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CANCELLED: Members of Killarney International Choir are disappointed that their 'Ray of Hope' Christmas concert in St Mary’s Cathedral later this month has to be cancelled. Pictured were: Paul O'Raw, Maura Horgan, Sheila Casey, Liam Barry, and Deirdre Carroll. Photo: Michelle Crean

By Michelle Crean

The 'Ray of Hope' Christmas concert which was planned to take place in St Mary's Cathedral Sunday, December 20 - has fallen victim to COVID-19 restrictions.

This week Killarney International Choir learned that they cannot go ahead with the planned event as they have received further clarification from the Diocese regarding new guidelines for choral performances.

They had hoped to bring some festive cheer which was to be streamed live online on Killarneyparish.com and on Facebook live with a feast of Christmas songs, readings and reflections, as well as performances by local singer Grace Foley, Killarney Golf Club Choir, and the Foley Sisters.

"We have received further clarification from the Diocese, regarding new guidelines for choral performance in our churches," Sheila Casey told the Killarney Advertiser yesterday (Thursday).

"Our planned concert in St Mary's Cathedral on December 20, would be seen as 'a spreader'. Even for soloists there would have to be gaps. The guidelines are clear - singing is seen as risky. We wish to thank all the choirs, soloists, musicians and readers who were enthusiastically supporting the event. Fr Kieran is looking forward to having us in the cathedral, with congregation, at a suitable time in 2021."

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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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