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Season to be jolly in the Christmas capital

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and Killarney will this year further enhance its fully deserved reputation as the most spectacular festive season town in the entire country.

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Extra spectacular Christmas Magic street parades, magnificent street lights and decorations, a really unique Santa’s Grotto experience at a very special and magical location, sensational shopping and all the fun of the season of goodwill will ensure Ireland’s tidiest large town will also become the country’s Christmas capital for 2023.
The incredible hour-long Christmas Magic parades, with Disney-style floats and characters and, of course, Santa Claus himself, will wind their way through the packed
streets with the first parade and the switching on of the street lights by Mayor of Killarney, Cllr Brendan Cronin, taking place this Saturday night, November 25.
The parade will commence at 6.00pm from Lewis Road and it will pass through College Street, Plunkett Street, Main Street and High Street.
Further parades are planned for December 2, 9 and 16 and what promises to be an emotion-charged and charming added attraction this year will be the gala festive Welcome Home Parade at 7.00pm on Friday, December 22 with a very special greeting lined up for those returning to Killarney for Christmas from wherever they are in the world.
In addition, on December 23, there will be a special welcome home get-together in the newly opened Pig’s Lane which is located beneath the well-trodden streets of Killarney.
There is no place quite like home, particularly at Christmastime, and everybody from Killarney knows that only too well.
This colourful, feel-good celebration showcases Killarney in a truly magnificent light and the parades attract people from all over the country and beyond.
If you haven’t been in Killarney for a Magic Parade at Christmas, you really don’t know what you’re missing.

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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