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Dan Tim receives ‘Freedom of London’ award



FREEDOM OF LONDON: Dan Tim O'Sullivan with his wife Sheila at the Guildhall in London last Thursday where the popular businessman was made a Freeman of the City of London.


There was a double-cause for celebration for one London-based Kerry family last weekend.

On Thursday last, the legendary Dan Tim O’Sullivan from Gleesk, Glenbeigh, was awarded the Freedom of the City of London.

The founder and chairperson of the Danny Sullivan Group was honoured for his contribution to life in London, both as an employer and a charity worker.

Danny moved to London in 1971 and as a 16-year-old worked for John Murphy & Sons before branching out and setting up the Danny Sullivan Group in 1986.

The business now employs 1,500 employees with many people from Kerry and is recognised as one of the most successful labour suppliers to the UK construction industry.

Danny received his award, which dates back to the 13th century at the Guildhall last Thursday (October 17).

It is awarded by the City of London to individuals who have made a significant impact on business and financial growth in the capital. The Freedom of the City of London can be gained through membership of a livery company or by direct application supported by a suitably qualified proposer and seconder. A limited number of Freemen are admitted each year by the Clerk to the Chamberlain of the City of London during a ceremony at Guildhall

On  Saturday night last, his son Timothy the Managing Director of the Danny Sullivan Group was awarded the ‘Young Kerry Person of the Year - Christy Kissane Legacy Award’ by the Kerry Association London.

“I am honoured to be recognised by the Kerry Association as the ‘Young Kerry Person of the Year 2019’, Tim told the Killarney Advertiser.

“My father won ‘Kerry Person of the Year’ in London 2004 and in Dublin in 2015, and I believe we are the first father and son duo to hold these awards.”

“As a family we have always admired and supported the work the Association has done to support the people of Kerry abroad. This award also resonates personally as it is the Christy Kissane Legacy award, who was a great friend of the family and of the Danny Sullivan Group. It was wonderful to receive my award from Christy’s daughter Linda Kissane and enjoy a night of celebrations with our families, friends and colleagues. I am so proud of this achievement and grateful to be recognised.”







Valuable role of Kerry cancer support charity recognised nationally



Cancer support charity Recovery Haven Kerry has been recognised for its vital role in supporting cancer patients and their families at a national ceremony in Dublin.

The renowned cancer support house was one of 16 such centres across Ireland that were presented with plaques to acknowledge their full membership of the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) Alliance – a group made up of voluntary and charity organisations delivering support services directly to cancer patients and their families. An additional 10 associate member charities were also honoured, including Kerry Cancer Support Group.

The Alliance advocates for, and supports, the development of integrated pathways between the cancer centres, acute hospitals, community cancer support services and primary care services. All members’ development is in line with the values of Sláintecare, seeking to provide assurance to healthcare professionals that these organisations are working to an agreed standard as set out in Best Practice Guidance published by the NCCP. 

Speaking after the ceremony, which was held at Dublin’s Farmleigh Estate, Recovery Haven Kerry Chairman, Tim McSwiney, explained that being compliant with the Best Practice Guidance for Community Cancer Support Centres is a true mark of quality. 

“It offers us a yardstick to measure what we are doing against the standards required. As a result, healthcare professionals have more confidence in referring people to our services. We are very proud to be a member of the Alliance,” he said.

Recovery Haven Kerry was represented at the event by centre manager, Gemma Fort and Client Services Co-Ordinator, Siobhan MacSweeney and were presented with their plaque by NCCP Lead for Cancer Survivorship, Louise Mullen, Clinical Lead for Psycho-Oncology Dr Helen Greally, and Minister of State at the Department of Health, Colm Burke. 

The event was also used as an opportunity to announce funding of €3m for the NCCP’s Alliance of Community Cancer Support Centres and Services through Budget 2024. The NCCP is currently in the process of distributing these funds which will directly and positively impact the delivery of services for patients and families nationally.

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‘More Precious Than Gold’ book launch



At the official book launch of ‘More Precious Than Gold: My enduring connection with John McShain – the man who built Washington’ by Alice O’Neill-McLoughlin at Killarney House, was Minister of State for Nature, Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan, T.D.

Alice was born the eldest of eleven children into an Irish farming family in Rosbercon, New Ross, County Wexford. In 1978, she was awarded a scholarship from John McShain- the iconic builder, philanthropist, devout Catholic with Derry ancestry, responsible for many famous American landmarks, including the Jefferson Memorial and the Pentagon.

Her book records the lifelong personal correspondence Alice exchanged with ‘The Man Who Built Washington.’ His philanthropy extended to the Irish people in the bequeathing to the State of Killarney House and the surrounding thousands of acres incorporating the Lakes, Ross Castle, and Innisfallen Island. In 2019, Alice had the honour of inducting John McShain into the Irish America Hall of Fame in her home town of New Ross in the presence of his relatives from Philadelphia and Derry. This is a tale of altruism, of gratitude, of faith and of a life lived in the pursuit of excellence.

Alice also donated her treasured correspondence of letters from John McShain for the archive at Killarney House. Also in attendance were Members of the Ignatius A. O’Shaughnessy family, who was founder of The Globe Oil and Refining Company – and part of a consortium of wealthy American businessmen who were going to purchase the lakes of Killarney as a Country Club in the 1950’s.

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