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Enhanced South Kerry Jobs Fair in Killarney this February




Following on from the tremendous success of last year’s South Kerry Jobs Fair, significant work has already been undertaken to ensure this year’s programme of events is further enhanced.

Planned for Thursday, February 15 at the Great Southern Hotel in Killarney, the event promises to have even more jobs on offer as well as adding a range of workshops covering topics such as CV Tailoring, Upskilling and Interview Techniques.

It is being organised by South Kerry Development Partnership in conjunction with the Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce with support from Red Chair Recruitment, HR Buddy, Dream Jobs and The Great Southern Hotel Killarney.

Companies from a broad range of sectors including Hospitality, Health and Social Care, Engineering, Education and Training, Financial Services, Manufacturing will be in attendance.

SKDP’s Enterprise Office Joanne Griffin said that they have continued to have engagement with the employers from last year and are working with them to enhance the event further for participants in 2024.

“Employers said they were delighted with the numbers and quality of the candidates attending the event and they are hopeful of again filling an extensive number of jobs this year,” she said. “The addition of the workshops will help candidates to further develop their skills in their bid to secure employment.”

Bridget O’Keeffe, Senior Executive Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce said that the positive response they received to last year’s event offers real encouragement to develop the event further this year.

“Many employers across all sectors are struggling to find employees in what is a tight recruitment market and this event provides them with a platform to engage directly with potential employees” she said.



Valuable role of Kerry cancer support charity recognised nationally



Cancer support charity Recovery Haven Kerry has been recognised for its vital role in supporting cancer patients and their families at a national ceremony in Dublin.

The renowned cancer support house was one of 16 such centres across Ireland that were presented with plaques to acknowledge their full membership of the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) Alliance – a group made up of voluntary and charity organisations delivering support services directly to cancer patients and their families. An additional 10 associate member charities were also honoured, including Kerry Cancer Support Group.

The Alliance advocates for, and supports, the development of integrated pathways between the cancer centres, acute hospitals, community cancer support services and primary care services. All members’ development is in line with the values of Sláintecare, seeking to provide assurance to healthcare professionals that these organisations are working to an agreed standard as set out in Best Practice Guidance published by the NCCP. 

Speaking after the ceremony, which was held at Dublin’s Farmleigh Estate, Recovery Haven Kerry Chairman, Tim McSwiney, explained that being compliant with the Best Practice Guidance for Community Cancer Support Centres is a true mark of quality. 

“It offers us a yardstick to measure what we are doing against the standards required. As a result, healthcare professionals have more confidence in referring people to our services. We are very proud to be a member of the Alliance,” he said.

Recovery Haven Kerry was represented at the event by centre manager, Gemma Fort and Client Services Co-Ordinator, Siobhan MacSweeney and were presented with their plaque by NCCP Lead for Cancer Survivorship, Louise Mullen, Clinical Lead for Psycho-Oncology Dr Helen Greally, and Minister of State at the Department of Health, Colm Burke. 

The event was also used as an opportunity to announce funding of €3m for the NCCP’s Alliance of Community Cancer Support Centres and Services through Budget 2024. The NCCP is currently in the process of distributing these funds which will directly and positively impact the delivery of services for patients and families nationally.

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‘More Precious Than Gold’ book launch



At the official book launch of ‘More Precious Than Gold: My enduring connection with John McShain – the man who built Washington’ by Alice O’Neill-McLoughlin at Killarney House, was Minister of State for Nature, Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan, T.D.

Alice was born the eldest of eleven children into an Irish farming family in Rosbercon, New Ross, County Wexford. In 1978, she was awarded a scholarship from John McShain- the iconic builder, philanthropist, devout Catholic with Derry ancestry, responsible for many famous American landmarks, including the Jefferson Memorial and the Pentagon.

Her book records the lifelong personal correspondence Alice exchanged with ‘The Man Who Built Washington.’ His philanthropy extended to the Irish people in the bequeathing to the State of Killarney House and the surrounding thousands of acres incorporating the Lakes, Ross Castle, and Innisfallen Island. In 2019, Alice had the honour of inducting John McShain into the Irish America Hall of Fame in her home town of New Ross in the presence of his relatives from Philadelphia and Derry. This is a tale of altruism, of gratitude, of faith and of a life lived in the pursuit of excellence.

Alice also donated her treasured correspondence of letters from John McShain for the archive at Killarney House. Also in attendance were Members of the Ignatius A. O’Shaughnessy family, who was founder of The Globe Oil and Refining Company – and part of a consortium of wealthy American businessmen who were going to purchase the lakes of Killarney as a Country Club in the 1950’s.

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