Killarney Guides embody spirit of Christmas giving

A Christmas party with a difference was held by the Killarney District Girl Guides last Saturday, December 7, when they combined generosity with fun by donating products and hampers to two local charities and community initiatives - Dignity Packs Kerry and Killarney Lions Club.

The Girl Guides include Ladybirds, Brownies, Guides, Senior Branch and Guiders. They began their Christmas celebrations last Saturday at their Christmas fun day which was held in Killarney Community College.

This day was organised by local units from the Killarney District and turned out to be a day filled with festive fun, sweet treats and a visit from Mrs Claus. Girls aged between 5 years and 17 years took part in fun games and had an opportunity to make some gorgeous Christmas Crafts, as well as earning themselves a fabulously designed Christmas Badge to add to their collection.

Local stars shine bright for ‘It’s Christmas in Killarney’

Choristers at St Oliver’s National School are among the local stars shining in ‘It’s Christmas in Killarney’, a festive double CD featuring live recordings of carols and old favourites that make an ideal musical backdrop for the season that’s in it.

Twenty-nine songs were given a special Killarney interpretation by the Killarney Golf Club Male Voice Choir, the O Happy Day Ladies’ Choir and the pupils of St Oliver’s at a live session in St Mary’s Church of Ireland which is known for its acoustics.

The collaboration between the school and golf club choirs goes back to December 2008. The blend facilitated by choir and musical directors Noreen Coffey and Noel O’Sullivan has been repeated every year since. Russ Browne, choir director of the golf club and O Happy Days, also joined in the collaboration to make it a trio of choirs. The song that kicked off the first concert of the trio and every concert since was the Bing Crosby hit ‘Christmas in Killarney!’ which featured on the B side of Bing Crosby’s best-selling ‘I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas’ record.