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The heart of Christmas is amazing: that the baby born to Mary and Joseph, lying in a straw manger in a stable in Bethlehem, was God come to be with all people on earth. The Almighty, the All-Powerful came into our world as one powerless, gentle loving new-born baby. He came to stay, He is with us always. Such is “the loving kindness of the heart of our God” for us all. Happy Christmas to one and all.

Killarney is an extraordinary place at any time of the year but it is a particularly special place to be at Christmas. From the snow capped Reeks to the magical wonderland of the town with its Christmas in Killarney decorations, activities and five magical parades. We also have Santa visiting Christmas Island and ice skating in the heart of the town, Killarney has it all at Christmas.

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Contents A list of what is in

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6 Muckross Christmas Magic Santa Claus to visit... 8 The girl that never left Q&A with Karen Sheehan 16 Giveaways Win 17 INEC Tickets, Golf Shoes, Dinner for 2, Beauty Products Hamper

18 Sean Counihan ‘Killarney to the core’

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35 Teresa Irwin School of Irish Dancing

73 Killarney Furniture a time of entrepreneurs & pure craftsmanship

40 Old Photo Gallery 76 Gift Ideas Nostalgia & Memories from the Kilkenny Shop 43 Giveaway Win a Ted Jones 78 Muckross Billy Little Framed Print & A Mega Toy Bundle know life of life Billy Vincent 44 Cathal Walshe 82 Gift Ideas & Giveaway A Life of Service by Enda Walshe Win a Muckross Craft Shop 51 Giveaway Win a Jerry Voucher... Switzer Framed Oil Painting 84 Toys, Toys & more Toys 53 Old Photo Gallery Ideas for Christmas from Eagers Nostalgia & Memories 88 Killarney’s Pub Life 55 The Town Hall & Other by John Kelly Memories with Maisie O’Sullivan 94 Chad’s Dinner Party 63 Giveaway Win a Lynes of Recipes for a not so traditional

23 Giveaway Win a Patrick McCarthy Framed Oil Painting 25 Old Photo Gallery Killarney Voucher Christmas Dinner Party Nostalgia & Memories 64 Kids & Teen Fashion Ideas 100 Patrick McCarthy 26 Gift Ideas Lynes of Killarney Killarney of my childhood from Killarney Pharmacy 66 150 Years of Favier 101 Giveaway Win a break in 28 Kids Book Review From John to Paul 1866 - 2016 Sheen Falls Country Club by Cliona Lynch, Crosstown 68 Community Games 102 The Lanes of Killarney 29 Giveaway Flashback to the 70/80’s Step back in time... Win a Kilkenny Shop Voucher 71 Old Photo Gallery 108 Vegetarian Yuletide 30 Kerry Mountain Rescue Nostalgia & Memories Alternative Christmas Recipe 50th Anniversary & more... 72 Christmas in Killarney 110 Jerry Switzer Artist in 33 Valerie O’Sullivan 1916 Shopping Poem of Killarney Residence in the Black Valley The MacGillycuddy’s Reeks


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Santa to visit Muckross Muckross Traditional Farms are delighted to announce that Santa Claus has decided to pay a return visit for this year’s Muckross Christmas Magic event. Starting Saturday November 26th, Santa will be arriving with his elves to take delivery of a consignment of mican the magic dust that the Mucklorians mine in Muckross. It’s the mican that Santa uses to create the magic of Christmas. (The Mucklorians are Muckross Traditional Farms’ secret resident elves). A visit to Muckross Christmas Magic starts at The Gatekeeper’s Lodge, where the Gatekeeper (Gobbie) will prepare you for the adventure to follow. Enjoy the horse-

drawn carriage ride to the Mucklorian miners village , meet the miners as well as Tom and Margarita at the Blacksmith shed, see where the Mucklorians live, marvel at the Giant Christmas Tree, meet the post mistress at the Post Office and get your Santa letter stamped. Enjoy a complimentary hot chocolate complete with marshmallows and Christmas cupcakes, meet with Mrs Claus and write your name in the Naughty or Nice book. And finally of course -meet the big man himself Santa. For more details and ticket sales go to

Tickets cost €15.00 for an adult and €22 for a child (includes free gift).

‘Everyone at Muckross Traditional Farms is delighted with the success of Muckross Christmas Magic. To sell out the event two years in succession is a tribute to all of the staff that worked so hard to deliver the magic experience. We are delighted to be able to offer this additional Muckross experience to our visitors and hopefully it will encourage them to re visit us throughout the year. Event updates and any additional information is posted on our facebook page. muckrosschristmasmagic We want everyone to Discover the magic of Muckross’. Toddy Doyle : Farms & Event Manager Muckross Traditional Farms

Noreen Brosnan, Post Mistress at the Mucklorian Post Office


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The Killarney Community College recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of the opening of the school on New Road. In the early days, the school was situated on Henn Street and later a newer school was built in New Street under the stewardship of Mr. David Quinlan. He had seen the earliest beginnings of technical education in Killarney (c.1912) from occasional night classes to a school of housewifery at the bottom of New Street. Later in 1928/29 Mr. Quinlan had a new school built in New Street on a site purchased from the Kenmare estate and whole day courses commenced.

In 1948 there were 85 daytime students enrolled and 100 in evening classes. Teachers of note in the early days were Mr. Con Dineen, Mr. Joe Treacy, Miss Nora O’Driscoll who taught cookery, laundry and general house cleaning, Mr. Séamus O’Mánach taught Irish and encouraged pupils to speak it in the school. Miss Catherine Healy did academic studies and the headmaster was Mr. Séan Russell. The caretaker in the fifties was Denis O’Brien who tended to a small garden behind the school enclosed by large grey walls backing on to the old sawmills of the Kenmare estate.

It consisted of a fairly large kitchen with adjoining pantry, commerce, woodwork, metalwork rooms, two cloakrooms and the teachers office. In the 30’s (under Mr. Michael Reidy), though it was a technical school, it was to be called a vocational school under the 1930’s education act. Connradh na Gaeilge objected to this title which might explain the beautifully wood carved ‘Scoil na gCeárd’ over the main door.

“One may argue about the correct title but the ‘Tech’ it was then and shall remain” Mr. Michael Reidy Principal

Tim Healy was appointed Principal in 1972 and as the school had long since outgrown the main building and the famous ‘prefabs’ had seen better days, he oversaw the move to New Road in 1986. The following is a list of former students and what they achieved, compiled by Mr. Pat Favier (Golden Jubilee Book 1979) featuring a few well known locals.

Scoil na gCeárd

Killarney Community College from HENN STREET to NEW ROAD

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1975 : Deirdre Clifford, Park Road, has embarked on a nursing career in England. 1974 : Tadhg Healy, Mangerton View, is a Post Office technician in Tralee.

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1970 : John King attended the school of Building in Limerick and now operates a building firm in Killarney. 1969 : Seamus McCarthy, O’Kellys Villas, has his own joinery business and also runs the Killarney Gymnastic Club. 1967 : Tim O’Carroll, Ross Road, has recently established a joinery business at the old church, Kilcummin. 1966 : Teddy Counihan, the ever-helpful assistant at Mackey Shea’s ‘gas counter’, is currently the secretary of the East Kerry Football Board. 1963 : Denis Scully has been in the motor trade since he left school, first as an employee of Joe Ryan, Killarney, and more recently in his own repair business at Beaufort. 1962 : Sean Clancy is a familiar figure at Killarney Post Office where he is employed as a clerk. 1961 : John Lyne, Cleeney, spent a number of years employed with Killarney Milk Suppliers and is now a sales representative with the Coca Cola Company. 1960 : Sean O’Grady, an insurance agent is a member of Killarney Urban District Council, where he succeeded his father the late John O’Grady. 1956 : Con O’Meara spent two years at commercial training in Dublin before returning to Killarney where he now runs “The Reeks” cafe.


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1973 : Michelle Cooper-Galvin attended the school of art in Cork before turning her attention to photography. She has recently established the Dawn Photographic Studio in Killarney.

1955 : Vincent Counihan, High Street, runs the long-established Counihan’s Travel. The much-travelled Vincent has been a leading member of many “Tops of the Town” presentations. 1954 : Sean O’Shea, D’Altons Avenue, is employed as an electrician with E.S.B. and during his spare time is a golfer of no mean ability. 1953 : Kevin Farrell, Glebe Place, was decorated for his service with the U.S. Air Force in Korea. He now has a photography business in Massachusetts. 1948 : Rose Walsh (nee Duggan) opened a hairdressing salon with her brother Sean in College Square. She had previously done a training stint in London. 1941 : Con O’Leary, Plunkett Street, has been in the electrical business since the 40’s and is the owner of a spacious shop in town. 1936 : Dan O’ Sullivan, Castleross Cottages, has had a long association with Hilliard’s Shoe Factory. During his stay at school in the mid-thirties Dan helped repair cameras and arc lamps which were used in the filming of “The Dawn”. 1934: Peggy Maguire (Wade) entered the Hairdressing business when she left the commercial class. She is still in business “under the clock”.

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By the time one reaches sixth year most students are eager to leave secondary school behind for good but one student, well known local Karen Sheehan from Bishop Moynihans Crescent started secondary school in New Street, then moved to the new building in New Road to complete her studies and never left. More than a few years on and she has seen it all, the old guard pass on, retirements, new young teachers, pupils growing up, awards and successes. She has become an integral part of the day to day running of the Killarney Community College and will in all probability see out her days in the school that she has become part of. I asked Karen about those early days and those to come. Q: What year did you start in the old ‘Tech’ and what are your most abiding memories of your first day at secondary school? A: I started in the Tech in 1983 and loved it instantly. I knew a few of the girls from The Mercy and got to know so many more that were from outside town. Being a townie I could not believe there were so many people coming in by bus every day from out of town. People I had never seen in all my 13 years!! We all gelled together so well from that day, I met some of my best friends that day. Q: What was your favourite subject and who taught it? A: I loved English. What exactly it was about the subject I liked so much I don’t know but I loved when we had to write essays or spend a class dissecting a poem. Eamonn Fitzgerald was my teacher, maybe it was the love he had for the subject that rubbed off so much on me. Q: Did you sit at the front or the back of the class? A: That depended on the classroom, if it was in a prefab then I would sit furthest away from the door, the main building was cosy so you just sat with your friends. If it was a subject I didn’t like maybe closer to the front and avoid being asked any questions!! Q: Describe what happened on the day the school moved to New Road? A: It was actually a mixture of emotions, a modern school with everything new in it, everyone all under the one roof, our own gym and football pitch. Also leaving behind all our great memories in New Street, no more calling in to Clancy’s or running across to Mrs Dineen’s when you forgot your eggs for Home Ec. Meeting in the laneways in the mornings on your way to school for a chat! It almost felt like we were moving out to the country even-though it was just the next street away. The day itself was very exciting, there was a lot of preparation beforehand about how we would


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Q: What was the biggest change? What do you miss the most about the old school (if at all)? A: The thing I missed the most was being out of the town, the hustle and bustle of New St., meeting people on your way to and from school. It was like a family moving house when they really didn’t want to, the people were the same but the location felt a bit alien. When we first started in September it felt like there was something missing, the atmosphere of New Street wasn’t there. It took a while to get used to the new building. Q: Was it strange coming to work where you were as student? A: It was strange at first, calling my teachers by their first name was the most difficult but after a few weeks it became the norm. Now I consider them a group of my best friends. Q: 30 Years, on what does the Killarney Commnuity College mean to you and the town of Killarney? A: I am proud to have been part of the ‘Tech’ and delighted now to be part of the Community College where I can see that the things I loved myself in the ‘Tech’ are still going strong. There was always a great relationship between the staff and students, you were treated as an individual and spoken to as an equal. I respected the teachers that taught me but did not fear them, I think this is the only way to learn, coupled by a great atmosphere I think we managed to keep


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actually leave the school over 400 of us, it was like practicing for a fire drill. We gathered in the Car Park behind the school, marched up New St., High St and made our way to the New Road after Mr. Healy had taken down our Scoil na gCeard sign at the front of our school to lead the procession. We felt like celebrities for the day, it seemed the whole town was out to watch us. I know when you are young your elders tell you that school are the best days of your life, well they were dead right.

the key ingredients in the Community College. 30 years later the people of Killarney can see that the legacy of the ‘Tech’ lives on in the Community College, they are delighted to see such a bright modern building providing a great education to both boys and girls. Q: In 2036, when you attend the 50th (how do you think education will have changed in the school) and will you still be at your desk? A: I would like to think that the great atmosphere and relationship between staff and students will still be as strong as ever. That the students will take as much enjoyment out of their time at school as I did and be able to look back at their time at school and think

‘they were the best days of my life’ In 20 years time I would be delighted to attend the 50th as a guest so I guess that is a ‘No’ to still being behind the desk!!

Karen S heehan

Karen Sheehan Killarney Community College

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My mother Mary Ellen Lynch was from Clonteen’s Kilcummin. They met while working for the Lyne’s of Cleeney. My father was a well known Butcher in Teddy Lyne’s, New Street but to a lot of people he will always be known as a Jarvey. He was always a great man to give a drive to the young kids in Marian’s and Dalton’s on the way home after a days work. There were five children in the family, Joan, Ger, Sheila, Mary and myself. When I look back at those days I think of the Sandpit, where the High Street car park is now and the streams of people making their way home for lunch from Hilliard’s Factory and on the laundry side of the Rock Road, Lads heading for Liebherr which was known then as the German Factory. I lived just across from the Fitzgerald Stadium, our neighbours The O’Leary’s, Leahy’s and The Casey’s. Micky O’Leary a baker in TT Connor’s, Micky Leahy a tradesman who worked with Charlie O’Brien of the New Road and Timmy Casey one of the founders of the Legion GAA club worked in the Boot Factory as Hilliard’s Factory was called.

Sean Counihans

Killarney I often consider myself lucky that I never had to leave my native town to seek a living. Born in the middle of town in Bohereencahel and like a lot of Killarney people, moved from the lanes of Killarney to St. Brendan’s Place, Daltons Avenue and Marian Terrace, O’Kelly’s villas would have long been in place. My father Denis a butcher by trade was an Alman’s Terrace man Via Dunrine.

The Mercy and Presentation Convents were the places of schooling for us in those early days. Then the Presentation Monastery where our interest in Football, Basketball and Music were nurtured. The Rivalry between The Mercy and The Pres Football Teams would only be surpassed by the Legion and Crokes encounters or any game in any Code between a Killarney and Tralee team. I was lucky enough to play with the first Mercy team to beat the Pres in the then East Kerry schools championship. I also played in the first Accordion Band in the school organised by Brother Finian. Sadly as we were leaving the Mon to head for the Tech or St. Brendan’s College he 18

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passed away and the New Band who had accordions bought never got the opportunity to continue what then was a big opportunity musically. There were some very good musicians in that first band some went on to play many establishments in town. People like Timmy Brosnan, Patrick Doody and the late Noel Clifford while Sean Fleming became very popular in America. Those were great times in the Mon. We had Br. Maurice in charge of The Mercy Football team and he was delighted to get one over Br. Gerard who was in charge of The Presentation team. The first encounter of that school’s final ended in a draw played in the outside pitch, the replay moved to the main pitch at Fitzgerald Stadium and it was a big occasion for both teams to play in the main arena. Br. Maurice was so excited by that first Mercy Championship win that he brought the whole lot of us to Con O’Meara’s (The Reeks) in College Street for Ice-Creams paid for out of his own pocket.

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Brendan’s, Marian’s, and Dalton’s had a lot of very good sports people in those days, they excelled in football, basketball and athletics. There was a lot of athletics in the Fitzgerald’s Stadium at that time as the NACA was very much part of the GAA in those days. Basketball was played in the old Town Hall before moving to St. Mary’s Parish Hall. What was a regular sight in the area was the makeshift basketball nets erected anywhere we could put them and many a serious game took place around these nets even games between Brendan’s, Dalton’s and Marian’s.


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The ring now used as a roundabout was a hive of games and a field A young Sean Counihan on his Communion Day in 1952?



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now an entrance to The Park as the stadium was called. Football, Soccer and Rounder’s were a constant element of entertainment growing up. Some lads had a great gra for the lake and fishing and rowing in the Regatta always had an attraction for male and female athletes. At that particular time work was scarce and at a young age a lot of us made our way to the Golf Club in the Summer months where we learned to caddie. There we got to know some of the great characters of Killarney, John ‘Boston’ Hallissey, Major Kenny O’Sullivan, Pats Coffey, legends in their own way in Killarney. Just a story comes to mind of Lord Castlerosse sending a footman to engage a few articulate caddies with knowledge of the game for some Earls or Lords who wish to play the following day in other words the footman was sent over to book a few caddies. The caddie master at the time, Billy O’Sullivan himself from O’Kelly’s Villas came to the door of the caddie shed, looked down the yard and the first fella he saw was Paddy Murphy from O’Kelly’s Villas but known to us all as ‘Dukey’. Billy called out “Dukey and Major Kenny ye are both engaged with a party from the Castlerosse at ten o’clock in the morning “. Turning to the footman he said

“you may return to the Castlerosse and inform him that I couldn’t do any better than giving him a Duke and a Major to act as caddies for his aristocrats” Some great golfers came from the caddie fraternity names like, Christy Fleming from Marian Terrace, Patsy O’Brien, Jim Counihan, Dermot Roche from Allmans Terrace and Michael Guerin from Gortroe who went on to win three South of Ireland’s, played for Ireland and spent some time in the professional ranks. These are just a few of former caddies who could play the game of golf at a high standard. 21

I was lucky enough myself to win a Pierce Purcell title for the club in 1977 almost forty years ago now. The standard of play in the caddie shed in the sixties and seventies was of a very high standard. Like I said at the outset its great to remember and we are lucky to have people like Damien Switzer and Donnie Whitty O’Sullivan who have some great photos of people and places in a changing Killarney. Killarney was very lucky over the years with people who were interested in athletics and other sports as the Gaelic clubs were well catered for. People like Frank and Eileen Switzer and my own wife ‘Mary’ who gave a lot of their time developing The Community Games at County level. We had very progressive areas in Killarney South and North and Spa Muckross. Young sports people of Killarney participated at the highest level and did their town and area proud. Around 1967, the arrival of Pretty Polly was a God sent to the town. It was around then that the town and its hinterland started to take shape. Liebherr was already in place and the female wage in the Hoisery as it was known

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brought the wage structure in other establishments in town up as there was a very good bonus system in place in Pretty Polly and a high demand for female workers. A lot of jarvey’s would have lived in the Dalton’s, Brendan’s, Marian’s area. People such as Eugene Buckley, Dan Coffey, Andrew Hickey, Dermot Cronin and my father Denis Counihan and Denny Flynn. They all drove the old jaunting car as distinct from the wagons that you see today. People became nervous of the jaunting cars hence the arrival of the wagons. The old jarvey’s of course were great ambassadors of the town and as a lot of their work was pre bus tours they relied a lot on repeat business. The most interesting time for the jarvey’s in relation to guaranteed work was the day of the all in or radio train as they were called. Another great input from our area were the people who helped to man the boats on the world famous Gap of Dunloe trip. People like Dado Fleming, Sandy Hayes, Peter O’Toole snr, Pa Doyle, Mick Shea, Dan O’Keeffe, Donie Buckley and Michael Doyle who’s family had settled in Marian Terrace from Dinis (Glena). We give awards now to people who promote the tourist product but we should never forget pioneers of the tourist industry such as Thomas G. Cooper, Hilda Huggard, Beatrice Grosvenor and the industrial base of Killarney owes a lot to Macky O’Shea and others who oversaw Killarney’s development. When I was younger I watched with interest Dr. Eamon O’Sullivan train the Kerry team in the Park opposite to where I lived. Little did I think that in later years football would play a big part in my life. I worked with great people and great players and I might add with a degree

of success. I was involved with a great East Kerry team that won three County Championships in a row from 1997-1999. I also had the honour of winning club championship and county league with the Legion whilst losing out in a county final with Kilcummin to Strand Road. I spent a few years in the company of the great Paidi O’Se as a Kerry selector and that too gave me an interesting insight to the game. From the beginning my interest in sport came from where I lived as there was great sportsmen all around me. I grow up in the era of what one would often hear described now as street footballers as in our area growing up there always seemed to be a ball game going on. Before I leave the sporting area, a very good story that was relayed to me many years ago, three Killarney people who met in Hong Kong as their work there were two in the Merchant Navy and one down beside the American Army. They accidentally met in the street and went for a drink to converse and relay different news and stories from home. Later in the evening voices were raised and guess what? The height of the debate was to ascertain “if the Legion or Crokes were better than each other”. The Killarney men who encountered each other all those years ago in Hong Kong were Micky ‘Doc’ O’ Donoghue, Mike ‘Sukie’ O’ Sullivan (Legion men) and the late Billy Landers. Never having to leave home for work, I was one of the lucky ones, I started like many more in the Killarney mineral water factory on seasonal work, I spent some time in the printing works and over 29 years in Pretty Polly. Over my working life I became very interested in the Trade Union movement. Having been made 22

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redundant in Pretty Polly I spent the remaining of my working days with the local employment service. But looking back there is I suppose one thing that my parents would have never imagined and it was in a pity really that my parents never saw me make it to the town council (as they both died at a young age) but to serve the town that you grew up in as a councillor and Mayor was a great sense of pride for me, my family and where I come from. I served for over fifteen years on the Town Council and I was proud to follow in the footsteps of men who had a vision for Killarney. “I can say that all those I worked with in the Council Chambers and those that preceded me regardless of their political beliefs put Killarney first.

“They were Killarney people to their backbone” and history will show the shame in the act that decreed that Town Councils were a burden on democracy and is something I would urge Killarney people to call for the restoration of your Town Council when speaking to national politicians. Killarney Town Council served its town and its people well. It is my view that a town without a council is not a town and we all know that Killarney doesn’t deserve that status.

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Eyecatcher Boutique : Main Street

O’Donoghue’s Newsagents : College Street

Ladies View Shop : Ladies View : Kenmare Road

Remember these? Rent a Bike : East Ave Road

Paddy & Claire’s O’Sullivan’s Shop : New Street

Corpus Christi Procession : Plunkett Street

Museum of Irish Transport : Scott’s Gardens, East Ave Road

O’Shea’s Delivery Van : MD O’Shea & Sons

Delorean : Museum of Irish Transport : Scott’s Gardens, East Ave Road

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I decided to review “The Wolf Wilder” because I have heard a lot of positive reviews about it and I thought it sounded exciting. After reading it, I know the reviews were true as I now think it is

‘the most gripping, exciting and original story I have ever read’. It is one of those stories that when you get to a certain part, it is almost impossible to put it down. So if you thought you were going to read it for five or ten minutes you should think again!


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In this book I found there were loads of things you can try to imagine in it. The way Katherine Rundell has written it makes you get into the skin of the character. When I was reading it I felt that I was Feo trying to rescue my mom and look after the wolves. I liked it in that sense and it made me want to read more and more. This is a book about a girl called Feo who lives in Russia. She is a ‘wolf wilder.’ A Wolf Wilder is person who teaches trained wolves to fend for themselves. What happens is that when her mom is taken away Feo, her friends and the wolves try to rescue her while the army are trying 28

to capture Feo. My favourite characters in this amazing story are Feo, her friend Ilaya and Black (the wolf). In The Wolf Wilder you absolutely never know what is going to happen next. It was just so gripping. I hardly ever put it down when I was reading it. I have never read a book so addictive! Since I have loved this story I am dying to read Katherine Rundell’s other books. Judging by this book they should be amazing. I would recommend this book to boys and girls from 9 years and over because I know that I will still love this book when I’m very old! I rate this book 10/10 as I loved this book from beginning to end and I couldn’t find any fault with it at all. I hope you will get the chance to read this fantastic book over the Christmas holidays. Enjoy! Cliona Lynch, Aged 12, 6th Class. Available this Christmas in

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The Team at that stage consisted of a group of concerned people, not expert rock climbers, but men and women who knew the mountains and were prepared to set their own lives at risk to help others in distress. The original nucleus of the Team were found in Killorglin, and the early members included Paddy O’Callaghan, Stan Brick, Gearóid O’Sullivan and Richard Morrison, along with Killarney representatives such as Terence Casey and John McGuire. Meetings were held around the fireplace in Paddy’s house, and as Gearóid O’Sullivan recalled

Kerry Mountain Rescue

Celebrate its 50th Anniversary this year. The following is a brief history to their story.

“It didn’t matter whether we had high heels or mountaineering boots at the time – those questions weren’t even asked then”.

Easter 1966 was a tragic holiday period in Kerry. Within a few days of one another, a student from University College Dublin and a teenage member of an English school party were killed in separate incidents on Carrauntoohil, Ireland’s highest peak. It was as a direct result of these two tragedies that the Kerry Mountain Rescue Team was formed in July of that same year, largely as a result of the vision and energy of Frank Lewis of Killarney.

The Team had an early ‘baptism of fire’ in the form of the July 1967 all-night rescue of Bill Collins, after whom Collins’ Gully is named. This was the Team’s first major rescue and to this day remains one of the most epic ever undertaken in Kerry.

Carrauntoohil has claimed over 40 lives in the past 50 years but countless lives have been saved by

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In the words of Paddy O’Callaghan, “The rain was dreadful that night and we weren’t even sure about where we were going. The terrain was desperate and we had no helmets and only minimum equipment. We could have been killed or injured ourselves but the mission was a success and we went on from there”.

efforts and generous donations of private individuals and community groups.

And go on from there they certainly did. Although shortage of funding, and therefore equipment, has always been a problem for the Team, the efforts that Team Members have put in over the years have gradually built up the Team’s resources, and in 1979 the Team acquired its first ambulance. Another major milestone came in 1983 when the Country’s first dedicated Mountain Rescue station was opened in Killorglin, after Team Members raised three quarters of the £15,000 cost of the base. In 1990 Klaus Noelke, honorary German Consul, presented the Team with an ex-army Mercedes Unimog field ambulance and ‘troop carrier’, which was the Team’s main operational vehicle until it was recently replaced by a newer version of the same vehicle.

Thankfully, the Team has continued to go from strength to strength, and although the equipment used by the Team now appears luxurious compared to the spartan early days when even a single rope was a major asset, ongoing fundraising is essential.

The Team’s current base at Killarney Garda Station was opened in 2004 after a sustained period of fundraising. The opening of the base marked another major milestone in the development of the Team.

Over the years there have been many notable callouts. Apart from the Collins Rescue, there was the weekend in 1986 which resulted in the hospitalization of three Cork climbers after an avalanche, followed immediately afterwards by the death of a young female walker after a slip close by. Another callout which has become a ‘legend’ was the huge but unsuccessful 1989 search for a missing walker whose body was eventually found

Also in 1990, the first two specially trained search and rescue dogs in the country took their place in the Team, along with their handlers Mike McCarthy and Don Murphy. This has enabled the Team to search large areas much more quickly and efficiently than would be possible using manpower alone. In recent times Mountain Rescue came under the remit of the Irish Coast Guard, who now provide a proportion of the Team’s annual running costs, the remainder being comprised of a grant from Kerry County Council and the considerable fundraising 31

Two stalwarts of Kerry Mountain Resuce, ‘the two Maureens’. Maureen O’Reilly & Maureen Chevins served with the team for many years.

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over six months later. Sadly, the Team has attended over 40 fatalities over the years, many in the immediate Carrauntoohil area. This is an unfortunate but necessary part of the job which members take on when they join the Team. On a lighter note, many of the early Team members still enjoy a chuckle over the ‘missing’ honeymoon couple, who were eventually found tucked up safe and well in their tent after trying to get away from the crowds. As one Team member said,

Christmas Eve in Rural Kerry… -Mrs Eileen Cronin, Cronin’s Yard, Mealis Beaufort, Co.Kerry, lives at the Foothills of the McGillycuddy Reeks, at the entrance to the Hag’s Glen, the traditional starting point for ascents of Carrauntoohil and The McGillycuddy’s Reeks. Six years ago her son John, a member of Kerry Mountain Rescue Team and his Wife Ester, opened a coffee shop with open an fire and modern facilities in the yard. Mrs Cronin still enjoys meeting visitors, but regards her home as “The real Head Quarters’’. One Girl and her Dog...Tara Foley (11 years) of Cuas, Co Kerry, with her Sheep Dog ‘Knockmaa Zweep’

Eugene and Mary Tangney, Doogara, The Black Valley The original Mountain Man...Con Moriarty one of the early poineers of climbing and mountaineering in the Reeks.

Farmers Shane, Donal and Kieran Doona of Coornameana

“It was hard to know whether it was us or them who had the reddest face when we unzipped the tent!” Today’s Team would like to say a very big thank you to all past members and supporters, whose efforts have helped to build up the Team over the years. Our hats go off to the participants in some of the heroic rescues of the past, which were achieved without all the equipment and training we have come to depend on today. May the next 50 years be as successful as the first! Today, when I hear the sound of the Coast Guard helicopter heading for the Reeks I think of the brave volunteers and the dangers that they face the mountains helping those in need. Killarney salute you...

Tim Long, Dan Daly and Eamonn O’Connor, on Howling Ridge

Photos from ‘The McGillycuddy’s Reeks’ Book by Valerie O’Sullivan


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A new 240-page coffee table book ‘The MacGillycuddy’s Reeks: People and Places of Ireland’s Highest Mountain Range’, by renowned award winning photographer and champion of Killarney, Valerie O’Sullivan captures the rich heritage and traditions of these untamed hills, as well as the resilience of the people who have braved the elements and carved out a life here. Valerie has spent much of her career cataloguing the Reeks and photographing the 19kms they stretch along the Iveragh Peninsula. A chapter of the book is dedicated to the Kerry Mountain Rescue Team. Its members work on the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks 365 days per year in all types of weather, assisting walkers and climbers in often treacherous conditions. A portion of the proceeds from the book will be donated to the team. Amongst the many spectalur photos are images of winter training exercises by the emergency services on the snow covered Reeks.

Among them is Eileen Cronin of Cronin’s Yard, the traditional starting point for climbers ascending Carrauntoohil at the entrance to the Hag’s Glen. Her home became the base for the Kerry Mountain Rescue team, the Gardai and the Civil Defence whenever the teams were called out to assist climbers who got into difficulty. It is a hive of activity every day of the year. She said she has fond memories of rescues when the teams would arrive to her family’s home where constant cups of tea were served with buttered brack and ham sandwiches. “We’d stay up all night, waiting for news. I loved making the tea and sandwiches, keeping the fire going. We had great craic, no matter how serious the rescue was. The house was always open.” This is an ideal present this Christmas and a good way to help the Kerry Mountain Rescue Team... because some day you just might need them.

“A supremely talented photographer who has captured the very soul of the reeks like no other could.” Popular and well-known local people who live on the mountains also feature throughout, with stories of the role the Reeks play in their lives.


Valerie O’Sullivan, Photographer.

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Dancing group taken at the Feis:Front L to R: Catherine Sheehan, Paulette Coffey, Ciara Irwin, Stella Switzer, Miariam Hickey, Rosemary Healy-Rae. 2nd row: Frankie Switzer, Brian O’Brien, Breda Horgan, Eileen O’Brien, Christine Kelliher, Eileen Buckley, Niall Kelliher RIP, Denis Coleman. Back row: Martina Coleman, Moira Costigan, Noreen Horgan, Philomena Coffey, Mary Coleman.


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’IRWIN’ School of Irish Dancing a performing all over Ireland & beyond since 1960


I arrived in Killarney in March 1968, having just married Peter Irwin. We both grew up in Limerick city. My mother, Alice Daly, was a champion Irish dancer who subsequently qualified as a teacher and adjudicator. I myself competed in all the feiseanna throughout Ireland and was always successful, following in my mother’s footsteps. My mother learned her dancing from the O’Rourke school, in Limerick, which is still in existence and now run by daughter Maureen and her daughters. My mother later joined the famous Le Gear School for Dance and Physical Education. Mrs Kathleen Le Gear was one of the first registered Irish dancing teachers and adjudicators. Her husband taught PE and their school won All-Ireland championships every year. It so happened that I was to meet and marry Peter Irwin, William Le Gear’s sister’s son. The Le Gear School travelled all over Europe giving exhibitions of Irish dancing and I was invited each time as the solo dancer.

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and the travelling was a wonderful experience, with all my expenses paid. As a spinoff from this, I was invited on several occasions to dance in Germany, launching a bank, and for various TV programmes. Tommy Drennan and The Monarchs were one of the most popular showbands in Ireland around this time. During Lent, dances were not allowed but The Monarchs, being shrewd business people, held concerts or cabarets, as they are now called, in the dance halls for seven weeks. Anne Mulqueen was the traditional singer, Vera Morrissey the classical singer and I was the traditional Irish dancer. Crowds of people would queue for hours to make sure they had a good seat. It was amazing. One of my greatest memories comes from an occasion in Liege, Belgium, when I was presented with a medal from the King.

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Next classes were in Glenflesk, Lissivigeen, Meentogues, Gneeveguilla and Ballydesmond. Later, my daughter Clodagh and I added Raheen to these. Moss Breen from Kilgobnet invited me to teach in the old Kilgobnet National School and now I teach in their new school. Moss’s two daughters joined my class as tiny tots and went on to dance at the All-Ireland and the World Championships. Beaufort is another area where we still have classes. It was Master Coughlan that asked me to give classes in Cullina School. Classes were also taught in Sean O’Riada’s area, Cúil Aodha, where the O’Riada children were members of the class and Scoil Barr Innse, the two Gaeltacht schools over the border in Co. Cork. My first cabaret was in the Hotel Europe every Thursday night and every second Friday night. I danced myself at that time and my mother brought a car load of her pupils from Limerick until my own pupils were good enough to take part. The Gleneagle Hotel was next and I had three dancers performing each night with Ronnie Drew and The Dubliners and Danny Doyle.

Every August, I danced in Hamburg, Germany, where I was treated like a celebrity and presented with flowers and gifts on stage every time I appeared. I had always gone to the Gaeltacht in Cúil Aodha, Co Cork, as a student from the age of ten and returned to teach dancing through the medium of Irish from secondary school until I married. I danced on radio for the opening of their local hall. When I was growing up in Limerick, my mother would put on a concert in the Savoy Cinema every year. We did Irish, fancy and tap dancing and ballet with Mrs Le Gear. A rule was brought out by the Gaelic League banning all types of dancing other than Irish once you were qualified with ‘An Coimisiun’ so we had to forget the fancy work. I started my class in Killarney in May 1968. Mr Thomas Cooper and his wife kindly gave me their ballroom in The Glebe Hotel, College Street, where the Glebe Car Park is now situated. My first pupils to enrol were Valerie Courtney and Mary O’Meara. My next class outside Killarney was in Kilgarvan where pupils Philomena Coffey and Rosemary Healy-Rae became the first champions representing the Irwin School of Irish Dancing. Later, I taught in Bonane, Cahir, Kenmare, Lauragh, Tahilla, Tuosist and Sneem.

“Light and Green” was our next cabaret in the Áras Phádraig with Patrick O’Donoghue, Jimmy Eagar, Patrick Fleming, Maureen O’Doherty, Bobby Roberts and Kitty Gardiner-McCarthy. My dancers performed a beautiful ballet to Sean O’Riada’s Mise Éire, plus the usual traditional and modern Irish dancing. This was a wonderful show and was run for a few years. When the Áras finished my husband Peter ran a cabaret in the International Hotel for a few years. Musician/Singer Maurice Moriarty, Betty Neeson, singer, and James O’Hehir, from Dundalk, a waiter in The Three Lakes Hotel who came in the stage door, sang his songs and vanished to serve the next meal across the road, provided great entertainment. We ran a fashion show displaying all the Irishmade clothes available in Killarney with the dancers modelling them. I have happy memories of this show.


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Prior to this, the Tops of the Town were run and I did all the dancing with the Franciscan Youth Club. The high standard led to an invitation to perform in the Opera House in Cork. We filled a train and the community spirit was wonderful. The highlight of this show for me was John O’Connor and Jamie Stone who sang and played Morning Has Broken. Jimmy McNiece and Sean Costigan did all the lighting. It was breathtaking. My first entry to Scór was Tops of the Clubs. At the time, I was very involved with Spa which won the competition. Peter was in the quiz team with Spa as we were living in Killarney town at the time. Tadhg O’Sullivan NT, Lissivigeen, was the man in charge. My first daughter Ciara was born in October 1969 and, from the age of four, she danced in competitions and cabaret. The Hotel Europe and Dunloe Castle provided her big entry into entertaining. Mr Liebherr always brought chocolate to Ciara and the other dancers each time he came to Killarney. Ciara became a champion dancer at a very young age. Niamh was my second daughter, closely followed by Clodagh and Emir who all won their competitions and were all champions in their own right. It was a busy house preparing for feiseanna and cabarets down through the years. We performed in the Eamon Andrews Cabaret in the Great Southern Hotel (now The Malton). Andy Bannon, Louis Browne, Martin Dempsey and numerous others were among the singers. I had four dancers each night. It was another great show which ran for years. The Laurels ran for seven nights a week from March to October for over twenty years with Dick Willis, Michael Sexton, Tim Brosnan and David Stone. The visitors loved this as they were invited to take part in all aspects of the show and all the tourists were welcomed according to the countries from which they came (the musicians having been tipped off by the bus drivers where the visitors were from). The East Avenue Hotel had another wonderful cabaret produced by Harry Wallace with Seán Ó Sé (Poc ar Buile), John White, Denis McMahon (fiddler) and many other talented musicians and singers. I had six dancers performing per night, four nights per week in this spectacular show. 37

Scór was a big part of our lives many years ago. I trained Beaufort, Dr Crokes, Fossa, Gneeveguilla, Legion and Spa. Over the years, the Beaufort group won the Mid-Kerry section and went on to win the Kerry final. It gave me great pride when four of my daughters performed together in their parish team representing Fossa that won the East Kerry section and went on to win the Kerry final with an eighthand consisting of Ciara, Niamh, Clodagh and Emir, Karen Breen, Caitriona Heffernan, Riona O’Neill and Moira Buckley and then went on to win the Munster final.

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My Legion teams, both junior and senior, were the first ever Kerry groups to dance Trip to the Cottage and get to the All-Ireland final. Linda McNiece-O’Donoghue and her sister Juliette McNiece Kelly were in the senior team. Line dancing became very popular around sixteen years ago and naturally enough we got involved. My daughter Niamh was trained by the American who brought line dancing to Ireland. She in turn trained her sisters and two dancing friends Collette and Karen. We held classes in the Killarney Avenue, Darby O’Gills, Knocknagree, Rossbeigh, Castleisland and Tralee. The girls gave demonstrations first and then gave lessons. It was great exercise and fun. Twenty odd years ago, my daughter Ciara and I began teaching in Coars, Foilmore, Caherciveen, Ballinskelligs, Portmagee and Valentia. More recently, eight years ago, Clodagh held classes in Dromid and Waterville. When John and Anne O’Connor held the official opening of the Innisfallen Mall they had opera singer Louis Browne perform and Mike Murphy of radio and TV fame, the Likes of Mike, was their guest of honour. I was invited to teach Mike to dance and then get him to perform with six of my tiny tot dancers. It was a lovely event and provided great memories for the young dancers. We danced for Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber in the Cahernane Hotel several years ago. It was all hush, hush, who we were performing for and it was my daughter Ciara that recognised him. He and his guests all took part in our show. It was brilliant fun. We were

Ciara Irwin

Irwin School of Irish Dancing 1980’s

filmed with the Chieftains for a video in the Fáilte Hotel and also performed for another video with Seán Ó Sé (Poc ar Buile). We have danced for the German President at the Hotel Europe, The International Golf, the World Rotary Conference and the Soroptimist International. We also performed for various ambassadors and dignitaries. For many years, we entertained the Rose of Tralee contestants on their visit to Killarney at Muckross House and also performed at the Rose Festival in Tralee. We were invited to entertain the guests at Billy Vincent’s niece Fleur’s 50th birthday to which guests flew in from all over the world for the special event at Muckross House. The St Patrick’s Day Parade is a big event in our dancing calendar. Our class has taken part every year that the parade has been held since March 1969. We love to participate and have won the best overall prize on three occasions, usually picking up the award for best cultural, colourful or marching group. Birds Carnival Week is the highlight of the dancers’ year. The Bird Family are family friends of ours from Limerick. All the dancers look forward all year to the Friday night of that week when they get to perform. The pupils are on holidays from dancing classes but turn up for the exhibition. We always stress that participating in events is far more important than winning and they gain great confidence from these public performances. Another regular cabaret that was very well received was at the Aghadoe


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Heights Hotel with Denis Bowler, Cyril Boggins, Dolores, Jacqueline and Isolde Daly, Karen Anderton, Siobhan Horgan and my daughters Ciara, Niamh, Clodagh and Emir. Before coming to Killarney, I taught dancing in counties Clare, Limerick, Offaly and Tipperary. Since moving to Kerry, I can now include Kerry and Cork on the list. It is great to have my daughters teaching with me now and Clodagh does all the costumes and styling, Emir assists and Ciara and Niamh do many other jobs to ease the workload. Our dancers have competed in dancing competitions all over Ireland and beyond, given exhibitions, modelled in fashion shows, made videos, DVDs and television programmes. Our first trip abroad was to Germany. It is a most rewarding and fulfilling life as a dancing teacher and adjudicator. I have had great travel experiences worldwide and in one year when my children were young we visited twenty six counties either competing or through my adjudication. Nowadays my grandchildren are learning and keeping up the family tradition. I have loved every day. Our pupils are and always have been part of our lives and some are as close as family. Some have gone and done their teacher examination and more intend doing so. The Irwin School of Dancing will hopefully be around for many years to come.

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In “The Red Shadow” 1970’s, Maurice Moriarty and Enda Joyce : Main Street

Penny’s Opening Day 1974 : High Street

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Two Geat Killarney Stalwarts. The indomitable Nanette O’Leary and Mr. Browne ‘My Fair Lady’ Killarney Musical Society.

A rare photo : On 2nd October 1844 five Mercy sisters arrived in Killarney and stayed in a house provided for them by Mr. & Mrs. Gallwey, at ‘St. Brigid’s’ High Street (Donie O’Sheas Tyres)

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Donie ‘Mackey’ O’Shea (on the motorcycle) with the O’Sheas of 5 D’Altons Avenue 1954


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a Life of Service 70 years on... Enda looks back with his Dad on a long and fruitful life. ...................................................................................................................


You’re not a native of Killarney...Tell us about your early years. Cathal

I was born in Eglinton Street in the heart of Galway City to Michael and Josephine Walshe on May the 13th 1946. I was one of six children, educated in St Patrick’s National School in the city and later for a while in St Joesph’s Secondary School, known as the Bish. It was known as the Bish because one of its instigators in 1862 was Bishop John McEvilly. It soon became known as the Bishops school and then abbreviated to the Bish. It still stands today with a great sporting ethic. Unfortunately my father died at an early age and it was then we moved to Hollymount in Co.Mayo. I finished my education there and then delved into the world of teaching. I spent 6 months


sub teaching and I must have been good because when I departed the class they had a collection for me and I got a wallet with some cash in it. ...................................................................................................................


Do you still have the wallet and cash? Cathal

Still have the wallet but you have used up all the cash! ...................................................................................................................


Why join the Garda Siochana? Cathal

My late father was a member of the force for 38 years and in 1965 I got the call from Templemore. I was dicing with the idea of working in the banking sector but when the call came I went. At the time Galway was in the middle of their 3 in a row of Football All Irelands (1964/65/66) so it was a great time to be from the West. The training in that time only lasted 18 weeks. A far cry from today’s training but it was deemed sufficient at the time. My first station was Ballybunion and the term there was to change my life. ...................................................................................................................


What happened there? Cathal

At the time I was staying with Mrs. Shanahan who ran a bed and breakfast

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type operation and one week a Mrs. Moriarty from Tralee was staying there with her daughter. Fair to say her daughter June caught my eye and from then on it was a match made in heaven. June had her own personal minder from then on!





One of the things about being in the Garda Siochana is that you are in daily contact with people, clubs, schools and voluntary groups. Meeting these groups made you aware that they all had to fundraise to keep going. I felt the urge to help these people and it was then I got involved in a few fundraising projects.

Wedding bells chimed so? Cathal

Yes, we got married on September 23rd 1970. I was fortunate too at the time that, despite numerous transfers, I was based only in Kerry. Ballyduff, Castleisland and Farranfore were my ports of call and I made many lifelong friends there. My final transfer was to Beautys Home, Killarney and it was here I made my home. ...............................................................................................................................................................................


And then along came trouble??

You did not waste much time getting involved in the local community?



The pub quizzes were a big event. I can remember the circuit around the pubs of Killarney every winter culminating in a big finals night. Cathal


Finbarr was born on 30th December 1972 and yourself came along on April 4th (3 days late) 1975. At the time we had settled well into Woodlawn Park, a new housing estate constructed in Scullys field. A lot of Gardai made the move into Woodlawn, so safe to say it was the most law abiding estate in Ireland. ...............................................................................................................................................................................


The quizzes were for the benefit of the Kerry Parents and Friends of the Mentally Handicapped. At the time the Whitegates Hotel was being run by Jackie Carey and this was the hub for the quizzes. Without exaggerating, every pub in Killarney (and there are a few) had a team, some had 2 even 3. It was run off on a league basis for a start, then teams got graded and when it got to the knockout stages it was really competitive. But it was a great social event for the people

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of Killarney. On any given night you had over 200 people competing in numerous pubs all over the town. Not to mention the spectators (who weren’t too bad at prompting the answers).

with the likes of Christy Brady, Hugh O’ Brien, Maura Brosnan and Andrew O’ Callaghan and it was often I finished night duty at 6am, went to bed for 2 hours and played.





It must have been very enjoyable. Any highlight stick in your mind?

That explains how I caught that bug so!


It does and I thought you most things I knew but not everything. I had to keep you on your toes.

I remember one night a question was asked of one well known town character. Now sadly departed, he always had great fun at the quiz. I asked “What sound would you associate with a horse?”. I had hoped for the answer “neigh” but to spontaneous laughter he answered “Clippety Clop”! ...............................................................................................................................................................................


You are fond of all sports? Cathal

I always loved sport, both watching and participating. I played Rugby, Gaelic Football, Hurling and all to a decent standard. When I stopped playing those sports and more especially since I came to Kerry, I took up Pitch and Putt. ...............................................................................................................................................................................


The Gleneagle was the headquarters for that, wasn’t it? Cathal

Yes, Maurice O’Donoghue was a visionary in Killarney and alongside the hotel was two beautiful courses. They were not too far from Woodlawn and I quickly got involved. The Guards even had their own society and the fun times we had were great. Sunday mornings in the Gleneagle were most enjoyable




And the Sports Star Awards? Cathal

Killarney was and still is a great sporting town. At the time it was appropriate to honour those for their sporting prowess. Back in the late 70’s and 80’s we established the Killarney Sports Stars Awards. Each year we honoured people across the sporting arena with all sports encompassed. Eventhough Kerry would be known as a predominantly GAA county there was an abundance of superb sports people involved in Golf, Soccer, Athletics etc. Damien Switzer was in receipt of a few awards, if my memory serves me right? So we ran the Sports Stars Awards for 12 years. This was only possible thanks to the support of Coca Cola and the ABC of Killarney,(Killarney Autos, Killarney Bakeries and Killarney Carpets). And as with all things The Gleneagle Hotel was never found wanting either. ...............................................................................................................................................................................


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So the charity work kept you busy? Cathal

Outside of the Pub Quiz I was lucky enough to go to Italy in 1990. I was always fond of walking and I was approached back in November 1989 to raise funds for the Autistic Association and Guide Dogs for the Blind. It involved a 10 day walk across Italy during the 1990 World Cup. Each county had a representative and I was Kerrys’. The target amount to raise was 10,000 Irish pounds and thankfully I raised 12,500 for the charities before I set off. The walk itself was tough but enjoyable with the highlight being able to go to the Ireland vs England World Cup group game. You’ll remember it was a draw with Kevin Sheedy equalising. The weather on the evening of the game was horrendous, the worst thunder and lightning I ever witnessed. It was at this time too that I saw once again the generosity of the people of Kerry when it came to charity. .................................................................................................................................................................


I’m after suffering and cycling through 14 Ring of Kerry cycles. Its a phenomenal event isn’t it? Cathal

I decided to give the legs a change of direction and I took to the bike. Back in 1984 Denis Geaney and his friends started off a cycle around the Ring of Kerry. As it quickly grew into an annual event I started to give a hand out. Alongside Paddy O’ Donoghue, John Sheppard and Dan McCarthy we helped Denis enhance and expand the cycle. I took part in it for a number of years myself as well


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as helping with the organisation side of things but then when the body no longer allowed, you took over from me.



and Mayo. They are doing their best to test me but our day will come. I’ve graduated to playing Golf. .............................................................................................................................................


How does that go for you?

I did. It has really prospered, hasn’t it?



Without a doubt. But when you are drinking the water, never forget those who dug the well. Denis gave it huge impetus and when he handed it over to a new committee it was in great health. All we have done is continue to nourish it and thank God it continues to be a huge success. It is once again a huge example of the generosity of the people of Killarney, Kerry and Ireland. To think that to date the cycle has raised 12m euro is a testament to everyone involved. .............................................................................................................................................


Back to today what do you do to keep yourself busy? Cathal

My last duty as a Guard was to serve as a Juvenile Liaison Officer in the Community and since I retired in 2000 I like to stay involved in the community. Outside of the ROK Cycle I got involved in the Killarney Credit Union and kept the quizzes up. For leisure time I still like to walk. We are blessed in Killarney with the National Park. I spend as much time as I can with my grandchildren. Amy and Rebecca are in Killarney so I’m meeting them almost daily and when Nia and Darragh don’t come down to Killarney we visit them in Dublin. Tis handy because I still love to go to Croke Park to support my two teams - Galway


I have a tough opponent….and I just try to spend my time as constructively as possible.



If you were to give your younger self any bit of advice, what would it be? Cathal

Keep doing what you are doing, you are doing great. I am fortunate to be living in Killarney and am very happy with my lot. Health is wealth. I was unfortunate enough to lose three of my family at too early a stage (my brothers Paschal and Frank and my sister Mary). So I try to make the most of every opportunity of everyday and hope I’ll be able to continue to contribute and help people in any way I can. To quote an Arabian proverb...

“He who has health has hope and he who has hope has everything.”

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The Town Hall

& Other Memories with Maisie O’Sullivan The town hall at the centre of the town, it was the original one stop shop really. Firstly just to describe the building, as you entered the front door in Main Street, on the ground floor on the right hand side you had the town library manned by Kitty O’Connor. On the left you had the Killarney town tourist office at the time run by Kathleen Meehan. Then you went upstairs and on the 1st floor on the left hand side was Killarney Town Council, who had two humble rooms - one small office and the council chambers and that doubled as the town clerks office. They were all the offices the town council had. On the right hand side of the landing there was Jack O’Brien who was the rent and rate collector at the time. Straight ahead was Sean O’Connor’s art gallery, Eileen and Sean ruled from that room. Also on that floor was the Office of Public Works where Celine Byrne was looking after the office. There you also had Mr. Carroll and Mr. Cosgrove. Thenh on the top floor you had Michael Tim O’Sullivan who operated a Travel Agency there. There was one room at the back which was a big old 55

store. There was another room on the left and that was used by the Order of Malta, you’d trip over skeletons there if you ever had to go into that room! They used to have training there at night. The Dept of Social welfare was also on the top floor run by Michael Dowling of Ross Road. Originally they said the house was owned by Michael Tim O’s family. The building was relatively new, maybe built in the late 20’s. In the store room out the back there were steel windows and I remember Michael Tim O saying this was a sitting room when they were young, he used say “come over here till I show you teeth marks on the window sill” (made by him as a child). There was Kitty O’Connor coming up and down the stairs with the pot of tea. Kitty was a big part of our town hall. At the start we didn’t even have a sink upstairs and Kitty used to have to bring the pot of tea upstairs to us. There was only three of us upstairs at the time. John Ashe was Town Clerk when I started working there. The only other office person there at the time was Breda Kelliher. Then I started and Mary Doona joined us a few months later. I originally worked with County Kerry VEC in Tralee. A vacancy came up in the Town Hall and I applied and got the job. I worked there until I retired in 2011.


The Town Hall was noted for having Tops of the Town, Tops of the Clubs. etc. The GAA used to have it for different functions, like quizzes. The Basketball fancy Dress Dance,

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organised by Eamon O’Donoghue, Michael Courtney, Donie Sheehan and others, people came from far and wide to take part. Tops of the Town would have been the highlight. That was a frenzy, standing space only because tickets were only sold on a first come first served basis. People used queue overnight coming up to the final. Often a time you would be coming into work and there would be a queue starting outside the front door maybe going half way up the stairs and you would be trying to tiptoe in past your neighbours and friends. Bunny Fleming usually had number ‘one’ and usually Kitty Hurley would be there or used to designate someone to

be there for her. I often wonder was it Breda that was there instead of her! They would be in the top row. It would be packed to the rafters. I remember the ballroom was leased out to a James O’Connor from Ballymac who ran dances there and most of the major showbands in the country appeared there. It was a very popular dancing venue. Dan Connor was caretaker when I started there. When he retired Patrick Coleman took it over. Norrie O’Donoghue used to do the cloakroom a lovely person from Ross Road.

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L-R Jack O’Brien, Catherine King, Kitty O’Connor, Angela O’Brien at a Council night out

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Kitty O’Connor looking for absolution from John Ashe!

Every summer you would have Denise Moriarty with her ballet company. She would lease out the ballroom for several nights during the tourist season. The New Abbey Players also leased the hall during the summer for many years. Actors like Cecil Sheehan would perform in the Town Hall a few nights a week.

Workings of the Town Council

One of the things I most enjoyed when I started there was meeting the locals was when they came in with their various issues. People would come in reporting water bursts or broken doors or windows etc. All the complaints were written in triplicate and sent to the various workmen.

Anything to do with carpentry would be given to Jack Finnegan for his attention. He did all the joinery work for the Council at the time. Then anything to do with water leaks was referred to Eamon O’Donoghue and his mate Tommy Leahy. They would go off on their bikes, pedal off to wherever the water works needed doing. They might have to come in to get an order for Mackey O’Sheas if they needed timber for repairs, so they were in and out the whole time like that. We loved the rapport with the workmen, it was a lovely part of the job. Damien your grandfather, Jerry Buckley was Town Foreman when I started in the Town Hall. He kept record of all the mens hours, overtime, etc. and prepared the wages book every week. The book was then brought into the office so that the wages could be made out, and at the very start of my term there it was still paid in cash in the little brown envelopes! Jerry kept the wages book immaculately and there was never an error or ink blob! I often teased Jerry about his perfect book keeping and he would modestly reply

“Sure, Mais, I’m a human computer”! Jerry’s original job before becoming foreman was collecting the toll from farmers coming into the Market Field on a fair day. All the cattle would be driven down Lewis Road and other roads and there was a toll to be paid to the Council

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L-R Mary Doona, Cardinal O’Fiach, Rita Cronin, Maisie O’Sullivan, Bishop MacNamara; back row - Claire Clifford, Sheila O’Donoghue, Patrick Coleman and Patrick O’Donoghue

for the use of the market field. In my time, it was Eamon O’Donoghue and Tommy Leahy who issued the toll tickets. When Jerry retired the job of Town Foreman was taken over by Dan McGough. The Town Hall was a very busy spot back then. The Tourist Office was on the ground floor so you had visitors in and out all the time. The library was always very busy and Sean O’Connor’s gallery upstairs was also very popular. All this apart from the normal workings of an urban council office. The guards often popped into Kitty in the library for a cup of tea! Kitty also manned the box office for the weekly dances and loved meeting people. At that time the jarvey stand extended almost up to the Town Hall and I can remember Andrew Hickey and Denis Counihan chatting away to the tourists every day. I personally find it very sad that our Town Council was abolished as it meant a lot to the people of the town. There was a wealth of local records and history from old Killarney stored in the old Town Hall and even though they are carefully recorded and in safe storage, it would be nice if there was some sort of a local facility where they could be accessed for research purposes, etc. I also think it a shame that our beautiful town crest is no longer seen. The distinctive purple crest, with the three blue lozenges representing the lakes, the crossed quills representing the seat of learning on Innisfallen Island, and the deer representing the local flora 61

Night out for Kitty’s retirem L-R Eileen Ashe, John Ashe, ent Johnny Clifford and Kitty O’C onnor

and fauna, was a beautiful symbol of Killarney. There was a project back in the 80’s which I was involved in regarding shop fronts and I found a few of the photos some time back. I put a few of them up on ‘Killarney Down Memory Lane’ to see if anyone would be interested in seeing them and was amazed at the response which goes to show

Girls day out! Mary Doona, Maisie O’Sullivan and Catherine King

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Wailing Willie

Wailing Willie was a nick name given by an irate local to the siren which would go off to summon the Fire Brigade to the Fire Station in New Market Lane off High Street. It was an old WW2 air raid siren perched on top of the Town Hall . It would absolutely deafen you. On hearing the siren the men would hop on their bikes, you would see them coming from all directions up to the station and they would fly off to where the fire was. And every dog in town screeched and howled along with it! I must stress that this was going back a long time and a very modern Fire Station was built on the By-Pass road.

Civic Receptions

A lot of distinguished visitors visited the Town Hall where they were honoured with a civic reception. The Distinguished Visitors Books probably contain the names of every VIP who visited Killarney. Civic receptions were also given to people for various achievements in different fields. I think Damien you received a record three civic receptions for all your All-Ireland artistic achievements! One person I particularly remember meeting was Bishop Edward Daly of Derry who will always be associated with Bloody Sunday.

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from JOHN to PAUL 1866 - 2016

John Favier

On the occasion of the sesquicentennial anniversary of Glenflesk National School, it seems appropriate to remind ourselves of that stretch of roadway – ‘a mile of Kingdom’between Kelliher’s Cross and O’Donovan’s Blue gate. It must have been a busy thoroughfare at the middle of the nineteenth century. Not only did it witness the opening of a new school in 1866, but the stretch also included a wheelright, a bakery, a church, a presbytery, 2 farmhouses, a sheebeen, a Pound [for stray animals] and later a teacher’s residence. A spring well completed the available services. The first Principal Teacher of the new school was John de Fabviere [1830-1895]. He and his wife, Julia Cronin from Rathmore, also taught in the previous school, a thatched structure situated 200 yards away. While there is no evidence that John was ever involved in a

‘witness protection programme’ it is known that he changed his name 3 times while in Glenflesk [de Fabviere – Fabviere – Fabvier – Favier]. Perhaps the natives wanted something more succinct!

Joe Favier

Interestingly he converted the old school into a bakery. In those days the teacher in a rural area was allocated a parcel of land by the Landlord to enable him to provide food and vegetables for his family. What a pity that such an enlightened practice no longer exists! John de Fabviere continued to add to his portfolio when in 1859 he was appointed Sub-Postmaster in Glenflesk. The Post Office remained in the same location until John’s grandson, Joe Favier, retired from duty in 1973. And , as if to underline the circular nature of events, the current Principal Teacher at Glenflesk National School is Paul Favier, great-great grandson of John De Fabviere. by Pat Favier


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Flashback 1970/80’s County Finals, did you compete?

Fossa Sinead Malone Una Nolan Jacqueline Griffin Michelle O’Halloran

Killarney South Michael O’Sullivan Andrew McCarthy Martin Brosnan Declan McCarthy Killarney North Eamon Ferris Thomas Devaney Padraig Murphy

Girls 100 Metres U14 Killarney South Antionette Casey Denise Shaughnessey Ann Flaherty Rena O’Brien Killarney North

Girls 80 Metres U8 Fossa Linda McCarthy Aoife McCarthy Bridann Cronin Emer Spillane Killarney South Catriona Pyne Maeve Moynihan Denise Quirke Joanne Brosnan Killarney North Elaine Nagle Marie Sheppard

Girls Walking U13 Spa/Muckross Marina Lunch Majella Mangan Collette O’Shea Jennifer Morris Glenflesk


Eileen O’Donavan Sheila O’Leary Valerie McSweeney


Girls 100 Metres U12 Killarney South Fiona Gorman Nuala Kiely Deirdre Hartnett Killarney North Denise Fogarty Darina O’ Brien Glenflesk Sandra Lucey Marian Murphy Fossa Mary Myres Sari Houlihan

Boys 80 Meters U8 Killarney South John Doyle Alan Brady


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Spa/Muckross Linda Russel Gillian O’Sullivan Killarney North Norma Griffin Christine Buckley Clodagh Myers

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Girls 100 Meters U10 Killarney South Patricia Lynch Patricia Cronin Marie Browne Killarney North Aine O’ Shea Carolann Fogarty Helena Cronin

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Boys Long Jump U14 Kilcummin Marcus Fleming Noel O’ Connor Gerard O’Sullivan Spa/Muckross Gary Fleming Des Griffin Edward McCarthy

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Killarney South Bridann O’Shea Patricia Grimes Noreen O’Shea


Girls 100 Metres U12 Killarney South Samantha Duggan Karen Neher Denise Brennan Killarney North Margaret Murrell Siobhan O’Dowd Sandra O’Shea

Boys 100 Metres U12 Killarney North Syl Bartlett Niall O’Sullivan Justin Bennett Killarney South Sean Horgan Francis Slattery Cormac O’Donoghue

Boys 100 Metres U8 Killarney North Gerald Blackwell Kevin Parker Kenneth Buckley Fossa Shane Coffey Nigel O’Connor

Girls 100 Metres U8 Killarney North Sheila Spillane Fiona O’Dowd Sinead O’Connell Killarney South Elaine Horgan Fossa Mary Griffin Maura O’Reilly Spa/Muckross Anne Moynihan Susan O’Halloran Aileen O’Donoghue

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Boys Discus U16 Spa/Muckross Michael McAuliffe Donal Horgan Denis Cremin Fossa Sean Reilly Sean Murphy

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Niall O’Sullivan Justin Bennett Killarney South Sean Horgan Francis Slattery Cormac O’Donoghue

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Christmas in Killarney

Christmas comes but once a year, And when it comes should bring good cheer; We should not let the war destroy The hopes of every girl and boy. The shops with presents all abound, Ill tell you where they can be found. Now, if for cycling you should care, Down to Jack Casey’s repair; Or go to Hilliard’s in High Street, And what you want, you there will meet.

But if in harnessed cars you ride, To J.J.Casey step inside; If real good meat you wish to buy, Why, for it you must Fleming try;

At T.T. O’Connor’s one always sees Good tea, good bread and groceries. If draper’s goods you should require Of Michael O’Leary you’ll not tire.

And then if you should want a drop At Charlie Foley’s you should stop. Miss Gleeson can provide for all With most things, if you only call.

All kinds of Christmas things abound In D.F. O’Sullivan’s shop around. In ornamental stone work too, O’Sullivan’s splendid things to do.

Then Mr.Green can make you white About the teeth by methods right. If you should want to furnish well Hilliards in New Street, bargains sell.

In flour and meal, manures and seeds, John Reidy can supply all needs. If you’re not finished in the day At the Imperial you can stay

To Hilliard’s, Main Street shop you go, to dress in style from head to toe; For hardware and the farmers’ needs To T.J. Lyne’s experience leads;

Now, one and all, be of good cheer, As Christmas comes but once a year.

And watches, clocks and jewellery At Mangan’s High Street, you will see. I have been told that sure to please And Martin’s really splendid teas.


Written in 1916 Author Unknown

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Killarney ‘ARBUTUS’ Furniture a a time of entrepreneurs & pure craftsmanship


The first mention of the manufacture of woodwares (arbutus furniture) in Killarney is in 1837. Lewis noted ‘a variety of useful and ornamental articles are made from the arbutus tree, and sold to strangers visiting the lakes’. The raw material was readily at hand as the slopes of the hills surrounding the lakes were thickly clothed in woods. Arbutus (arbutus unedo), also known as the strawberry tree and elm, ash, holly and yew were to be found growing abundantly. Timbers, long immersed in waterlogged ground, such as bog oak and bog yew were also utilised for the souvenir trade. The earliest claim to manufacture at Killarney is that of Jeremiah O’Connor who, when advertising his ‘Arbutus and Irish Bog Oak Factory’ in 1858, claimed to be the original maker, ‘Established 1825’. Another early maker of bog oak was Dennis Connell. His success in selling ‘his work to the visitors as souvenirs of the locality’ led him to seek a wider market by moving to Dublin about 1845. Most manufactured small objects such as brooches, bracelets, necklaces and earrings and motifs emblematic of Irish culture and history in general rather than specific to Killamey. However, a brooch in the Ulster Museum depicts Muckross Abbey wreathed in fems and a casket presented to Queen Victoria on her visit to Killamey in 1861 depicted in its carving Killarney House, Glena Cottage, Innisfallen, Muckross Abbey, Ross Castle, Dunloe Castle, Weir Bridge and Aghadoe ‘Church’. Production at Killarney of bog oak and bog yew objects was to continue with three manufacturers still active in 1894. A guide book of 1850 mentions ‘card cases, needle-boxes, paper cutters, silk winders’ as characteristic wares on sale. Puzzle boxes were 73

mentioned in 1853 and snuff boxes and rings in a 1856 directory. By the mid-nineteenth century the making of large pieces was already established at Killarney with a guide of 1850 listing ‘tables, writing-desks and workboxes’ as items of production. James Egan six years later advertised the availability of ‘Loo, Oval, Card, Sofa, Chess, Office, Work and other Tables, Davenport Cabinets, Chiffoniers, Chess Boards, Work Boxes, Dressing Cases and Writing Boxes’. Plainer, but high quality furniture lacking in inlay, was also produced probably for local demand. Some of these pieces were stamped ‘KILLARNEY’ to identify their origin. The best known of the Killarney manufacturers was James Egan though he did not identify his products by label or stamp. His business was possibly established in 1844 in Main Street. By 1850 the factory was producing both arbutus and bog oak articles. He took full advantage of the royal visits of 1858 and 1861. On the first evening of the Prince of Wales’ visit in 1858 he was able to display his wares to the royal visitor who purchased a ‘small but elegantly finished chess-board and some other small but elegantly finished articles.’ He subsequently purchased a table, a replica of which Egan displayed in his showroom. For Queen Victoria’s visit three years later he was commissioned by Lord Castlerosse to make a fine inlaid arbutus cabinet and desk and a casket of bog oak. The cabinet and desk are in the collection of the National Museum of Ireland. Other patrons of James Egan included the Earl of Clarendon, the Earl of Lanesborough, the Earl of Kenmare, the Earl of Eglinton, Viscount Hill and Lord Headley. The Earl of Eglinton purchased a ‘ladies’ work table

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with work box, writing stand and book stand, formed from the pillar of the table, the whole elaborately inlaid with 157,000 pieces’ which he displayed under his own name at the 1853 Dublin Exhibition. Egan’s business continued into the 1870’s but by 1870 his attention may have been diverted in another direction as he was by then the proprietor of the Innisfallen Lake Hotel. James Egan’s main competitor was Jeremiah O’Connor whose business antedated that of his rival if his claim to have started in 1825 is accepted. His manufactory was in Main Street ‘near opposite the church’ and by 1858 he had additional premises in Main Street opposite the Kenmare Arms. He manufactured both arbutus and bog oak articles and stamped some pieces of furniture ‘O’Connor Arbutus & Bog Oak Manufacturer Killarney’. The last record of the business was in 1886. Another substantial manufacturer was Jeremiah Cremmin. The factory may well have originated in the business operated by the early 1840’s by a Mrs Neate, a widow, and her daughters, which traded from a small shop opposite the Kenmare Arms in Main Street close to the business of Jeremiah O‘Connor. The Prince of Wales visited Cremmin’s factory during his stay in Killamey in 1858 and made some purchases. By the 1880’s the arbutus industry was in decline in Killarney but its demise was not to come until many decades later. The decline in furniture manufacture appears to have been part of a general trend in Southern Ireland due to competition from outside suppliers, notably from Britain. However, James Coakley displayed arbutus furniture at the Cork Industrial Exhibition of 1883 as did James French, a newly established maker in the Gap of Dunloe whose exhibits consisted of an inlaid cabinet and card table. The decline of the wood working industry was of concern to the Earl of Kenmare. In 1895 he provided a house in which a school of arts and crafts was set up and a master was engaged from London. The Countess of Kenmare encouraged Anton Lang, a carver from Oberammergau, to move to Killamey to teach his trade and he stayed 75

for ten months. Drawing and woodcarving classes were formed. By 1897 twelve men and boys were said to be in employment by the day and twenty attended evening classes. The school, however, appears to have veered away from the traditional products of the town. Its manufactures were marketed under the name ‘The Killarney Furniture Industries’. The focus for arbutus furniture production transferred from the town to the Gap of Dunloe. James French was already located there in 1883 and he continued in business until at least 1905. By 1929 arbutus production in the Gap of Dunloe had passed to John Kiernan. In his employ at that date was John Donoghue, a skilled inlayer who had entered the trade about 1906 and was first cousin to his employer. The business was still active in 1946 and by then was employing John Peter and Eleanor Kiernan, son and daughter of the proprietor. Furniture production ceased in that year, it being too time-consuming to be profitable. A folding card table, the top inlaid with local views, which sold for £60 was said to have taken five months to produce. Today pieces reach in excess of £50,000. In 1952 a fire destroyed the work shop and stock and the business never recovered from this set back though production of some smaller items such as boxes, trays and portable desks continued until the mid 1950’s. By then the elderly John Kiernan had died and Eleanor had married and moved to England. The inlaid views, especially that of Muckross Abbey, continued as the main theme until the end of production and sprays and trails of foliage continued to be used for borders. Holly, sycamore and arbutus remained the timbers in favour throughout. Today only the products of the industry and the ruined workshop and cottage in the Gap of Dunloe remain to remind us of a once flourishing craft.

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Muckross Billy Arthur William Bourn Vincent h

Arthur William Bourn Vincent or Billy to those in Ireland, his time and friendships in Killarney formed him as a man. The following is a little about Billy the boy, the solider, the businessman and as a philanthropist.

Billy’s grandfather, Bowers Bourn (a Californian millionaire who made his fortune in gold ‘the Empire Mine, the largest goldmine in America and Spring Valley Water Company) bought Killarney’s Muckross House and its demesne of 11,000 acres in 1910 as a wedding present for his daughter, Maud Bourn when she married Arthur Rose Vincent. Between 1911 and 1932, over £110,000 was lavished on improvements to the Estate. It became young Billy’s childhood home.

The Boy

Billy was born in London where his family had hired a house for him to be born in, ‘true’ because it was more fashionable to be born in London than Kerry. Soon after he went to live in Muckross in 1919. During the Civil War, many such stately homes were destroyed yet there was no trouble in Muckross. The Killarney estates, Kenmare and Muckross, neither were damaged at all in any of the troubles. Though he did recall ‘1923 the train was running from Dublin to Mallow. There was no train to Kerry, it had been blown up. So we had to go in an old car and stop at every river because the bridges had been blown up and we’d have to wade across. I thought it was a very exciting place!’ Around 1925 Billy recalls Danny Dwyer, ‘the fellow who used to drive the cars for us’ and there was John O’Shea, his father’s personal servant, who went everywhere with them. ‘He’s the second man I remember in my life after my father. He was from Muckross. His father lived there and was a boatman, and John was an extreme republican and he became a leading member of the IRA. My father when he was in the Senate had to get rid of him because he’d be painting ‘Up the IRA’ and so on, on the walls in Muckross. I never discussed politics with John but I knew him well until he died in 1986 and I was devoted to him. I was devoted to him, and so was my father and they came back together later on’. 78

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Billy remembers all sorts of people coming to Muckross. Californians, friends from England, from France coming to stay during the summer and his father would have shooting parties in the winter ‘the shooting was very good in Muckross’. They used shoot woodcock. WB Yeats came twice to Muckross, in 1925 and 1926. Billy remembered watching him out in the garden, where he would be talking, tapping the trees and talking to himself, and I said to my father

‘That poet man’s a bit crazy, he is talking to the trees!’


The Solider

In the war Billy joined the Irish Guards. ‘My father knew Beatty, General Beatty who was related to the Kenmares, whose wife was a Kenmare. I went to Sandhurst’. That was the least distinguished part of his career in the army because he was unwell and caught mumps. He was sent to Inniskilling’s, which his uncle Mr Bartley had been advising him to go in to because he had been with them in Iraq. Billy served in India, Persia and Iraq, the Middle East and Italy and was wounded twice in that theatre. Firstly he was shipped to India, where for a time he trained for jungle warfare, and from there moved through Iraq to Persia, which was under Anglo-Soviet occupation. After Persia, the Inniskilling’s were sent to take part in the bitterly contested invasion of Sicily.

Billy (left), Sam Irving and Sir David Cole in Isernia 1943

Throughout his early teenage years, Billy Vincent built up friendships with the Doody, Mulligan, Kenny, Cronin, Coffey, O’Shea, Lyne and Cremin families in Killarney. Stories of the Vincent family generosity are well remembered in Killarney to this day (gifts of new clothing, haunches of venison, free milk and rent-free houses), as was their pride in encouraging the upkeep of Muckross and its surrounds. Though they did consider installing electricity. However, dismissed this idea as considered it too costly. (Electricity was not installed in Muckross House until 1970).

Billy continued his education in Bryanston. BeforeWorld War II, he spent one year at the University of Munich and then went to Magdalene College, Cambridge, from where he obtained both BA and MA degrees.

Billy Vincent in uniform

From 1933 to 1936 he was educated at Bryanston School in England, at school he caught rheumatic fever (an illness which he was to spend, most of his teenage years recovering from). Billy recalled ‘First of all they sent me to the Isle of Wight to get better. But the doctors they drove me mad. They were awful. One said I needed a treacle enema every day. I had a treacle enema every day. It nearly killed me. Thick black treacle. I’ve never heard of anything so ridiculous. I don’t know how my father ever let these fellows do it but he did. So, I was in bed most of the time, and then I got a wheelchair’. He returned to Muckross again and there he got a bit better, he was introduced by their family doctor from Killarney, Dr O’Sullivan, to a Dr Moore, who was a small little man, but very efficient, very sharp. Billy was put under his care and he said ‘cured me’. Of course since he had been in Muckross, he had an Irish nurse.

In July 1932, shortly after his mother’s death on a trip to America. His father wrote to Mr Eamon De Valera, ‘presenting’ Muckross as a gift to the people of Ireland. This is now known as the Bourn Vincent Memorial Park.

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After a long campaign, beset with illness, Billy injuried... found himself in Rome. ‘In the Irish College there were various nurses who were Irish looking after us’. They used to go over to the Irish College to talk to the priests in the evenings. Then a nurse said to one of the priests ‘Oh where do you come from?’ and he said ‘Killarney.’ ‘Oh,’ she said ‘We have an officer from Killarney’. ‘Who’s that?’ he said. ‘Oh my God’ he said ‘I know the name.’ He knew Billy’s name you see. And so he came over to see him, it was Fr Quinlan. He said, ‘Oh I must tell Monsignor O’Flaherty.’ Monsignor O Flaherty, came down to the hospital to visit Billy. He had a car you see, nobody had a car in those days, and he used to take Billy around. ‘He really showed me Rome from the bottom. He knew every place in Rome and he showed me round. There was no traffic you see except some army vehicles, you know, armour. I couldn’t walk very well. So he took me around in his car, all around Rome. We went everywhere; he was really marvellous to me’. Billy was in Rome about six weeks and they formed a lasting relationship

‘he was amazing, all those people he saved’

Billy said.

The second time he was wounded was just before Bologna. He just standing there and a couple of shells fell and recalled saying ‘Those are getting fairly near.’ And then another one fell and he said ‘God that is getting very near, we better go back into the shelter.’ And a piece of shrapnel hit him in the back. Back to Rome to spend more time in hospital. On another occasion, Billy cheated death when a projectile went through the spokes of his motorcycle wheel and did not explode.

The Businessman

When peace came Billy left the army. So far from looking to his family for support, he built his own career as a businessman from scratch. In 1947, he returned to California where he became the international representative for Hiller Aircraft, a fledging maker of helicopters on the San Francisco Peninsula. The firm needed someone who was multilingual and had strong associations in the Middle East and Europe. Billy was a perfect fit. In his new pursuit, he became friends with potentates and national leaders who were interested in this new flying machine. After leaving Hiller Aircraft Corporation in 1962, Mr Vincent became an investor in oil exploration and was a partner of Carver-Dodge Oil Company in Denver, Colorado, who had very successful discoveries of oil, first in Indonesia and later in Alberta, Canada. In 1983 he was appointed Chairman of the Board of Inishtech Capital Fund Limited, an Irish Venture Capital Company formed in the Cayman Islands, to invest in the United States of America. In 1990 he was appointed a Director of Independent Newspapers, which owned The Irish Independent and The Independent published in London, and many other newspapers in Ireland, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. They also own a number of radio and cable stations in Australia, New Zealand and Ireland. 80

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The Inniskillings most savage battle was the crossing of the Garigliano, at which Billy was second-in-command of B Company. After crossing the river and minefields under fire, the Inniskilling’s took their objectives in the first breaching of the Gustav Line before fighting off massive German counterattacks. Billy was wounded, and 43 of his comrades killed.

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The Philanthropist

friends and new to form the Ireland Fund of Monaco. It has not only raised significant funds, but every two years the Fund’s celebration in Monte Carlo is a world class, not-to-be-missed event.

Billy Vincent did not have to devote himself to good causes, he could have rested on the accomplishments and philanthropy of his family. Fortunately for Ireland and many noble causes, his life is studded with enduring achievements to benefit others. In 1963 Presidents Kennedy and de Valera called for the creation of the American Irish Foundation. By 1971, the American Irish Foundation had almost failed in this mission, but its small board rededicated itself to the cause. One of the first to join in this effort was Billy, who assisted the foundation by helping it to gain credibility on both sides of the ocean and by throwing his grand parties in San Francisco and Killarney, which provided social glue to strengthen the foundation.

Loretta Brennan Glucksman, Chairman of The American Ireland Fund, aptly paraphrased a memorable line from Henry V - ‘a little touch of Harry in the night’ to say that everyone would be fortunate to have

‘a little touch of Billy in their lives’. No one who knew him would disagree. Billy has secured so many achievements as a solider, a businessman and as a philanthropist. In each role, he has acted with decency, courage, vision and great, great generosity. He has done it all with style, humour and compassion. Billy ‘Arthur William Bourn Vincent’ passed away peacefully on October 18, 2012, in Monte Carlo, Monaco aged 93. Though Billy had homes around the world, as per his wishes. His ashes were interred in a grave next to his father’s in Killegy graveyard overlooking his childhood home in Muckross.

In 1983 he became Chairman of the foundation and actively led the board in its negotiations to merge with The Ireland Fund. He had complete faith in the leadership of the Fund and was impressed by its achievements. He believed it best for Ireland if the two organisations would combine their efforts. After that successful merger in 1986, Bill became Vice Chairman of The American Ireland Fund and his participation since has been invaluable as a Board Member. After he became a resident of Monaco in 1998, he called upon old

So as you spend a day in the park, walking the grounds and gardens, think a little of Billy and

give him a salute as you pass by.


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Callaghans : College Street

Tatler Jack : Plunkett Street

The changing face of

Killarney’s Pub Life I can still recall a Saturday morning in the mid 194O’s sitting in Bill Howard’s hairdressing saloon in College Street, when the late Bill a man deeply immersed in the history of his town posed to me the question...

“what is the most important street in this town?”

and as so many seasons have since elapsed, I cannot recall my reply but the genial Bill promptly informed me that New Street was the most important street in Killarney as you travelled there to be baptized, confirmed and married.

“if you decide to enter that state and when the time comes to depart this life you made your journey along that street to your final resting place in one of the local cemeteries”

Courtneys & Corkerys : High Street

Bill’s departing words to me as I left were:

“Sonny hopefully there will be many changes in this town before you make your final journey along New Street and how true those words were” Yes indeed there have been many changes and mostly all for the better in our town and for the purpose of this article I will focus on the many changes that have taken place in the local hostelries or pubs or which ever title you may choose to use. The pub in my time had a multi-purpose use, people went there to socialise, confidential matters including marriage bonds were often discussed in the “snug” while women often availed of it in an age when it may not have been in the public interest to be seen having a nibble of whiskey on a fair day or market days or the occasion of baptisms or other special occasions. We must take cognisance of the fact that we now have far more stand alone pubs in Killarney than we had some 50 years ago when a pub simply augmented a wholesale grocery or new agency business. 88

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Murphys & Jug of Punch Pubs : College Street

Failte Hotel : College Street

Kenmare Arms : College Street

O’Donoghues : Glebe Place

College Street Firstly take College Street with our first port of call being Upper Scott’s also known as The Criterion and not The Royal Hotel. Next was Con O’Healy’s, a solicitor and the pub was operated by his brother-in-law Mattie Carey. This was later purchased by Kilcummin native Jimmy O’Brien and developed into a noted sporting establishment where games were often played and replayed with the genial Jimmy having the final word on the verdict. Next we had John Horgan operating a grocery and pub business and next door was “Coiner” O’Connor’s both now owned by the McSweeney family. Michael Casey, a solicitor, owned the Killarney bar and this is still in the ownership of the Casey family. As we move down street we had John Clifford’s a noted footballer and loyal Dr. Crokes supporter who operated a grocery and bar business as well as stabling for horses in Clover’s Lane to accommodate people from the country to rest their animals while doing business in town. This is now the Failte Hotel and in the ownership of the O’Callaghan family.


Clifford’s Hotel : College Street

As we move down street we had the Glebe Hotel and Ballroom once owned by Archie Graham and later Thomas G and Maria Cooper also a noted sporting family who also owned the local cinema in the railway road. This hotel had a ballroom attached where dancing was never allowed after midnight. I had a long association with the Glebe Hotel and the Cooper family as my father supplied milk to the hotel on a daily basis. Tom Cooper was Killarney’s greatest entrepreneur of that era who as well as producing the local film ‘The Dawn’ also initiated the daily bus tours around the ring of Kerry. His son John C excelled at gaelic football, basketball, golf and might I add rugby when this game was banned by the GAA. Thomas G was also the grandfather to well known press photographer Michelle Cooper/Galvin. Dan Courtney’s was another popular establishment in College Street during fair days in town and Dan also reared prize cattle on his farm in Coolgarrive. Across the street we had the Arbutus and Kenmare Arms Hotels as well as Paddy “Squire” Cronin’s where the Dr. Croke club held their early meetings. Paddy also owned a farm where he reared some fine cattle and next door was Moriarty’s, both now owned by Sean Murphy. Next we had the hotel owned by

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Scotts Hotel : College Street

Courtneys : Plunkett Street

Clifford’s Hotel : College Street

John Scott and later his son Eamon and now owned by the O’Donoghue family who developed this area into what has become known as Scott Street. I can also recall a pub with A. O’Callaghan over the door and the owner is reputed to have won a junior All Ireland medal with Kerry. As we move further down Street we find a pub owned by the late Pat O’Meara and once the headquarters of the Legion GAA club. I can still recall Teddy and Gerald O’Sullivan, Mickey O’Leary, Tom Cooper and occasionally Jimmy Fleming sitting on the stool outside that pub door discussing matches played the previous week and which may have included that famous Legion v Dick Fitzgerald’s objection which lived long in the lore of the GAA in Killarney. Down this street we had the Imperial Hotel owned by Tim Lyne a cattle dealer and farmer and beside the hotel the local Veterinary Surgeon Owen Gleeson had his office. Across College Square Dan Culloty ran a thriving drapery business which once had a pub licence attached.

Tatler Jack : Plunkett Street

Buckleys Bar : Plunkett Street

Plunkett ‘Henn’ Street As we move down Henn Street now Plunkett Street, we find Con Courtney’s who had a pub as well as an auctioneering business and then Anna Sewell who had both a pub and a news agency attached which suppled the local clergy with their daily papers. On the instructions of my late father I was once delegated to collect Bishop O’Brien’s daily paper from Anna and drop it into the Palace on my way to the Monastery but having spent too many days in the bog and saving hay the poor Bishop was often without his daily news and I duly lost my job as a news boy and my weekly pint of lemonade from Anna. We also had another pub adjacent to the Glebe Hotel owned by Jehr O’Leary also a cattle dealer of note. Across the street you had Dennehy’s now The Dunloe where Kerry footballers and pig buyers Joe Barrett and Jack Lynch paid the local farmers for pigs purchased for Dennehy’s factory on the occasion of the monthly Killarney fair. I have often wondered the reasons to why Killarney never had a cattle mart which could certainly enhance the business life of the town. Next to the Dunloe was a pub 90

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The Red Shadow : Main Street

Corkerys : High Street

Charlie Foley’s : New Street

Courtneys : High Street

McSweeneys & Jimmy O’Brien’s : Fair Hill

Bill Howard’s Hairdressers : Glebe Place

owned by the late Jim Flaherty a brother to the famous Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty and of course Jim’s son Hugh Flaherty (jnr) a noted legal personality. As well as operating a pub business Jim was also an accomplished electrician who travelled around the county on his bicycle bringing electricity to many rural homes. This establishment was later purchased by the well known spa GAA personality Donie O’Leary and is now run as Kerry refrigeration by the O’Learey family. Down the street the Donoghue family had a pub and tailoring business.

Main Street In Main Street we had another famous multi-purpose establishment namely John M. Reidy’s which operated a bar and grocery business as well as a hardware and bakery and this is now in the ownership of Mike Sheehan. I was in this establishment that I first sampled a bottle of Guinness with my late father only for both of us to be admonished by the bar maid the late Nellie Robb’s on the dangers of the abuse of that substance and might I add that nowadays we could do with many such counsellors of the calibre of Nellie Robb’s 91

to advise our youth on the excessive use of alcohol which has become so problematic in Irish society. Dan O’Leary operated a pub next to O’Donoghue’s Pharmacy. Across the street we had Con Mack’s, later owned by the neighbours Florence and Patie O’Donoghue as the Red Shadow. Under the Town Hall clock we had Thado O’Leary’s now The Laurels. Thado was a creamery manager who owned a famous greyhound named “Kilbrean Boy” who won fame in Tralee Track.

New Street A short trip down New Street we will come to Charlie Foley’s Bar and grocery establishment where my late mother went for good bacon and my father met up with his relations from the Beaufort area and as we move further down we had three stand alone pubs owned by Christie Flynn, Dan Moriarty and Mother Hick’s. Ben Campion a Laois native once had a pub in this street and his claim to fame was that he trained the Killarney minor hurlers to win 3 minor county titles. Across this street T.J. Lyne operated a hardware and gas business with a pub at the rear of the establishment.

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The Laune Bar : New Street

Charlie Foley’s : New Street

Park Place Hotel : High Street

High Street As we move up High Street our first port of call will be to former Kerry footballer Gerald Teahan who also won county championship medals with Dick Fitzgeralds, Dingle and Kerins O’Rahilly’s. This pub also had a milk depot attached. Next door we had the Long Bar owned by the Counihan family and of course the well established Bar, Grocery and bakery business of T.T. O’Connor’s, who also provided a delivery service in the town by messenger bike and pony cart. As we move up High street we had a number of establishments including Con Courtney’s, Corkery’s, Jack C. O’Shea’s and of course Denis Hussey a long serving member of Killarney Town Council and today all those establishments are still very much involved in the pub business. Another famous establishment on the upper section of High Street was the Aeroplane Bar and grocery business owned by Kilcummin native Jerry O’Connor and his wife Stella. This establishment also operated a milk depot where milk was purchased from local suppliers and re-sold to the families in the town. It also sold manures

The Vintage : New Street

and farm produce to local farmers. It was in the “ snug” of the Aeroplane Bar that former footballer, republican and later a TD in Dail Eireann, Jack Flynn operated his weekly clinic and if you felt that you had done the country some service in troubled times and may be entitled to an IRA pension a trip to meet Jack Flynn in the Aeroplane Bar on a Saturday afternoon would be a worthwhile exercise. Legend has it that one of his claims to fame was that he once shot a Black and Tan and produced what he said was a Tan’s cap to support his claim for a pension but on closer examination Jack kindly informed him that the Tan never wore such a cap and I have never been informed he was awarded the pension he sought. On top of this street we had Dr McSweeney’s later owned by the popular Killarney GP Dr Paddy O’Donoghue who after his premature death in 1949 was developed into the very popular Park Place Hotel which became very much the home of Kerry football. Dr Paddy was of course the President of the Legion GAA club and the East Kerry GAA Board and today his memory is perpetuated by the O’Donoghue Cup competed for each year by the clubs of East Kerry. 92

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Taylor’s : New Street

John & Sheila Kelly 1960

Hickey’s : New Street

Alexandra : High Street

Launch of Killarney’s 225th Annual Regatta at Mahoney’s Point L/R Michael Fleming, Phil Hilliard, Denis Hegart, John Kelly & Donie Brosnan

New Street

Across the street we had the Alexandra Hotel owned by the Collins family where Donie Collins also operated a Carriage building business where Donie O’Shea’s yard now stands. It was the late Donie Collins who presented the Collins cup to the Stadium committee to be played for each Whit Sunday as an annual fundraiser and which attracted a large crowds to Killarney. As we move down High Street we had Tommy Mullins who operated a pub and tailoring business. The Glen Bar and next to Bobby Eager who operated a thriving pub/green grocery and news agency business and which is now owned by a distant relation of mine Thomas O’Donoghue ‘The Speakeasy’. Next we had Con O’Meara’s also a well established bar and grocery business and then on to Matt Cahill’s who owned a pub and taxi business and later owned by former Kerry footballer Teddy O’Connor and his wife Kitty. Sure it was Matt Cahill who provided transport in his taxi for my baptism many moons ago. This is still in the ownership of the O’Connor family. 93

There you have it folks and as I pen these lines the words of the late Bill Howard still ring in my ears “Sonny there will be many changes in this town before you make your final journey down New Street” a sentiment which I must concur and finally I wish to pay a special tribute to the many wonderful people who have contributed to making Killarney the town that it is today and the hub of so much business and tourism and indeed the envy of so many other towns in Ireland. There have certainly been many changes since Matt Cahill took me down New Street for my baptism so many years ago. by John Kelly

John Kelly

AGM of East Kerry GAA Board 1989 in the Park Place Hotel : Front L/R Fr. Galvin President, Dee Ferris, Joh Kelly, Michael Teahan, Sean Kelly. Back L/R Sean O’Sullivan, Tony Falvey, Dan Kelliher & Pat Sweeney.

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Contemporary Twist

Head Chef from The Brehon, Chad Byrne and his team of international award winning Chefs have created an exclusive Killarney Christmas Annual menu of traditional dishes reworked in a unique contemporary manner showcasing the very best of ingredients and local produce. 94

Standing proud in well-tended lawns on the road to the National Park, Danú at The Brehon, Killarney, has been awarded an AA Rosette for culinary excellence. Led by Head Chef Chad Byrne, the fine dining experience at Danú has underpinned the hotel’s reputation as one of Kerry’s most exceptional destinations across locals and tourists alike.

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Beetroot cured salmon, salmon pâté, root vegetable salad and thyme crackers

Ingredients Salmon

1/2 side of salmon 500g of raw beetroot 3g of fennel seeds 1/2 bunch of tarragon 250g of caster sugar 500g of sea salt


500g of raw beetroot 25ml of white wine vinegar 1 banana shallot 1 garlic clove 100ml of olive oil sea salt pepper


2 egg yolks 3/4 tsp English mustard 3/4 tsp white wine vinegar 200ml of light olive oil sea salt



1 carrot 1/2 celeriac 1 parsnip 1 raw beetroot 1 shallot 1 tsp chives, chopped Cornish sea salt


150g of smoked salmon 1/2 lemon, juiced 50g of natural yoghurt 50g of cream cheese Cornish sea salt pepper


350g of plain flour 1 tsp Cornish sea salt 5 sprigs of fresh thyme 3 tsp baking powder 90g of unsalted butter, cold 140ml of water, cold

Bake in a preheated oven at 180°C/Gas mark 4 for 12 minutes. Cool and store in an airtight container

To make the salmon, peel the beetroot and cut into 3cm cubes. Blend the beetroot, fennel seeds, tarragon, sugar and sea salt in a food processor to make the cure

To make the beetroot, wash the beetroot, cover with water in a pan, add a pinch of salt and a dash of vinegar

Pin bone and trim the salmon, lay it onto a large tray and pour the cure over. Cover with cling film then leave in the fridge for 10 hours. Turn the salmon over and cure for another 20 hours

Bring to a simmer and cook until the beetroot is soft but not breaking up, which should take about 45 minutes. Leave to cool in the water

Tip away the juices, wash off the cure and pat the salmon dry. At this stage your salmon is ready to eat, but you should chill until needed

Peel the beetroot, dice into 1/2 cm cubes and put in a bowl. Finely chop the shallot and garlic, add to the bowl, season and add a dash of vinegar. Cover with olive oil

To make the thyme crackers, finely chop the thyme and dice the butter. Combine the remaining ingredients in a mixer until it forms a dough. Divide into 6 balls. Cover in cling film and chill for 1 hour

To make the mayonnaise, put the egg yolks, mustard and white wine vinegar into a food processor and blend for 1 minute Very slowly, with the motor running, add the oil until the ingredients have emulsified. Season to taste

Roll the dough through a pasta machine, starting at the widest setting and working it down to setting 2. Cut into long, thin triangles, and put on a non-stick baking sheet



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For the root vegetable salad, peel and finely chop the carrot, celeriac, parsnip and beetroot. Finely slice the shallot Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, including the chopped chives. Add enough mayonnaise to bind and season with Cornish sea salt For the smoked salmon pâté, remove the skin and bones from the smoked salmon. Blend with the lemon juice in a food processor for 1 minute Scrape down the side of the bowl, add the yogurt and cream cheese and blend for 2 minutes Adjust the seasoning with salt, pepper and lemon juice. Transfer to a bowl and chill until required Finely slice the salmon and fan across each plate. Scatter the diced beetroot over the salmon, and place a quenelle of the salmon pâté on top In a side bowl, arrange a small heap of slaw, and finish with the thyme biscuits


Sous vide turkey breast, red cabbage, pear tarte Tatin, Gorgonzola, chestnut

Ingredients Sous-vide turkey

1 turkey breast 1 garlic clove, crushed 2 sprigs of thyme 50g of butter

Red cabbage purée

1 red cabbage, finely sliced 2 banana shallots, finely sliced 1 tsp olive oil 50g of cranberries 100ml of ruby port


Pear tarte Tatin

1 pear 20g of butter 20g of caster sugar 1/2 vanilla pod, seeds scraped out puff pastry, two circles ready rolled, about 10cm in diameter

To garnish

1 pear 4 chestnuts, peeled and cooked Gorgonzola baby basil

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Remove 6 of the cranberries from the red cabbage mixture and reserve for garnish. Blend the rest of the mixture in the food processor until very smooth, then pass through a fine sieve Remove the turkey from vacuum bag and carve into 2 neat portions. Sear in hot pan, basting with hot foaming butter, then leave to rest

Preheat a water bath to 155°F Place the turkey in a vacuum bag with the garlic, thyme and a knob of the butter. Seal in a chamber sealer and cook in the water bath for 2 hours Meanwhile, make the red cabbage purÊe. Place the olive oil, red cabbage and shallots into a pan over a medium heat and sweat for 10 minutes. Add the cranberries and port, bring to a simmer and braise until the cabbage is tender and the port has reduced by 3/4

Peel the remaining pear, cut into wedges and heat with a blowtorch until scorched To serve, place a portion of turkey on each plate with a portion of the pear tarte Tatin. Garnish with the Gorgonzola, chestnuts, charred pear, baby basil and the reserved cranberries

Preheat an oven to 356°F/gas mark 4 Whilst the port is reducing, prepare the pear tarte Tatin. Peel the pear, cut in half lengthwise and remove the core. Place the butter in a small pan with the caster sugar and vanilla pod. Cook slowly over a low heat until caramelised Add the 2 pear halves cut-side down and cover each pear with the puff pastry circles. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, or until the pastry is crisp and golden puff pastry, two circles ready rolled, about 10cm in diameter 97

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Caramel panna cotta with homemade gingerbread

Ingredients Panna cotta recipe


Preheat the oven to 150°C/gas mark 2

150ml of milk 600ml of double cream 1 vanilla pod 2 1/2 bronze gelatine leaves 150g of caster sugar

To make the gingerbread, sieve the plain flour, dark brown sugar, mixed spice, bicarbonate of soda and ground ginger together in a bowl. In a heavy-based saucepan, melt the butter, treacle and syrup

Gingerbread recipe

Allow the warm, melted ingredients to cool, then slowly whisk in the egg and milk. Add the sieved dry ingredients to the saucepan, mix well to combine then pour contents of saucepan into a tin lined with baking parchment

225g of plain flour 60g of dark brown sugar 1 1/2 tsp mixed spice 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda 2 1/2 tsp ground ginger 120g of unsalted butter 170g of black treacle 85g of golden syrup 1 egg 140ml of milk

Bake the gingerbread for approximately one hour, until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Once baked and cooled, but still a little warm, wrap in cling film and leave to age for two days - this is desirable as it helps to develop the flavours, though is not essential For the panna cotta, combine the milk, cream, and scraped vanilla seeds in a heavy based pan

Bring to the boil, then slowly simmer until reduced by one third. Meanwhile, soak the gelatine leaves in cold water for at least four minutes. Squeeze out the soaked gelatine leaves and add to the simmering liquid, stirring to dissolve Add the caster sugar to a separate heavy based pan with one tablespoon of water. Cook until it reaches a dark caramel colour Pour the caramel into the reduced cream mix, whisking continuously - take care as the caramel may spit Once the caramel and cream mixture has combined, pass through a sieve to remove any sugar lumps. Pour into dariole moulds and leave to set in the fridge for 4 hours To plate, dip the dariole moulds into boiling water for 5 seconds to help loosen the panna cottas. Invert the puddings onto a dessert plate and slowly remove the moulds Slice the gingerbread and serve on the side


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D’Alton Avenue

Wherever I go I bring the Killarney I grew up in with me. Wherever I go I bring Killarney with me. It is the Killarney of my childhood; of glorious mornings where every path led to adventure. Clover’s Lane, where I lived, was as a stream feeding into the streets and roads that were as rivers of possibilities, all flowing into the magic lakes. And there were real streams, especially the Deenagh, full of trout, where I fished as a boy. It seems to me now that the boatmen of Killarney were the true owners of the town, the reason for the town, and the being of the town. Sure, many worked in the boot factory but that was only to make their own vocations possible. I remember them made young and strong from rowing. There were no outboard motors then. I looked at them as heroic warriors. I see them now in Innisfallen gathered around their fire, in from fishing and cooking their lunch of fried bacon, or whatever they had. Some had freshly caught salmon lying in their boats. Their banter, learning, humour even their songs made me feel as a young pup, privileged to be among them. They knew each other by first names, or nicknames; and were known everywhere around the town by the same. What had they? They had the total beauty of the lakes. Living in the small houses up laneways, they had their frugal comforts. As fishermen they had their boats, oars, rods and handmade baits; these were spoons and devons coloured myriad shades, either faced with feather or copper or silver taken from chocolate wrappings, and carefully glued and lacquered.


Any good? Was the question to every boatman landing in for lunch. “Two” might be a reply. “What colour”? “I caught them on the green” may well be the reply. But what shade of green? There were a myriad shades.

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Now and over my life as a painter, I try with my brush to recreate the subtleties of these colours. Indeed in my proudest moments I become one of these boatmen in thought and feeling. My boat may be a train, my rods are my brushes. I lay colours with as much imagination as they had and try hard to catch the fleeting moment on paper or canvas. These are the salmon of my success. I gaze intently and long at some scene as I paint. Again I am like them who line their boats against some landmark to cover resting salmon. Yes, I bring Killarney with me. The different vistas I now see are to be compared with those seen in my childhood. Painting them is my way of bringing back the glory and astonishment I had from growing up in Killarney.

To enter please send us a postcard with your name and contact details to Sheen Falls Giveaway c/o Switzer Studios : Glenflesk : Killarney, before December 21st. The winner will be notified before 5.00pm on 22nd December 2016


T&C’s: Valid for 2 nights from Jan 6th to March 31st 2017. Excluding Midterm Break, Special Events & Bank Holidays. Subject to availability.

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Remembering the trades and families from Bothairin Caol

theLanes of Killarney The town we know today, was built on the back of the industries set up by the poverty stricken local people who lived in the lanes that backed onto the streets of modern day Killarney.

From the ‘Coopers’ (Barrell Makers) and ‘Clovers’ (Linen Makers) to the ‘Basket Makers’, ‘Weavers’, ‘Harness Makers’, ‘Headstone Carvers’’, ‘Butchers’, ‘Tailors’, ‘Cartwrights’, they were the backbone of the town. The following information was gathered from research, old newspapers and local contributions to the Muckross House archieves, is my little ramble back through time, recounting the trades, family names and stories of some of the lanes of Killarney.

New Market Lane ‘Milk Market Lane’ The Shambles’

Bothairin Caol

(Glebe Place/Bohereencaol) Cooperage or known locally as ‘Glebe Lane’ due to its proximity to The Glebe Hotel owned by Bararduff man John G Cooper. In reality the lane and the hotel derives their name from the rectory of successive Church of Ireland Rectors such as Hunt, Hyde and Bland. The Glebe House, built in the mid 1700’s (which stood on the current hotel site) was attached to St.Mary’s Church of Ireland under the patronage of Viscount Kenmare. The Glebe lands were sold off, mainly to make way for the coming of the railway and the house became Gramham’s Hotel, The Glebe Hotel and currently a town car park. Although poor, the lane was well ahead of its time. Paved with flagstones well before most streets in Kerry (Paving in Market Lane was known as ‘O’Learys Flags’), underground Cast Iron Pipes were laid in 1891, lavatories in 1915, Killarney Electric Light Company erected poles and the Urban Council concreted the lane in 1931. Businesses came and went, the O’Reilly family carved headstones for generations, Con Kelly’s (tailor) became Billy Doyles (Motorcycles). In later years the Herman’s Continental ‘Cafe’ came. 102

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Hogan’s ‘Hilliard’s’ Lane

Barry’s Lane

New Market Lane ‘Milk Market Lane’ The Shambles’

Glebe Lane (East Side)

1. Fleming (Sweet Shop) Counihans 2/3. Maurice Malleys 4. Thade Moriarty, later Maurice Malley (from next door, purchased it, knocked the old thatched cottage to build a new house) 5. Malleys, Lyne, Moriarty later The Continental Cafe 6. Malleys Cooperage, Mary Ann Dunne, later Robert Walsh, Mr. Mayberry and Fred Neill. 7. Donie O’Leary, Mary Ann Barry 8. Cathy Farrell 9. Lynes (Cook-House), Lanigan’s Shop, Dohertys Restaurant 10. O’Sheas, O’Sullivan, Con Kelly (Tailor), Billy Doyles (Motor Cycle Shop) 11. Twomeys (Best Cook-House in Killarney) 12. No Structure Listed 13. Dunloe Hotel 103

Huggard’s Lane

14. 15. 16. 17.

Donie O’Learys Healys Arch (lane) back entrances from 13 and 14. Dunloe Hotel (store) Flahertys, Donie O’Leary (store)

Glebe Lane (West Side)

18. Smith (Butcher) later O’Brien (rented it Bill Devany, Jack Cronin and later again purchased by The Dunloe Hotel) 19/20.Mahers of Main Street, M.D.O’Sheas, Malley 21. Crowleys later Murphys 22. Tom Lyne (Carpentry) later Jack Howard 24. Howard O’Sullivan (Cook-house) 25. Mick Spillane (Shoe Maker) 26. Leahy (it is believed they owned a general provisions shop here dating back to 1805) 27. Lucey later Howard 32. ‘Mother’ Shea (Stall at the Markert Cross and grandmother to ‘Dicko’ Clifford)

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Huggard’s Lane

Chapel Lane

Old Market Lane

33. Captain Patrick Callaghan (Shoe Maker), later Johnny Curran (Grocer in Main Street), John Clifford (Dicko’s grandfather) and Bowlers. 34. Thade Daniel O’Sullivan (Sugan Maker) his wife had a Cook-house here. 35. Back Entrance to McCarthys in no:36 36. McCarthys later Hurleys 37. The Old Market House (red brick building at the Market Cross, constructed by the Kenmares to facilitate trade in the town built c.1750) and Assembly Halls (it was said that an old decorative mantlepiece and painting from Killarney House was installed there during renovations) also the first ‘Feis na n-Airne’ was held there in 1903. 39. Captain Callaghan 40. Garbey (Tin Smith) 44. Mc Carthys later Macky O’Shea 47. Church (Temporalities) of Ireland, later sold to Daniel McDonnell, on his death Patrick

Old Market Lane

Finnegan (St. Finians Mental Hospital gate lodge keeper) other owners were Timothy Sullivan, Julia Gleeson, Michael Spillane and Mrs. O’Connor. 49. Church of Ireland later Jame Mahony (Butcher), Maurice Gleeson (Cooper) and Mrs. O’Connor. 51. Dano ‘Jack’ Gleeson later Jack Lynch 53. No building 48/50/52/53/54 Gleesons (houses mostly interconnected) 55. No building 58. Michel O’Riordan later McMahon and Nellie Cronin. 59. Maggy ‘Hardy’ O’Sullivan 60. The ‘Suckie’ Sullivan family later Seamus d’Arcy O’Sullivan 61. Roger McCarthy later Mrs. McMahon 62. Phil Doyle 63. Captain O’Leary later Mickie Cooper 64. Fanny O’Sullivan (Mrs Coopers mother). She sold fruit, vegetables and flowers at the markert cross. 104

The stall was passed on to Mary Cooper and she passed it on to Nora Cooper (Mrs McKenna) the stall closed in the 1958 and she sold from her house for a number of years. 71. Mrs. Gleeson (she had a stall at the market cross selling petticoats, socks, tweeds. It is believed they were weavers at one stage in their family history) 73. Casey (Stone Mason) 74. John O’Leary (Baker) 77/78. Timmy McSweeney, Dalys, John O’Connor 79. Hanna Fitzgearld (Fish Monger) later Willie Fitzgearld, later again the Ryan, Healy, Lane Families and Miss O’Connor 81. John O’Connor later Miss O’Shea (Seamstress) 82. The ‘Scotch’ Sullivans later Margaret O’Sullivan 85. Casey (Railway worker) later Paddy Sexton, Paddy O’Donoghue (Blacksmith, he worked in Jimmy O’Sheas forge in High Street) 88. Dalys and Mrs. Roche 92. John Joe Fleming (Gate Keeper for the Market) 99/100. Bob Slattery and Matt Cahill later Teddy O’Connors (he married one of the Cahills next door) 101. George McGee (Tailors) later Healys (Carpentry) 102. Mathew Horgan (worked in the Tannery Yard where Counihans Stables was later located - Tannery back onto Chapel Lane) 103. Patrick Fleming later O’Sullivans (Butchers) 104. Janie Flynn and Mary Jane Doherty (they sold tripe and drisheen) later a Mrs. Doyle 105. Mrs. Foley later Dan O’Connor 106. Ned Sweeney (Butcher) later Patrick ‘Peachie’ O’Brien


Clovers Lane

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derives its name from a clove, the hand held instrument used in linen manufacturing (cloving flax), Lord Kenmare developed a linen industry in Killarney (Flesk Mill & Deenagh Mill being the largest) but most of the houses in the lanes produced linen from flax, the smell was awful as it was left to steep for weeks, after they would use seaweed and buttermilk to bleach it.

Clover’s Lane

Market Lane

originally called ‘The Shambles’ (Milk Market Lane) backed onto ‘Mud Hill’, for over 200 years its main purpose was slaughtering animals and curing meats and fish. In later years it was home to the rear of D.F. O’ Sullivans, Dunnes Stores and Killarney Fire Brigade Station (I still can recall the look of horror on the tourists faces (especially the older generation) when the old air

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Hilliard’s & Palmer’s Boot Factory Gates

Bringing Pigs to the slaughter house in Milk Market Lane

raid siren mounted on top of the town hall would whir into action, its sound calling the brigade members from their homes around Killarney to attend a fire). Though my abiding memory of the lane is still the sight of blood soaked saw dust and the smell... oh that smell. The saw dust was probably from Mackys Yard (it was 10p a bag). Recognisable residents who lived and worked in these lanes in recent years, the daper ‘Eamonn Farrell’, reclusive musician ‘David Stone’, ‘Josie Cooper’ (Post Office, first secretary of The Legion football club & son of Mrs. Cooper ‘the stall on market cross’), ‘John Flynn’, ‘Johnny Falvey’, ‘Pa Joe Hartnett’, ‘Patrick Fleming’, ‘Mike Sullivan’, ‘Dado Hurley’, ‘Eamon Spillane’, ‘Tony Horgan’, ‘John Doherty’ Residents who left to seek adventure. Mr and Mrs. Fitzgerald from Glebe Lane had four sons James, John, Gerald, and Dan, all soldiers in the American Army. Three served in France during the war and fortunately for them only Gerald got slightly wounded. There son James, was in training in America.

Chapel Lane

Old Market Lane

Bower’s Lane

Another interesting story from 1847 - An unfortunate family were what is called ‘well to do’, where the father farmed some land. They had fallen on hard times and they found themselves residing in a cabin in the Glebe lane. Everything that characterises one stricken in the deepest poverty surrounds him, though it is said he still holds some trifle of money with a miser’s criminal clutch to pay his expenses to America. But it is enough for your purpose to know that six of his children, mainly fine looking lads, died slowly and stealthily of hunger combined with dysentery brought on by feeding on scant supplies of Indian meal moistened with boiled water of some salted and perhaps putrescent fish.

\ Touhill’s Lane


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Directions Christmas Eve: Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6. Place zucchini and eggplant slices on baking trays lined with baking paper. Spray with olive oil if you like. Cook for 30-35 minutes until cooked. Cool.


Meanwhile, chargrill capsicums over an open flame until blackened. Alternatively, you can whole roast them in the oven until blackened. While still hot, place capsicums in a heatproof bowl and cover with cling wrap. Cool. Once cool, peel skin off capsicums. Discard core and membrane. Cut into thick slices.


Meanwhile combine ricotta, herbs and lemon zest. Add enough milk to help smooth mixture out a little.


Vegetarian Yuletide

Line a medium loaf pan (we used a 240 x 132 x 63.5mm pan) with cling wrap, leaving a generous amount hanging over the sides. Line the base and sides of the pan with zucchini slices. Spread a layer of ricotta. Follow with a layer of capsicum, a layer of ricotta, then eggplant, ricotta and finish with any leftover veggie slices to create the base. Fold excess cling wrap over. Weight base down with something heavy like cans or a bottle. Refrigerate overnight.


Christmas Day: To serve, turn over onto a large serving platter. To make salads, combine ingredients and place around yuletide log.

This vegetarian terrine is super simple and requires barely any cooking. Feeding more than six people? Use a larger loaf tin and roast a few extra vegetables. Alternatively, you could make two.

Ingredients 2 red capsicums. 3 zucchinis, sliced 1cm thick lengthways. 1 large eggplant, sliced 1cm thick lengthways. olive oil spray, if you like. 500 g full-fat ricotta. 1/2 cup finely chopped mixed herbs (we used chervil, chives and parsley). 1-2 tablespoon full-fat milk. ...................................................................

Festive Salad 1 bunch watercress. 1 avocado, thinly sliced. 1 bunch radishes, finely sliced. 1 cup sugar snap peas, trimmed. 1 cup pecans, toasted (preferably activated). Dress with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar.


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Photo:Valerie O’Sullivan

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Artist in

Residence in the black valley


For the past few decades a solitary light can be seen flickering late into the early hours in one of Killarney’s most hauntingly dark and beautiful places, ‘The Black Valley’. The glow emanates through an old sash window from the cottage of the late celebrated and colourful Artist, Lily Van Oust, (known simply as ‘Lily of the Valley’). For it is now home to another truely talented artist who can be found

perfecting his craft and painting late into the small hours. He has taken up the mantel as ‘Artist in Residence’ in the valley. Like the tall weathered cliffs that tower over the valley this artist cuts a distinctively rugged figure and like the gentle beauty of his natural environment he seems to be moulded from its very soil. He is in perfect synergy with the very place he lives, he breaths in beauty that most can 110

only imagine. This is evident as he brings his surroundings to life with an experienced stroke of a brush gently guided across his canvases. This man can be found daily scaling the highest peaks, wandering the valley floor and immersing in only what the Black Valley can provide. This makes his art full of the real wilderness of Ireland and is truly, magically unique. The artist is my brother, Jerry Switzer. by Damien Switzer

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