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A message of hope for 2021 from Kerry County Council

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2020 has been an extremely challenging and, in many cases, a most difficult year. Usually, on New Year’s Eve, families and friends gather together to see out the old year and welcome in the new year. This year, as we take care to mind each other and stay safe, we stay apart to protect each other.

The Cathaoirleach and Chief Executive of Kerry County Council proposed a message of hope for 2021 to the people of Kerry. Dóchas Chiarraí 2021 is a short reflection and message of hope and goodwill featuring well-known figures from the arts community in Kerry, which will be broadcast online tonight (New Year’s Eve) at 8pm.

Kerry has many wonderful musicians, artists, poets and creative individuals and it was agreed to ask poet, Gabriel Fitzmaurice, to select and recite two poems that communicate good wishes to the people of Kerry and the Kerry diaspora, wishing everyone a healthy, peaceful and prosperous New Year.

The Arts Office of Kerry County Council approached St John’s Theatre in Listowel to host the event, as an appropriate setting, full of atmosphere and creativity. Theatre Director, Máire Logue selected two excellent musicians, flautist Matt Dean and harpist Deirdre Granville to join poet Gabriel Fitzmaurice in delivering this message of hope for 2021.

Dóchas Chiarraí 2021 will be broadcast on Kerry County Council’s social media platforms and YouTube channel as well as the social media channels of the Kerry County Council Arts Office, on @KerryCoArts and Facebook.

Kerry County Council wishes everyone a peaceful, healthy and happy New Year.

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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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