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Twin town committee expanding its reach in 2020

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Town Twinning Association is planning a busy year ahead with delegations from the USA, Germany and Italy expected in Killarney this year.

 

Internationally, town twinning associations are tending to move away from their political roots when they were managed by town mayors and moving towards community and sporting organisations within the twined towns.

 

Aside from the efforts to bring the Scottish Masters Athletics International event to Killarney in June, the Killarney Town Twinning Association are planning to have an Italian Marching Band at this year’s Killarney St Patrick’s Day Parade.

 

Twin town Caspeira, about 50kms northwest of Rome, will provide the Italian glamour in March.

 

Meanwhile, the German town of Pleinfeld, usually a great supporter of the St Patrick’s Day festivities in town, will delay their arrival by one week this year.

 

“Their local town elections are taking place on St Patrick’s Day, but they, along with two other towns in their region are coming a week later to sample the culinary delights of the town,” Killarney Town Twinning Association Chair Sean Counihan told the Killarney Advertiser. “In the past year we have worked with golf societies and some of Killarney Celtic soccer club youngsters were in Germany last year. We are open to working with every sports club in town.”

 

 

 

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No spare change – no problem, as charity embraces new technology

By Sean Moriarty With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier. For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank […]

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With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier.

For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank card to make a donation.

The Society’s annual churchgate collection will be held on the weekend of December 11/12 at places of worship in the town and surrounding areas. This year’s collection has be renamed as ‘Giving Sunday’ and makes a return after the pandemic forced the cancellation of last year’s fundraiser.

“We are moving towards a cashless society,” explained Killarney Conference President Breda O’Dwyer. “You can tap and swipe your card to make a donation.”

Breda added that they are hoping to have the buckets ready by next week in time for the collection.

She said the local conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society has seen a marked increase in the number of families it is helping mainly caused by the increase in the cost of fuel and home heating products.

The annual St Vincent De Paul Society’s Christmas Jumper Day, in association with Radio Kerry is scheduled for December 10.

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SURVEY: Locals are reducing their social contacts

It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week. An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their […]

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It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week.

An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their level of contacts with people.

Interestingly, 37.10% of people had made no change to their lifestyle, but they could have been extra cautious already.

A tiny minority – just 1.61% – said they increased their social contacts over the last week.

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