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BBC appearance for Kilcummin man and his sheepdog




By Michelle Crean

They say "a dog is man's best friend" and for one Kilcummin man nothing could be more true as they compete this Sunday on one of the UK's most popular weekly factual TV programmes.

TV APPEARANCE: Tom with his two daughters Aoibhe and Kayleigh and his wife Mairead pictured on set for the BBC1 Countryfile programme.

FAME: Tom's sheepdog 'North Hill Tess' is reaching new levels of fame as she will appear on BBC 1's Countryfile this Sunday.

Countryfile, which pulls in six million viewers a week will feature Tom O’Sullivan and his beloved award winning sheepdog 'North Hill Tess'.

After winning the International Supreme Championship last year - they were invited to take part in the prestigious BBC1 'One Man and His Dog' show.

However, he's not revealing the outcome of the TV trials just yet, saying viewers will have to tune in this Sunday when the programme airs on BBC1 at 4.45pm.

"I haven’t competed on this programme before, the prize is 'One Man and His Dog Champion 2022' and a trophy will be presented on the show on Sunday night," Tom, who has travelled all over Ireland and the UK with his dog, told the Killarney Advertiser.

"I compete in sheepdog trials and after our success at last year's 2021 International Supreme Championships in Wales we were invited to compete in this year's televised sheepdog trial competition on 'One Man and His Dog'. I will be competing with the 2021 International Supreme Champion, 'North Hill Tess'."


The competition was recorded on the farm of Ceri and Phil Rundle, Bodfari, North Wales last month with top sheepdog trial handlers competing from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales.

"We are very proud to be representing our country in this prestigious event," he added.

“'One Man and His Dog' began in 1976 and is the TV programme/competition that everyone associates with sheepdog trialling. It brings the skill and brilliance of the border collie to everyone’s attention from the '70s to current times."

After last year's win he said he was honoured to be asked to compete in this year's event and represent Ireland with 'North Hill Tess'.

"We had a great few days in Wales with the family and friends at the recording of the event. 'North Hill Tess' is a brilliant dog and she has taken myself and my family all over Ireland and the UK competing at the highest level over the past number of years. We are delighted to be appearing on this year's 'One Man and His Dog' programme and hope to be able to bring the trophy back to Ireland.”

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Start clocking up those ‘Kingdom Kilometres’

With an increase in daylight hours there’s no better time to clock up the ‘Kingdom Kilometres’ on foot or by cycling along the county’s two new Greenways. The recently opened […]




With an increase in daylight hours there’s no better time to clock up the ‘Kingdom Kilometres’ on foot or by cycling along the county’s two new Greenways.

The recently opened Kingdom of Kerry Greenways between Tralee and Fenit and between Listowel and Abbeyfeale are already proving hugely popular with locals and visitors to Kerry.

Representatives of the tourism Industry, local public representatives, travel writers and influencers gathered in Kerry on Monday to experience the exciting new tourist attractions and welcome the arrival of the longer daylight hours as the clocks changed over to summertime.

Sarah Hanrahan, a social media influencer who posts about Irish travel and has more than 100,000 Instagram followers, described the experience.

“Ireland has some of the most amazing outdoor spaces. For a lot of my followers and other people, connecting with green spaces has become much more important to their overall sense of well-being as well as their health and fitness. It’s been really gorgeous to experience the Tralee to Fenit, and Listowel to Limerick Kingdom of Kerry Greenways; a fantastic trip sampling the warm hospitality of Kerry and a great reminder of the active holiday options that are right on our doorstep.”

The new purpose-built trails provide an accessible and inclusive experience for visitors of all abilities.

Mayor of Tralee, Cllr Mikey Sheehy and the Mayor of Listowel, Cllr Aoife Thornton, said that the greenways offer an exceptional recreational amenity for everyone to enjoy.

“The greenways are situated in some of Kerry’s most scenic landscapes and offer spectacular and safe off-road facilities for people of all ages to enjoy as the landscape comes into bloom. They also offer warm hospitality at the trail head towns of each route.”

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St Patrick’s Day parade winners announced

Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club has won the sought-after overall award in recognition of their colourful and action-packed entry to this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade in Killarney. Delighted […]



Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club has won the sought-after overall award in recognition of their colourful and action-packed entry to this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade in Killarney.

Delighted club representatives were presented with the Seán O’Keeffe Perpetual Trophy – in memory of the former Mayor of Killarney and parade stalwart – at a gala presentation of prizes in the International Hotel, Killarney on Tuesday night.

The award for the Best Interpretation of the Theme, which was Killarney: Experience More, went to the Wander Wild Festival who received the Michael Courtney Perpetual Trophy which is dedicated to the memory of another former mayor of the town who spearheaded the annual St Patrick’s Day celebrations for many years.

The John ‘Killer’ O’Callaghan Perpetual Trophy for the Best Sporting Entry was won by Killarney Athletic AFC and the Peter Irwin Memorial Trophy for the Best Marching Group and Cultural/Arts Entry went to Millstreet Pipe Band.

The Best Sports Club was Spa GAA, the Best Children’s Group prize was won by Kilcummin Comhaltas and the Best New Entry was Killarney Rugby Football Club.

There was an international flavour to the Best Musical Entry which was scooped by the Glenridge High School Marching Band from New Jersey.

The prize for the Best Voluntary Group went to the Kerry Stars Special Olympics Club, the Best School Award went to the Fiona Crowley Stage School and the Best Activity Group was deemed to be Scorchers Cheerleading Club.

The Most Entertaining Entry went to the Killarney Tidy Towns group, the prize for the Most Original Entry was won by Liebherr Container Cranes and the Most Imaginative Entry in the parade was the Art House, Killarney.

The Most Stylish Entry prize was awarded to the Ukrainian community whose representative said they were delighted to play a part in Ireland’s national holiday and thanked the people of Killarney for the warm welcome they have received.

Other prizes presented on the night included the Best Window Display which went to Christy Healy’s on New Street who were celebrating 100 years in business on St Patrick’s Day, while the Europe Hotel and Resort won the Best Green-Themed Building prize.

The judges for the parade were Br Pat Lynch, Guardian, Franciscan Friary, Pam Brosnan, Killarney Musical Society and Denis McMahon.

The awards were presented by Killarney St Patrick’s Festival Chairman Paul Sherry, Mayor of Killarney Cllr Niall Kelleher, Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce Senior Executive Bridget O’Keeffe, and parade grand marshal Cathal P Walshe.

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