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Restrictions melt Killarney on Ice plans

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By Sean Moriarty

The organisers of the popular Killarney on Ice have vowed to come back next year bigger and better after being forced to cancel this year’s events as result of COVID-19 restrictions.

The news is another blow for the town’s tourism industry and the 30 part-time staff that deliver the annual event that is an integral part of Christmas in Killarney.

Despite the current restrictions lifting on December 1 – as things stand – Killarney on Ice operators felt they had no other choice but to cancel this year’s event.

Killarney on Ice usually gets underway in mid-November and is part of the build-up to the festive season in town. It is particularly popular with locals at this time.

The period between Christmas and New Year is also a busy time for Killarney on Ice with visitors flocking from all over the south west of Ireland to skate in the temporary skating rink that is built every year in the New Street car park.

“It is not possible to organise an indoor event for large amounts of people,” operator Tim O’Donoghue told the Killarney Advertiser. “I did a survey last year and presented it to the town council. Between Christmas and New Year over three-quarters of our visitors are from out of town and 70 percent of them spend further money in town. Parents leave their kids here for a few hours and go off shopping in town.”

O’Donoghue added that he and his team were looking forward to coming back bigger and better next year.

“We will be back and I look forward to being back,” he said.

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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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