When Clare O’Shea was growing up in Dublin, she always wanted a dog but it was only when she was 13 years old that her parents finally gave in. Today, her husband, Bernard, and herself share their Muckross home with up to seven dogs at a time.
After Clare moved from Dublin to Killarney to work with the Department of Heritage and the Gaeltacht, she wanted to get involved in a voluntary organisation.
She saw that Homes for Unwanted Greyhounds (HUG), founded by Amanda Saunders of Killorglin, was looking for people to help with walking dogs.
That was 14 years ago. Down through the years, Clare has helped out with home checks, fostering dogs, serving as treasurer and, most recently, taking the role of acting chairperson. Bernard and herself have five dogs of their own and two foster greyhounds.
When it comes to enhancing our town centre with visual beauty, the ceramic mural created at Church Lane by art students at Killarney Community College in cooperation with Killarney Looking Good is doing just that by opening up a window on a new work of public art.
Each tile comes together to create an image of a historic window at Muckross Abbey just under the archway which links New Street to the laneway in which remnants of one of Killarney’s earliest Catholic churches can be glimpsed over the rooftops. That church was linked to the Bishop’s Palace which fronted on to New Street.
“Killarney Looking Good Committee is delighted to have worked with Michelle Mahony and the Art Department in Killarney Community College on an art project for display in the town,” Eileen O’Donoghue of the committee said. “The project themes chosen were nature, our local environment, Killarney’s heritage. The project which began in October 2019 was delayed as a result of Covid-19.”