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Beaufort’s Spillane nominated for Canadian immigration award

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By Sean Moriarty

A Beaufort man is in the running for the top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards.

The annual awards are run by a magazine and website called Canadian Immigrant and celebrates the contribution international people have made to Canadian business and social life.

Ruairi Spillane first immigrated to Vancouver in 2008. Initially working in finance, he became frustrated after the global financial crisis and wanted to do something more meaningful. As a newcomer, he was curious about how other newcomers settled in Canada. Spillane began researching success factors that allowed newcomers to settle quicker, and realised that access to independent, quality information had a huge impact on newcomers’ transition to life in Canada.

“Instead of being a gatekeeper of information, Spillane set out to change the game and build a free, independent platform, working with partners who value being part of the newcomer experience. In 2012, Moving2Canada.com was born and would soon attract a motivated newcomer community, armed with the knowledge they need to be successful in Canada. In the decade since, many people around the world have used Moving2Canada to learn more about this country and the success factors that go into building a dream life here,” said an event statement.

Spillane’s other business, Outpost Recruitment, also has a newcomer focus — placing international talent with Canada’s leading construction firms.

In 2018, he was a co-founder of the Ireland-Canada Chamber of Commerce Vancouver and served as president from 2019 to 2021, promoting increased trade between Ireland and Canada.

Voting for the coveted competition closed on Friday of this week.

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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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