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Brian McCarthy hailed as ‘representing very best of Kerry’

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AS ONE of his first duties as mayor of Kerry, Councillor Michael O’Shea led tributes to FEXCO founder Brian McCarthy. Friends, family and colleagues of Mr McCarthy gathered at Kerry County Buildings for the civic reception today.

Mayor O’Shea said: “I am really delighted that one of my first official functions as Mayor of Kerry since I took up the role last month is the hosting of this very special occasion for a man who represents the very best of Kerry.”

He added: “I can think of no more deserving recipient for a civic reception than Brian McCarthy. Kerry has many heroes, for example in our Gaelic Games, in social services, in tourism, community groups and the economic and business sectors. Nobody can dispute that Brian McCarthy is another of those heroes – a true Kerry hero.”

Describing Mr McCarthy as “one of life’s gentlemen”, the mayor added: “He is a quiet, polite and humble man – but that humility disguises a sharp brain, a steely tenacity and a strong determination to achieve goals. A small financial services business founded in Killorglin in 1981 would not have become the international success story it is today without that tenacity and determination.”

Brian McCarthy has overseen the enormous development and growth of FEXCO during the 35 years since its foundation – and with remarkable success. Prior to founding the company, Brian had worked with AIB for almost 20 years. “He clearly saw an opening for a specialised financial services company and he did not hesitate in following his dream,” said Cllr O’Shea.

The pursuit of that dream now means that FEXCO employs more than 2,000 people in Ireland and across the globe. “It has been a remarkable success story. From its Killorglin headquarters it provides a range of financial services to some of the world’s biggest brands. I think it is significant that Brian and his company have never forgotten their roots and that FEXCO has retained its base in Killorglin as its international base. That shows Brian’s love for his home town,” said Cllr O’Shea.

“In that regard, Brian McCarthy has made a wonderful contribution to rural Ireland. I read that Brian was once asked about why FEXCO would not move to the Financial Services Centre in Dublin. Brian said (and I quote): ‘This business can be run from the North Pole provided you have the right people. But the view is better here in Killorglin.’

“They say that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree and today, Brian’s sons Denis – who is now CEO – and John, who is Executive Director, are continuing their father’s effort and tradition in the company. Brian has recruited the very best of directors, managers and staff over the years and they have worked closely together to ensure that FEXCO continues to be such a success.”

Mr McCarthy was named Ernst and Young International Entrepreneur of the Year in 2002 and has also received the Seán Lemass Award for Excellence in Marketing.

Earlier this year, he was chosen as the Kerry Person of the Year by the Kerry Association in Dublin. “It was the first time somebody not born in Kerry – Brian being born in Cork of course – had received this particular honour,” noted Cllr O’Shea.

The mayor concluded: “Brian – you are an inspiration to our county and a treasure in Kerry. No words can adequately describe the gratitude of the people of Kerry for what you have achieved.”

Councillor Michael Cahill had proposed the honour for Mr McCarthy “in recognition of his contribution both as an employer and for his wonderful work and generosity to charities and voluntary groups in Killorglin, in Kerry and throughout the country”.

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The secret is in the book!

By Michelle Crean  The secret to finding your true happiness is all in a new book which will guide readers to unlock their potential. Brazilian native Michelle Hadad, who moved to Ireland 14 years ago has written ‘The Secret Box: Concave and Convex’, a 432 page book which addresses the issues of suicide and develops into […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

The secret to finding your true happiness is all in a new book which will guide readers to unlock their potential.

Brazilian native Michelle Hadad, who moved to Ireland 14 years ago has written ‘The Secret Box: Concave and Convex’, a 432 page book which addresses the issues of suicide and develops into two different narratives.

It is also a follow up to her previous work ‘The Secret Box…Finding the Key’, a 192 page paperback launched by Michael Healy-Rae TD and reviewed by now retired judge James O’Connor, in October 2017.

Michelle, who studied adult psychology and is a NLP practitioner who encourages clients to transform limiting self-beliefs, explains that this version continues the story of Maria from the first book.

In the first book, the reader compares and contrasts their own life experiences with those of Maria and ask themselves the very question posed at the end of the book in the final chapter or ‘Padlock 13’ – “who are you?”

“Readers are outside the box, they see their own stories – that’s when we judge others,” Michelle told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It is fiction and the story is in two versions, the positive is bigger than the negative. There is always hope regardless of pain.”

She added that people need to forget about what others think, and focus on their own values and traditions.

“It’s a self help book, it doesn’t matter what people think of us, life’s too short. I’m motivating people in a positive way because of my NLP and psychology qualification.”

However, she emphasised that readers don’t have to have read the first book to understand the second one.

“Maria is the leading figure and there’s a few characters from book one but you don’t have to read that to get book two.”

She added that she’s thankful to everyone who helped her along the way.

“I have been blessed to have met so many people to help with my books.”

Both books are available from O’Connor’s Centra, The Reeks and Horans Health Store on Beech Road.

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Green light for teen accommodation

By Michelle Crean  Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead. An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment. The teens living within the premises […]

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Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead.

An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment.

The teens living within the premises will be supervised by applicant Eileen O’Brien who will live on the ground floor of the premises.

The two one-bed apartments on the second floor would either be rented out or used for independent living for the teenagers as they reach adulthood.

The two-bed apartment will be on the third floor. There are also plans for balconies at second and third floor levels.

The proposed apartment building is contemporary in design with a mix of stone and render finish on the lower floors and synthetic burned timber finish on the upper floors. The second floor is recessed at the front and the third floor is recessed at the front and the rear with a decorative feature on the front elevation comprising dark grey timber steel poles. The building will also have a flat roof.

Planning permission was granted subject to 14 conditions including a two-metre high boundary wall to be constructed on south, south-western boundaries of the site and there’s to be no overnight commercial guest accommodation.

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Fans return to Fitzgerald Stadium after eight months

By Sean Moriarty Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game. Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the […]

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Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game.

Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.

Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.

“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”

She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.

“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”

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