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Popular optometrist retires after 40 years

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RETIREMENT: Pat O'Donoghue outside Urban Optics. Photo: Michelle Crean

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Popular Killarney eye doctor, Pat O’Donoghue, has put away his eye testing equipment for good - as the third generation optometrist has officially retired - after over 40 years of service.
Since he announced the news well-wishes have been paid to Pat, who took over Urban Optics, a family business, in 1973.
His family have been in the optometry industry in Kerry for three generations, tracing back to the 1960s and have been providing a high level of eye care to Killarney and the wider Kerry area ever since.
Pat has overseen the expansion of Urban Optics, formerly named ‘Pat O’Donoghue, Optometrist’, including its relocation to Scotts Street in the town centre, where it has remained since 2007.
“Pat is rightly considered one of the leading optometrists in the country, through his commitment to consistently up-skilling and introducing the best and newest technologies to Urban Optics,” Sheila O'Sullivan, practice manager, said.
“His focus has always been on creating a business that is an integral part of the local community and he has certainly achieved that.
“I’m sure I speak for my fellow staff members, as well as the long list of customers that Pat has seen over the decades, when we wish him the best of luck in his retirement.”
Despite a recent change in ownership, all members of staff are staying on at Urban Optics.
And new owner Noeleen Loughlin, along with new optometrist Valerie Trant, have been welcomed to the practice by Pat himself.
“Noeleen comes to Urban Optics as a hugely experienced optometrist with a similar vision to my own. Having worked with her for the past year, I’m sure the practice is in good hands,” he said.
“We’re also very happy to welcome Valerie, and I’m sure, as a Killarney native, she will have no problem settling into the Urban Optics family.
“We could not have achieved such success without our wonderful and loyal patients, so I’d like to thank all of them for their support throughout my career in optometry.”

[caption id="attachment_25514" align="aligncenter" width="1960"] RETIREMENT: Valerie Trant, Noeleen Loughlin and Joanne Ni Churrain say goodbye to Pat O'Donoghue who has now retired.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_25515" align="aligncenter" width="1960"] GOODBYE: Staff at Urban Optics, Valerie Trant, Brid O'Callaghan, Joanne Ni Churrain, Siobhan Corridan, Noeleen Loughlin, Adrienne Walsh, Sheila O'Sullivan and Aisling O'Keeffe, say a final farewell to optometrist Pat O'Donoghue who has retired after 40 years service.[/caption]

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Killarney art psychotherapist Katie O’Donoghue was delighted to spot her first children’s book on last Friday’s Late Late Toy Show! ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ was written and illustrated by Katie, and published by Gill Books in July. With almost every eye in Ireland on the Toy Show every year, children’s authors, illustrators and publishers […]

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Killarney art psychotherapist Katie O’Donoghue was delighted to spot her first children’s book on last Friday’s Late Late Toy Show!

‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ was written and illustrated by Katie, and published by Gill Books in July.

With almost every eye in Ireland on the Toy Show every year, children’s authors, illustrators and publishers compete for a much-coveted spot on the set. Aware that her book had been sent to Ryan, but not having heard anything from RTÉ, Katie was thrilled to see it in a prominent position. It was a wonderful surprise to discover ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ had been placed in the front row of the book corner. There, it had a little chair of its own and was even embraced by a cuddly toy.

It was visible many times over the course of the evening, particularly during the book discussion, an incredibly proud moment for first-time author Katie.

“I have to admit, when I saw ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ cradled in the teddy’s arms, I may have jumped up and down with excitement,” Katie told the Killarney Advertiser.

What began as a lockdown project while Katie was living in London and missing her family in Kerry, is providing comfort to children around the world.

Using a gentle story with gorgeous illustrations, Little Squirrel and his forest friends teach young people a variety of simple coping techniques.

“These skills will benefit children their entire lives and the book is even helpful for adults who are prone to worrying and overthinking,” she added.

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No 2021 return for Killarney on Ice

By Michelle Crean Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year. Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year. […]

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Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year.

Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year.

Rising case numbers, uncertain COVID-19 restrictions, and insurance challenges have been the main drivers behind the decision not to open, according to the company.

As Kerry’s only festive ice rink, the facility has brought much fun and life to the town over the years, attracting thousands of people from all over the county, and indeed the whole country, with many families coming to stay overnight in Killarney and enjoying all that this great town has to offer.

As well as friends and families coming to skate, schools, youth clubs, sports teams and employees of local companies use the group booking discount rate to plan sessions on the ice, and Killarney on Ice would like to thank them all for their continuing loyalty.

“We sincerely hope to be back better and stronger in 2022, and we look forward to welcoming all of our valued customers,” Tim O’Donoghue, the promoter of the rink, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“In the meantime, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.”

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