from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • A market town of southwest Ireland west-northwest of Cork. The three nearby Lakes of Killarney are studded with islands and noted for their scenic beauty.


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  • At the inn at which they stayed in Killarney – in those days a very modest hostelry – Miss Edgeworth found such a number of matters to admire, that Sir Walter himself began to mock at her for her enthusiasm.

    Maria Edgeworth

  • And I particularly like to paddle out of Killarney, which is the most beautiful place in the world (a claim I take quite seriously - I've added a note to my will, ensuring that my ashes will be scattered there).

    Julia Moulden: To Lake, With Love

  • She would play some waltzes, and of course 'Killarney'; and sometimes I would hear her singing - a cool lone voice, uncertainly rising, addressed to her own reflection.

    Cider With Rosie

  • Dick bent down and whispered something to Pat, and he threw back his head, half shut his eyes, and gave vent to a succession of shrill howls that were the best music his voice was capable of, while his master whistled the air of "Killarney" as an accompaniment.

    Dick Lionheart

  • There is a story about a honeymoon couple at Killarney which is worth telling.

    The Reminiscences of an Irish Land Agent

  • Madame Anna Whitty, the distinguished vocalist, who first sang "Killarney," was a daughter of Michael James Whitty, of whom

    The Life Story of an Old Rebel

  • With this he also produced a magnificent panorama of Killarney, to illustrate which he wrote the well-known song of "Killarney" which, with the music of Balfe, our Irish composer, at once became very popular, as it ever since has been.

    The Life Story of an Old Rebel

  • There is a story about a honeymoon couple at Killarney which is worth telling.

    The Reminiscences of an Irish Land Agent

  • Whin he slipped in one of the shaats of paper, wid hundreds of little kriss-kross holes through it, sot down on the stule and wobbled his butes, and 'Killarney' filled the room, I let out a hoop, kicked off me satan slippers, danced a jig and shouted, 'For the love of Mike!' which the same is thrue, that being yer name.

    The Launch Boys' Adventures in Northern Waters

  • The following offerings available to Aspenites in 1894 suggests that anyone with a dollar in his/her pocket could have a grand evening: A speech by Joseph Murray (the Irish-American orator and founder of Colorado's Knights of Labor), following after 800 nights in New York a performance of "Charley's Aunt," Katie Emmett staring in "Killarney" with realistic scenes of Ireland, a production of "Othello," Rentfrow's Musical Comedy Company, and the famous whistling soloist Dutton Wansor.

    Aspen Times - Top Stories


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