Family fun day to mark landmark birthday

Killarney Outlet Centre is celebrating its 20th birthday with a family fun day

TWENTY years ago Westlife released their ever first album, Gay Byrne hosted his last Late Late Show and Ricky Martin was Livin’ la Vida Loca.

And while the euro currency was making its well-flagged debut across Europe, Killarney Outlet Centre was opening its doors for the first time. Standing the test of time, it has gone on to play a key role in Killarney’s retail experience over the last two decades.

Manager Paul Sherry and Office Manager Noreen O’Sullivan have been at the Outlet Centre since day one

To mark the 20th anniversary landmark Killarney Outlet Centre is getting into party mode and a fun-filled community celebration is in the pipeline. The doors will swing open for an action-packed Family Fun Day on Sunday next, with Kingdom Party Pals lined up to keep children – and the young at heart – entertained while the adults get an opportunity to avail of some 20th anniversary special offers in the various stores.

The fun will run from 2pm to 5pm with an enormous range of free activities including face painting, balloon modelling, bouncy castles, magic shows and Punch and Judy drama. And that’s not all as the team at Killarney Outlet Centre will also play host to a fascinating and informative animals roadshow, a Teddy Bears Hospital and a fun-filled Brickx Club.

This Saturday, meanwhile, the Nutty Scientist will be conducting some wild and wonderful experiments at the centre and the combination of fun, theatre and education makes these shows an unforgettable experience for children.

Over the past 20 years Killarney Outlet Centre has become a landmark shopping destination that is now a favourite port of call for locals in search of a retail experience with a difference as well as tens of thousands of visitors who are delighted to have such a great choice of shops there waiting for them when they step off a train or a bus at the adjacent station and depot.

Over the past 20 years Killarney Outlet Centre has become a landmark shopping destination

Steering Killarney Outlet Centre in the right direction since 1999 has been manager Paul Sherry and office manager, Noreen O’Sullivan, both very familiar faces in the commercial life of Killarney.

Like the centre itself, since his arrival to Killarney from his native Dublin, Paul has become part and parcel of community life and is the current President of Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce as well as playing a key role in a number of community and sporting organisations, including serving as the progressive chairman of league and cup double champions Killarney Celtic.

Killarney Outlet Centre is also ingrained into the very fabric of Killarney community life through its hugely popular annual Halloween parties, Christmas markets, Santa’s Grotto experience and Easter Bunny visits as well as being the established base for several community celebrations and launches.

“At the very outset we set out to create a real family-orientated space and we are delighted that we achieved that goal,” said Paul Sherry.

“Killarney Outlet Centre has become an integral part of Kerry’s retail offering. We are really grateful to everybody for their wonderful support, loyalty and friendship over

the past 20 years and we look forward to what the future brings,” he added.

Killarney Outlet Centre is home to the following popular retail stores: Nike Factory Store, Leading Labels, Pavers, Paco, The Works, DV8, O’Brien’s Irish Sandwich Bar, Claire’s, Holland & Barrett, Costa Coffee, Army Surplus Warehouse, Mango Crafts, Kerry GAA Store, Unbound, Trespass, EuroGiant, Flying Tiger Copenhagen, EdinburghWoollen Mills-Ponden Home, Sona Juice Bar, AKM Accessories.

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