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So what will the Christmas in Killarney Festival deliver? ‘Yule’ love it!

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Christmas in Killarney Children's Magic Parade. PICTURE: MAREK HAJDASZ, MH PHOTOGRAPHY

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IT'S absolutely biting cold outside this evening and it's putting thoughts into our heads of that extra-enchanting time of year. While the jingle bells have yet to tinkle, the whispers of those hard-working elves on the Christmas in Killarney team have reached us and we are assured that the 2016 festival is poised to be the most magical yet.

One new aspect is the Christmas Island, which will be located at Kenmare Place, opposite Cinema Killarney on the Ha Ha.

Now in its 12th year Christmas in Killarney has grown into a thriving festival attracting people from all over the country to Killarney who wish to rediscover the magic of Christmas in one of the most beautiful settings in Ireland.

Kickstarting the Christmas in Killarney celebrations will be the highly anticipated Magic Parade. “Santa and his elves along with favourite Disney characters will travel through the town for the turning on of the town lights ceremony on Friday, November 25, at 6pm,” said a spokesperson for the Christmas in Killarney committee

You will also get to see Santa in the Magic Parade on each of the following Saturdays: December 3, 10 and 17 at 6pm. Santa and his elves will return for a finale parade on New Year’s Eve at 6pm for anyone who did not make it home to Killarney before Christmas.

New to the 2016 festival is Christmas Island. Come along and meet Santa in the heart of Killarney town, enjoy a Christmas funfair ride, make a wish on the Christmas wishing wall, post off that all-important letter to the North Pole and visit the life-size crib. Christmas Island is located at Kenmare Place Killarney opposite Cinema Killarney on the Ha Ha.

This year will see the return of the hugely successful Killarney on Ice, Kerry’s only ice rink. What better way to soak up the Christmas atmosphere by skating on real ice.

A taste of what is to come in this year’s festival programme of events include The Christmas Craft & Food Fair which takes place on Sunday, November 27, Dine in Killarney restaurant nights on December 1 and 8, the Welcome Home Disco as well as the annual Christmas In Killarney Designer Fashion Event will be held at the five-star award-winning Europe Hotel on November 17.

For further information on all the festival events log onto www.christmasinkillarney.com
 


 
Above: The Christmas in Killarney Children's Magic Parade. PICTURE: MAREK HAJDASZ, MH PHOTOGRAPHY

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Well-known Killarney man, Donncha Crowley, who lives in Woodlawn Park, was joined by his friends and staff from Centra, Muckross Road, to help him celebrate his very special 50th birthday on Saturday. Donncha is a keen cyclist, and well-known for his mastership of Suduko, and expertise on puzzles and general knowledge quizzes, winning many competitions […]

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Well-known Killarney man, Donncha Crowley, who lives in Woodlawn Park, was joined by his friends and staff from Centra, Muckross Road, to help him celebrate his very special 50th birthday on Saturday. Donncha is a keen cyclist, and well-known for his mastership of Suduko, and expertise on puzzles and general knowledge quizzes, winning many competitions down through the years. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

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Musician Liam O’Connor back and busier than ever

By Sean Moriarty Local musician Liam O’Connor has gone from zero to hero following the lifting on the ban on live music as a result of pandemic restrictions. On Saturday he played his first gig in over 18 months, next Friday he will release a new single, and before that he will play a special gig […]

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Local musician Liam O’Connor has gone from zero to hero following the lifting on the ban on live music as a result of pandemic restrictions.

On Saturday he played his first gig in over 18 months, next Friday he will release a new single, and before that he will play a special gig in London.

Liam and his family played at the Kerry County Council organised ‘ANSEO’ concert in North Kerry that was run to coincide with the Listowel Harvest Festival last weekend.

It was his first live show since he played at St Brendan’s College, Killarney when he shared the stage with special guest, former Irish rugby coach, Joe Schmidt. That event took place on March 11, 2020, the night before the country entered its first COVID-19 lockdown.

The ‘ANSEO’ series of concerts signalled the return of live music in Kerry and the O’Connor family shared the stage with other local musicians like Tim O’Shea and his Afro Trad Ireland group.

“People were delighted, they were mad for it, they were obviously missing it,” Liam told the Killarney Advertiser. “But they are not letting go just yet, they are still a bit hesitant.”

This Sunday Liam heads to London were he will help Dan Tim O’Sullivan steer sheep over Southwark Bridge (see page 36 for more on this story).

To cap an exceptionally busy period for the local accordion player, he has joined forces with Moya Brennan of Clannad fame. Brennan and O’Connor will release a new single – ‘Strong in Numbers’ on Friday next, October 1.

They previously performed together at a concert in the Friary in 2017.

“It was such a positive experience for all of us we just had to repeat it,” he added. “So not only have we done this recording of ‘Strong in Numbers’ but we are planning to do the Friary again later this year. After that, I wouldn’t rule anything out.”

Meanwhile, the ‘ANSEO’ series visits Killarney on Sunday night.

The Fair Hill car park will host two shows featuring: The Gleneagle Concert Band; Pauline Scanlon with Mick Galvin; The Small Hours; The Rising; Cathal Flaherty and Truly Diverse.

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