REMEMBRANCE: A photo of the Killarney Memory Tree from a previous year. Photo: Marie Lyne Kelly


By Michelle Crean

The much loved Killarney Memory Tree is back again for the festive season but this year with a twist as it’ll now move online.

The official switching on will take place on New Road, Killarney on Monday, December 7 at 7pm and members of the public are being asked to join with the organisers online for a virtual switch on experience on or the school’s Facebook page.

“We thank everyone who has supported this initiative in the past as it is an extremely important fundraiser for our school,” Principal Ursula Coffey told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the much anticipated rituals associated with our Memory Tree have had to be slightly altered this year. For that reason we are going online!”

Those being commemorated by The Memory Tree will be remembered in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Lights can be ordered in memory of a loved one for a suggested donation of €5. All proceeds are in aid of Holy Cross Mercy School, Killarney. The Memory Tree will then be lit nightly during the Christmas
season until January 6, The Feast of The Epiphany.

“All are welcome to visit the tree while maintaining a safe distance from one another in accordance with the COVID-19 safety guidelines.”

Mass will be offered for all those commemorated at 1pm on Wednesday, December 16 in St Mary’s Cathedral.

“All are welcome to join us online via the Killarney Parish Webcam on Lights are available from our school website or via a click and collect service at Holy Cross Mercy School on New Road.

Please phone 064 6631241 to arrange a payment and collection time. Thank you for your support and keep an eye on our social media for more details closer the time.”