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A letter to the people of Killarney from the Mayor

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Dear friends of Killarney Advertiser,

As Easter approaches, our county is experiencing a new and very challenging reality.

Some of us are cocooned, some are hospitalised and social distancing is the new norm. Streets and roads are almost empty. Hotels, shops, restaurants and entertainment centres stand silent and locked to all and sundry.

Easter, the time of year that traditionally signalled the really vibrant beginning of the tourist season in Kerry, will this year be eerily silent.

The COVID-19 pandemic is challenging each one of us individually and all of us as a community and how we respond will have a lasting impact for better or worse.

We are very aware of and acknowledge the dedication, in terribly trying circumstance, of all who work in our hospitals, nursing homes and caring for people in their own homes.

We salute their courage and compassion.

We thank our Gardaí for their public service and we are deeply grateful to Bishop Ray Browne, our priests and ministers of religion for continuing to proclaim their good news.

Buíochas le múinteoirí who educate from a distance. Thanks too to all who continue to serve us in shops and pharmacies.

You are lifesavers at many important levels.

On behalf of all in the Municipal District, I thank the various media outlets for keeping us informed and advised. A special mention for Council staff who keep our streets clean and the services operational.

Sadly, we hear stories of some people behaving in a manner that puts lives at risk. I ask each person of whatever age to behave with respect for themselves and their neighbours. We are all being asked to make the necessary sacrifices for these few weeks in order that all of us will have a bright and prosperous future.

Each one of us, each day, can make a difference and help to ease the pain of isolation and dispel the fear of loneliness.

Please make that phone call and say a happy hello.

Easter is the season of new beginnings, the season of joy and the season of resurrection. We must not, by our attitude or behaviour, allow it to become one of death and despair. If we all do our own best we will in due course return to a life more normal.

As Mayor I thank you and I wish each of you good health and happiness. I know that together we will overcome the present great challenge and then work to restore our special place to where it properly belongs.

Guím Beannnachtai na Cásca ar gach duine. Gléas tú féin i neart Dé mar do luamhaire.

Micheal Gleeson,

Mayor of Killarney Municipal District

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Eileen rewarded for her dedication to athletics

By Sean Moriarty Well-known Dalton’s Avenue woman Eileen Switzer has been named as the Honorary President of Killarney Valley Athletic Club in recognition of her work as a volunteer. The club held its annual awards night on Friday night last. As well as presenting awards to club members in recognition of their achievements at home […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Well-known Dalton’s Avenue woman Eileen Switzer has been named as the Honorary President of Killarney Valley Athletic Club in recognition of her work as a volunteer.

The club held its annual awards night on Friday night last.

As well as presenting awards to club members in recognition of their achievements at home and abroad they decided to honour Mrs Switzer for her “lifetime of volunteering to the community, to sport, to youth and for championing diversity and inclusion”.

“Eileen has been an advocate, a coach and an administrator in the sport of athletics for over 60 years in the town of Killarney, Kerry and beyond,” said club chair Jerry Griffin.

Eileen and her husband Frank have dedicated their lives to the community games and athletics in the greater Killarney area.

“I enjoy, but I don’t like, all the limelight,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I like to watch newcomers as they come up through the ranks, many of the Community Games people of the past are now running the committee.”

In a life time dedicated to volunteerism in Killarney Eileen has helped sports like golf, pitch and putt and badminton grow.  She was also heavily involved in the local Irish dancing scene and remains a great supporter of Kerry Parents and Friends.

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A Mass of Commemoration in Kilcummin

COMMEMORATION: A Mass of Commemoration for all those who fought and died in Kilcummin during the Irish War of Independence was celebrated last Sunday last at 11.30am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin by Fr Kieran O’Brien. Organised by the Kilcummin Historical Group there followed a walk to the Kilcummin Mass Rock where Fr […]

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COMMEMORATION: A Mass of Commemoration for all those who fought and died in Kilcummin during the Irish War of Independence was celebrated last Sunday last at 11.30am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin by Fr Kieran O’Brien. Organised by the Kilcummin Historical Group there followed a walk to the Kilcummin Mass Rock where Fr Kieran laid a wreath.

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