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Sem students are 20 years singing for charity

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By Sean Moriarty

Students brought 'Joy to the World' - as well as the town centre on Thursday - as they warmed their vocals for their annual carol singing session.

It was a special occasion as it was the 20th year Leaving Certificate students from St Brendan’s College have been carol singing for charity at Market Cross. And such was the generosity of the public that the boys raised €2,255.

Each year, since 2001, the students and one of the college’s teachers, Paul Barden, organise a Christmas Carol session and bucket collection as a fundraiser for St Vincent de Paul.

Their day began at St Columbanus’ Nursing Home but COVID-19 restrictions meant they had to sing in the windows to the residents rather stage an indoor concert.

At lunch time they took over the Market Cross and entertained locals and visitors with an-hour long performance.

“Each year we raise at least €1,000 and the money always goes to St Vincent de Paul,” Mr Barden, who is one of the school’s Irish and Religion teachers, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“I am lucky to have some of the students who performed with Liam O’Connor last week – I need that extra talent to make it work as I have none.”

Afterwards the students attended the college’s annual Christmas dinner. Each student paid €10 for the dinner and this money will be donated to families connected with the school who have suffered bereavements this year.

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The late Peggy O’Callaghan was a founder of Kilcummin Scor

By Sean Moriarty Tributes have been paid to Peggy O’Callaghan, who was laid to rest on Tuesday of this week. Peggy played a central role in all activities related to Kilcummin parish. She passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, January 7. Peggy and her husband Michael founded Kilcummin Scor in 1978 – the […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Tributes have been paid to Peggy O’Callaghan, who was laid to rest on Tuesday of this week.

Peggy played a central role in all activities related to Kilcummin parish. She passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, January 7.

Peggy and her husband Michael founded Kilcummin Scor in 1978 – the music and drama arm of the local GAA club.

“It afforded the opportunity to females to participate in club activities long before ladies’ football was initiated and it brought many people into the club, many of whom remained involved in different capacities over the years,” said a club statement.

“She has left us a wonderful legacy and will be remembered fondly by those lucky enough to have met her.”

Peggy will be sadly missed by her husband Michael, sons Diarmuid and Shane, daughters-in-law Trisha and Áine, grandchildren Dara, Caoimhe, Donnacha, Siún and Éabha, brothers Seánie and Frank, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, extended family, neighbours and friends.

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Surprise: Details of town-centre inner relief road revealed

By Sean Moriarty Plans to link the Monsignor O’Flaherty Road with New St via a new road at Bohereen na Goun have been announced by Killarney Municipal District. Town engineer John Ahern told Wednesday’s Killarney Municipal District Meeting between elected councillors and senior council executives that Kerry County Council intends to make a compulsory purchase […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Plans to link the Monsignor O’Flaherty Road with New St via a new road at Bohereen na Goun have been announced by Killarney Municipal District.

Town engineer John Ahern told Wednesday’s Killarney Municipal District Meeting between elected councillors and senior council executives that Kerry County Council intends to make a compulsory purchase order on lands that will link the two town centre streets.

If plans come to fruition it will be possible for motorists on New St to get to the top of High St, adjacent to the Killarney Advertiser’s town centre office, without travelling through the town centre. The plan was first mooted as far back as 2016.

The announcement caught councillors off guard, it was one of the last topics discussed at the four-hour meeting, but it was broadly welcomed by all.

“This access will change the dynamic of traffic movement in the town forever,” said Cllr Niall Kelleher.

Further details of the surprise project are set to be revealed to elected members over the next four to six weeks.

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