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Almost 1,000 become Irish citizens in Killarney

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By Michelle Crean 

A total of 950 people were conferred with Irish citizenship at two separate ceremonies yesterday (Monday) in what was the first in-person ceremony since March 2020.

Adejuwon and Ayobami Drogheda photographed at the citizen awards ceremony in The Gleneagle INEC Arena in Killarney on Monday. Photo: Sally MacMonagle

Daniela Alas Delgado and Michael Byrne Dublin photographed at the citizen awards ceremony in The Gleneagle INEC Arena in Killarney on Monday. Photo: Sally MacMonagle

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee photographed with Siphathisiwe Moyo from Galway at the citizenship awards ceremony in The Gleneagle INEC Arena Killarney on Monday. Photo: Sally MacMonagle

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee photographed with Dexter Drake and Airene Ramos from Dublin at the citizenship ceremony in The Gleneagle INEC Arena on Monday. Photo: Sally MacMonagle

Lord David Puttnam CBE British film producer environmentalist and former member of the House of Lords pictured after receiving his Irish Citizenship with Minister for Justice Helen McEntee at the Gleneagle INEC Arena in Killarney on Monday. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Walid Ahmed from Egypt proudly holding the Irish flag with Minister for Justice Helen McEntee at the Irish Citizenship ceremony in the INEC on Monday. Photo: Don MacMonagle

A total of 950 people were conferred with Irish citizenship at two separate ceremonies at the Gleneagle INEC Arena in Killarney on Monday presided over by Minister for Justice Helen McEntee retired High Court Judge Bryan MacMahon and retired District Court Judge Paddy McMahon. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Pictured at the Irish citizenship ceremonies in the Gleneagle INEC Arena were: Veronica Manu from Ghana who received her Irish Citizenship with her partner Tommy O Sé from Dingle. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee photographed with Krishna Rajeesh Dublin at the citizenship ceremony in The Gleneagle INEC Arena Killarney on Monday. Photo: Sally MacMonagle

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee photographed with Buki Precious Ojo Mary Oseh Kadija Ojumide and Mercy Igatto at the citizenship ceremony in The Gleneagle INEC Arena on Monday. Photo: Sally MacMonagle

Anita and Gloria Brown Dublin photographed at the citizenship ceremony in The Gleneagle INEC Arena on Monday. Photo: Sally MacMonagle

Hector Belmonte from Mexico wearing a traditional 'succulent crown' after becoming an Irish citizen in the INEC on Monday. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Held at the Gleneagle INEC Arena in Killarney, both were presided over by Minister for Justice Helen McEntee, retired High Court Judge Bryan MacMahon and retired District Court Judge Paddy McMahon.

Among them was British film producer, environmentalist and former member of the House of Lords, Lord David Puttnam, CBE as well as many more from around the country.

At the ceremony candidates took an oath of fidelity to the nation and received their certificate of naturalisation to officially become Irish citizens.

Approximately 148,000 people have received Irish citizenship since 2011 with a total of 154 citizenship ceremonies including people from over 180 countries receiving their certificates of naturalisation.

A Virtual Citizenship Ceremony took place on July 10, 2020 when 21 candidates became Irish citizens hosted by the Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee TD.

Previous to this, before the pandemic, 5,000 candidates became Irish citizens at the Killarney Convention Centre on March 2 and 3.
 

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​​Bursaries presented to schools at Lions Club open night

By Michelle Crean Three Killarney schools have been awarded bursaries from a local group. Killarney Lions Club made the presentations to Killarney Community College, St Brigid’s Presentation School and St […]

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By Michelle Crean

Three Killarney schools have been awarded bursaries from a local group.

Killarney Lions Club made the presentations to Killarney Community College, St Brigid’s Presentation School and St Brendan’s College to help support students in need.

It took place at their open night recently in the KDYS Youth Centre.

The night featured different exhibitions about Killarney Lions Club activities such as the Annual Christmas Food Appeal and the Kerry Clubs Fair.

“It was great that people made the effort to come and find out more what Killarney Lions Club does, despite the weather on the night. We are a voluntary group so community support is vital for activities such as our Christmas Food Appeal which will kick off very soon.”

The Killarney Lions Club, through its members, assists various groups and individuals in and around the community. Lions do this through voluntary activities, fundraising and by holding various types of events in support of a great many local causes.

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Staff celebrated for their long service

Stalwarts of the tourism industry in Killarney were delighted to celebrate their long term team members with a gourmet dinner in Great Southern recently. The event was held for all […]

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Stalwarts of the tourism industry in Killarney were delighted to celebrate their long term team members with a gourmet dinner in Great Southern recently.

The event was held for all team members of the Great Southern and Killarney Royal who have over 10 years of service, and was hosted by Michael Jacobi, Managing Director, Hayfield Family Collection and Mark Scally, Financial Controller, Hayfield Family Collection.

32 employees celebrated on the night, with the Great Southern represented by John Fitzgerald with 53 years of service, Martina O’Leary with 44 years of service and Kathleen Bhuiyan with 31 years of service. From Killarney Royal Joseph Hurley celebrated 37 years of service with John Harrington celebrating 32 years and Nuala Doolan celebrating 30 years.

“It is an absolute pleasure for us to celebrate our long term staff members,” event host and Hayfield Family Collection Managing Director, Michael Jacobi, said.

“They have played such an integral part in achieving the high standards we are known to provide and are such familiar welcoming faces for our guests.”

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