Category Archives: Turn Back Time

The changing face of Killarney’s New Street

AN older generation in Killarney will remember when lower New Street looked like this before the giant Dunnes Stores supermarket was built in the early 1990s. The visual image of the street was changed radically when three long-standing properties were demolished to make way for the 5,770sq m development with an additional floor pace of… Continue Reading

Houses now earmarked for prime factory site

Just three words: PRETTY POLLY SOLD. The bold, capitalised headline screaming from the front page lead story, 30 years ago today, sent shock waves reverberating not alone throughout Killarney but in every corner of the county, given the importance of the hosiery plant to the Kerry economy. It was revealed that the factory and its… Continue Reading

Agustus Pugin ­and Eamonn Casey had different design ideas

THESE strikingly contrasting images highlight the changing face of St Mary’s Cathedral in Killarney over the years. The black and white snapshot, taken at a wedding, shows the original altar and its stunning ceremonial backdrop with feature pews, on both sides, immediately in front. The second photograph shows the cathedral as it is now following… Continue Reading

Killarney waitress hit by stray bullet on College Square

THE very final victim of Ireland’s War of Independence was a 48-year-old waitress who had stepped onto the street outside the Killarney hotel in which she worked and was fatally wounded by a stray bullet fired by an unidentified RIC officer. Hannah Carey died when the policeman accidentally discharged his revolver as he drove through… Continue Reading