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Wall painting immortalises Killarney natives

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By Sean Moriarty

Brand new bright colourful murals have suddenly appeared in town - immortalising some of Killarney’s most-famous sons and daughters.

The giant mural was painted on the exterior walls of Dan Lenihan’s Bar on College Street, depicting Hollywood actors Michael Fassbender and Jessie Buckley, Kerry footballer James O'Donoghue, Cheltenham Gold Cup winning jockey and trainer Jim Culloty and the late Dan Linehan, founder of the eponymous pub.James O'Donoghue is a grandson of Dan Linehan. The opposite gable features a colourful impression of Killarney with a deer and mountains.

The mural was commissioned by Dan’s granddaughter Siobhan Linehan who now runs the pub.

“I have an interest in street art - the colour, vibrancy, creativity,” Siobhan said.

“Two years ago I started trawling Instagram for Irish artists whose work I admired in the hope we could collaborate to brighten up Linehan’s Lane. Padraig Treacy popped into the pub last year before the Tidy Town judges came around marking and suggested we paint our laneway to tidy it up. I imagined that something bigger and bolder than a lick of paint would probably go down well and be welcomed from a Killarney Looking Good perspective.”

Siobhan commissioned Dublin-based Cork artist, Garreth Joyce, better known for his street murals in the capital, who in turn recruited portrait specialist Rachelle O'Donohoe to turn her vision into a reality.

“When he agreed to take on the project I had a vague idea of one wall being an identity parade of notable Irish hero's and legends and the other showcasing scenic spots of Kerry,” added Siobhan. “Garreth came up with 'Killarney' as the Hollywood hills idea which prompted me to think that our Irish legends should perhaps be more localised and from Killarney. Garreth and Rachelle were a joy to work with and their delivery has exceeded my expectations. I'm delighted how it has turned out and hope it pleases everyone who passes by brightening up their day a little.”

 

 

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Local author’s debut book makes Late Late Toy Show

Killarney art psychotherapist Katie O’Donoghue was delighted to spot her first children’s book on last Friday’s Late Late Toy Show! ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ was written and illustrated by Katie, and published by Gill Books in July. With almost every eye in Ireland on the Toy Show every year, children’s authors, illustrators and publishers […]

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Killarney art psychotherapist Katie O’Donoghue was delighted to spot her first children’s book on last Friday’s Late Late Toy Show!

‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ was written and illustrated by Katie, and published by Gill Books in July.

With almost every eye in Ireland on the Toy Show every year, children’s authors, illustrators and publishers compete for a much-coveted spot on the set. Aware that her book had been sent to Ryan, but not having heard anything from RTÉ, Katie was thrilled to see it in a prominent position. It was a wonderful surprise to discover ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ had been placed in the front row of the book corner. There, it had a little chair of its own and was even embraced by a cuddly toy.

It was visible many times over the course of the evening, particularly during the book discussion, an incredibly proud moment for first-time author Katie.

“I have to admit, when I saw ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ cradled in the teddy’s arms, I may have jumped up and down with excitement,” Katie told the Killarney Advertiser.

What began as a lockdown project while Katie was living in London and missing her family in Kerry, is providing comfort to children around the world.

Using a gentle story with gorgeous illustrations, Little Squirrel and his forest friends teach young people a variety of simple coping techniques.

“These skills will benefit children their entire lives and the book is even helpful for adults who are prone to worrying and overthinking,” she added.

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No 2021 return for Killarney on Ice

By Michelle Crean Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year. Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year. […]

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By Michelle Crean

Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year.

Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year.

Rising case numbers, uncertain COVID-19 restrictions, and insurance challenges have been the main drivers behind the decision not to open, according to the company.

As Kerry’s only festive ice rink, the facility has brought much fun and life to the town over the years, attracting thousands of people from all over the county, and indeed the whole country, with many families coming to stay overnight in Killarney and enjoying all that this great town has to offer.

As well as friends and families coming to skate, schools, youth clubs, sports teams and employees of local companies use the group booking discount rate to plan sessions on the ice, and Killarney on Ice would like to thank them all for their continuing loyalty.

“We sincerely hope to be back better and stronger in 2022, and we look forward to welcoming all of our valued customers,” Tim O’Donoghue, the promoter of the rink, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“In the meantime, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.”

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