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World champion oarswoman makes a splash at Puck Fair launch

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“I’LL BE back for Puck” is a promise that rings out across the globe every year as Killorglin people now living away from home plan their return around Ireland's oldest festival.

It was fitting then that the town’s monument to the diaspora, on Iveragh Road, was the location this week for the launch of Puck Fair by 2016 World Coastal Rowing Champion Monika Dukarska, who is aspiring to qualify for the Olympics.

Monika joined forces with Puck Fair queen Caitlin Horgan, lady-in-waiting Sue Eyers and Declan Mangan, chairman of the Puck Fair committee to launch the 2017 programme.

One time I remarked to a friend who hails from the Mid Kerry town that Puck is like Christmas for its denizens. She looked at me in alarm, informing me: “No, for us, Puck is way bigger than Christmas!”

Puck Fair runs from August 10-12 and the three-day extravaganza attracts visitors from all over Ireland and the world including the Irish diaspora, who come to see the coronation of the wild mountain goat and enjoy 36 hours of free family entertainment. See www.puckfair.ie
 


 
Above: Launching Puck Fair 2017, at ‘The Diaspora Lady’ statue on Iveragh Road, were 2016 World Coastal Rowing Champion Monika Dukarska, Caitlin Horgan, Puck Fair Queen, Lily-Sue Eyers and Declan Mangan, Chair of Puck Fair.
PICTURE: DON MACMONAGLE

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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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