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Public asked to arrive early for Banna Commemoration




MEMBERS of the public attending Thursday’s State Commemoration at Banna Strand are being asked to arrive early and use free shuttle buses where possible. The President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, will attend a State Commemoration at Banna Strand at noon on Thursday to mark the arrival there 100 years ago of Sir Roger Casement and his companions, Robert Monteith and Daniel Bailey.

People driving to the event are being asked to arrive by 10.30am at the latest and to park in the designated parking areas. However as parking is limited at the site, members of the public attending are being encouraged to use free buses which will be operating from the beach car park in Ballyheigue and from three locations in Tralee – the Rose Hotel Car Park, the Brandon Hotel Car Park and Garvey’s SuperValu Car Park. Buses will depart from 10am.

The ceremony at Banna will be attended by relatives of Roger Casement and Robert Monteith as well as the Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Joe McHugh, the German Ambassador, Matthias Hopfner and the British Ambassador, Dominick Chilcott. Part of Casement’s speech from the dock will be re-enacted by actor, Declan McCarthy and there will be performances by Siamsa Tíre and Mike Hanrahan and Breandán Ó Beaglaíoch, who will sing “Lonely Banna Strand”.

President Higgins will deliver a keynote address and will lay a wreath at the anchor of the Aud, which will be present at the ceremony. The national flag will be raised and the Proclamation will be read. There will also be a fly-over by the Air Corps.

After the event at Banna, the President will unveil a bust of Roger Casement in Ardfert village at 3pm and visit Ardfert Cathedral before visiting the Casement exhibition at the County Museum at 4pm. The visit to the museum is not open to the public due to space restrictions. The exhibition will open to the public on Friday.

Earlier on Thursday, at 8am, a ceremony will be held at Ballykissane Pier to commemorate Daniel Sheehan, Con Keating and Charles Monaghan who drowned on Good Friday in 1916.

“This is Kerry’s time to shine within the national programme of centenary events, and we encourage everyone to join with us in these special commemorations,” said Kate Kennelly, co-ordinator of events in Kerry. “This is a once-in-a-century event and not to be missed. The Kerry story is central to the story of the Rising and we hope that these celebrations and commemorations will reflect that.”

Traffic and transport arrangements:

There are no further tickets available for Ballykissane. Guests and members of the public attending are asked to use free shuttle buses which are being provided from Library Place (at the bus stop outside the Killorglin Area Services Centre) in Killorglin from 7am.

At Banna, members of the public travelling by private car are being asked to have arrived and be seated by 10.30am. Parking is being provided close to the site of the ceremony and will be stewarded. However, those attending are being asked as much as possible to use free buses as follows. They will depart from three locations in Tralee – Rose Hotel Car Park, Garvey’s SuperValu Car Park, and the Brandon Hotel Car Park, from 10am; and from Ballyheigue (beach car park) from 10.15am. Information is available from 066-7183541.

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Fat dissolving injections target stubborn areas

By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio It may sound too good to be true but fat dissolving injections are as effective as the name suggests. They are […]




By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio

It may sound too good to be true but fat dissolving injections are as effective as the name suggests.

They are administered by our in-house Dr. Micheal Flynn who has been attending our salon for the past 10 years. It is the double chin and neck area that is treated and is suitable for both men and women. If you haven’t heard of fat dissolving, it is a very popular and relatively new treatment that is used to target stubborn pockets of fat on the jaw line and chin area. The injection dissolves and eliminates fat cells in a safe and effective way, making it perfect for dealing with stubborn fat that simply won’t budge with exercise.

The main ingredient is a fat dissolving substance sodium deoxycholate, which is found naturally in the body. This is injected into the treatment area which over time will destroy the fat cells. These are then removed from the body by its own lymphatic system, a complex network that rids the body of unwanted toxins and waste.

It is important to understand that fat dissolving injections are not a weight loss treatment. The injections should only be used on people who are a healthy size or carrying a little extra weight. It’s most effective on the pockets of fat stored under the jawline, known as the double chin, a migration of fat cells from the cheeks to the jaw line.

The injections work at a slow pace. It can take serval weeks for full results, but once it’s gone, it’s gone. The results are permanent, once you don’t gain a massive amount of weight.

The next clinic is Monday August 22. To book an appointment or more information, call Jill on 064 6632966.

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Classic tractor drivers to embark on 400km drive to Killarney

By Sean Moriarty Six members of the Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club will set out from County Meath on Wednesday on vintage tractors. They are participating in the annual […]




By Sean Moriarty

Six members of the Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club will set out from County Meath on Wednesday on vintage tractors.

They are participating in the annual Eastern Vintage Club’s Ring of Kerry Tractor Run which is raising funds for the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Over 50 vintage tractors, including the six Killarney examples, will leave Nobber in County Meath at lunchtime on Wednesday.

After an overnight stop in the midlands on Wednesday night and Newcastle West on Thursday night, the tractors are expected in Killarney town centre just after lunchtime on Friday.

The ‘spectacular show’, now a regular feature of the Killarney summer, will bring the town to a standstill for around one hour.

On Saturday morning the group will depart Tony Wharton’s farm in Fossa before a nine-hour drive around the Ring of Kerry.

The run will finish with a spectacular drive through the Gap of Dunloe.

“We hope to pass through town around 3.30pm on Friday,” said local organiser, Tom Wharton, who is one of the six Killarney-based drivers who will undertake the 400km journey from County Meath to Killarney. “It is always a spectacular show.”

On arrival in Killarney, tractors will be joined by a group of classic cars that will depart Nobber at 9am that morning.


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