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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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Flesk Fest promises to be a great evening of fun

By Michelle Crean Glenflesk GAA are planning a fun filled evening of top class entertainment. The Flesk Fest takes place on Saturday July 16 at 4pm in The Kerryway Steakhouse […]

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By Michelle Crean

Glenflesk GAA are planning a fun filled evening of top class entertainment.

The Flesk Fest takes place on Saturday July 16 at 4pm in The Kerryway Steakhouse & Bar.

Two exciting bands ‘All Folk’d Up’ and ‘Super Ceili’ will be playing and there’ll be plenty of fun and games and a delicious barbecue, raffle with some great prizes, and of course the ever popular Hang Tough Challenge!

“Please come out and support this great event! Tell your friends and we will make it a night to remember,” Seamus Healy from Glenflesk GAA said.

” Admission is only €15, and tickets are available from Mary McCarrick 087 7750773, Padraig O’Sullivan 087 0530384 or any club officer. They are also available in the Kerryway on the night.

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Rising cycling star selected for Belgium Project

By Sean Moriarty Killarney cyclist Sam Bolger (18) has been selected as one of four riders for the Belgian Project – one of the most prestigious stepping stones for Irish riders […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney cyclist Sam Bolger (18) has been selected as one of four riders for the Belgian Project – one of the most prestigious stepping stones for Irish riders with ambitions to turn professional.

Northern Ireland-based Belgian Danny Blondell is the man behind the project.

For the last 15 years Blondell selects between four and six Irish riders and sends them to Belgium where they stay with local families and contest pro and semi-pro races.

As a race commentator Blondell is well placed to decide who is deserving of inclusion in the project.

Over the first six months of the year he makes decisions while attending early season races.

Those lucky enough to get selected go to live and race in Belgium for the second six months of the year.

Bolger, from Lewis Road, was selected after winning the junior race in the Cycling Ireland National Road Series in Mayo in March and the Orwell Stage Race in County Wicklow in June.

“He is delighted, it is a very big deal,” his father Paul told the Killarney Advertiser.

“He has had a very good year and the wins in Mayo and Wicklow secured the Belgium Project.”

Bolger will head to Belgium in late July and after to the Junior Tour of Ireland which takes place in County Clare between July 12 and 17.

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