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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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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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Caring group craft charity blankets

By Michelle Crean One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity. Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members […]

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By Michelle Crean

One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity.

Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members of Kilcummin Community Care worked together to make blankets for service users on the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus.

“Each blanket is assigned as a personal gift to the clients using the Cancer Link Bus and is kept by them,” Kate Fleming, Chairperson of Kilcummin Community Care, said.

The knitting of the squares to make the blankets began at a gathering in the Rose Hotel in 2018. It was a gathering of different volunteer groups.

The Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus were requesting knitted squares to make blankets for the clients who were using their facilities, she explained.

“Kilcummin Community Care were knitting at the time, so it was decided to help out this worthy cause. We received donations of wool from people in the parish and surrounding areas. Kilcummin ICA also got involved in the efforts.”

During the two years of COVID-19, members of both organisations continued to knit and are still knitting to the present day.

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