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Works on Killarney Cultural Centre near completion

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NEARLY THERE: Refurbishment and renovation works continuing at the Killarney Cultural Centre. Picture: Eamonn Keogh

By Sean Moriarty

Refurbishment work on the Killarney Cultural Centre on the East Avenue Road is near completion.

The building has been revamped at a cost of €240,000 with half of the cost being provided by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the other half by Kerry County Council.
“The aim is to make the new arts centre a flexible and adaptable space both internally and in particular outside. We proposed to re-design the front façade, with a metal structure with black mirror cladding which reflects the trees at the back of the auditorium area,” stated the Council when plans were first unveiled in December 2017. “The paved area proposed will be a concrete surface with a number of landscaped areas. We propose to use water repellent spray and stencils to inscribe quotations from poets who have visited Killarney or who are currently associated with the area. The paving is designed to show these inscriptions on wet days.”

The outdoor area will be covered with a retractable canopy and will be a flexible area that will seat an audience which can view a show on the internal stage or an external stage.

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No spare change – no problem, as charity embraces new technology

By Sean Moriarty With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier. For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank […]

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By Sean Moriarty

With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier.

For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank card to make a donation.

The Society’s annual churchgate collection will be held on the weekend of December 11/12 at places of worship in the town and surrounding areas. This year’s collection has be renamed as ‘Giving Sunday’ and makes a return after the pandemic forced the cancellation of last year’s fundraiser.

“We are moving towards a cashless society,” explained Killarney Conference President Breda O’Dwyer. “You can tap and swipe your card to make a donation.”

Breda added that they are hoping to have the buckets ready by next week in time for the collection.

She said the local conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society has seen a marked increase in the number of families it is helping mainly caused by the increase in the cost of fuel and home heating products.

The annual St Vincent De Paul Society’s Christmas Jumper Day, in association with Radio Kerry is scheduled for December 10.

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SURVEY: Locals are reducing their social contacts

It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week. An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their […]

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It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week.

An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their level of contacts with people.

Interestingly, 37.10% of people had made no change to their lifestyle, but they could have been extra cautious already.

A tiny minority – just 1.61% – said they increased their social contacts over the last week.

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