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Dan Tim O’Sullivan buys St Mary of the Angels farm for €2m

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NEW OWNER: Dan Tim O'Sullivan has bought St Mary's of the Angels Farm for €2m.

 

“The place is close to my heart”

By Sean Moriarty

The legendary Dan Tim O’Sullivan - one of the most successful Kerry businessmen in London - has paid almost €2m for the 110-acre St Mary of the Angels farm in Beaufort.

The farm, donated to the Franciscan Missionaries of the Devine Motherhood Religious Order by the Doyle family in the 1960s after their only daughter joined the Order went up for auction, in the Royal Hotel. The Order decided to sell the land to fund the retirement of its nuns with the sale which was handled by Killarney auctioneer, Tom Spillane.

News of the sale attracted negativity in the community as it was feared the land would be sold to developers or used for non-farming purposes in an area of outstanding beauty. There were also concerns that the sale would affect the services offered by the facility which cares for special needs adults and children in the county.

Dan Tim owns one of the biggest labour supply firms in the civil engineering sectors ‘Dan Sullivan and Sons’ in London, and has around 1,500 people on its payroll, many of whom are Kerry emigrants.

He set up the firm in 1986, and as it grew he never forget local or London-based charities and is a long-time supporter of St Mary of the Angels and its services.

“The place is close to my heart,” Dan Tim told the Killarney Advertiser yesterday (Thursday). “I had a sister there for a long time.”

O’Sullivan already has farming interests near his native Foilmore. He is close to retirement and is ready to handover his London-based business to his son Timothy.

“This will keep me occupied, I am still a young fresh man,” he added. “But I will call in regularly to St Mary of the Angels and make sure everything is alright.”

 

 

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Hairdresser reveals women “open up” on safety while getting their hair done

By Sean Moriarty Nicole Coffey of Nicole’s Hair Salon on St Anne’s was inspired to run a fundraiser for a women’s refuge after hearing distressing stories from some of her clients. On Saturday last she offered a wash and blow-dry to clients and rather than charging them for the her services her customers made a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Nicole Coffey of Nicole’s Hair Salon on St Anne’s was inspired to run a fundraiser for a women’s refuge after hearing distressing stories from some of her clients.

On Saturday last she offered a wash and blow-dry to clients and rather than charging them for the her services her customers made a donation to Adapt Women’s Refuge in Tralee.

Nicole was inspired to run the charity day because a lot of her regular clients opened up to her while they were getting their hair done.

The timing of her charity day was poignant as it came just days after Ashling Murphy was murdered while out for a run in her own town of Tullamore.

“People open up while I do their hair, many of them would not know that there is a refuge in Kerry,” she told the Killarney Advertiser. “I have experience with clients who are struggling. I had this idea to create more awareness for Adapt.”

She raised €2,000 for Adapt and the cheque was handed over to the Tralee-based charity on Thursday night this week.

Such was the success of her charity day Nicole worked from 7am to 7pm and as well as cash donations customers also donated vouchers and care packs to the charity.

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Traffic calming on the approach to Killarney Athletic

By Sean Moriarty Killarney Municipal District is preparing plans to place traffic calming measures on the approach to Killarney Athletic Football Club’s grounds on Woodlawn Road. Cllr Maura Healy-Rae asked for measures to be implemented to improve pedestrian safety and access at the club. “We are currently preparing documentation required for the provision of Traffic […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Municipal District is preparing plans to place traffic calming measures on the approach to Killarney Athletic Football Club’s grounds on Woodlawn Road.

Cllr Maura Healy-Rae asked for measures to be implemented to improve pedestrian safety and access at the club.
“We are currently preparing documentation required for the provision of Traffic Calming at this location,” a council spokesperson told a recent Municipal District meeting. “
It is expected to brief the members at the next Municipal Meeting [in March]. From the records of the Road Safety Authority, no incidents have been recorded at this location.”

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