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The Mountain Festival is here

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The inaugural Killarney Mountain Festival is taking place this weekend and the town is gearing up for an incredible weekend of action. Speaking to the Advertiser yesterday, organiser Maureen Hegarty said preparations were going well.

“It’s all happening now,” she said. “You’d want to be living under a rock to not know the Killarney Mountain Festival was on this weekend. Everybody has been supportive. At the start, people were asking us ‘what is a mountain festival?’ and didn’t realise it’s not just a walking event and it’s not just film festival. There are speaker events – some of these guys are broadcasters and mountaineers who have totalled places like Everest and Kilimanjaro and all kinds of places. What we have is very good quality.”

Base camp is a huge circus tent behind the Killarney Plaza and Maureen says there’s plenty to see and do.

“That’s the social hub of all the events. We have a bar and a café in there, there are pop-up film events, we’ve got vendors, exhibitors and people selling gear as well.”

She also says the Killarney Advertiser’s special edition of the Chatroom, which saw Kieran Healy take the couch up Carrauntoohil for a chat with Maureen and fellow organiser Piaras Kelly, helped promote the fledgling event.

“People were like, ‘what is this?!’ It absolutely did help because it made people curious. It got around!”

Although many visitors from further afield are expected to attend, Maureen believes that locals will be crucial to the success of the festival. “A lot of people have been asking what can they do to help. Well, buy a ticket and go to one of the events. That’s the best thing that anyone in Killarney can do for us this weekend.”

For more information, visit killarneymountainfestival.com.

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Soroptimists fundraising efforts not “hampered” by COVID

By Michelle Crean COVID didn’t “hamper” their efforts this year as members of the Killarney Soroptimist Club came together and gave generously to charity. Members of the group couldn’t hold normal meetings this year due to the ongoing restrictions but pulled together to continue supporting a women’s aid countywide service. Along with family and friends […]

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By Michelle Crean

COVID didn’t “hamper” their efforts this year as members of the Killarney Soroptimist Club came together and gave generously to charity.

Members of the group couldn’t hold normal meetings this year due to the ongoing restrictions but pulled together to continue supporting a women’s aid countywide service.

Along with family and friends they created Christmas hampers for the third year running and donated them to the ADAPT Centre in Tralee on Tuesday.

There, they presented them to Catherine Casey, who is the Manager of ADAPT Women’s Refuge Centre.

“It is wonderful to be in a position to donate these Christmas hampers to ADAPT once again this year,” Killarney Soroptimist Club President, Teresa Irwin, said.

“Due to COVID and not being able to hold normal club meetings we were unsure what we could manage. We are thrilled with the response since we decided to go ahead and amazed at the generosity and the number of hampers. We wish to thank all those that donated. Hopefully the residents of ADAPT will enjoy them.”

Catherine said that they were once again very grateful to all the members of the Killarney Soroptimist Club.

“We recognise that there is a lot of organising and work done by the Club President Teresa Irwin and all the members in collecting and putting the hampers together. It is heartwarming to see the support and generosity of the club. ADAPT Kerry and the Killarney Soroptimists have built a very good relationship over the last number of years and they have lead many campaigns to highlight our service in the Killarney area, including taking part in the ‘Safe Homes, Safe Communities’ initiatives. There is no doubt that their work raises awareness of our service and has contributed to many more women making contact with us for support by phone, through our outreach service and availing of refuge.”

If you would like to talk to ADAPT Kerry please ring 066 7129100 anytime.

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Time to get your Santa letters posted!

We hope you have your Christmas letter written – and checked it twice – because Santa is waiting for it to be posted! And thanks to the Christmas in Killarney committee it’s now so much easier to get it to him with the special Santa post box on College St. just outside Lana. His elves […]

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We hope you have your Christmas letter written – and checked it twice – because Santa is waiting for it to be posted!

And thanks to the Christmas in Killarney committee it’s now so much easier to get it to him with the special Santa post box on College St. just outside Lana.

His elves will collect the post every night at midnight and bring them straight to the North Pole.

After taking part in the magical parade in town on Saturday evening, Santa spoke to the Killarney Advertiser and said he is so excited to deliver the toys later this month.

“Season’s Greetings to everyone,” Santa said.

“I would like to remind all the boys and girls in Killarney and Kerry to write and post their letters to me as soon as possible. They can use the green post box on College St and my elves will collect the letters every night when everyone is asleep! I can’t wait to get in my sleigh and deliver all the fantastic presents on Christmas Eve. Remember, be good, the elves are watching!”

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