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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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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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Caring group craft charity blankets

By Michelle Crean One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity. Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members […]

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By Michelle Crean

One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity.

Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members of Kilcummin Community Care worked together to make blankets for service users on the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus.

“Each blanket is assigned as a personal gift to the clients using the Cancer Link Bus and is kept by them,” Kate Fleming, Chairperson of Kilcummin Community Care, said.

The knitting of the squares to make the blankets began at a gathering in the Rose Hotel in 2018. It was a gathering of different volunteer groups.

The Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus were requesting knitted squares to make blankets for the clients who were using their facilities, she explained.

“Kilcummin Community Care were knitting at the time, so it was decided to help out this worthy cause. We received donations of wool from people in the parish and surrounding areas. Kilcummin ICA also got involved in the efforts.”

During the two years of COVID-19, members of both organisations continued to knit and are still knitting to the present day.

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