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140-year-old Killarney Arbutus writing desk to be restored

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By Sean Moriarty

A 140-year-old writing slope - once owned by a local nurse who was a World War One hero - has been rediscovered and is set to be restored to its former glory.

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The Killarney-made handcrafted piece of Killarney Arbutus furniture was gifted to Sr Louisa ‘Lula’ Greany from Muckross by the Herbert Family in 1879.

She was Thomas Greany's first child, the local land agent for the Herbert’s, owners of Muckross House at the time. It is believed the writing slope was a present to the family on the occasion of their first born.

Louisa trained as a nurse in Dublin and moved to London in 1914.

As a Red Cross volunteer she was stationed in both Le Touquet and Dinard in France during World War One.

After the war she worked in Alexandria (now Cairo) and Jerusalem and was made an Associate of the Royal Red Cross for exceptional services as a military nurse.

Local Killarney Arbutus Furniture expert James Flynn has been tasked with the restoration. The Ross Road man’s work recently featured on RTÉ's 'Nationwide'.

“After the ‘Nationwide’ programme a couple in Dublin contacted me. I met them at the Great Southern Hotel and agreed to restore it. I am retired now. This was made specially for Louisa, it is a very important piece,” James told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There is a lot of work in it. I need to use donor pieces to get the patterns right.”

The writing slope is about the size of a modern-day laptop. It features several compartments for storing ink, pens and letters.

Details on the slope include a hand engraving of Muckross Abbey, a shamrock carving that James has never seen on previous furniture he has restored, and pencilled handwriting of Louisa’s name.

James has already sourced period-style ink bottles in Britain and will hand carve an exact replica of the shamrock. Brass hinges will have to be specially ordered to complete the restoration.

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Credit Union launch a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd.

Building on recent success the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick have launched a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd. Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd specialise in Photovoltaic (PV) […]

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Building on recent success the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick have launched a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd.

Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd specialise in Photovoltaic (PV) Solar systems that generate electricity, battery storage, air to water heat-pumps and much more.
Gilroy’s work with customers to receive the SEAI once-off grant towards the purchase and installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and heat pumps for your home.
Collaborating with Kerry and West Limerick Credit Union expands the finance options available to Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd customers to help finance new PV Solar Panel installations. Loan rates will be directly linked to the property BER starting from 4.7%(4.89APR) for an “A” rated BER.
Martin Gilroy; CEO with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd said: “We are delighted to officially launch this collaboration with the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick. Customers have already reaped the benefits on recent installation projects after contacting their local Credit Union. Having a direct link to local Credit Unions allows us to guide customers to affordable financing options based on the specific installation quotation we provide at very competitive rates.“
Speaking on behalf of the Kerry and West Limerick Credit Unions, Ashley Fitzgerald added: “We are delighted to have Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd come on board as part of our Greener Homes Loan offering. Home Energy Upgrade have become a prominent concern and talking point among members in recent months, by Credit Unions having a direct link with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd allows both sides to make referrals and seek the best finance option for members. We are working hard building relationships with Green Energy Ltd providers as we want to ensure our members can avail of the best loan rates for all upgrade works.”
Credit Unions across Kerry and West Limerick. Abbeyfeale Credit Union, Cara Credit Union, Killarney Credit Union, Listowel Credit Union and Rathmore and District Credit Union can be reached via: www.creditunion.ie
Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd can be contacted on 066-7115920, email info@gilroys.ie or for more information visit www.gilroys.ie.

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Racegoers Club to host Cheltenham Preview Night

Killarney Racegoers Club will host its annual Cheltenham Preview Night in Corkery’s Bar on March 7. Admission is free and this year’s chosen beneficiary is the Killarney Branch of St […]

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Killarney Racegoers Club will host its annual Cheltenham Preview Night in Corkery’s Bar on March 7.

Admission is free and this year’s chosen beneficiary is the Killarney Branch of St Vincent De Paul Society.
The expert panel includes professional punter Paddy Wilmott, leading jockey Conor McNamara, up-and-coming Kerry-based trainer Eoin McCarthy and local bookmaker Brendan Tyther with Vince Casey acting as the event’s compere.

“There is no admission fee but a raffle on the night for dual membership of Killarney Racegoers Club for the year, which includes 13 days racing and many reciprocal days to other race meetings,” said Mr Casey.

The Cheltenham Festival begins on March 12.

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