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Abbie reflects on Strasbourg experience




Fifth Year St Brigid's student Abbie O'Sullivan, winner of the Rotary Youth Leadership Competition, has returned from an exciting trip to Strasbourg.

TRIP: Killarney student Abbie O'Sullivan reflects on her exciting trip to Strasbourg.

This week she shares her thoughts about the experience.

"In February I had the privilege of attending the European Parliament in Strasbourg as a winner of the Rotary Youth Leadership Competition. It was a trip that could not be defined by words. It expanded my knowledge, taught me new things about myself and others, and helped me create life-long bonds with people all over the country and across Europe. I entered this competition through my school and took part in three different interview sessions. I was asked about my own position in leadership, my opinions on topical issues both local and national and got to present myself professionally to the Killarney Rotary Club. My finals took place in Cork city where I was awarded this trip of a lifetime, representing The Rotary Club. I was over the moon wondering what experiences, friends and stories I would take from this trip and now as I reflect on it, the reality was beyond my expectations.

"I arrived in Belfast and met the 23 other winners of the award. Immediately, we became attached at the hip rushing to dinner together and enjoying the first night of this amazing trip by getting to know one another. We spent the following day in Belfast and then Dublin, first visiting city hall and having a private luncheon and conversation with the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Tina Black. She taught us about her position as both a woman in politics and also her position in Northern Ireland. We then visited Stormont. We had a guided tour there and spoke with three MLAs and had the opportunity to ask them questions. The day ended by taking a bus to Dublin and spending the evening laughing and learning together as we prepared for our event in Strasbourg. Our day in Dublin consisted of two major events; firstly, we visited Europe House. Here we learned about all the facilities and opportunities available to us in the European Union and shared our thoughts on current issues. In my opinion, this trip taught us how to work and converse as adults whilst also have as much fun as possible with our peers! We received our official certificates and then went to the Dáil for our second tour of State Governments. The night concluded with a 3am wake up call to board a flight to Frankfurt.

"We drove to Strasbourg from Germany and settled into our hostel, which we shared with over 500 other students attending the Parliament. That night we were given free time to explore so we organised a self-guided walking tour to make the most of our time! The Rotarian leaders must have been exhausted, just as we were, but none of us were going to let this opportunity slip away. The next day was the big event called Euroscola. At this event, Ireland, along with all other EU Member States, sat in the official Parliament hemisphere and debated the EU Zero Pollution Ambition. Having a huge interest in politics, this was the big moment of the trip for me. When I sat down in the parliament and was able to speak and share my opinion, I was overwhelmed with a feeling of accomplishment, and it is something I could never have experienced without the Rotary Club and the Youth Leadership Award.

"The next day was time for us to spend our last day together and experience the city of Strasbourg even more. Our return to Dublin Airport was full of hugs, tears and laughs. Thankfully, the 24 of us have stayed in touch and are hopefully working on another project to promote this very competition. This trip truly was an amazing experience, and I cannot recommend it enough to any young person in Killarney."



Donie McCarthy to be remembered by Firies GAA with golf classic

On the approach of the second anniversary of his passing, Firies GAA have taken the opportunity to both acknowledge and pay tribute to the late Donie McCarthy by organising a […]




On the approach of the second anniversary of his passing, Firies GAA have taken the opportunity to both acknowledge and pay tribute to the late Donie McCarthy by organising a golf classic in his name. Donie was a key figure; player, coach, mentor and officer in the club for many years.

Michael Quirke, former team mate and part of the events’ committee, outlined the significance of remembering and acknowledging the legacy that Donie left to his beloved club. “Donie exemplified the concept of a club stalwart, his love of both the game and the development of the club was boundless. His energy towards the development of young players is truly visible today in Firies. Donie got great satisfaction from seeing young players improve, and as they got older and achieve success with Firies. During his successful playing days, he helped lead Firies to secure the O’Sullivan Cup title in 1979 and went onto manage and coach many Firies teams down through the years. Since his untimely passing in November 2022, the club has aspired to acknowledge his legacy.”

Final preparations are being put in place for the classic which takes place on Saturday, July 13, in Maine Valley Members Golf Club, Killorglin. The classic, which includes GUI handicap applied with a maximum adjusted handicap of 24 for men and 36 for ladies, promises to be a great day celebrating Donie, with top team, nearest the pin, and longest drive prizes.

Family, friends and former club mates of Donie gathered to officially launch the golf classic in Pairc Eamonn, along with Kerry Senior Footballer; Dara Moynihan to lend his support the event. The Firies GAA Club were eager to recognise L. & M. Construction, of New York City for their generous contribution towards The Donie McCarthy Memorial Golf Classic. The American company, has strong club connections and supports many of the club events. “Without this support, we would be unable to organise such events. The Club would also like to acknowledge the members who attended the launch today from young to old to recognise Donies’ contribution”. A club spokesperson said this week.

If you or your club are interested in submitting a team of four at €200 per team, you can contact Brendan Quirke 087-9172854, Dermot O’Connor 087-6958610, Michael Quirke 087-6683699 or Maine Valley Members Golf Club 066-9761979. Likewise, sponsored tee boxes are available for €50.

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Muckross Lottery goes online

Muckross Community Association has announced the launch of its new online facility for playing the Muckross Lottery. The Muckross Lottery community fundraiser has operated since 1995, raising thousands of euro […]




Muckross Community Association has announced the launch of its new online facility for playing the Muckross Lottery.

The Muckross Lottery community fundraiser has operated since 1995, raising thousands of euro for the benefit of local community groups and bodies including Loughquittane National School, Muckross ICA and Muckross Rowing Club among others.

Over the years, countless prize winners have also benefited in the share of jackpot and Match 3 prize wins.

The first Muckross Lottery draw was held in the summer of 1995, a year which also saw the opening of the Muckross Community Centre.
At the time, the lottery draw was a first of its kind in Killarney and was to set a fine example for the many other sports club and community lotteries that were later established in the town.

The community fundraiser has continued to be a vital support, initially securing the completion of the Muckross Community Centre and over time generating funds for the development of school, community and sporting facilities in the Muckross area.

Since 1995, the lottery has been sustained by the unwavering commitment of local sellers and a dedicated committee within the community association.

A number of the lottery’s founding members continue to sell weekly tickets to this day in support of local causes.

In a move with the times and ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Muckross Lottery, the association is now building for the future and launching its new online lottery facility.

Ahead of the online launch this month, the Association has collaborated with Irish company ClubForce, a leading provider of online lottery systems, to develop the secure online system.

It is hoped the new online facility will generate new lottery sales, extend the lottery’s reach to those living abroad and sustain the community fundraiser long into the future.

Existing lottery supporters who avail of the online option can also enjoy the benefits of new features including a weekly results email, ticket auto renewal and access to ticket purchase history. The Association are also keen to highlight that existing hard copy tickets will continue to be available and sold as normal.

The Community Association is seeking the support of all residents of the Muckross area and all those with a connection to the community, to spread the word and get behind the new online lottery.

Online tickets can now be purchased ahead of the weekly draws on June 22, June 29 and throughout July.

The jackpot for June 22 stands at €5,050 with a rollover each week if the jackpot is not won. Online lottery tickets can be purchased each week (3 tickets for €5). A single €2 ticket can also be purchased for multiple draws. The lottery’s annual ‘green’ ticket is also available online for €100 and continues to include two free draws.

Link to Muckross Lottery online.

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