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Council holds historic first online meeting 

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HISTORIC: Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Patrick Connor-Scarteen, chaired the first ever online meeting of Kerry County Council from his home in Kenmare, today (Monday), following the signing of the necessary ministerial order to enable local authorities to meet remotely and to allow councillors to vote on various matters. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

 

The first ever online meeting of Kerry County Council took place today (Monday) following the signing of the necessary ministerial order to enable local authorities to meet remotely and to allow councillors to vote on various matters.

The Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Patrick Connor-Scarteen, chaired the meeting from his home in Kenmare and his fellow elected members as well as Council management and the press joined the meeting online.

Cllr Connor-Scarteen said that votes on statutory business can now be taken during online meetings following the signing of the legislative requirements to facilitate such votes.

"This is the first time in 121 years of Kerry County Council that we have held a meeting using online meeting technology so from that point of view, it is very historic in these strange and challenging times. Until now, we were required to meet physically in the one location to deal with statutory business, but following the signing of the necessary legislative provisions, we can now deal with all business at remote or online meetings," he said.

[caption id="attachment_34734" align="alignleft" width="408"] Chief Executive of Kerry County Council, Moira Murrell, attends the first ever online meeting of Kerry County Council which took place today (Monday). Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan[/caption]

Chief Executive of Kerry County Council, Moira Murrell, said that the transition to fully online meetings has been important in continuing to carry out the functions of the local authority.

"This is a new way of doing business for everyone involved but we ONLINE: continue to work closely with elected members and the wider community to operate within the current restrictions and to continue to provide essential services and facilities to the people of Kerry," she said.

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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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