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Dr Patricia Sheahan collects prestigious award

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After a two and a half year hiatus, Oíche Chiarraí, the flagship event of the Kerry Association in Dublin, finally took place in The Green Isle Hotel in Dublin on Saturday night.

COMMITTEE: Kerry Association committee members: Mark Kennelly (Vice-president) Leonie Kelly Michael O’Regan (President) Keelin Kissane (Chairperson) Maurice Moynihan Liz Gaire John Horgan and Seán O Donnchú.

PAINTING: Vice-president of the Kerry Association Mark Kennelly presenting a John Hurley painting to Kerry Person of the Year Dr Patricia Sheahan.

FAMILY: Some of the Sheahan family in attendance on the night.

TEAM: Listowel Tidy Towns committee representatives with some Listowel friends on the night from l-r were: Marion Walsh Jimmy Moloney (Chairman Listowel Tidy Towns) Breda McGrath Julie Gleeson Mary Hanlon Norita Killeen Imelda Murphy Jenny Tarrant and Mary O’Connor.

A great crowd was in attendance as well as the Sam Maguire Cup and entertainment provided by Kerry band, No Strings Attached.

President of the Kerry Association in Dublin, Michael O’Regan, presented the Listowel Tidy Towns Committee with the Laochra Chiarraí award on the night while Dr Patricia Sheahan, received the Kerry Person of the Year award.

In 2016, the Kerry Association in Dublin introduced the Laochra Chiarraí or Kerry Heroes award. The purpose of this award is to recognise exemplary leadership in community activity in the county.

The public are invited to submit nominations in November each year and the ultimate winners are selected by the Committee of the Kerry Association.

Back in 2020, the Kerry Association selected Listowel Tidy Towns as the Laochra Chiarraí recipients, a group of people that are exemplary leaders in community activity.

Listowel has been a gold medal winner in the Tidy Towns awards every year since 2008 and won the coveted overall national title in 2018. Chairman of the Listowel Tidy Towns Committee, Jimmy Moloney, accepted the award on behalf of the group.

Since its introduction in 1979, the Kerry Person of the Year award recognises an individual who has shown leadership, brought honour and performed services for the county to such an extent that could be described as being beyond the norm of everyday life.

SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION

Listowel native Patricia Sheahan qualified as a doctor in 1989 and has since made a significant contribution to Kerry life. She has worked as the palliative medicine consultant in Kerry for the past 20 years. Alongside Kerry Hospice Foundation, she has helped develop a fully integrated palliative care service for the people of Kerry.

She has touched the lives of most families in the county and those families, some of whom were in attendance on Saturday, attest to her extraordinary sensitivity and compassion and going above and beyond the call of duty. She provides a special comfort at such a very difficult and emotional time and that’s something that the families of those in her care never forget.

A large crowd of Patricia’s family and friends were in attendance on the night to see this remarkable woman collect the Kerry Person of the Year perpetual trophy as well as a gift from the Kerry Association, a painting by Tralee artist, John Hurley.

Accepting the award, Patricia thanked her family, the Kerry Hospice Foundation volunteers and the staff of the Palliative Care unit for all their support.

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Coolick National School to launch online lotto

A popular primary school in the Killarney area is launching a new fundraising initiative this week to support and improve the education experience of the children it serves. The Coolick […]

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A popular primary school in the Killarney area is launching a new fundraising initiative this week to support and improve the education experience of the children it serves.

The Coolick National School Lotto is now live; offering a weekly prize, a weekly jackpot and a range of valuable spot prizes at launch.

Coolick NS first opened its doors in 1870 making it one of the county’s oldest primary schools. The school and pre-school is home to over 130 children from the locality. This is an increase of 20% over the past 5 years taking enrolment to an all-time high.

Coolick NS School Lotto Chairperson and parent, Pádraig Leane says properly resourcing primary school services is crucial:

“The cost of providing education is rising and the school grants provided by the department, although valuable, only do so much. We want to overcome this challenge with our school lotto. The school has a range of immediate needs but also longer-term goals to expand our facilities, add more sports equipment, wellness programmes, student support programmes and increase extra-curricular trips,” he said.

First on the list is a new set of school jerseys, gymnastics mats, replacement of end-of-lfe iPads and further expansion of their Tír na nÓg play area for the younger pupils.
Coolick National School Principal Gearoid O’Sullivan remains focused on providing the best for the children of Coolick.

“As a school we are committed to providing the best equipment, teaching and learning resources, outdoor spaces and a school interior that helps nurture each child. This school lotto will help us with our commitment to provide the very best for the school and especially for the pupils in our care,” said the principal.

The staff and students of Coolick National School are appealing to families, friends, past pupils, members of the local community, stakeholders and supporters to get behind the weekly school lotto. It is hoped that the option of 1 line for €2.50, 2 lines for €4 or 3 lines for €5 will encourage everybody to contribute. A lotto draw will take place each week with a maximum jackpot of €2,000 to be won.

Signing up is easy; through the school’s website https://www.ourfundraiser.ie/org/coolickns

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Live TV audience date with Daniel O’Donnell at INEC

People of Killarney will have the opportunity to participate in a live television audience with Daniel O’Donnell. TG4 television’s highest rating country music series of concerts is coming to the […]

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People of Killarney will have the opportunity to participate in a live television audience with Daniel O’Donnell.

TG4 television’s highest rating country music series of concerts is coming to the Gleneagle INEC Arena for the first time from June 17 to 19.

Recorded before a live audience over three nights with two concerts per night, Opry le Daniel offers a different music theme each evening and a host of special guests will join the legendary presenter Daniel O’ Donnell on stage to perform all your favourite songs.

The recordings of the show will be split into two one-hour blocks, taking place throughout each evening.

Now in its 14th year, Ireland’s favourite country music artist O’ Donnell will be joined on stage by Declan Nerney, Cliona Hagan, Mike Denver, Chrissy Mac, Dana and the Donegal balladeers ‘Onóir’ to mention but a few.

Tickets from €30.20 are available from www.inec.ie and the Gleneagle INEC Arena box office on 064 6671555.

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