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Yvonne’s star will shine brightly




She lit up Killarney through her boundless energy and her great sense of enthusiasm when rising to any challenge, so it is appropriate that the late Yvonne Quill will again shine brightly over her beloved hometown this Christmas.

The feature star at the top of the spectacular Tree of Light, on the grounds of St Mary’s Cathedral, will take on an extra special meaning during the festive season as it will be dedicated to the memory of the remarkable Tidy Towns champion who passed away on September 30.

A very successful businesswoman and master baker, Yvonne was the driving force behind the Killarney Looking Good project and the Killarney Tidy Towns Committee, leading by example at voluntary clean-ups and flower planting initiatives and donning the yellow bib and rolling up her sleeves at every available opportunity.

Killarney got serious about its commitment to the national Tidy Towns competition when Yvonne took over at the helm and her greatest achievement was inspiring the town to the prestigious overall title of Ireland’s Tidiest Town in 2011, the same year that it topped the Irish Business Against Litter League.

Since then, Killarney has constantly featured among the top contenders, winning several gold medals and other accolades in the years since she brought home that landmark top prize.

Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce President and voluntary chairman of the Christmas in Killarney Festival, Niall Kelleher, said Yvonne is remembered with great affection and appreciation by everybody that has the best interests of Killarney at heart.

“Yvonne was a wonderful ambassador for Killarney. She worked with such dedication and with a real sense of purpose and she encouraged those around her to do likewise,” he said.

“She was totally dependable and she was always willing to play her part, be it through implementing education programmes in schools, liaising with groups of residents or encouraging public representatives to take that extra step to give Killarney the edge,” Mr Kelleher added.

“She led by example and she never asked anyone to do something she wouldn’t do herself. Yvonne was a great businesswoman, a real motivating force and an undisputed community hero. Dedicating the star at the top of the tree to this great woman’s memory is our small way of remembering such a very special person,” Mr Kelleher said.

Yvonne was honoured with the title of grand marshal at the 2019 St Patrick’s Day parade in Killarney and, in her role as a community stalwart, she was also invited to meet the then Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall when they visited Killarney the previous year.

Yvonne, from Barleymount, passed peacefully after a great life and a short illness and she is survived by her husband, John, children Peter, Sandra and Sean, son-in-law Peter, daughter-in-law Mairéad, grandchildren Anna, Jake, Ted, Abby and Luke, sister Angela and many other relatives and friends.

Her family will join Mayor of Killarney and Chamber of Tourism and Commerce President, Niall Kelleher, and Killarney Parish Administrator, Fr Kieran O’Brien, at a special ceremony to officially switch on the Tree of Light in the grounds of St Mary’s Cathedral.

From that moment on, Yvonne’s enormous contribution to her town will be fondly remembered by the appreciative local people each time they pass the spectacular tree this Christmas.

Over 4,500 twinkling bulbs will adorn the magnificent 100ft Californian Redwood this year but the collective eye of the public will constantly be drawn to the sparkling feature at the top – Yvonne’s star – which will remind everybody who knew her of a very special, dedicated and caring person.

Yvonne Quill might have passed on – but her indomitable spirit will live on this Christmas and beyond in the town she loved so well.

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Street Orienteering added to Wander Wild programme

By Sean Moriarty A new event has been added to the extensive Wander Wild Festival next weekend. Kerry Orienteers will run a family-friendly Urban Orienteering event as part of the […]




By Sean Moriarty

A new event has been added to the extensive Wander Wild Festival next weekend.

Kerry Orienteers will run a family-friendly Urban Orienteering event as part of the festival on March 25.

Participants can start at the Killarney Plaza Hotel Basecamp anytime from 2-4pm on Saturday.

Orienteering is an exciting outdoor adventure sport which involves walking or running whilst navigating around a course using a detailed map and sometimes a compass. And the Wander Wild Street Orienteering will have courses suitable for all ages and abilities.

“The aim is to navigate in sequence between a set of control points and decide the best route to complete the course in the quickest time. It does not matter how young, old or fit you are, as you can run, walk or jog the course and progress at your own pace. If you need any help or tips members of Kerry Orienteering Club will be available to assist during the day,” said organiser Brendan O’Brien.

Two routes are available: ‘Wander’ – 2km (easy, wheelchair and buggy accessible) and Wild – 4km (moderate), and bookings can be made via:


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Quiz helps to fund Easter pilgrimage

A popular annual table quiz, which raises funds to send Kerry children and young adults with special needs to Lourdes, will be held in Killarney next week. The Tim Moore […]




A popular annual table quiz, which raises funds to send Kerry children and young adults with special needs to Lourdes, will be held in Killarney next week.

The Tim Moore Memorial Table Quiz will be held in the Gleneagle Hotel at 7.30pm on Wednesday, March 29.

The entry fee for tables of four is €40 and it is €20 for teams of four schoolchildren with great prizes up for grabs on the night.

All proceeds will go to the Irish Pilgrimage Trust which organises trips to Lourdes every Easter for children and young adults with additional needs.

They will be brought on the pilgrimage on Easter Sunday and all the volunteer helpers and medical staff that will accompany them will cover for their own travel costs.

The annual quiz, which is running for close on 30 years, is dedicated to the memory of the late Killarney accountant Tim Moore who was a tireless campaigner for the Irish Pilgrimage Trust. He passed away, suddenly, in 2002 and his friends have continued the quiz as a tribute to his legacy and to ensure the charity continues to be supported.

It hasn’t been held for the past two years due to the pandemic but all involved are thrilled that it is back for 2023.

Kieran Coffey, the retired principal of Fossa National School, is one of those who spearhead the Kerry pilgrimage to Lourdes and he has appealed to the public to support the very important fundraiser which helps offset some of the costs involved.

“We are delighted to be in a position to continue Tim’s great work and to dedicate the quiz to him. The event is always so well supported by the people of the greater Killarney area and we greatly appreciate that generosity,” said Kieran.


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