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Students’ colourful mural brightens up town lane way

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WALL ART: A new art project has gone on display in the town. Pictured were: Yvonne Quill and Kathleen Gleeson (Killarney Looking Good), Killarney Community College students Caoimhe Fogarty, Ben Cussen, David Breen, Cian Hughes with teachers Michelle Mahony and Doirin Duggan, and Cllr Michael Gleeson (Killarney Looking Good). Photo: Michelle Crean

By Michelle Crean

Local students alongside the Killarney Looking Good Committee (KLG) unveiled their colourful and very creative art piece in the town centre on Monday morning.

Located in Chapel Lane, students and teachers from Killarney Community College proudly stood beside their ceramic tiles work which depicts the Muckross Abbey window, on the wall in the lane way.

The project, by the then Fifth Years, began in October 2019 but was subsequently delayed as a result of COVID-19 and has only now been installed in recent days.

Art teacher Michelle Mahony created a design based on one of the windows in Muckross Abbey and only revealed it to the students once the piece was finished.

“KGL had seen other pieces of our work and approached the school to see if we’d like to create something for the lane way to brighten it up,” Michelle told the Killarney Advertiser.

The project themes chosen were nature, our local environment, Killarney’s heritage and when creating their tiles, students had to leave some areas plain and glazed completely white.

They then made 170 individual ceramic tiles using fresh clay, with each tile glazed using an array of colours and fired in the kiln twice.

The project was funded through the Community Enhancement Programme of the Department of Rural and Community Development.

“We wanted something to connect with Killarney town. I chose a window from Muckross Abbey and the students didn’t know what the design was. The lane way was chosen by KLG because being called Chapel Lane it has religious connections.”

Yvonne Quill from the Killarney Looking Good Committee added that they are delighted to have worked with Michelle and the art department in Killarney Community College on the project.

“Each tile is a mini artwork in itself with the detail that students added,” she said.

“The project was also aided by an SNA in the school who is also a ceramic artist Doirin Duggan. The installation at this location is appropriate given the ecclesiastical links to the lane.”

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Hike up Strickeen Mountain for air ambulance

  Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance. The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab. It […]

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Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance.

The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab.

It is expected that the 7.5km hike will take around three hours to complete and participants will benefit from the expertise of Krzysztof for a minimum donation €10 per person or €20 per family.

Strickeen Mountain is the eastern most peak of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and the hike will start from the Gap of Dunloe at 11am on the day.

As an added bonus fruit and water, donated by local supermarkets including Lidl, Aldi and Daly’s SuperValu, will be provided. The first 20 to register will receive a limited edition Irish Community Air Ambulance face covering snood.

“This is an ideal opportunity for someone who has never climbed this mountain, but wants to do it with the help of an experienced guide,” Donie Lucey, who is one of the Irish Community Air Ambulance’s chief fundraisers, said.

Further details are available from Donie on 086 854 5873 or from Krzysztof on 087 7589697 after 6pm.

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Golf club launches Summer Series competition

By Sean Moriarty Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality. The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer. Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality.

The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer.

Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at the famed Killeen course this coming Wednesday (June 23). This series will continue every Wednesday for eight weeks and top five scorers on each date will qualify for a Grand Final which is scheduled for Sunday, August 22.

“We are delighted to launch the ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series. This is a singles stableford event taking place on the Irish Open course, Killeen,” said the club’s marketing manager Meg Dalton. “With over €8,000 worth of prizes to be won, this is an event not to be missed. The first opportunity to qualify for the grand final is Wednesday.”

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Investigation continues into New St fire

  Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week. The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7). It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting […]

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Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week.

The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7).

It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting and ducting on the first, second and third floors. There was heavy smoke throughout the hotel but all guests were evacuated safely.

The landmark hotel, which also houses the famous Danny Mann pub, has not yet reopened, and local Gardai are still investigating its cause.

“The investigation is ongoing,” a Killarney Gardai Station spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser. “We are establishing the full facts in relation to the fire.”

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