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Town to green for St Patrick’s Day

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Organisers of the town’s St Patrick’s Day Festival have revealed further details of the first parade to hit the streets since 2020.

TIME TO TURN GREEN: St Patrick's Festival Killarney Committee were honoured to have Cian McMahon Captain St Brendan's College Senior Football team to launch this year’s festival. Pictured from left were: Bernadette Randles Brian Teahan (Killarney MD) Angela McAllen (Killarney MD Manager) Garda Inspector Gary Carroll David Rea Niall Kelleher (President of Killarney Chamber) Cathaoirleach Killarney Municipal District Cllr Marie Maloney and Paul Sherry (Chairman St Patrick's Festival). Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

The parade will commence on Mission Road at 2pm on March 17 and it will wind its way along East Avenue Road, College Street, Plunkett Street, Main Street and New Street before finishing in the Beech Road car park.

Organisers have appealed to community groups, sports clubs, organisations, residents, businesses and individuals to make a special effort to participate and the event will be watched by thousands of people who will line the streets.

The theme for this year’s event is Earth/An Chré – a celebration of the planet, the land that sustains us and the world we live in.

There will be a children’s fun zone, with amusements, magic shows and a lively DJ, on Beech Road during the festival and it will run from 12 noon to 7pm from St Patrick’s Day right through to the following Sunday.

Prior to the parade, the Killarney School of Music Concert Band, under the direction of Pádraig Buckley, will perform on the festival grandstand on Main Street and masters of ceremony for the big parade, Brendan Fuller and Kieran Healy, will ensure a fabulous atmosphere in the town centre all through the day.

“This has been a long time coming and we’re really looking forward to the fun and the frolics,” said festival chairman Paul Sherry.

“We want the whole town to turn out this year and, with restrictions lifted, we can get back to celebrating and enjoying ourselves like only we can with a fabulous family atmosphere and so much to enjoy.”

Greening of iconic buildings

The town’s iconic buildings will turn a fabulous shade of green in the days leading up to and for the week after St Patrick’s Day and the spotlight will fall on Ross Castle, St Mary’s Cathedral, the Franciscan Friary, Killarney Courthouse, Killarney’s Methodist Church, St Mary’s Church of Ireland and the town’s feature statues and monuments.

Many local shops, hotels and business premises will all join in the fun by lighting up their buildings and workplaces in the most amazing shades of green.

Application forms for the parade can be downloaded from the official festival website www.stpatricksfestivalkillarney.ie or collected from the town hall.

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Dancing classes set to unite communities

By Michelle Crean There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities. KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities.

KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, has teamed up with dance instructor John Moriarty to teach both Ukrainians and multiple cultures living in Kerry Irish set dancing steps from next week.

The first class will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting next week (September 27) at St Mary’s Parish Hall at 6.30pm and all are welcome to join.

The idea is to help Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry to come and have fun and get to know locals better, KASI coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have a women’s group for all ages where we do crochet, sewing and art and crafts, where they can talk which is good. I had the music on and they were dancing. I asked if they would like to do dancing classes so I organised it with John Moriarty who is well known in Killarney.”

She added that the women are very excited to learn set dancing and get to know other people from the area.

“Sometimes when you meet new people the language can be a barrier and when you’re dancing everybody is moving. He will open it to everyone so there’ll be integration, it’s fun as well. They are all very excited.”

To find out more contact John on 086 1579381.

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Multiple Sclerosis Walk celebrates 20 years

By Sean Moriarty The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers. On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers.

On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk takes place over the Old Kenmare Road.

First run in 2002, this year’s event will celebrate 20 years since its foundation but two years were lost as a result of the pandemic.

This year’s walk will be limited to 150 people – three coach loads – so event organisers can cut back on running costs.

It will only be possible to participate in this year’s event if walkers pre-register.

“Walkers must raise at least €40 to make it worthwhile,” organiser John O’Shea told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Spaces are limited, 150 people equals three coaches and we need smaller coaches to get into the start of the Old Kenmare Road as that is just a bog road. We have limited numbers for cost and operational reasons.”

Mr O’Shea thanked event sponsors O’Callaghan Coaches and The Gleneagle Hotel for their support of the event.

Registration forms can be obtained by calling John on 087 2348824.

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