CELEBRATING 40 YEARS: Residents from Ballyspillane will host a special day on Sunday as they celebrate 40 years since the estate was built. Pictured front l-r were: David Foran (Chair of the Residents Association), Lorraine O'Donoghue, and adaoin Moynihan (SKDP). Back l-r were: Neily Jones, Ann Buckley (KCC), Kathleen Moriarty, Michael Moriarty and Marian McCabe (Ballyspillane FRC). Photo: Michelle Crean
By Michelle Crean
Ballyspillane residents are planning a big celebration this Sunday to mark 40 years since the estate was built.
It will begin with a Mass at 2pm in the field behind the Family Resource Centre, and then locals and visitors alike are welcome to enjoy refreshments in the centre and have a chance to view a special photo exhibition marking years gone by.
And not only that, but locals have created a unique booklet which will be distributed to every house in the estate.
“Mass will be celebrated by Fr Niall Howard in the field, weather permitting,” David Foran, Chair of the Residents Association, told the Killarney Advertiser.
“It will be a nice community gathering and everyone is welcome including past and present residents.”
Funding for 330 copies of the booklet was provided by Kerry County Council and will be distributed for free to the 216 houses on Saturday, he explained.
In it, there’s a copy of the original planning permission dated 1978, prior to building the estate, photos of when the first residents moved in in 1979, the first Residents Association set up in 1983 and photos of locals through the years.
“We printed extra copies which will then be given to councillors and others on the day. A number of residents have given their story and photos. Superintendent Flor Murphy gave us a piece and Connie O’Leary, the coordinator of the FRC, also gave her story. We also have lots of photos including a visit by President Mary McAleese in 2011, the Pride of Place Awards in 2012 and the Community Award in 2011, as well as the first preschool in the estate.”
Ian makes his debut as a radio presenter
By Sean Moriarty Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week. The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017. Since the accident he has been a […]
By Sean Moriarty
Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week.
The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017.
Since the accident he has been a champion for the less fortunate under his mantra: “If you can’t stand up – standout”.
This was the inspiration behind his brand new radio show which aired for the first time on Wednesday evening.
‘Stand Out with Ian O’Connell’ will feature interviews with people who have overcome great adversary to reach even greater heights.
His first guest was fellow Killarney man Jordan Lee. The Paralympian represented Ireland in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.
“I was used to being in the studio from people interviewing me, but this time I turned the table,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.
“It was great to have Jordan on, two Killarney men! I really enjoyed it, it got a massive reaction and I got loads of emails and messages afterwards and into Thursday morning.”
Ian will reveal his guest for the show on the previous Monday through various social media channels.
Sinead is queen of the court
By Con Dennehy With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport. Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater […]
By Con Dennehy
With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport.
Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater Killarney region.
One of the most impressive performances on the night was in the Beginners Category where local star Sinead Moriarty secured a number of electrifying victories to win the overall title.
“This was a very competitive competition. In the opening games Neill Horgan was defeated by Rosin King from Glenbeigh 13-15 with Sinead Moriarty getting the better of exchanges with Bríd Horgan (Spa) 15-8. In the other game Niamh Faulds from Glenflesk lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-10 despite a very brave effort from Niamh,” said Eoin O’Donoghue, secretary of Spa Killarney Handball Club.
In the semi-finals Sheila Kelliher lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-11 with Sinead Moriarty defeating Rosin King 15-12.
“In a pulsating final Sinead saw off the dogged challenge of Elena O’Donoghue 15-11. While Sinead dominated this game, she looked in control and played a brilliant tournament throughout and was a deserving overall winner.”
In the Advanced category there were wins for Evan Enright and Eoin O’Donoghue in the opening games.
In the quarter finals Even Enright saw off the challenge of Brendan O’Donoghue 15-8 while Eoghan Daly defeated Eoin O’Donoghue 15-11, Aoife Walsh (Currow) defeated Maggie Quirke (Glenbeigh) 15-7 and Brian McEvoy beat Michael Clifford 15-6.
Semi-final success for Evan Enright and Eoghan Daly saw them battle it out in a pulsating final with Daly taking the title on a 15-12 scoreline.
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