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Traditional Christmas day swim at Dundag cancelled

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CANCELLED: The annual Killarney Christmas Day Dip organised by Niki McCarthy has been cancelled this year but donations can be made online. Photo: Michelle Crean

By Michelle Crean

For the past 11 years there's been a long standing tradition - the annual Killarney Christmas Day Dip - but unfortunately this year it's become a victim of COVID.

Organiser Niki McCarthy this week told the Killarney Advertiser that unfortunately this year it cannot go ahead at its location at Dundag Beach,

"It is with sadness and disappointment that I have to announce that it is not possible to hold the annual Killarney Christmas Day Dip this year," Niki told the Killarney Advertiser.
"Due to the COVID-19 restrictions we cannot organise any event with large gatherings and it would not be possible to maintain social distancing while attending the event at Dundag Beach."

An impressive €55,000 has been raised for Aware over the years - but Niki has other plans and is instead looking for support online - as she doesn't want the charity to miss out on vital fundraising especially as they've already suffered this year.

"I feel so grateful to everyone who participated over the last 11 years. Thank you for all your support and generosity. This year Aware along with many other charities are struggling to raise much needed funds to help them to continue to provide valuable services. I have set up a fundraising page for people to donate to help support Aware in these difficult times. Any donations are greatly appreciated. We will really miss seeing everyone down at Dundag on Christmas morning. It has become a firm tradition for so many. Be assured we will make up for it on Chrstmas Day 2021. We hope you all have the best Christmas possible in these difficult times and hope that everyone stays healthy, happy and safe."

You can donate to Niki's JustGiving page: Niki's No Dip Christmas Day Dip.

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Katie celebrates 20 years in business

If you enjoy what you do, sure it’s not work at all – and that has been the case for Katie Hickey who has been in business locally for two decades. For the past 20 years Katie has been successfully running Sheer Beauty which is now located at 1 Hogans Lane (Hillary’s Lane). 

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If you enjoy what you do, sure it’s not work at all – and that has been the case for Katie Hickey who has been in business locally for two decades.

For the past 20 years Katie has been successfully running Sheer Beauty which is now located at 1 Hogans Lane (Hillary’s Lane).



She said that it was a milestone she felt she may not reach on more than one occasion after coming through a pandemic, a recession, a re-location, and three maternity leaves.

However, she said that the loyalty of her clients over the years have given her great encouragement.

“Sincere thanks to my clients past and present who, without doubt, have been the reason I kept going,” Katie said.

Originally located in Fleming’s Lane for 19 years, Katie then re-located her business to Hogan’s Lane in Norma’s Flair for Hair.

“The beauty industry has evolved so drastically over the past 20 years. For me it is keeping things simple and enjoyable. Realising a client’s needs may not be the treatment itself but the time you give to them. Through the years you get to know your clients so well and some beautiful friendships have developed. I hope my clients have gained from me what I have from them. I have so many people I would like to thank and I will personally, but without doubt my husband Andrew and my family, 20 years in business would not have been achieved.

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She has remained loyal to the brands she has carried over the years including Lycon Waxing, Aviva Tanning, Shellac and Jessica Manicure and Pedicure.

“I was also delighted to bring on board the fabulous facial range that is Killarney Organic. Killarney has been incredibly kind to me. I’m so proud to be part of such a wonderful community. If the past 19 months have proved anything for business it is together we are stronger.”

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County Board open to GAA museum proposals

By Sean Moriarty The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county. There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county.

There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built in their home town.

Before he retired from politics in April, Michael Gleeson was campaigning to build a GAA and cultural museum on the grounds of Fitzgerald Stadium.

His campaign goes back several years before the recession set in, with a €0.5 million bridging loan secured from Croke Park along with funding from Fáilte Ireland. That funding was lost with the onset of the recession before 2010.

Tim Murphy, the outgoing chairman of the Kerry County Board, has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser that no approaches have been made to the County Board at executive level during his five year stint at the helm.

However, he said the Board would be open to such approaches provided there is sound financial planning behind the project in place.

“The first and most important aspect is the capital funding and my understanding is there needs to be Fáilte Ireland funding in place first,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “If it gets up and running, there needs to be very clear talks with all stakeholders so everyone knows each others expectations. A museum attracts footfall, but it costs a lot of money to run. We would offer an open door policy to all proposals but funding, first from a capital point of view and then from an operational point of view, will need to be in place.”

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