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15 new retained Fire Fighters for Kerry County Council

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Kerry Fire and Rescue Service has strengthened its force with the recruitment of 15 additional personnel. The new retained fire fighters are to replace recent and upcoming retirements and departures within the Fire Service and will take up posts at the various fire stations across the county.

The new recruits will also provide a level of resilience for the Fire Service in the event of any requirements for support during the COVID-19 crisis.

The recruitment will ensure that Kerry County Council will continue to provide a quality and effective Fire and Rescue Service to the community. Retained fire fighters help protect the local community and respond to emergency incidents including fires, road traffic collisions and other specialist calls.

“These fire fighters have completed extensive training in recent weeks including Recruit Fire Fighting training and Road Traffic Collision Procedures training,” Senior Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Maurice O’Connell, said.

“They have all worked exceptionally hard in their training and their achievements are well deserved.”

The training was carried out by Kerry Fire and Rescue Service’s own specialist instructors and the calibre of the fire fighters is a testament to the remarkable hard work and dedication of both the instructors and of the recruits themselves, he added.

“Training continued over recent weekends and on St Patrick’s Day in an effort to bring the new personnel on stream as quickly as possible. Fire fighters provide a vital service to the communities they serve and I have no doubt that these new fire fighters joining our ranks will continue to uphold that proud service.”

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Killarney competitors bring home the medals

By Michelle Crean It was a great weekend for Killarney as Brazilian jiu jitsu competitors took home medals from the AJP Switzerland International Tour in Zurich. Members of Movement & Fitness Club competed against the world’s finest athletes which led to them bringing home amazing results.After a great fight Matthew Morris made it into the […]

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By Michelle Crean

It was a great weekend for Killarney as Brazilian jiu jitsu competitors took home medals from the AJP Switzerland International Tour in Zurich.

Members of Movement & Fitness Club competed against the world’s finest athletes which led to them bringing home amazing results.After a great fight Matthew Morris made it into the semi-finals.Ewelina Downey received two gold medals in Gi and NOGI fights, just two months after her promotion to blue belt.The club’s coach, Wilson Da Silva, also competed for the first time as a brown belt, and won gold in the Gi category and silver in NOGI.”The results don’t lie,” he said.”The hard work, dedication, commitment and passion pays off. Impossible is nothing, and that’s what we are trying to teach our students in Movement & Fitness Club Killarney.”Martial Arts helps to fight depression, bulling, obesity, and builds up self esteem and confidence, he explained.”There is no ego, no one is better, we are all the same trying to learn from each other, helping and correcting ourselves so we become better together. Our club is filling up with amazing students from age four up who connect with us by the same passion and love for the sport. If you are looking to change your life come and join our family.”

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Ian makes his debut as a radio presenter

By Sean Moriarty Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week. The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017. Since the accident he has been a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week.

The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017.

Since the accident he has been a champion for the less fortunate under his mantra: “If you can’t stand up – standout”.

This was the inspiration behind his brand new radio show which aired for the first time on Wednesday evening.

‘Stand Out with Ian O’Connell’ will feature interviews with people who have overcome great adversary to reach even greater heights.

His first guest was fellow Killarney man Jordan Lee. The Paralympian represented Ireland in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

“I was used to being in the studio from people interviewing me, but this time I turned the table,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was great to have Jordan on, two Killarney men! I really enjoyed it, it got a massive reaction and I got loads of emails and messages afterwards and into Thursday morning.”

Ian will reveal his guest for the show on the previous Monday through various social media channels.

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