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Mighty Michael Healy-Rae tops the poll

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Celebrations: Danny, Johnny and Michael Healy-Rae.

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IT WAS a long wait at the Kerry count centre in Killarney Sports & Leisure Club and well over 14 hours after the ballot boxes were opened, the cheers rang out as Michael Healy-Rae took the first seat.
As expected, Michael topped the poll in spectacular fashion, with the highest number of first preferences of any candidate in the country. He was followed by his brother Danny when returning officer Padraig Burke announced the results of the first count, which were as follows: Michael Healy-Rae, Independent, 20,378; Danny Healy-Rae, Independent, 9,991; Brendan Griffin, Fine Gael, 9,674; Martin Ferris, Sinn Fein, 9,458; John Brassil, Fianna Fail, 8,156; Jimmy Deenihan, Fine Gael, 6,489; Arthur Spring, Labour, 4,813; Norma Moriarty, Fianna Fail, 4,348; Michael Pixie O’Gorman, Independent, 1,236; Michael Fitzgerald, Green Party, 1,011, Brian Finucane, People Before Profit, 981; Grace O’Donnell, Fine Gael, 776; Donal Corcoran, Renua, 716; Mary Fitzgibbon, Independent, 635; Kevin Murphy, Independent, 464; Henry Gaynor, Independent, 147.
Michael Healy-Rae paid tribute to their canvassers and to the electorate. “We’re deeply humbled at the amount of people who came out to vote for Healy-Raes,” Michael told the Killarney Advertiser, as he stood flanked by his fellow general election candidate Danny and Danny’s son, county councillor Johnny.
“We are grateful that to all our canvassers who worked and suffered for us! An enormous effort went into it and it took a tremendous campaign to achieve the result that we attained.”
Earlier in the evening the sitting Independent TD had taken a spin in the open-top double-decker bus parked just outside the count centre, when going out to grab a bite to eat.
Danny entered the race just a fortnight ago, just moments before the deadline.
Competition has been fierce for seats in the now-five seat Kerry constituency. Five outgoing TDs have been among the 16 candidates.
The Healy-Rae brothers are determined to continue the family legacy begun by their father, the late Jackie Healy-Rae.
They were clear in their vote management strategy, immediately asking voters to vote for one or the other as number one and number two, depending on where in the county the voter lived.
Earlier on Saturday, Michael said on RTÉ: “Some people in Dublin don’t get this, but I’ll send a message. It’s all about being a servant to the people that elect you.” Addressing people in Dublin for a second time, Michael Healy-Rae said his critics will now have two people to take-on. “Some of the smart alecs in Dublin who may have picked on me in the past. Well, you know what? They’ll have to pick through him to get to me,” he said.

 


 
Danny, Johnny and Michael Healy-Rae.

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Free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer

Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30). The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney. The workshop, which […]

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Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30).

The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney.

The workshop, which takes place via Zoom at 6.30pm, is aimed at children who have been impacted by cancer in any way and will also see Katie read from her debut children’s book, ‘‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’.

Workshop facilitator, Katie, has worked for many years as a child and young people’s therapist with the NHS, before returning to her native Killarney this year. Her background is in fine art and design and she has a Masters degree in Art Psychotherapy.

If you would like to register your child for this free online workshop, please contact Recovery Haven Kerry on 066 7192122 to book your place.

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Not to be for Killarney as Waterford named Best Place to Live in Ireland

While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021. While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, […]

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While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021.

While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, Co Cork, Galway city and the village of Glaslough in Co Monaghan.

Among the things which impressed the judges about Waterford were its beautiful buildings, its liveability, its pedestrian friendly public space, its weather, and its easy access to the Comeragh Mountains and the Copper Coast.

The Chair of the judging panel Conor Goodman congratulated Killarney on its fine showing in the competition.

“Given the level of entries and the extremely high standard of those entries, making it into the Best 5 Places to Live in Ireland really is a wonderful achievement which I’m sure everyone in Killarney and Kerry is really proud of. We were delighted with the level of interest in the competition and would like to thank everyone who nominated a place or who engaged with us on it.”

The Irish Times Best Place to Live in Ireland contest, which is supported by Randox Health, began in June.

In total 470 locations were nominated by more than 2,400 people from all 32 counties for the title of ‘Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021’.

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