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Chamber thanks Donal Grady for years of service

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Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce has expressed gratitude to Cllr Donal Grady for his commitment and contribution over many years of faithful service during a long and distinguished career in local politics.

The Chamber has wished him a very happy and healthy retirement and stressed that he can take life a little easier, secure in the knowledge that he has helped to make Killarney a better place.

“Cllr Grady’s decision to step down from frontline politics, after close on a quarter of a century of service, marks a real end of an era,” Chamber joint presidents Johnny McGuire and Pádraig Treacy said in a statement.

Paying tribute to the role he has played in so many facets of Killarney life, they said his commitment to many community causes was admirable and he leaves a real legacy of public service of which he and his family and supporters can be immensely proud.

“Cllr Donal Grady always put the welfare and the wellbeing of his town and its people first and his was a strong and influential independent voice for the people that voted for him, with such consistency and enthusiasm, in all of the elections he contested since 1999,” the statement read.

“He was approachable, courteous, willing to listen and always willing offer help and that’s the hallmark of a very effective local politician.

“When he wasn’t kept busy in the town hall in Killarney or in county buildings in Tralee, Cllr Grady was a familiar sight on the streets of his home town, meeting and greeting the people and keeping a close eye on the town he loved representing,” the Chamber statement added.

“Donal can reflect on a job very well done when he looks back on his contribution to his town and his county. He worked hard and he left his mark."

The Chamber said it is appropriate that Cllr Grady’s final municipal district meeting coincided with the turning of the sod for the new Killarney skate park which has always been a project very close to his heart.

The Chamber said Donal’s family has been a political force in Killarney for many decades with his late father, John, and his brother Sean also serving on the local council and that great tradition will now be carried on by the next generation.

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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