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David proves he’s got world class skills

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By Michelle Crean

It was a major moment for one young Kilcummin man when he received a medal at the Worldskills Ireland event.

David Gleeson from Ballinamanagh was presented with the accolade after coming in first place in the plumbing and heating category at the Worldskills Ireland 2021 construction championship.

The 2021 final was held in March, delayed due to COVID, and David finally got his hands on his well deserved medal at the Dublin event two weeks ago.

Pat O'Riordan, Head of Plumbing in MTU, encouraged David to enter the competition. Unfortunately due to COVID the opportunity to go on to represent Ireland in Shanghai didn’t come to pass, however he may avail of an opportunity to represent Ireland at the 47th World Skills competition in Lyon in September 2024.

David entered the apprenticeship programme when he finished secondary school and would highly recommend it to young people thinking of a practical career choice.

He said the best thing about working as a tradesperson is the variety of the work, saying every day is different as you’re always learning and always earning.

"It’s a great career path for the people who like to work with their hands, you learn and upskill over the four year course!"

David is very focused and determined in his work. He would like to give a special mention to Shannon ETB, Cork CIT and his employers Donie and Stephen Broderick.

"I’m thrilled to win the competition," he told the Killarney Advertiser.

"I’m proud to be able to put what I learned on show and work with my hands to create something capable of winning first place. I went through two qualifiers to get to the final and they were mini pipe bending, welding and fitting projects and then I did the final and it was all copper bending techniques and you had to be fairly accurate! It was a challenge coming up against other plumbers from all around Ireland."

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Festive jumpers and a Kerry jersey brings fundraiser to €10k

By Michelle Crean Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up! A Kerry football […]

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By Michelle Crean

Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up!

A Kerry football jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team is up for grabs via a fundraising link once a donation is made to the Presents for Palliative fundraiser.

On Friday eight local schools including Holy Cross Mercy, Killarney Community College, Presentation Monastery, Lissivigeen, St Brendan’s College, St Brigid’s, St Francis Special School, and St Oliver’s
swapped their uniforms for their most colourful festive gear with funds going to help the amazing services in the Palliative Care Unit/Kerry Hospice Foundation.

“The day took place across the schools involved last Friday (December 2) and looks like it has been a success,” teacher Elaine Moynihan from St Brendan’s College told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The donations from the schools are still being counted but students look to be on their way towards making their goal of €10k.”

The iDonate ‘Fundraising For Kerry Hospice Foundation’ has been very helpful in this regard, she added.

“Anyone who donates via the link and leaves their name will be in with a chance to win a Kerry jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team which will be presented to them before Christmas by a couple of members of the team.

“This was organised by the students involved in the fundraiser as a way to say thanks, and give back, to the members of the community who have gotten involved in the event – the link is live until December 18 and the draw will be made the following day.”

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Killarney punter secures €50,000 in EuroMillions draw

A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’. The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was […]

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A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’.

The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was valid for Tuesday night’s special draw.

The Killarney winner was one of 10 who each secured the €50,000 windfall.

“The National Lottery can reveal that three players in Dublin, three players in Cork and one player in Kerry, Roscommon, Kildare and Wexford all scooped the special raffle prize which was the seventh of 12 draws in the National Lottery’s ’12 Draws of Christmas’ promotion,” said a National Lottery statement.

The eighth draw will take place tonight (December 9) where 10 more players are guaranteed to win the amazing prizes.

Meanwhile, a player in Belgium scooped the EuroMillions Jackpot prize worth an astonishing €142,897,164.

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