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Torchlight Children’s Parade in Killarney

 Yesterday evening, Sean and I drove back from Dublin in time for the Childrens Torchlight Parade in Killarney.

It was utterly heart-warming and a tribute to the Christmas in Killarney organising committee.

It’s wonderful to see a town make such an effort over Christmas beyond the usual “stick up a tree, play the Christmas music,¬†and try to sell as much as possible” attitude.

Killarney really does put a lot into its Christmas program, and the festival seems to be growing each year.

Last night, the streets were thronged with people, spirits high, children happy, and even the rain slowed to a drizzle.

We handed out hot chocolates for free to the chilled crowds and were happy enough to simply be a part of it…

For the next two weekends, there is a huge market on Main Street with food and other attractions, and it’s worth a detour for anyone in Kerry…

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2 Responses to “Torchlight Children’s Parade in Killarney”

  1. December 4th, 2008 at 1:01 am

    Foreign Dubliner says:

    Do they ever celebrate like that here in Dublin? It’s sad to see that Christmas has become such a capitalist holiday! The mentality of splurging is slowly creeping up on people these days; some of them missing an important value – gratitude.

    The market thing sounds good!

  2. December 20th, 2008 at 6:54 am

    George@CulinaryTravels says:


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