Christmas Parade makes a dazzling €100,000 return to Killarney

Back on the streets after a Covid-enforced break last year, the first of four Christmas in Killarney parades made a dazzling return with new and refurbished floats last Saturday, November 27.

As I watched the parade from the footpath on High Street, I was impressed more than ever by the sheer volume of volunteers stewarding the parade, by the city-standard of the floats and the feel-good vibe among the families on the street.

Santa, towering 22 feet over the musical procession on an upgraded, twinkling sleigh, set an example for public safety in Covid times by wearing a red mask. The new addition to the parade was the Willie Wonka Chocolate Factory Float but, given the make-over given to the other entries, you could be forgiven for thinking they were all brand new.

Christmas in Killarney Chairman Cllr Niall Kelleher said that the cost of the entire festive programme was still being calculated but that it was expected to come in at between E100,000 and E120,000.


Friary Office stocks Gifts of Love from Trócaire

Troubled by the excesses of Christmas in the face of deprivation in the developing world? Instead of buying gifts that nobody really wants or needs, try an alternative option of Trócaire Gifts of Love cards which the Friary Office is delighted to sell.

Fr Eamonn O’Driscoll, a member of the Franciscan Community with Valentia Island roots, witnessed first hand the enabling work of Trócaire, while he was on mission in Zimbabwe from 1985 to 1991. He saw the difference made by projects such as sinking a well or providing families with seeds and livestock.

“They were small projects but they made a huge difference,” Fr Eamonn said. “The vegetable gardens developed beside the well brought a rich variety of good foodstuffs into their lives. Raising chickens and rabbits gave them extra nutrients as well.”