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Warm welcome for opening of Killarney House and Gardens

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THE eagerly anticipated preview opening of Killarney House and Gardens takes place on Sunday, April 3. This preview opening will afford locals the earliest opportunity to see first hand the on-going restoration and re-creation of the gardens, which has been funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Fáilte Ireland. This will be the first chance for the public to get a glimpse of the newly restored grounds.

The inside of house itself will open a little later in the year but even at this early stage it is easy to see the tremendous potential that this development will bring to the town.

Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce, in association with Kerry County Council, cooperating with local management of the National Parks & Wildlife Service, are marking the event from 2pm-4pm with music, pageantry, activities and fun for all the family.

“All are welcome to come along and watch as a brand-new chapter in Killarney's history is revealed,” said Killarney Chamber president Kate O’Leary.

Kerry County Council is warmly welcoming the forthcoming opening of Killarney House and Gardens. The council has been hugely supportive of the refurbishment of the amenity and believes it will enhance what Killarney and Kerry has to offer to visitors to the area.

Killarney Municipal District manager Angela McAllen said the opening of Killarney House and Gardens is hugely significant for the town and the county as a whole.

The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has advised that the garden is opening at weekends from April 3. Planting works will be continuing in the garden for the next few weeks and a full opening will take place once this work is completed.

“Killarney House has undergone at €7m refurbishment and will function as a National Park Visitor Centre and an attraction in its own right. This will enhance the broader tourism product in Killarney by providing yet another attraction for tourists and locals alike,” said Angela McAllen.

 


 

Pictured above, the long terrace walk at Killarney House and Gardens. Part of this has been recreated and can be viewed on at the opening on April 3.

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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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