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Wall murals to tell the story of Killarney

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FUNDING: Scenes like this could become common place in Killarney thanks to new funding. Mayor Brendan Cronin and Killarney Municipal District Officer Eileen O’Donoghue are pictured at the St Anthony’s Place wall mural just off College St. This mural was commissioned by Dan Linehan's Bar. Photo: Sean Moriarty

 

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By Sean Moriarty

More murals are to be painted on the walls of the town centre thanks to Creative Ireland funding released to Kerry County Council. Killarney Municipal District wants to tell the story of the town by depicting famous people and landscapes on the town’s blank gables.

Already some of the town’s sporting heroes and Hollywood actors feature on a wall near the entrance to St Anthony’s Place off College St while Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty is featured on a wall at the top of High St.

The funding will allow for at least one new mural at a yet to be determined location in the town.

“Murals have become an important part of creative placemaking particularly during COVID when many forms of creative engagement are restricted,” District Officer Eileen O’Donoghue told the Killarney Advertiser. “Murals add colour, vibrancy and character to our urban environment. The current mural is being developed by the Arts office in conjunction with Killarney Municipal District. It will be traditional in its style, communicating Killarney’s built and cultural heritage, and developing the Killarney story in the town. It is intended the mural will enhance our sense of place and inspire further creativity in the town.”

On top of the Creative Ireland grant, details of a second bigger project are set to be announced in the coming weeks.

The Killarney Advertiser understands that up to €40,000 will be made available for the second project.

The two projects, as well as existing murals, could be combined into a walking tour of the town.

“It is hoped to identify further projects for 2021 which will again contribute to enhancing our urban environment,” Ms O’Donoghue added.

The mural on the walls near the entrance to St Anthony's Place was commissioned and paid for by Dan Linehan's Bar on College St.

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Free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer

Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30). The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney. The workshop, which […]

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Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30).

The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney.

The workshop, which takes place via Zoom at 6.30pm, is aimed at children who have been impacted by cancer in any way and will also see Katie read from her debut children’s book, ‘‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’.

Workshop facilitator, Katie, has worked for many years as a child and young people’s therapist with the NHS, before returning to her native Killarney this year. Her background is in fine art and design and she has a Masters degree in Art Psychotherapy.

If you would like to register your child for this free online workshop, please contact Recovery Haven Kerry on 066 7192122 to book your place.

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Not to be for Killarney as Waterford named Best Place to Live in Ireland

While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021. While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, […]

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While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021.

While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, Co Cork, Galway city and the village of Glaslough in Co Monaghan.

Among the things which impressed the judges about Waterford were its beautiful buildings, its liveability, its pedestrian friendly public space, its weather, and its easy access to the Comeragh Mountains and the Copper Coast.

The Chair of the judging panel Conor Goodman congratulated Killarney on its fine showing in the competition.

“Given the level of entries and the extremely high standard of those entries, making it into the Best 5 Places to Live in Ireland really is a wonderful achievement which I’m sure everyone in Killarney and Kerry is really proud of. We were delighted with the level of interest in the competition and would like to thank everyone who nominated a place or who engaged with us on it.”

The Irish Times Best Place to Live in Ireland contest, which is supported by Randox Health, began in June.

In total 470 locations were nominated by more than 2,400 people from all 32 counties for the title of ‘Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021’.

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