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Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty supports local candidates

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Sinn Féin's Pearse Doherty this week lent his support to Damien Switzer and Caroline Kenneally, both first-time candidates in the local elections on June 7.

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The party’s Deputy Leader and spokesperson on Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform was in Killarney today

The candidates led Pearse on a whistle-stop tour of the town citing the issues facing Killarney.

The entourage's first port of call was the famous sports pub, Jimmy O'Brien's where the pub’s owner Alan Breen highlighted the various issues affecting the town's tourism offering.

Damien Switzer said; “A little football and a little politics were discussed with patrons. While there we weren't interested in photo opportunities or meeting with business leaders but instead opted to bring Pearse to meet real people with real issues. Small businesses are struggling and visitor numbers aren't what they once were.”

Though it was a day for politics, along the way Switzer mentioned the historical significance of some of the town’s older buildings.

However the main focus was on issues facing the people of Killarney.

“Killarney is resilient and will fight its way back to the top again,” said Switzer.

“We spoke to everyone, the postman, hoteliers, restaurant staff, barbers to our council workers. This is the only way to get a read on the local issues. Before Pearse departed the Kingdom, I insisted on getting commitments to change the VAT rates and other supports. We met plenty of well-wishers along the way, things are changing and we feel very optimistic about Killarney's future.”

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Corcoran’s Furniture walk raises €12k for autism charity

Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland There were 37 participants in the event, which included […]

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Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland

There were 37 participants in the event, which included AADI families, dogs, and representatives, as well as fundraisers, supporters, and members of the Corcoran’s team. The stars of the day were the three life-changing super-hero dogs, Buzz, Baron and Hank.

Former Kerry Footballer, James O’ Donoghue, was the ambassador for the event
Those taking part left Ross Castle and were treated to a phenomenal boat ride in the expert hands of Diarmuid ‘Dux’ O’Donoghue of Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours. The O’Donoghue family entertained the entire group with a range of fascinating stories outlining the history of the lakes of Killarney and Killarney National Park.

The group set out from Lord Brandon’s Cottage and walked the 11K through the iconic Gap of Dunloe, with two AADI families and their dogs taking part in the full walk. This was followed by a well-deserved meal and some rest and relaxation at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. Flemings Taxi’s Killarney brought the group back to Ross Castle, Killarney upon completion of the event.

“On behalf of everybody at Corcoran’s Furniture, we would like to thank everybody who participated in our Gap of Dunloe charity event on behalf of AADI,” said Shane O’ Callaghan, Financial Controller atCorcoran’s.

“Collectively we have raised almost €12,000 for this incredible charity and monies are still coming in. We are extremely grateful to all who supported our walk, and also to James O’ Donoghue, Christina Tagney, the Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours, the fantastic support of Noel Lucey and Donal McCarthy from the Order Of Malta, Killarney branch, and to Killarney National Park, Kate Kearney’s Cottage and Fleming’s Taxi’s. All funds raised will go toward the expert training and maintenance of the upcoming AADI dogs who will make a dramatic difference to so many children with Autism and their families.”

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Summer of song with Grace Foley

Killarney singer Grace Foley is launching a summer series of concerts in Anam House Arts and Cultural Centre on Saturday night. ‘Storyteller’ is a series of intimate, one woman performances […]

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Killarney singer Grace Foley is launching a summer series of concerts in Anam House Arts and Cultural Centre on Saturday night.

‘Storyteller’ is a series of intimate, one woman performances that will be given by Foley during the summer months.

The first of the performances takes place this Saturday 7pm and will feature the songs and stories of well-known singers including Dolly Parton, ABBA, and an array of Irish artists as well as a selection of poems and famous quotes.

“It promises to be a lovely evening,” she said. “This the first of three performances.”

Tickets are €10 and will be available on the night. The performance is approximately one hour long.

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