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Killarney’s Yvonne Quill will ‘shine over her beloved town’ this Christmas

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Highest Honour, Yvonne Quill, of Killarney Tidy Towns was given the highest honour appointed Grand Marshal for the 2018 Killarney St Patrick’s Festival Parade in the town on Saturday afternoon. The Theme of this parade was ‘Killarney You’re Looking Good’ celebrating 60 years of National Tidy Towns Awards. Also Included is Cathaoirleach Killarney Muncipal Area, Cllr Niall Kelleher, right and Paul O’Neill, President Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce.Photo:Valerie O’Sullivan/FREE PICS***

Highest Honour, Yvonne Quill, of Killarney Tidy Towns was given the highest honour appointed Grand Marshal for the 2018 Killarney St Patrick’s Festival Parade in the town on Saturday afternoon. The Theme of this parade was ‘Killarney You’re Looking Good’ celebrating 60 years of National Tidy Towns Awards. Also Included is Cathaoirleach Killarney Muncipal Area, Cllr Niall Kelleher, right and Paul O’Neill, President Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce.Photo:Valerie O’Sullivan/FREE PICS***

The star at the top of the spectacular Tree of Light, on the grounds of St Mary’s Cathedral, in Killarney will take on added significance during the festive season as it will be dedicated to the memory of the late Yvonne Quill.

The star at the top of the spectacular Tree of Light, on the grounds of St Mary’s Cathedral, in Killarney will take on added significance during the festive season as it will be dedicated to the memory of the late Yvonne Quill.

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Highest Honour, Yvonne Quill, of Killarney Tidy Towns was given the highest honour appointed Grand Marshal for the 2018 Killarney St Patrick’s Festival Parade in the town on Saturday afternoon. The Theme of this parade was ‘Killarney You’re Looking Good’ celebrating 60 years of National Tidy Towns Awards. Also Included is Cathaoirleach Killarney Muncipal Area, Cllr Niall Kelleher, right and Paul O’Neill, President Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce.Photo:Valerie O’Sullivan/FREE PICS***

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The late Yvonne Quill lit up Killarney with her boundless enthusiasm in facing any challenge, so it is appropriate that she will again shine brightly over her beloved hometown this Christmas.

The star at the top of the spectacular Tree of Light, on the grounds of St Mary’s Cathedral, will take on added significance during the festive season as it will be dedicated to the memory of the remarkable Tidy Towns champion, who passed away on September 30.

A very successful businesswoman and master baker, Yvonne was the driving force behind the Killarney Looking Good project and the Killarney Tidy Towns Committee, leading by example at voluntary clean-ups and flower-planting initiatives, donning the yellow bib and rolling up her sleeves at every available opportunity.

Her greatest achievement was in inspiring the town to the prestigious overall title of Ireland’s Tidiest Town in 2011, the same year that it topped the Irish Business Against Litter League.

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Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce President and voluntary chairman of the Christmas in Killarney Festival Cllr Niall Kelleher said Yvonne is remembered with great affection and appreciation by everybody who has the best interests of Killarney at heart.

“Yvonne was a wonderful ambassador for Killarney. She worked with such dedication and with a real sense of purpose, and she encouraged those around her to do likewise,” he said.

“Yvonne was a great businesswoman, a real motivating force and an undisputed community hero. Dedicating the star at the top of the tree to this great woman’s memory is our small way of remembering such a very special person,” he added.

Yvonne was grand marshal at the 2019 St Patrick’s Day parade in Killarney and, in her role as a community stalwart, she was also invited to meet the then Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall when they visited the town.

Yvonne, from Barleymount, passed awat peacefully after a short illness, and she is survived by her husband, John; children, Peter, Sandra and Sean; son-in-law, Peter; daughter-in-law, Máiréad; grandchildren, Anna, Jake, Ted, Abby and Luke; sister, Angela, and many other relatives and friends.

Her family will join up with Cllr Niall Kelleher and Killarney Parish Administrator Fr Kieran O’Brien at a special ceremony to officially switch on the Tree of Light immediately after 6.15pm Mass on Thursday, December 1. 

From that moment on, Yvonne’s enormous contribution to her town will be even more fondly remembered by already appreciative local people each time they pass the spectacular tree this Christmas. Over 4,500 twinkling bulbs adorn the magnificent 100ft Californian Redwood, but memories of a very special, dedicated and caring person will shine brightest.


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