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Centenarian Michael to launch ploughing championships

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Michael O'Connor, 103, at the wheel of a vintage Ford car which will be raffled at the South Kerry Ploughing Championships and Harvest Show which will take place on Fleming's Farm, Fossa, Killarney, on September 11 in aid of the Killarney Branch of the Irish Kidney Association. Also in photo are from left, Connie and Karen Brosnan, Killarney Brance of the Irish Kidney Association and Tom Leslie, Chairman, SKP. The event is in aid of local charities has raised over €60,000 in the past two years. PICTURE: DON MACM|ONAGLE REPRO FREE PHOTO FROM SKP

HE MIGHT be older than Ireland but 103-year-old Michael O’Connor from Killarney is still full of energy and continues to lead a hectic social schedule. He has been lined up to officially launch this year’s South Kerry Ploughing Championships and Harvest Show which has been scheduled for Fleming’s Farm, Grenagh, Fossa, for Sunday, September 11.

Despite his great age, Michael still drives and he remains an enthusiastic gardener, zipping around his garden on his drive-on mower every chance he gets. And he attributes his long and healthy life to a love of the land and a little bit of mini ploughing of his own. “If you only dug a hole in your back garden today and filled it in tomorrow, you’re doing yourself a good turn,” he said.

The ploughing event has already helped to generate in excess of €60,000 for local organisations and this year’s beneficiaries will be the Kerry branch of the Irish Kidney Association, Down Syndrome Kerry, the Irish Pilgrimage Trust and the Kerry-Cork Health Link Bus.

It is organised by the Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club and there will be several celebrities in attendance on the day, mingling with the thousands of people expected to flock to the venue on the main Killarney to Killorglin road.

The event will feature close on 200 trade stands, traditional and modern method ploughing demonstrations, sheep dog trials, sheep shearing competitions, harvesting demos, machinery showcases and traditional farm practice exhibitions ­– and that’s only for starters.

There will be two fashion shows on the day with sensational prizes on offer for the most stylish lady and the best-dressed man. Two fun zones with rollercoasters and a hugely popular Maze in the Maize will be on site to keep children – and the young at heart – amused and novelty sideshow events this year will include an all-breed dog show, a model farm show, a children’s baking competition and live bands to create a real party atmosphere.

Several food zones will be on site at this year’s South Kerry Ploughing Championships and Harvest Show and there will be activities and novelties on the day for people of all ages and interests, including vintage and classic vehicle displays, stationary engines, competitions for fabulous prizes and so much more.

One lucky person could win a wonderful vintage Ford Anglia and five-star weekend breaks will also be up for grabs.

A major traffic management plan will be enforced with 60-acres of land set aside for free parking while the Ploughing Championships and Harvest Show will take place in an adjoining 60 acres of land owned by the Fleming family.

The gates will open at 11am and patrons are advised to arrive early as there will be so much to see and do on the day. Admission will be €10 for adults and €5 for students over 14 years of age and OAPs while under 14s will be admitted free of charge.
 


 
Michael O’Connor, 103, at the wheel of a vintage Ford car which will be raffled at the South Kerry Ploughing Championships and Harvest Show which will take place on Fleming’s Farm, Fossa, Killarney, on September 11 in aid of the Killarney Branch of the Irish Kidney Association. Also in photo are from left, Connie and Karen Brosnan, Killarney Brance of the Irish Kidney Association and Tom Leslie, Chairman, SKP. The event is in aid of local charities has raised over €60,000 in the past two years.
PICTURE: DON MACMONAGLE

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Replacement carrier could be in place by the end of July

By Michelle Crean   Ministers Ryan and Naughton briefed the cabinet on the plans this morning (Tuesday). The move comes after the news on Sunday that Stobart Air, which operated the Kerry-Dublin service, was to cease trading with immediate effect.  The Department today said that it will issue a request for quotes directly to airlines in the coming […]

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By Michelle Crean 
 

Ministers Ryan and Naughton briefed the cabinet on the plans this morning (Tuesday).

The move comes after the news on Sunday that Stobart Air, which operated the Kerry-Dublin service, was to cease trading with immediate effect. 

The Department today said that it will issue a request for quotes directly to airlines in the coming days, in accordance with applicable EU rules on air service Public Service Obligations (PSOs), and taking account of legal advice. It is anticipated that the emergency procurement process will be completed by early July, with a view to services being restarted by the new operator(s) as soon as possible thereafter. The contract will be subject to a maximum term of seven months and will operate in accordance with EU law.

PROCUREMENT PROCESS

In tandem, the Department will launch a procurement process for a maximum of four years for the continued provision of the services, which will apply after the temporary contract has expired. This will mitigate against any disruption to these services once the emergency contract expires.

The Department recognises the importance of restoring regional connectivity to these airports in advance of the reopening of international travel on July 19 and continues to engage closely with aviation stakeholders in this regard.

Education Minister and Fianna Fáil TD for Kerry, Norma Foley, has welcomed today’s Cabinet commitment to make the Kerry Dublin PSO route a priority.

“The restoration of our regional connectivity is of critical importance to the people of Kerry,” Minister Foley said.

“Transport Minister Eamon Ryan confirmed to me his intentions to seek an expedited tendering process which aims to have a replacement carrier in place by mid-end of July.

“I am confident Government will continue to engage as a priority with relevant stakeholders until a suitable resolution is reached for the benefit of Kerry and the south-west region.”

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Free career webinar for parents of Leaving Cert students

  A free webinar takes place online tomorrow (Wednesday) for parents of Leaving Cert students to best advise them with CAO choices. Niamh Dwyer, Guidance Counsellor and Careers Advisor at My Career Plan, will advise ‘How to help your teen with the CAO Change of Mind & Career Decisions’ at 7pm. This webinar will highlight and explain the […]

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A free webinar takes place online tomorrow (Wednesday) for parents of Leaving Cert students to best advise them with CAO choices.

Niamh Dwyer, Guidance Counsellor and Careers Advisor at My Career Plan, will advise ‘How to help your teen with the CAO Change of Mind & Career Decisions’ at 7pm.

This webinar will highlight and explain the important things that parents need to know to help their son/daughter use the CAO Change of Mind facility correctly ahead of the final deadline on July 1 at 5.15pm and to explore the many career options open to them after Leaving Cert.

“This is a very stressful time for Leaving Cert students and parents, and the main focus right now is on getting through the exams after a challenging two years,” Niamh said. “The final deadline for CAO is approaching and it is essential that students have finalised their course choices – knowing what to do is critical, that’s where I can help!

“In this one hour webinar I am going to walk through the steps of how the CAO Change of Mind facility works, what happens at the CAO Offer stage, what students need to do to make sure that they have the best chance to secure a college place in autumn 2021, and the common mistakes to avoid when using the CAO Change of Mind. I will also highlight the many other options that are available outside of CAO.”
 

This training is for parents of Leaving Cert students who:

Are confused and want to learn about how the CAO system works.

Are worried that their son/daughter will make a mistake with filling up the CAO Change of Mind facility.

Want to reduce the stress their son/daughter is feeling right now and support them in making this very important career decision.

Are worried that their son/daughter may not get the course they want.

Want to know about career options outside of CAO.

To join the webinar go to: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/5316227987750/WN_t7NhIRaFSc-GU6ycjdAyRA

For further details or clarification contact Niamh Dwyer on 087 9801105 or info@mycareerplan.ie.

Check updates on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @mycareerplan1, or go to www.mycareerplan.ie.

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Darren completes epic run for Crumlin

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By Grigoriy Geniyevskiy

A senior player and coach with Killarney Athletic has completed an epic challenge for Crumlin Children’s Hospital.

Darren O’Sullivan ran four miles every four hours for 48 hours over the long weekend to raise the funds.

He completed his final run from Port Road and made his way onto Countess Road and Rookery Road before finishing by Woodlawn Road. Darren started his run on Saturday at 4pm and completed his run on Monday at 4pm – and has raised a total of €953.

Darren said that he was raising money for the Children’s Health Foundation Crumlin as it is close to his heart because he has seen them help so many children and their families.

Darren had been training for three weeks to be able to complete the run.

“Getting up in the morning and starting the run was the hardest part,” he said.

“I would like to thank Killarney Athletic for supporting me. Thank you to those who donated and I was also thinking of doing something similar next year, I’d love to do it again.”

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