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Preparations underway for Rotary’s 40th anniversary




By Michelle Crean

Killarney Rotary Club is looking to the future - but first members are drawing on their past as they get ready to celebrate the club's 40th anniversary next year.

(Today) Wednesday they met at the Great Southern Killarney to start preparations for the 40th anniversary celebrations and invited the very first president of the club to speak at their weekly meeting.

The club was chartered on June 8, 1983 - and today's meeting was arranged by the president of Killarney Rotary Club Rayla Tadjimatova and current members.

Retired jeweller John O’Shea wore the chain of office in 1983 when the club started at the Three Lakes Hotel. All the members back then were male whereas now there is a good mix of male and female.

John spoke about how the club worked tirelessly on many projects and events in the local community and raised a considerable amount of money for local charities as well as raising money for many Rotary International projects. John also spoke on the history of the club from the early years. He was very happy to see a fellow founder member in attendance. John Shanahan of Shanahan’s Garden Centre is still a very active member in the club and keeps the newer members on track. There is great fellowship and fun but the members work hard on a voluntary basis when there is work to be done.

Killarney Rotary Club is known for its community involvement and its many fundraising events down through the years. They are delighted to be hosting their annual Afternoon Tea again this year. It is on Saturday October 1 in the Great Southern Killarney. Please contact 087 2444353 if you wish to book your ticket/table for this very popular event as it always sells out in advance.

They will also hold the Wine & Art Evening at the Great Southern on Wednesday November 30 and artists can now email to request an application form to exhibit their work at this event.

President Rayla was delighted to meet the club's founding president John O’Shea and she found his talk ‘interesting, informative and it was most encouraging’. She hopes that many Killarney people will join them at the upcoming events and ensure they are as successful as they were pre-COVID when they last held these events in 2019.

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Last chance to enter Spa GAA’s fundraising draw

By Sean Moriarty There is just less than one week left to enter Spa GAA’s fundraising raffle. The ‘Cairde Spa’ draw takes place on Thursday night (February 2) the Spa’s […]




By Sean Moriarty

There is just less than one week left to enter Spa GAA’s fundraising raffle.

The ‘Cairde Spa’ draw takes place on Thursday night (February 2) the Spa’s clubhouse at 7pm.

Funds raised will go towards the upgrade and development works planned over the next few years.

Guest of honour on the night is national GAA president Larry McCarthy and the Sam Maguire Cup will make an appearance too.

“Apart from ongoing and essential maintenance work, the club has a number of development projects in the pipeline. The money is being raised towards improving our grounds to provide top class facilities that can be used year-round, including car parking, perimeter fencing for pitches, ladies and juveniles dressing rooms, outdoor skills wall, player dug outs for senior and juvenile pitches, safety enhancements and lighting on the walking track, landscaping, scoreboard, viewing gallery to the sports hall, alignment of entrance to the grounds and a remembrance garden,” said Michael Cronin, Club Chairman.

“We are calling on everyone to get behind the fundraiser. Our vision is to provide top class grounds and facilities where everyone is welcome to use and participate fully in our activities, games and culture. In order to achieve this vision, we are setting out exciting new developments and investments in our facilities – and we need your support.”

There are 10 prizes up for grabs: 1st Prize: €15,000, 2nd Prize: €3,000, 3rd Prize: €2,000, 4th Prize: €1,000, 5th Prize: Two nights dinner and B&B at the Killarney Park Hotel, 6th Prize: €500 Voucher for Killarney Carpets & Furniture, 7th Prize: €300 Voucher for O’Sullivan’s Cycles, 8th Prize: €250 Voucher for Killarney Oils, 9th Prize: €150 Voucher for Killarney Hardware and 10th Prize: A signed Kerry jersey.

Tickets are €100 each and can be collected/returned at the clubhouse this Saturday (10.30am-12noon), Monday (7-8pm) or Wednesday (7-8pm), and tickets are also available online on

Any queries contact Andy (087 2236754), Michael (085 8213027), Assumpta (087 6779292) or Deirdre (085 1216359) or any Club Officers.


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Marian Players excited to get back on stage

By Michelle Crean With a cast of over 50 it’s no small undertaking – but that won’t deter one panto group who are only too happy to get back on […]




By Michelle Crean

With a cast of over 50 it’s no small undertaking – but that won’t deter one panto group who are only too happy to get back on stage this weekend.

It’s been two years since they staged a show due to COVID but the Marian Players Rathmore are rearing to go tomorrow night (Saturday) with their hilarious show ‘Dame Annie Goes West’.

A medley of comedy and colour, combined with music and dance, locals from both sides of the border have been working together to make it a great production.

“We’re very excited, we can’t wait! It’s great to be back,” Mary Hickey told the Killarney Advertiser.

“They [the cast] got together in October and they’re at it since.”

Val Moynihan is the “genius behind it”, she added, and it’s produced by her son Brian Hickey, and co-written with Eilish Coakley.

She said that they have loads working in the background also doing the stage curtains, lighting and making costumes amongst other tasks.

“It’s a pantomime without the pantomime in the background! It’s a whole community effort both sides of the border.”

Evening shows start at 7.30pm tomorrow (Saturday) and again Sunday (January 29) at 3pm.

Mid-week shows continue on Wednesday next (February 1) at 7.30pm, Thursday (February 2) at 7.30pm and also Saturday (February 4) at 7.30pm and Sunday (February 5) at 3pm.

The booking office (085 2031730) will be open every day from 2pm to 6pm to reserve seats and collect tickets and is located adjacent to the community centre, next to Christy’s Take Away.

Seats may be reserved over the phone too and paid for using a bank card. All proceeds are going to Kerry Parents & Friends Association.

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