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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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Wine, art and lots of catching up at popular fundraiser

By Michelle Crean Spirits were high and the atmosphere electric at this year’s Wine & Art Night which had a huge attendance on Wednesday night. Over 50 exhibitors gathered in […]

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By Michelle Crean

Spirits were high and the atmosphere electric at this year’s Wine & Art Night which had a huge attendance on Wednesday night.

Over 50 exhibitors gathered in the Great Southern Killarney as the Killarney Rotary Club’s fundraising event – which is one of the biggest in the town each year – was back after a COVID break.

During the afternoon the artists and crafters, many who travelled from all over Kerry, Clare, Cork and even Waterford this year, organised their display for the event. Later that evening there were a lot of familiar faces but also some new people who absolutely loved the evening.

There were many wines available to taste as well as cheese and breads at the event which is run in conjunction with Daly’s SuperValu, Killarney and Killarney Brewing Company.

“There was a huge attendance and everybody was in good spirits to be back to normal,” President of Rotary, Rayla Tadjimatova, said.

“Many of the patrons were buying some art as Christmas presents and the members of Rotary were delighted to be kept busy packing these. A portion of all art sales goes to the fundraiser. One local young man, who is only 16, exhibited his beautiful photographs of local scenic areas. There was an auction of donated works of art and a Kerry Jersey. All one hundred percent of the proceeds from this auction goes to the fundraiser.”

Mike Neeson entertained the crowd on arrival and right until the end of the night.

“Mike is a great supporter of our events and we would like to thank him for keeping everybody entertained.”

The Irish Pilgrimage Trust ran the raffle and they had some wonderful hampers and gifts to be won.

Beneficiaries from this year’s event are: Coolick NS, Gaelscoil Faithleann NS, Knockanes NS, Holy Cross Mercy NS, St Francis Special School, Kerry Stars, Killarney Athletic AFC, and Killarney Cougars Basketball Club.

She thanked everybody for attending and everyone for their help organising the event.

Some, she added, had never been before and said they did not know what exactly the night involved but will definitely be back again next time as it was “so enjoyable”.

“We hope the money raised will help the beneficiaries to proceed with projects,” she said.

“We are delighted for Rotary to be able to help these charities, community groups and schools through our fundraising event.”

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Comedy drama ready for the stage

By Michelle Crean Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage. What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy […]

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By Michelle Crean

Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage.

What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy father and a confused visitor to the dentist, all have in common? You’ll have to come along to the Killarney Avenue Hotel on Monday, December 12, Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 at 8pm to find out.

The popular drama group will present their three new comedies featuring the work of playwrights Brian Bowler, Ger Madden and Mary Quirke.Come along for a night filled with fun and laughter. Just the right beginning to the festive season. Doors open at 7.15pm and tickets are available at the door. All tickets; adults, seniors, students and children are €10. Don’t miss a great night out.

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