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Donie retires from business group after 23 years service

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The Killarney Chapter of BNI is bidding a fond but sad farewell to its founding member, Donie Moynihan of Acorn Life.

Donie is retiring from BNI following 23 years of loyal service. The group had a farewell social event in Killarney International Hotel last week to recognise Donie’s contribution to the chapter. At the event, he was presented with some gifts and had a chance to celebrate with some of the current and past members.

The BNI Chapter in Killarney, which covers the whole county, started in March 1999 and has grown from strength to strength since then. Killarney Business Network International (BNI) is a business referral group whose philosophy is “Givers Gain”.

“We all know the best business to get is word of mouth. But for most of us, that happens in an ad-hoc way. With BNI we are proactive. We actively watch out for opportunities for each other and share information about what’s happening in our communities,” Martin Ryan of Finance Pro and the current Killarney BNI Chapter President said.

During its 23 year history Killarney BNI has generated €21,214,883 in business for its members all of which goes directly into the local community. Donie Moynihan was personally responsible for generating almost €2 million of that money.

Donie wants it known he’s not retiring from business! He will continue to take care of all his customers but he will no longer be attending the weekly BNI meetings. Donie says that it’s time to slow down a “small bit” but appreciates what BNI has done for him.

“BNI helped me grow my business through referrals and continues to help me even though I’m now leaving. I’ve also made great friendships over the years and I’m very grateful for that,” he said.

If you are in business in Kerry, and are able to take on more business, we would love to invite you to visit one of our meetings. To find out more, check us out at www.bnikillarney.ie or you can email at bnikillarneychapter@gmail.com.

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Massive Park Road housing development given green light

A private developer has been given planning permission to build 249 new residential units at Upper Park Road. The development, which will be built on a recently cleared site near […]

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A private developer has been given planning permission to build 249 new residential units at Upper Park Road.

The development, which will be built on a recently cleared site near An Post’s sorting office, will include a variety of properties from five-bed houses to single apartments, along with a crèche and over 500 car spaces and over 300 bike spaces.

The development has been welcomed by local councillor Martin Grady.

“Killarney has a massive housing shortage so this is very positive. It will retain young families in the area, stimulating economic growth,” he said. “After 17 years of different planning applications it’s finally coming to fruition.”

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Ballydribeen residents living in fear due to anti-social behaviour

Residents in the Ballydribeen are living in fear as a result of increased anti-social behaviour in the estate. Several serious incidents in the estate have resulted in several Garda visits […]

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Residents in the Ballydribeen are living in fear as a result of increased anti-social behaviour in the estate.

Several serious incidents in the estate have resulted in several Garda visits in the last week.

Local councillor Martin Grady told the Killarney Advertiser that residents are “living in fear” as a result of very serious incidents in the last week alone.

One house in the estate was badly damaged when fire crackers were placed inside a letter box.

Another house had its windows smashed in over the weekend.

“It’s a major problem,” added Grady after meeting residents there earlier this week.

One of the most serious incidents occurred on Tuesday night.

A passing motorists had rocks thrown at his car while driving along the bypass whch is adjacent to the estate.
Taking to social media, local primary-school teacher Pádraig O’Sullivan posted:

“Travelling home tonight, at 11.05pm on the Killarney side of the bypass our car was hit by a rock – not a pebble – from the Ballydribben side , which hit the passenger door.

“It was centimetres away from hitting the window where my father, who is visually impaired, was sitting.

“This could have caused catastrophic permanent injury to him.

“The Killarney Garda were on the scene within three minutes.

“They can’t be patrolling the bypass all night.

“It comes down to parenting. You should know where your children are at this hour and be able to teach them what’s funny and what ruin a person’s life or cause a fatal crash.“

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