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By Sean Moriarty

By day Fiona Carroll drives the minibus for St Francis Special.

During her free time she is often found behind the wheel of her classic 31-year-old Nissan Fiagro or riding her Harley Davidson Heritage Softail.

Last weekend she drove a 1995 Ford 5000 tractor for the first time.

Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club ran its annual tractor run last Sunday.

Over 30 tractors took part in the run which travelled to Muckross, Glenflesk, Barraduff and back to Killarney via Tiernaboul.

It was organised to raise funds for Kerry Mental Health but Fiona, who is a member of KVCVC said events like this also raise awareness.

“It started out as a joke and the next thing I knew the club has organised a tractor for me,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There were people at the event who came over talking to me, asking about the tractor, many of these people would never have spoken to me, many of them are on their own, they mightn’t speak to someone from one end of the week to the next. Sunday’s event was good for my own mental health as well as everyone else who took part.”

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Marian Players excited to get back on stage

By Michelle Crean With a cast of over 50 it’s no small undertaking – but that won’t deter one panto group who are only too happy to get back on […]

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By Michelle Crean

With a cast of over 50 it’s no small undertaking – but that won’t deter one panto group who are only too happy to get back on stage this weekend.

It’s been two years since they staged a show due to COVID but the Marian Players Rathmore are rearing to go tomorrow night (Saturday) with their hilarious show ‘Dame Annie Goes West’.

A medley of comedy and colour, combined with music and dance, locals from both sides of the border have been working together to make it a great production.

“We’re very excited, we can’t wait! It’s great to be back,” Mary Hickey told the Killarney Advertiser.

“They [the cast] got together in October and they’re at it since.”

Val Moynihan is the “genius behind it”, she added, and it’s produced by her son Brian Hickey, and co-written with Eilish Coakley.

She said that they have loads working in the background also doing the stage curtains, lighting and making costumes amongst other tasks.

“It’s a pantomime without the pantomime in the background! It’s a whole community effort both sides of the border.”

Evening shows start at 7.30pm tomorrow (Saturday) and again Sunday (January 29) at 3pm.

Mid-week shows continue on Wednesday next (February 1) at 7.30pm, Thursday (February 2) at 7.30pm and also Saturday (February 4) at 7.30pm and Sunday (February 5) at 3pm.

The booking office (085 2031730) will be open every day from 2pm to 6pm to reserve seats and collect tickets and is located adjacent to the community centre, next to Christy’s Take Away.

Seats may be reserved over the phone too and paid for using a bank card. All proceeds are going to Kerry Parents & Friends Association.

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Arbutus furniture to feature on RTÉ tonight

By Sean Moriarty A Killarney furniture restorer’s work will feature on RTE’s ‘Nationwide’ tonight for the second time. Since James Flynn retired from the ESB, he has devoted his time […]

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By Sean Moriarty

A Killarney furniture restorer’s work will feature on RTE’s ‘Nationwide’ tonight for the second time.

Since James Flynn retired from the ESB, he has devoted his time to tracing the history of Killarney’s Arbutus furniture industry.

He restores pieces that he finds in online auctions all over the world.

The Arbutus Tree, sometimes called the Killarney Strawberry Tree, is more prevalent in Killarney National Park than any other region in the country.

In October 2020, the Ross Road man discovered a games table for sale in Boston. The rare piece of handcrafted furniture that dates from just after the famine era, was returned to Killarney in March 2021 by Mr Flynn.

In June last year Mr Flynn and his furniture collection featured on Nationwide and tonight (Friday) his segment on the Arbutus furniture industry will get a second airing.

“RTÉ Nationwide contacted me to say they are giving the Nationwide programme on the Killarney Arbutus Furniture a repeat showing,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It really highlights the world famous industry that was in 1800s and up to 1952.”

The programme will be broadcast at 7pm tonight, and will feature handcrafters from all over Ireland. This will include around seven minutes with James.”

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