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There’s magic in the air in Muckross

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A blacksmith at work at Muckross Christmas Magic. PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

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EMBARK on a magical journey at Muckross this Christmas. Santa Claus is scheduled to land his sleigh in Muckross this November 28 where he will take up residence there for the festive season, meeting and greeting his many young friends.

The Mucklorians, who are cousins of Santa’s Elves at the North Pole, have been busy preparing for the arrival of Santa and their cousins.

A hundred years ago this year the Spirit of Christmas was threatened due to a shortage of Mican at the North Pole. “Mican is the magic dust that makes Christmas happen,” said a spokesperson for Muckross Christmas Magic. “Santa sent out six of his chief elves to find a new supply to ensure the magic of Christmas continued for all the children of the world. Here in the heart of Muckross in 1915 they discovered a supply of Mican.”

So what to expect once you arrive? “Our gatekeeper will check your tickets and set you on a magical journey this Christmas season,” added the spokesperson.
“Travel down Christmas Avenue by horsedrawn carriage to the Mucklorian Mining Village. Stand at awe and admire their gigantic Christmas tree. Watch as the blacksmith sends sparks into the winter air. “Explore the village where the Mucklorians live, check and see if under their beds are clean. Turn the magic mixing drum and share your Christmas wishes to make the magic come true.”

Top tip: Make sure your letters are ready for Santa’s Post Office, get them stamped and filed. Meet Mrs Claus for storytelling as you sip hot chocolate. “You will also get to count the parcels with the elves, stir the cookie bowl in the elves’ kitchen all before your special meeting with Santa,” added the spokesperson.

Tickets go on sale on October 3 at 9am on www.muckross-house.ie Additional dates to be released subject to demand.
 


 
Above: A blacksmith at work at Muckross Christmas Magic. PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

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Better late than never Christmas present for St Francis Special School

By Sean Moriarty St Francis Special School received a very late Christmas present this week – a specially adapted bike for the pupils to use. Husband and wife team Ciaran […]

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By Sean Moriarty

St Francis Special School received a very late Christmas present this week – a specially adapted bike for the pupils to use.

Husband and wife team Ciaran and Karen Dwyer, directors of Guerin Engineering and Pumps Ltd in Kilcummin, presented the special adapted bicycle to the staff and pupils at the Beaufort school on Tuesday.

After seeing an online request last December that the school needed the bike, they decided to gift one.

They contacted Glencar Medical, a Dublin-based firm that specialises in the supply of equipment to schools like St Francis, and ordered the bicycle.

However, nothing is straightforward in the current climate, Brexit, COVID and war all contributed to a delay in getting the bike to Ireland. Once it was in Dublin there were further delays in sourcing the special straps that St Francis’ children need to ride the bike safely.

It all came to a happy ending this week when the Dwyers were finally able to present their Christmas present to the school.

“We saw this request and we contacted the school and said we wanted to buy one, they told us where to get one, and we ordered it,” Karen told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We had it paid for by the end of the year but then it took three months to get it into the country. It took more time to import the specialist parts. The costs were increasing but we did not mind at all.”

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Jordan Lee to tell his story to the county’s schools

Paralympian Jordan Lee will share his experiences with schools all over Kerry. The Killarney man has embarked on a countywide tour ‘Jordan’s Drive’ in association with Kelliher’s Garage, a series […]

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Paralympian Jordan Lee will share his experiences with schools all over Kerry.

The Killarney man has embarked on a countywide tour ‘Jordan’s Drive’ in association with Kelliher’s Garage, a series of informal talks on his achievements and how he overcame his disability to reach the top of his chosen sport.

The 21-year-old was born with a foreshortened left arm known as amniotic band syndrome but has enjoyed a successful sports career which included representing Ireland at the Tokyo Olympics last summer.

Now he wants to share his story and inspire other students to follow their dreams.

His tour started last week at Colaiste na Sceilge in Cahersiveen and over the next few weeks, depending on his training schedule, will visit schools in Firies, Milltown, and Killarney.

“Don’t be afraid of people with disabilities or different backgrounds,” he said. “A few years ago there was only typical people in classrooms – you never came across people with disabilities or from various different countries. It is a lot more mixed now. I want to inspire people to treat everyone on the same level.”

‘Jordan’s Drive’ is made possible thanks to his role as a brand ambassador for Kelliher’s Garage, dealer principal, Tim Kelliher explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“Having got to know Jordan so well over the last couple of years we have come to realise how much of an inspiration he is so we decided to ask him to hop into his Toyota CHR Hybrid and bring his story out into the highways and byways of the Kingdom,” he said.

“Headlined ‘Jordans Drive’ and organised by my marketing team headed by Yvonne McMahon they have travelled to many of the schools around Kerry from Cahersiveen to Beaufort, Killorglin and with other dates planned for Firies and Milltown to name but a few. He has spoken his many words of wisdom to the children who have been in awe of the journey and his achievements, and we at Kelliher’s Garage are delighted and proud to have him as our brand ambassador.”

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