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The Chatroom – Have Couch, Will Travel (Up Mountains)

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To say we have a unique Chatroom for you this weekend would be an absolute understatement!

Our guests this week are Maureen Hegarty and Piaras Kelly, organisers of the inaugural Killarney Mountain Festival, taking place on March 9, 10 and 11 right here in the adventure capital of Ireland

Early on Tuesday morning, Maureen got in touch to tell us that the snow-capped Reeks were looking incredible and asked the question, “Could we bring the couch up to the foot of Carrantouhill and do the interview there?!”

Never one to shy away from a challenge, our own Kieran Healy agreed and plans were put in place for the famous Chatroom couch to be transported up to the foot of Ireland’s highest mountain.

With the help of local legend Jeffrey O’Connor and his new gleaming tractor they made their way up while the amazing Valerie O’Sullivan captured all the madness.

Set against a backdrop that’s so perfect it has to be seen to be believed, Maureen and Piaras chatted about the inspiration behind the new festival and all the events they have planned, such as talks, movies, photography exhibitions, demonstration displays, kids treasure hunt, 10km road run, bands and loads more!

Maureen chatted about the links they have to the hugely successful Kendal Mountain Festival and how they hope to replicate that success and build this new festival up over the next few years. Because, let’s face it, where better to have a mountain festival then right here in Killarney?

*No couches were harmed in the making of this video

 

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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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