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.”
Katie celebrates 20 years in business
If you enjoy what you do, sure it’s not work at all – and that has been the case for Katie Hickey who has been in business locally for two decades. For the past 20 years Katie has been successfully running Sheer Beauty which is now located at 1 Hogans Lane (Hillary’s Lane). She […]
If you enjoy what you do, sure it’s not work at all – and that has been the case for Katie Hickey who has been in business locally for two decades.
For the past 20 years Katie has been successfully running Sheer Beauty which is now located at 1 Hogans Lane (Hillary’s Lane).
She said that it was a milestone she felt she may not reach on more than one occasion after coming through a pandemic, a recession, a re-location, and three maternity leaves.
However, she said that the loyalty of her clients over the years have given her great encouragement.
“Sincere thanks to my clients past and present who, without doubt, have been the reason I kept going,” Katie said.
Originally located in Fleming’s Lane for 19 years, Katie then re-located her business to Hogan’s Lane in Norma’s Flair for Hair.
“The beauty industry has evolved so drastically over the past 20 years. For me it is keeping things simple and enjoyable. Realising a client’s needs may not be the treatment itself but the time you give to them. Through the years you get to know your clients so well and some beautiful friendships have developed. I hope my clients have gained from me what I have from them. I have so many people I would like to thank and I will personally, but without doubt my husband Andrew and my family, 20 years in business would not have been achieved.
“ She has remained loyal to the brands she has carried over the years including Lycon Waxing, Aviva Tanning, Shellac and Jessica Manicure and Pedicure.
“I was also delighted to bring on board the fabulous facial range that is Killarney Organic. Killarney has been incredibly kind to me. I’m so proud to be part of such a wonderful community. If the past 19 months have proved anything for business it is together we are stronger.”
County Board open to GAA museum proposals
By Sean Moriarty The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county. There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built […]
By Sean Moriarty
The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county.
There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built in their home town.
Before he retired from politics in April, Michael Gleeson was campaigning to build a GAA and cultural museum on the grounds of Fitzgerald Stadium.
His campaign goes back several years before the recession set in, with a €0.5 million bridging loan secured from Croke Park along with funding from Fáilte Ireland. That funding was lost with the onset of the recession before 2010.
Tim Murphy, the outgoing chairman of the Kerry County Board, has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser that no approaches have been made to the County Board at executive level during his five year stint at the helm.
However, he said the Board would be open to such approaches provided there is sound financial planning behind the project in place.
“The first and most important aspect is the capital funding and my understanding is there needs to be Fáilte Ireland funding in place first,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “If it gets up and running, there needs to be very clear talks with all stakeholders so everyone knows each others expectations. A museum attracts footfall, but it costs a lot of money to run. We would offer an open door policy to all proposals but funding, first from a capital point of view and then from an operational point of view, will need to be in place.”
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