Christmas in Glin


The High Kings.

O what a night!!  The High Kings performed in Glin Parish Church on Thursday night last, and what a performance!  They played a mixed bag of traditional folk and Celtic music and wowed everyone with their talent. The church was rocking and the atmosphere was electric.  They played for nearly two and a half hours and they gave it their all. There was a little Christmas magic thrown in when Brian Dunphy, son of legendary show band singer Sean Dunphy sang the beautiful atmospheric hymn “O Holy Night” .  It was a most beautiful, spine tingling rendition and one that will long be remembered.  They are a very talented group of singers and musicians and very easy on the eye for all the ladies who attended!!   We would like to thank Fr. Crawford most sincerely for allowing  the concert to be held in our beautiful Glin church.  The church looked spectacular on the night. The floral arrangements and Christmas holly lanterns are a sight to behold and thanks to the very talented Mary Horan for putting them all together.  A big thanks also to Ben Mullane of Mullanes Shop who provided bottled water on the night to keep everybody hydrated.  We would also like to thank all the shops in Glin and in our neighbouring parishes who sold concert tickets on our behalf.  A final thanks to all those who bought concert tickets and to all who helped out on the night and we hope you truly enjoyed the event.

Glin Heritage Walking Trails.

Now is a great time to take in our beautiful scenic walks in Glin.  The weather is mild and the conditions are perfect to take in the Knights Walk, Knockaranna and the coastal ‘path’.  The Knight Walk is spectacular.  You can enter from St. Paul’s Heritage Centre opposite Glin church and follow the trail south through The Race Field where many important race meetings were held in the last century. Then on to Rook Hall Wood, through to Furry Hill Wood, Beech Walk  and on to Tullyglass Hill where you will find the Viewing Platform. From here use the binoculars provided to take in the wonderful vista.  You can enjoy a panoramic view of the surrounding counties of Kerry, Clare, Galway and Tipperary.  To the west you can see Cnoc an Oir in Ballybunion, to the North West Scattery Island, Loop Head, Slievecallan and a magnificent sweeping view of the Shannon Estuary.   It’s a fabulous walk and you will observe a variety of native woodland  flora and fauna and take in the majestic species of beech, oak, ash and holly trees.  It is a distance of 4KM and is rated of ‘moderate’ difficulty. Good walking shoes are essential and don’t forget to bring mobile phone, a drink and a snack.  Knockaranna and The Path are rated ‘easy’ and would suit casual walkers and are also beautiful scenic routes. Brochures outlining the routes are available from local shops in Glin.  Plan ahead, Prepare and ‘Leave no Trace’ .  Glin Development Association would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas.  Nollaig Shona dhaoibh go leir!  Wesolych Swiat Bozego Norodzenia!

Christmas Lights.

It’s lovely to see the town looking so festive with the addition of Christmas lights.  Thanks to everyone who has gone to great effort to make their homes and businesses look so pretty and atmospheric.  It really adds to the Christmas cheer and enhances Glins natural beauty!!

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