The little village of Killea seems to really be undergoing something of a transformation these days. Not only have they launched their new web site in recent months (www.killeatipp.ie) but they will soon be commencing work on their new Heritage and Community Centre.
Moreover there is a thriving traditional music culture emerging in the village and this will be showcased at this year’s Féile Margaret O Sullivan, which will be planned with great detail this year and takes place on the June Bank Holiday weekend.
Part of that preparation and part of the overall plans for the village is to really improve on the landscape and built environment. The community want to introduce colour to the village and improve on the general appearance of the area. There are plans to get the children at the local National School involved in researching the local flora and fauna.
Because of all this work Killea decided to enter this year’s Tidy Town’s Competition. Much to the delight of the community RTE’S Nation Wide reporter Maria Mullarkey spent last Wednesday morning in Killea filming for this week’s program which will be aired on Wednesday night April 13th and will also feature Moneygall.
Killea is well known for its community spirit and Maria was able to see that in action last Wednesday. Everyone was out working with representatives of all the main groups present – Killea Cultural Group, the GAA, The Grave Yard Committee and members of the O Sullivan family - with lots of others who just want to get out in the spring sunshine to give a helping hand.
There was music in O Sullivan’s whilst Maria and the camera man had a bite of lunch before heading to Moneygall. Muireann O Dwyer; Cillian Roche and Dominic Gallagher - three fine musicians, entertained while people replenished their energies after a morning’s enjoyable work. The end to a really perfect day and the start of an exciting project to really put the village of Killea on the cultural and tourist map.