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€13k donated to Kerry Hospice Foundation in memory of local woman

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DONATION: €13,000 has been donated to charity from the 'Margaret O'Connor Memorial Walk'. Pictured from l-r were: Marie O'Connell, Mary O'Donoghue, Pat Doolan, Tom O'Connor, and Paddy O'Sullivan.

 

By Michelle Crean

Given that restrictions are hampering fundraising at present €13k was a staggering amount which was donated in memory of a local woman recently.

Organisers of the ‘Margaret O’Connor Memorial Walk’ - who say they were blown away by people's generosity - handed over the funds to Kerry Hospice Foundation.

"It's testimony to the family who are very popular and the generosity of the people, especially as people may have lost jobs and businesses at this time," family friend Paddy O'Sullivan told the Killarney Advertiser.

Margaret, from Kilbrean, passed away on August 9 last year. She had been going through treatment for about a year, he explained.

"She was a very active woman in set dancing and she was a great woman for walking. She was very popular. Towards the end of her life she was very well cared for by Palliative Care. Her husband Tom wanted to do something in her memory."

Margaret has in the past taken part in the Old Kenmare Road New Year walk fundraiser but it couldn't go ahead this year because of the restrictions.

Instead they came up with the idea of setting a 10k target asking people to do it in their own family bubbles and to donate to a temporary account set up in Killarney Credit Union.

"Tom was delighted to be able to give something back," Paddy said.

"And without annual fundraisers like Daffodil Day and others it's vital people support these charities. We'd like to thank every for their generosity."

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Life-long supporter to be honoured

By Michelle Crean There’ll be a very special launch tomorrow afternoon (Sunday) as one club dedicate a new boat to a loyal supporter. Muckross Rowing Club are inviting all members, past and present, friends and supporters to the boathouse for the boat launch at 2.30pm. “We are delighted to honour and name our new Janousek Coxed […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’ll be a very special launch tomorrow afternoon (Sunday) as one club dedicate a new boat to a loyal supporter.

Muckross Rowing Club are inviting all members, past and present, friends and supporters to the boathouse for the boat launch at 2.30pm.

“We are delighted to honour and name our new Janousek Coxed Quad, sponsored by the Cahernane House Hotel, after Kathleen Murphy, a dedicated supporter of our club,” Shona O’Sullivan from the club, who is also Kathleen’s granddaughter, said.

“Kathleen is always supportive of our club fundraisers and has been selling the Muckross Lotto tickets since day one. Every year Kathleen’s enthusiasm and love for the club is especially shown from the shore at Killarney Regatta, as she is all decked out in the yellow of Muckross.”

She added that Kathleen’s family are also very active members of the club and she enjoys listening to their stories from the boathouse and regattas.

“We hope to see you all there to honour and thank Kathleen, a life-long supporter of our club.”

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Killarney man wins most-coveted trophy in sheepdog trials

By Sean Moriarty Kilcummin farmer Tom O’Sullivan – one of the main organisers of last month’s Sheep Dog Trials in Fossa – has become the first Kerry man to win the biggest award in the sport. Tom is the chairman of the Killarney sub-committee and was a member of the 15-strong Irish team that participated […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Kilcummin farmer Tom O’Sullivan – one of the main organisers of last month’s Sheep Dog Trials in Fossa – has become the first Kerry man to win the biggest award in the sport.

Tom is the chairman of the Killarney sub-committee and was a member of the 15-strong Irish team that participated in the international sheepdog competition in Aberystwyth in Wales last weekend.

A total of 60 competitors, 15 each from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales, contested the biggest event in sheepdog trials on Friday to Sunday last.

After getting through the qualifiers on Friday and Saturday, Tom and his dog Northhill Tess, fended off the challenges of the other top-15 qualifiers to win the International Supreme Champion award.

Not alone is he the first Kerry man to win the competition, which has been running since 1947, he is just the fifth Irishman to do so and the first from Munster.

“The qualifying course was similar to Killarney,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

However, Sunday’s final was much more difficult. His dog had to round up a flock of sheep at the left hand side of the course. Then Northhill Tess, under the guidance of Tom, had to round up a smaller flock and bring them to the same holding pen. When finished, five of the sheep were wearing red collars and Tom had to instruct his dog to separate them and bring them to a separate holding area.

“It is the biggest trophy in sheep dog trailing,” he added. “Everyone who trains a dog does so for this day. It is mind blowing. My family are very proud, they know the time and the work involved preparing for this.”

The standard at the Killarney event last month was evident in Wales last weekend. The Killarney winner, Peter Morgan and his dog Moss, ran Tom to a very close second.

His son Peter Og won the Young Handlers award and Team Ireland were declared the overall winners based on aggregate scores in the final 15.

Tom arrived home to Kilcummin on Monday night to a traditional homecoming bonfire.

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