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School prepares to switch on annual Memory Tree

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By Michelle Crean

It's a popular town tradition and it's back again this year, the annual Killarney Memory Tree.

The official 'Switch On' of the ninth Holy Cross Mercy School Memory Tree will take place on New Road, Killarney on Thursday, December 2 at 7pm.

And this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions it will be held in a similar way to last year. The Memory Tree will be lit nightly during the Christmas season until January 6, The Feast of The Epiphany.

"Due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, the much anticipated rituals associated with our Memory Tree will be in a similar format to last year, for that reason we are still online!" said school principal, Ursula Coffey.

"We will have an online shop www.mercyholycross.ie to purchase lights on our school website as well as a virtual “switch on” night. In addition as always, lights are available for purchase from all school pupils and staff members. Lights can be ordered in memory of a loved one for a suggested donation of €5. All proceeds are in aid of Holy Cross Mercy School, Killarney."

Those being commemorated by the Memory Tree will be remembered in a live streamed Holy Sacrifice Mass at 1.15pm on Thursday, December 17 in St Mary’s Cathedral.

"All are welcome to join us online via the Killarney Parish Webcam on www.killarneyparish.com. We thank everyone who has supported this initiative in the past as it is an extremely important fundraiser for our school."

All are welcome to visit the tree while maintaining a safe distance from one another in accordance with the COVID-19 safety guidelines, she added.

"Please look on www.mercyholycross.ie or contact 064 6631241 for further information. Keep an eye on our social media for further details of the switch on event and the live streamed Mass. Thank you for your support."

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Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]

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The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.

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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]

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The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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