Killarney as the spirit of America’s Old West ensured mayhem galore.

A charity barbecue took place on Scott’s Street, in aid of the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus, and sponsored by the Henggeler-Moriarty family.

“We have been getting absolutely fantastic feedback on this year’s 4th of July Celebrations which were a great success,” said Paul Sherry of the organising committee. “The weather also played its part, adding to the great atmosphere. A total of 1500 cinema tickets were sold for the open-air screening of Top Gun and all in all the entire festival was hugely enjoyed.”
 


 
A fireworks display at Killarney House and Gardens, at midnight, closes the annual 4th July Celebrations in the Killarney National Park. PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

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Spa GAA lights up – continues each Wednesday night

By Sean Moriarty Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative. The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative.

The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held a candle-light vigil in memory of Ashling Murphy, the Offaly school-teacher who was murdered while out for a walk two weeks ago.

“Participants can follow the walking track that offers a safe off-road path and this activity is open to everyone in the community. If anyone would be available to help with registration or stewarding any night, all help is greatly appreciated,” said club PRO Deirdre O’Sullivan-Darcy.

Any volunteers that can help any evening or any questions please contact Margaret Doyle on 0879181970.

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Specialists to examine Killarney trees ahead of future storms

By Sean Moriarty Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district. The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district.

The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. 
One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen tree blocked access to the Moll’s Gap road near Muckross.
Both Cllrs John O’Donoghue and Donal Grady raised the issue at a recent Killarney Municipal District meeting.
“In order to mitigate against such events, the Killarney MD Office are in the process of preparing tender documents to procure assessment of specific trees that are in the charge of Kerry County Council.” A council official told the meeting.
“This will allow the MD to make determinations on individual trees in its charge. Individual property owners are responsible for the welfare and maintenance of trees within and along the boundary of their property lines.”

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