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Calls to honour the McShain family who gifted Killarney House

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By Sean Moriarty

The family that gifted Killarney House to the people of Ireland could be remembered by having a Killarney street named after them.

American millionaire John McShain owned the stately home from 1906 until his death in 1998. On his passing he left the house to the Irish State and the house and gardens are now one of the town’s top tourist attractions.

​​​​​​​Cllr Michael Gleeson, at Wednesday’s Killarney Municipal District meeting, called for the eastern portion of the present Mission Road, from Beech Road as far as the Golden Gates, to be renamed in honour of the McShain family “to acknowledge the huge debt of gratitude due to the McShain family for the wonderfully generous transfer of Killarney House and adjacent lands to the Irish nation”.

Mr Gleeson acknowledged that Mission Road was named for Killarney people who have devoted their lives to religious and missionary services and that the renaming of a portion of Mission Road would not undermine that.

“John McShain’s wife Mary, was a Lady of the Grand Cross of the Holy Sepulchre and a Dame of Malta and awarded the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Cross by the Vatican, the highest honour for a laywoman,” he added.
His daughter, Sr Pauline McShain who died last year, was a nun with the Society of the Holy Christ Jesus Order adding to the religious history of both the family and Mission Road.

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Eileen rewarded for her dedication to athletics

By Sean Moriarty Well-known Dalton’s Avenue woman Eileen Switzer has been named as the Honorary President of Killarney Valley Athletic Club in recognition of her work as a volunteer. The club held its annual awards night on Friday night last. As well as presenting awards to club members in recognition of their achievements at home […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Well-known Dalton’s Avenue woman Eileen Switzer has been named as the Honorary President of Killarney Valley Athletic Club in recognition of her work as a volunteer.

The club held its annual awards night on Friday night last.

As well as presenting awards to club members in recognition of their achievements at home and abroad they decided to honour Mrs Switzer for her “lifetime of volunteering to the community, to sport, to youth and for championing diversity and inclusion”.

“Eileen has been an advocate, a coach and an administrator in the sport of athletics for over 60 years in the town of Killarney, Kerry and beyond,” said club chair Jerry Griffin.

Eileen and her husband Frank have dedicated their lives to the community games and athletics in the greater Killarney area.

“I enjoy, but I don’t like, all the limelight,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I like to watch newcomers as they come up through the ranks, many of the Community Games people of the past are now running the committee.”

In a life time dedicated to volunteerism in Killarney Eileen has helped sports like golf, pitch and putt and badminton grow.  She was also heavily involved in the local Irish dancing scene and remains a great supporter of Kerry Parents and Friends.

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A Mass of Commemoration in Kilcummin

COMMEMORATION: A Mass of Commemoration for all those who fought and died in Kilcummin during the Irish War of Independence was celebrated last Sunday last at 11.30am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin by Fr Kieran O’Brien. Organised by the Kilcummin Historical Group there followed a walk to the Kilcummin Mass Rock where Fr […]

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COMMEMORATION: A Mass of Commemoration for all those who fought and died in Kilcummin during the Irish War of Independence was celebrated last Sunday last at 11.30am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin by Fr Kieran O’Brien. Organised by the Kilcummin Historical Group there followed a walk to the Kilcummin Mass Rock where Fr Kieran laid a wreath.

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