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Thousands fascinated by Kerry’s architecture

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Thousands of people enjoyed a wide range of talks, tours and exhibitions last weekend which formed part of the fifth annual Architecture Kerry Festival.

SEMINAR: Elizabeth Morgan (centre) Landscape Conservation Architect formerly with the OPW responsible for restoring the gardens of Killarney House spoke at ‘Creators Improvers and Custodians of the Kingdom’s Picturesque Seminar at Killarney House. From left: Diana Fawsitt (Manager Killarney House) Victoria McCarthy (Architectural Conservation Officer). Back row: Harry O'Donoghue (Killarney House and Gardens) and Pat Dawson (Manager Killarney House and Gardens). Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

CRAFTING: Traditional Master Craftsman Pat Broderick at Muckross Traditional Farms pictured showing his artistry. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

TATCH: Traditional Thatcher Lukasz Shalec at Foley's Farm Cottage Muckross Traditional Farms showing his skills as part of Kerry Architecture Kerry Festival. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

SKILL: Traditional full time blacksmith Tom Allison demonstrated his artistry at Muckross Traditional Farms. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

SKILL: Traditional full time blacksmith Tom Allison demonstrated his artistry at Muckross Traditional Farms. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

IMPRESSIVE: Conservation Architect Karol O'Mahony (right) giving an insight into the restoration and conservation of Aghadoe House as part of the Architecture Kerry weekend. Built for Lord Headley in 1828 Impressive in scale and shows the design quality of buildings associated with a ‘Big House’. Aghadoe Coach House is now to be incorporated into a new whisky distillery. On the tour is Brendan O'Mahony (left) and Donal O'Neill. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

People of all ages were treated to free guided tours of public and private buildings across Kerry as well as lectures and exhibitions aimed at celebrating and showcasing the county’s architectural landscape.

"The interest and enthusiasm of everyone who attended the events over the weekend was wonderful," said Victoria McCarthy, Architectural Conservation Officer with Kerry County Council.

"We had a full house at Killarney House on Friday for the seminar on the landscapes and demesnes of Kerry and our panel of expert speakers. The tours of the various buildings around the county were also booked out. And there was huge interest in the Lego building competition for children which was hosted by Kerry Libraries."

Among the buildings which hosted tours and talks were Aghadoe Coach House, Fenit Lighthouse, Kerry Group, Valentia Slate Quarry and Derrynane House.

Conservation Architect Karol O'Mahony gave an insight into the restoration and conservation of the historic former Flesk Mills Hydro Works, Killarney. It was the first electric power generation plant in Ireland to provide electricity for public consumption, and operated from 1887 and boasted Killarney had electricity before London - it was bought by the ESB in 1937. Flesk Mills was originally a flour mill and later a wool and blanket weaving enterprise for the Crimean War.

Karol also gave an insight into the restoration and conservation of Aghadoe Coach House as part of the weekend. Built for Lord Headley in 1828, it has an impressive in scale and shows the design quality of buildings associated with a ‘Big House’. Aghadoe Coach House is now to be incorporated into a new whisky distillery.

Tom Allison, from Sneem, a traditional full-time blacksmith, demonstrated his artistry at Muckross Traditional Farms which hosted a series of Traditional Skills & Crafts event.

Elizabeth Morgan, Landscape Conservation Architect formerly with the OPW, responsible for restoring the gardens of Killarney House, spoke at the ‘Creators, Improvers and Custodians of the Kingdom’s Picturesque Seminar', at Killarney House. The seminar explored the designed landscapes and demesnes of Kerry: their history and conservation.

Architecture Kerry is supported by Kerry County Council and the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage in partnership with the Heritage Council, the OPW, the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland, the Irish Georgian Society, and the Trustees of Muckross House. The event forms part of the Creative Ireland Programme in Kerry.

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Festive jumpers and a Kerry jersey brings fundraiser to €10k

By Michelle Crean Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up! A Kerry football […]

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Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up!

A Kerry football jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team is up for grabs via a fundraising link once a donation is made to the Presents for Palliative fundraiser.

On Friday eight local schools including Holy Cross Mercy, Killarney Community College, Presentation Monastery, Lissivigeen, St Brendan’s College, St Brigid’s, St Francis Special School, and St Oliver’s
swapped their uniforms for their most colourful festive gear with funds going to help the amazing services in the Palliative Care Unit/Kerry Hospice Foundation.

“The day took place across the schools involved last Friday (December 2) and looks like it has been a success,” teacher Elaine Moynihan from St Brendan’s College told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The donations from the schools are still being counted but students look to be on their way towards making their goal of €10k.”

The iDonate ‘Fundraising For Kerry Hospice Foundation’ has been very helpful in this regard, she added.

“Anyone who donates via the link and leaves their name will be in with a chance to win a Kerry jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team which will be presented to them before Christmas by a couple of members of the team.

“This was organised by the students involved in the fundraiser as a way to say thanks, and give back, to the members of the community who have gotten involved in the event – the link is live until December 18 and the draw will be made the following day.”

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Killarney punter secures €50,000 in EuroMillions draw

A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’. The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was […]

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A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’.

The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was valid for Tuesday night’s special draw.

The Killarney winner was one of 10 who each secured the €50,000 windfall.

“The National Lottery can reveal that three players in Dublin, three players in Cork and one player in Kerry, Roscommon, Kildare and Wexford all scooped the special raffle prize which was the seventh of 12 draws in the National Lottery’s ’12 Draws of Christmas’ promotion,” said a National Lottery statement.

The eighth draw will take place tonight (December 9) where 10 more players are guaranteed to win the amazing prizes.

Meanwhile, a player in Belgium scooped the EuroMillions Jackpot prize worth an astonishing €142,897,164.

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