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WELL, we campaigned for it to continue and we are delighted to confirm that the Christmas in Killarney Festival is going ahead – despite fears in recent months that a €30,000 cash shortfall could lead to its cancellation.

But it’s full steam ahead for the hugely popular festival, which is now in its 13th year.
And the 2017 Christmas in Killarney line-up is set to be the most magical yet, according to organisers.
On hand to launch the festival were the Killarney Gobnaits – familiar to many from their antics during the St Patrick’s Festival Killarney.

The quartet even made a batch of Christmas puddings and mince pies especially for the occasion.
Kick-starting the Christmas in Killarney celebrations will be highly anticipated Magic Parade, when Santa and his elves along with favourite Disney characters will travel through the streets of Killarney, on Saturday, November 25, commencing at 6pm, for the traditional turning on of the Christmas lights ceremony at the Market Cross.

There will be so many opportunities for families to see Santa in the Magic Parade in the run-up to Christmas season, on Saturday, December 2, 9, 16 and 23, at 6pm. Santa and his elves will return for the grand finale of the parades on New Year’s Eve at 6pm for anyone who did not make it home to Killarney before Christmas.

The dates for the very popular Dine Killarney are confirmed: Thursday, November 30, and Thursday, December 7, dining times from 6pm to 11.30pm.

In keeping with tradition, The Gobnaits will be hosting a special Christmas in the 50s quiz, on Thursday, December 7, in The Laurels ‘Hall’, Market Cross at 8pm. Audience participation is compulsory with dress code 1950s.

As part of the exciting festival, this year’s Christmas Craft and food Fair at the Killarney Outlet Centre takes place on November 26 between 12pm and 6pm.

For further information see www.christmasinkillarney.com

 


 
Above: The Gobnaits launch the 13th Christmas in Killarney Festival.
Pic: Valerie O'Sullivan

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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