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Fr Kieran is new Kerry Handball President

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By Con Dennehy

Kerry handball has a new president, Killarney Parish Administrator Fr Kieran O’Brien, who was unanimously elected to fill the vacant post.

Fr Kieran was elected at the Kerry handball AGM in Ballymacelligott, the first held since 2019.

The Tralee native was ordained in Killarney Cathedral on June 13, 1993 and celebrated the silver jubilee of his ordination in 2018. Almost half his ministry has been based in Killarney, initially as a curate from 1993 to 1999 before later returning to take up the demanding role of Administrator in 2012. He also served in St John’s Parish and in West Kerry. In 2012, Fr O’Brien officiated at the Requiem Mass in Ventry for his great friend, Kerry GAA football legend Paid Ó Se.

“We were delighted and deeply honoured that Fr Kieran is our new president. It is a fitting acknowledgement for all his selfless work with Kerry handball both as a player and official,” Christy Moriarty, chairman of the Kerry Handball Board, said.

“Fr Kieran was actively involved in the An Gaeltacht Handball Club when he served in West Kerry. Over the past few years he has also been involved with the progressive Spa/Killarney Club.”

The new president replaces Paddy Downey, a member of the famous Jones-Fitzgerald Club in Tralee.

Paddy, a known handball legend, passed away in April 2020, in his 90th year.

“Paddy won the All-Ireland Senior Softball Singles in 1958 and 1961 and the Senior Hardball Singles in 1958, 1959, 1960 and 1962. He also won 11 senior doubles titles, 10 with Jimmy O’Brien (seven in softball) and one with former Tipperary player Joe Haslett in hardball. Downey’s first breakthrough was when he won junior softball honours with club mate Tim Commune in 1951, the same year he won the junior hardball singles title.”

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Festive jumpers and a Kerry jersey brings fundraiser to €10k

By Michelle Crean Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up! A Kerry football […]

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By Michelle Crean

Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up!

A Kerry football jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team is up for grabs via a fundraising link once a donation is made to the Presents for Palliative fundraiser.

On Friday eight local schools including Holy Cross Mercy, Killarney Community College, Presentation Monastery, Lissivigeen, St Brendan’s College, St Brigid’s, St Francis Special School, and St Oliver’s
swapped their uniforms for their most colourful festive gear with funds going to help the amazing services in the Palliative Care Unit/Kerry Hospice Foundation.

“The day took place across the schools involved last Friday (December 2) and looks like it has been a success,” teacher Elaine Moynihan from St Brendan’s College told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The donations from the schools are still being counted but students look to be on their way towards making their goal of €10k.”

The iDonate ‘Fundraising For Kerry Hospice Foundation’ has been very helpful in this regard, she added.

“Anyone who donates via the link and leaves their name will be in with a chance to win a Kerry jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team which will be presented to them before Christmas by a couple of members of the team.

“This was organised by the students involved in the fundraiser as a way to say thanks, and give back, to the members of the community who have gotten involved in the event – the link is live until December 18 and the draw will be made the following day.”

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Killarney punter secures €50,000 in EuroMillions draw

A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’. The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was […]

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A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’.

The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was valid for Tuesday night’s special draw.

The Killarney winner was one of 10 who each secured the €50,000 windfall.

“The National Lottery can reveal that three players in Dublin, three players in Cork and one player in Kerry, Roscommon, Kildare and Wexford all scooped the special raffle prize which was the seventh of 12 draws in the National Lottery’s ’12 Draws of Christmas’ promotion,” said a National Lottery statement.

The eighth draw will take place tonight (December 9) where 10 more players are guaranteed to win the amazing prizes.

Meanwhile, a player in Belgium scooped the EuroMillions Jackpot prize worth an astonishing €142,897,164.

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