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Fireman bids farewell after 27 years of service

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FIRE CALL: Popular Connie Kelly has answered his last fire call after 27 years of service at Killarney Fire Station.

 

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Fire Station Sub Station officer Connie Kelly retired this week after 27 years of service.
A second-generation firefighter, his father Mossie served with Killarney Fire Station too. Connie started his career as a volunteer with the Kerry branch of the Civil Defence.

He joined the service as a retained fire officer on December 1, 1993 and worked his way up to Sub Station officer until his retirement this week.

“I have seen a lot of changes in my time,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “The equipment has changed so much. In the start we could be cutting people out of crashed cars with little more than a hacksaw. The hydraulic equipment changed everything and even that improved too over the years.”

Connie said he won’t miss getting up in the middle of the night to answer emergency calls but will miss the comradery of his station colleagues.

“They become your best friends,” he added. “Special thanks to my wife Lucy who put up with all the difficulties over the years. Being on call all the time is the hardest.”

Despite being a retained fire officer, Connie maintained his job at the Post Office on New St.

His An Post manager Terry Potts is the son of former Dublin District Fire Commander, the late Terry Sr.

“Terry always had a great understanding and was very pro-fire brigade, even when I had to drop everything to answer a call.”

Connie is also well-known in motorcycle circles in the Killarney area.

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Free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer

Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30). The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney. The workshop, which […]

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Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30).

The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney.

The workshop, which takes place via Zoom at 6.30pm, is aimed at children who have been impacted by cancer in any way and will also see Katie read from her debut children’s book, ‘‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’.

Workshop facilitator, Katie, has worked for many years as a child and young people’s therapist with the NHS, before returning to her native Killarney this year. Her background is in fine art and design and she has a Masters degree in Art Psychotherapy.

If you would like to register your child for this free online workshop, please contact Recovery Haven Kerry on 066 7192122 to book your place.

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Not to be for Killarney as Waterford named Best Place to Live in Ireland

While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021. While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, […]

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While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021.

While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, Co Cork, Galway city and the village of Glaslough in Co Monaghan.

Among the things which impressed the judges about Waterford were its beautiful buildings, its liveability, its pedestrian friendly public space, its weather, and its easy access to the Comeragh Mountains and the Copper Coast.

The Chair of the judging panel Conor Goodman congratulated Killarney on its fine showing in the competition.

“Given the level of entries and the extremely high standard of those entries, making it into the Best 5 Places to Live in Ireland really is a wonderful achievement which I’m sure everyone in Killarney and Kerry is really proud of. We were delighted with the level of interest in the competition and would like to thank everyone who nominated a place or who engaged with us on it.”

The Irish Times Best Place to Live in Ireland contest, which is supported by Randox Health, began in June.

In total 470 locations were nominated by more than 2,400 people from all 32 counties for the title of ‘Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021’.

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