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€6k raised in memory of much loved colleague

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CHEQUE: Colin Baker (Muckross Garden Restaurant, pictured centre) presents a cheque of €6,000 to Pat Doolan (Chairperson Kerry Hospice Foundation, Killarney Branch, pictured right), from the proceeds of their annual Crib Collection at the restaurant. Also present were: Denis Reidy (Manager Muckross House), Rozann Murray (Chef at Muckross Garden Restaurant), and Phil Fleming (daughter of the late Rita McLellan), with Phil’s son Karl Fleming. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

 

By Michelle Crean

A wonderful member of staff often referred to as ‘mother’ was warmly remembered by her colleagues this week as they presented a cheque to charity.

Rita McLellan, late of Faha and previously of Ardshanavooley, received wonderful care in the Palliative Care Unit at University Hospital Kerry prior to her death in October 2019.

And, as a way to honour her memory her colleagues this year decided to raise funds for Kerry Hospice Foundation.

Muckross Garden Restaurant raised €6,000 donating the funds from their annual Crib Collection.

The team presented the cheque to Pat Doolan from the Killarney branch last week.

Rita had been a valued friend and colleague in Muckross Garden Restaurant since 1988 and part of the Muckross ‘family’ where she was often referred to as ‘mother’, according to restaurant manager Colin Baker.

"Rita was most popular with all our tourists and local customers alike and to this day she is still fondly remembered by our Irish holiday makers who return each year," he said. "She left a lasting impression on everyone."

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Eileen rewarded for her dedication to athletics

By Sean Moriarty Well-known Dalton’s Avenue woman Eileen Switzer has been named as the Honorary President of Killarney Valley Athletic Club in recognition of her work as a volunteer. The club held its annual awards night on Friday night last. As well as presenting awards to club members in recognition of their achievements at home […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Well-known Dalton’s Avenue woman Eileen Switzer has been named as the Honorary President of Killarney Valley Athletic Club in recognition of her work as a volunteer.

The club held its annual awards night on Friday night last.

As well as presenting awards to club members in recognition of their achievements at home and abroad they decided to honour Mrs Switzer for her “lifetime of volunteering to the community, to sport, to youth and for championing diversity and inclusion”.

“Eileen has been an advocate, a coach and an administrator in the sport of athletics for over 60 years in the town of Killarney, Kerry and beyond,” said club chair Jerry Griffin.

Eileen and her husband Frank have dedicated their lives to the community games and athletics in the greater Killarney area.

“I enjoy, but I don’t like, all the limelight,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I like to watch newcomers as they come up through the ranks, many of the Community Games people of the past are now running the committee.”

In a life time dedicated to volunteerism in Killarney Eileen has helped sports like golf, pitch and putt and badminton grow.  She was also heavily involved in the local Irish dancing scene and remains a great supporter of Kerry Parents and Friends.

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A Mass of Commemoration in Kilcummin

COMMEMORATION: A Mass of Commemoration for all those who fought and died in Kilcummin during the Irish War of Independence was celebrated last Sunday last at 11.30am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin by Fr Kieran O’Brien. Organised by the Kilcummin Historical Group there followed a walk to the Kilcummin Mass Rock where Fr […]

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COMMEMORATION: A Mass of Commemoration for all those who fought and died in Kilcummin during the Irish War of Independence was celebrated last Sunday last at 11.30am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin by Fr Kieran O’Brien. Organised by the Kilcummin Historical Group there followed a walk to the Kilcummin Mass Rock where Fr Kieran laid a wreath.

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