TREE OF LIGHT: A 100-year-old giant Californian Redwood tree on the grounds of the St Mary’s Cathedral will be lit up for Christmas. Pictured were: Fr Kieran O’Brien (Killarney Parish), with members of Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, Christmas in Killarney committee, from left: Kate O’Leary, John O’Mahony, Paul Sherry, President of Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, Cllr Niall Kelleher (Cathaoirleach Kerry County Council), Cormac Foley and Terrence Mulcahy. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

A spectacular 100ft tree, festooned with close on 3,000 sparkling lights and topped with an incredible giant star, will illuminate Killarney this Christmas.
A towering Tree of Light will be located on the grounds of St Mary’s Cathedral, on the landmark giant Californian Redwood tree, just outside the main door of the Pugin-designed Church.
The project is an exciting collaboration between the Christmas in Killarney Festival sub-committee and Killarney parish, creating a wonderful focal point in the town in the lead up to and during the festive season.
The lights will be officially switched on following a special ceremony which will be held in St Mary’s Cathedral on the evening of Sunday, December 8.
Killarney Parish Administrator, Fr Kieran O’Brien, and the project committee have extended a warm invitation to all community groups, schools, clubs and organisations, families and individuals to join in what promises to be a wonderful community celebration.
The Tree of Light was first lit to mark the millennium year when it commemorated all those who lost their lives in the conflict in Northern Ireland and it was again illuminated in the mid 2000s to remember those who had been killed on Irish roads.
This year’s project is all about community and it will celebrate the fact that Killarney is such a wonderful town to live in at Christmas and right throughout the year.
Fr O’Brien said it is wonderful that the Tree of Light will return after an absence of many years and it will bring something very special to Killarney for the Christmas season.
“People are still talking about how magical it was back in the millennium year and it is a very exciting project for all of us to be involved in,” he said.