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A relaxing retirement ahead for Ireneus Looney

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This week Killarney Advertiser's Michelle Crean spoke to Ireneus Looney who has retired after 20 years' service with An Post.

Working throughout the COVID period was probably one of the busiest of his career but Ireneus Looney now plans to relax following his recent retirement from An Post.

Ireneus from Laharn, Killorglin worked with An Post since 1999 covering the Killorglin area. And on June 26, when he turned 66, he said goodbye to his colleagues and bosses in both Killorglin and at the Tiernaboul sorting office in Killarney.

This week, he said he's looking forward to putting his feet up over the coming weeks but will miss everyone he worked with and met on his daily rounds.

"I'm looking forward to it," he said. "We're only passing through so we might as well enjoy it. It was a great job, being out in the fresh air meeting people every day. When COVID started we were like frontline workers especially delivering the An Post postcards. It was like Christmas watching children and the elderly receive messages from loved ones especially during the first month when the old people were really locked down."

Ireneus paid tribute to his co-workers and his bosses over the years who treated him very well.

"Liam Hartnett, my supervisor in Killorglin and Terry Potts and John Blackwell, my supervisors in the Killarney depot they were all very good to me over the years. I would also like to say thanks to An Post, it was great working for them for the last 20 years."

Now he plans to cycle a bit more, see his three children, Niall an engineer in Limerick, Edward who teaches in Loreto NS, and Róisín who teaches in Fossa NS and is getting married next year. There'll be more time to spend with his three grandchildren as well as his wife Geraldine who retired last year after 41 years as a staff nurse in St Mary of the Angels in Beaufort.

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[caption id="attachment_32785" align="alignleft" width="1024"] FAMILY TIME: Ireneus is pictured here with his family and grandchildren. From l-r: his wife Geraldine, Edward Looney, Laura Cahillane, Sadbh Ní Luanaigh, Siún Ní Luanaigh, Clodagh Looney, Niall Looney, Ailín Looney, Róisín Looney and Paudie O'Sullivan. Photos: Michael G. Kenny.[/caption]

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Local soprano releases new single

Local soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan has released her second self-penned single. Following the success of her debut song ‘Forever and a Day’ which was released on July 16 and was aired on radio stations all over the world and on streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, her second single was released last Friday. ‘Before […]

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Local soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan has released her second self-penned single.

Following the success of her debut song ‘Forever and a Day’ which was released on July 16 and was aired on radio stations all over the world and on streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, her second single was released last Friday.

‘Before You Leave Me’ has a Jazz influence. Mary has been writing her own songs since March this year covering several different genres.

“Tony O’Flaherty of Sonas Studios has brought my songs to life and I am delighted with the production on the songs,” Mary told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Fun Urban Orienteering event coming to Killarney town

The event is free, open to all ages, levels of fitness and is both wheelchair and buggy friendly.Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership are calling on you, to get out and #BeActive as part of European Week of Sport 2021, which runs from September 23 to 30. Sport Ireland, the national coordinating body for European Week of Sport in […]

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The event is free, open to all ages, levels of fitness and is both wheelchair and buggy friendly.
Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership are calling on you, to get out and #BeActive as part of European Week of Sport 2021, which runs from September 23 to 30.

Sport Ireland, the national coordinating body for European Week of Sport in Ireland hope that this year’s event will inspire even more people than previous years and has funded multiple flagship as well as local events run by the Network of Local Sports Partnerships, including this ‘Family Street Orienteering Kerry’ event.

“This free event looks to offer everyone an opportunity the get out and be active and maybe try something new,” Gearóid O Doherty, the Coordinator of Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership said. 

“Urban Orienteering is an activity that you can do on your own or with your family and friends. You get to challenge yourself a little and still go at a pace that suits you – and what a beautiful location to do it all in, Killarney town!

“With many people possibly new to the Kerry region, be that through work, college or otherwise, this is an ideal way to get involved in the community and explore the streets and lanes of Killarney in a fun and active way.”

The Kerry Orienteers Club have designed the courses for this event and are looking forward to the excitement of it all and helping those new to the sport to continue taking part in the months and years that follow.

“We know that, for a lot of people, this will be their first time trying orienteering, but they can rest assured, as we will be there to talk them through it and help them out if needed,” Brendan O’Brien from Kerry Orienteers said.

“If it is something they want to try again, we can signpost them to other events, both locally here in Kerry and indeed nationally. Orienteering is a fantastic sport that allows you to build your skills and confidence, with all events having a variety of routes to cater for all levels.”

To cater for physical distancing and government guidelines, there are several staggered start times for participants to choose from, beginning at 6pm and the last group heading off at 7.30pm. With free t-shirts for all who sign up and additional workshops onsite, from the likes of Leave No Trace Ireland, it is sure to be a fun and vibrant evening, all stemming from the start point at ANAM – Killarney’s Arts and Culture Centre.

Places are limited for this event. Free online registration is available and those looking to attend are encouraged to book their place early to avoid disappointment.

For more information, you can visit any of the Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership social media accounts or go to www.sportireland.ie.

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