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Credit where credit’s due as long serving staff members acknowledged

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By Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Long standing staff members have clocked up over one hundred years of service between them.

FIVE YEARS: Celebrating five years of service at Killarney Credit Union is Noreen O'Sullivan (left) pictured with CEO Mark Murphy (centre) and Elma Culloty (right). Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Killarney Credit Union' Karena McCarthy, Elaine O’Shea, Mairead Brosnan and Jennifer McCarthy celebrated 25 years of service last week.

The presentation was made in recognition of their service and dedication to Killarney Credit Union.

Karena began working in Killarney Credit Union in April 1997, Elaine in September 1997 whilst Mairead and Jennifer both began in October 1996. Karena is Marketing and Business Development in Killarney Credit Union, Elaine works in Credit Control and Mairead and Jennifer are both Loan Officers/Member Services Officers.

John Casey, Loans Officer/Member Services Officer in the Cahersiveen branch has 20 years' service, was also acknowledged.

Emma Looney, currently on maternity leave, was acknowledged for 10 years service. Emma works in Member Services and Accounts. Lastly Operations Manager Elma Culloty and Noreen O’Sullivan, Loan Officer, were both recognised for five years service.

Killarney CU CEO, Mark Murphy, thanked and praised all for their dedication, work ethic and professionalism.

“Each and everyone of these staff have become an invaluable asset to the team and the credit union,” he said.

“They are widely known and respected by our many members and their dedication to the members is exemplary. It is not often we get to say thank you and we were delighted with the opportunity to say a huge thank you through these staff recognition awards."

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Rebel lights delight for Killarney star

By Con Dennehy The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in East Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Cork hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball […]

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By Con Dennehy

The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in East Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Cork hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball championships.

Attracting all the leading players in Ireland, it was Sarah Dineen, the Spa/Killarney player who shot out the Rebel lights in Conna with a phenomenal display of handball.

Competing in the highly competitive Ladies Challenger championship, the Killarney player, who took up the sport just 18 months ago, had the perfect start in the competition defeating the home town favourite Agnes Hurley from Conna on a 21-20 scoreline following an energy sapping and close encounter that hung in the balance to the final ace.

In her second game she took on the challenge of Nolwenn Even from St Brigids where her skill, superior fitness and movement on the court resulted in the 21-12 victory and a place in the prestigious final.

“The final was always going to be a difficult game not least playing local girl Kate O’Riordan from Conna. I concentrated on my serve and kill shots which ensured we shared the aces early in the game. It was a difficult game with the home supporters out in force to cheer on their local hero. However, I played well and secured a 21-11 victory. This was the second time this title came to Spa Killarney following the 2022 win by Aoife Walsh in Northern Ireland,” said Sarah, who is currently chairperson of the Killarney Camogie Club.

A native of Westmeath, Sarah (46) runs a jewellery business in Killarney and lives in Rathmore. No stranger to competitive sport she played camogie for Westmeath and Leinster and also won an Intermediate championship Gaelic football medal in Westmeath.

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STEM Scholarship for outstanding female student

By Michelle Crean A Killarney student attending University College Cork has received a STEM scholarship. Annie O’Donoghue (22) who is in her final year of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Data Science […]

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By Michelle Crean

A Killarney student attending University College Cork has received a STEM scholarship.

Annie O’Donoghue (22) who is in her final year of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Data Science and Analytics in University College Cork, was recognised as an outstanding female student in STEM2D disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Manufacturing and Design at a ceremony held at Janssen Sciences site in Ringaskiddy.

Annie, from Muckross, will receive a student award, a bursary of €1,500, industry mentoring and leadership training, along with the opportunity to attend career workshops, visit Johnson & Johnson sites and participate in WiSTEM2D events designed to support students with pursuing future STEM careers.

The Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2D programme fuels the development of the female STEM2D talent pipeline by awarding and sponsoring girls and women at critical points in their educational experience and their careers, in STEM disciplines. The Undergraduate programme was first introduced at University of Limerick in 2016. Since then, it has expanded to include University College Cork in 2018, University of Galway in 2021, and Munster Technological University in 2022, supporting more than 400 female students over the last six years.

“It’s an honour to be a recipient of this award,” Annie, who is a former St Brigid’s Presentation Secondary School student, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It’s great to see the number of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Manufacturing and Design, increase over the years.”

She added that the goal of the award is “to inspire women to pursue their career path in their respective STEM2D field of work”.  
 

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