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Whopping insurance bills stalls Killarney on Ice

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By Sean Moriarty

One of the most popular elements of Christmas in Killarney will not go ahead this year due to rising insurance costs.

Operators of Killarney on Ice have been forced to pull the pin on this year’s events after being hit with a 300 percent increase in their insurance bill.

On top of that, each potential claim would have an excess of €25,000 before insurance companies would even consider underwriting an incident.

Killarney on Ice has been operating in the Beech Road car park since 2004. The arrival of the temporary structure each November signalled the unofficial start to the festive season in Killarney.

The news will come as a blow to the business community too. A 2019 survey revealed that three out of every four visitors to the ice rink came from outside a 15km radius of Killarney.

Killarney on Ice was an important community event too and organisers often allowed under-privileged or special needs children the opportunity to take part free of charge during quieter times.

“I am gutted,” operator Tim O’Donoghue told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I am more gutted for the community and what this means for the town of Killarney than I am from a business point of view. This is not good for the town, it is a disaster for businesses, for part-time work opportunities and as entertainment for visitors. It was a major part of the whole festival, it built the excitement around Christmas, once the ice rink went in you knew Christmas was just around the corner.”

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Festive jumpers and a Kerry jersey brings fundraiser to €10k

By Michelle Crean Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up! A Kerry football […]

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By Michelle Crean

Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up!

A Kerry football jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team is up for grabs via a fundraising link once a donation is made to the Presents for Palliative fundraiser.

On Friday eight local schools including Holy Cross Mercy, Killarney Community College, Presentation Monastery, Lissivigeen, St Brendan’s College, St Brigid’s, St Francis Special School, and St Oliver’s
swapped their uniforms for their most colourful festive gear with funds going to help the amazing services in the Palliative Care Unit/Kerry Hospice Foundation.

“The day took place across the schools involved last Friday (December 2) and looks like it has been a success,” teacher Elaine Moynihan from St Brendan’s College told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The donations from the schools are still being counted but students look to be on their way towards making their goal of €10k.”

The iDonate ‘Fundraising For Kerry Hospice Foundation’ has been very helpful in this regard, she added.

“Anyone who donates via the link and leaves their name will be in with a chance to win a Kerry jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team which will be presented to them before Christmas by a couple of members of the team.

“This was organised by the students involved in the fundraiser as a way to say thanks, and give back, to the members of the community who have gotten involved in the event – the link is live until December 18 and the draw will be made the following day.”

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Killarney punter secures €50,000 in EuroMillions draw

A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’. The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was […]

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A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’.

The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was valid for Tuesday night’s special draw.

The Killarney winner was one of 10 who each secured the €50,000 windfall.

“The National Lottery can reveal that three players in Dublin, three players in Cork and one player in Kerry, Roscommon, Kildare and Wexford all scooped the special raffle prize which was the seventh of 12 draws in the National Lottery’s ’12 Draws of Christmas’ promotion,” said a National Lottery statement.

The eighth draw will take place tonight (December 9) where 10 more players are guaranteed to win the amazing prizes.

Meanwhile, a player in Belgium scooped the EuroMillions Jackpot prize worth an astonishing €142,897,164.

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