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Talented artist Martin Carey opens a new chapter

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TALENTED Killarney cartoonist, artist and illustrator Martin Carey will himself be in the picture this Saturday as he opens a brand-new chapter with his fantastic first book The Hahah.

Martin, from Kilcummin, has always had a passion for art and will be known to many locally for his stunning watercolour paintings. Now his cartoons have won him another whole legion of fans both in print and online, particularly in the past few months.

Since May, Killarney Advertiser was delighted to welcome Martin as our resident cartoonist – and we always look forward to seeing and sharing with our readers Martin’s unique and witty take on life in Killarney and beyond.

Martin, who has been a member of staff with Irish Rail and who has worked at Killarney Railway Station for the past 25 years, has a real eye for the faces and places he encounters. “I called the book The Haha, both in reference to the place in Killarney town centre and also as a play on words,” said Martin. Indeed, one of his memorable cartoons shows The Simpsons character Nelson at the Haha in Killarney – Nelson is, of course, renowned for his catchphrase “ha ha”. “The book mainly consists of cartoons about Killarney and Kerry with an emphasis on local issues, politics, Kerry football and the GAA,” added Martin.

The Haha, which was designed by Ticketyboo Design & Print at Killarney Advertiser, features a whole host of eye-catching, humorous and thought-provoking cartoons and would make the perfect Christmas present.

The 64-page publication will be available for sale throughout Killarney, in Eason, O’Connor’s Newsagents, Eagers, Kerry GAA Store in Killarney Outlet Centre, Bricin, Serendipity and Muckross Gift Shop. It retails at €9.99. Martin will also be selling it online through Facebook (martincareyart) and Etsy.

Martin, who is a past pupil of Holy Cross Mercy National School, Presentation Monastery National School and St Brendan’s College, has also had his work published nationally in the Phoenix magazine and examples of his cartoons, illustrations and watercolours can be viewed on Facebook at Martincareyart where Martin will also be setting up an online shop link. “Artistically I’m self-taught,” said Martin. “At a younger age I loved comic books, 2000AD particularly.”

Interestingly, it was the general election that ensured he took up his cartoonist’s pen again. “During the election earlier this year I did a couple of cartoons in support of Danny Healy-Rae’s late candidacy,” said Martin. “These cartoons received a huge reaction online, most of which were viewed between 30,000 and 40,000 times, with a worldwide reach, so after this I began to concentrate on the cartoons and all this has culminated in the book.”

Martin’s wife Tina and his daughters Nicola, Hazel and Holly will be wishing him well at his book launch this Saturday at 2pm in Killarney Library. The book will be lby TDs and brothers Michael and Danny Healy-Rae (both of whom feature regularly in the book). Admission is free and all are welcome.

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Green light for teen accommodation

By Michelle Crean  Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead. An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment. The teens living within the premises […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead.

An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment.

The teens living within the premises will be supervised by applicant Eileen O’Brien who will live on the ground floor of the premises.

The two one-bed apartments on the second floor would either be rented out or used for independent living for the teenagers as they reach adulthood.

The two-bed apartment will be on the third floor. There are also plans for balconies at second and third floor levels.

The proposed apartment building is contemporary in design with a mix of stone and render finish on the lower floors and synthetic burned timber finish on the upper floors. The second floor is recessed at the front and the third floor is recessed at the front and the rear with a decorative feature on the front elevation comprising dark grey timber steel poles. The building will also have a flat roof.

Planning permission was granted subject to 14 conditions including a two-metre high boundary wall to be constructed on south, south-western boundaries of the site and there’s to be no overnight commercial guest accommodation.

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Fans return to Fitzgerald Stadium after eight months

By Sean Moriarty Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game. Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game.

Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.

Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.

“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”

She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.

“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”

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Garda appeal to park legally at beaches and public amenities

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An Garda Siochana is appealing to the public to park legally in designated car parks and spaces when visiting beaches, beauty spots and other public amenities. 

The good weather has seen an increase in dangerous illegal parking at these locations across the country in recent weeks. An Garda Siochana wants people to enjoy the summer but do so safely.

Parking illegally can lead to unnecessary risk and dangers such as pedestrians being forced to walk along dangerous roads. It can also prevent emergency services from gaining access to these amenities a seaside locations which could lead to the loss of life. 

“We encourage the public to plan their journeys and think safety first when parking your vehicle,” the Gardai said in a statement. 

“The outcome of parking illegally could be far more serious than a FCPN or vehicle towing and puts others and your own life at risk. 

An Garda Siochana reminds and encourages the public to social distance and follow public health guidelines when attending these locations this Summer.

An Garda Siochana is also supporting National Water Safety Awareness Week (June 14th – 20th). Information on this campaign and general water safety can be found on Water Safety Irelands Website – www.watersafety.ie/national-water-safety-awareness-week/

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