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From Mizen to Malin tractor run passes through Killarney

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By Sean Moriarty

A group of vintage tractors passed through Killarney today (Thursday) on their way from Mizen Head to Malin Head.

‘The Long Way Home’ Temple Street Hospital and The Kevin Bell Repatriation.

After departing Mizen Head at 6am this morning, the drivers made their way to a fuel stop on the Muckross Road via Bantry, Kenmare and Moll’s Gap.

They passed through Killarney town centre at lunchtime.

Local enthusiasts joined the drivers on various legs of the journey including Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club.

“The inspiration for these worthwhile causes began when a family member of one of the organisers underwent a life-saving kidney transplant operation. This would not have been possible if it wasn’t for the excellent help of the nurses and doctors in Temple Street Hospital,” said Diarmuid French, one of the event’s organisers.

“The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust is close to our hearts for two of our participants who suffered the loss of family members in America. The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust helped alleviate the financial and geographical hardship that was endured taking their loved ones home.

“It was due to this that we decided to repay back the kindness that they gave to these people and the many other families during these tough times.”

The run overnighted in Tralee after 156km of driving on the opening day. Day two will see the drivers make their way from Kerry to Galway, on Saturday they will drive as far as Donegal town.

Sunday, the final day, will take the tractors to the most northerly point in Ireland.

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​​Bursaries presented to schools at Lions Club open night

By Michelle Crean Three Killarney schools have been awarded bursaries from a local group. Killarney Lions Club made the presentations to Killarney Community College, St Brigid’s Presentation School and St […]

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By Michelle Crean

Three Killarney schools have been awarded bursaries from a local group.

Killarney Lions Club made the presentations to Killarney Community College, St Brigid’s Presentation School and St Brendan’s College to help support students in need.

It took place at their open night recently in the KDYS Youth Centre.

The night featured different exhibitions about Killarney Lions Club activities such as the Annual Christmas Food Appeal and the Kerry Clubs Fair.

“It was great that people made the effort to come and find out more what Killarney Lions Club does, despite the weather on the night. We are a voluntary group so community support is vital for activities such as our Christmas Food Appeal which will kick off very soon.”

The Killarney Lions Club, through its members, assists various groups and individuals in and around the community. Lions do this through voluntary activities, fundraising and by holding various types of events in support of a great many local causes.

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Staff celebrated for their long service

Stalwarts of the tourism industry in Killarney were delighted to celebrate their long term team members with a gourmet dinner in Great Southern recently. The event was held for all […]

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Stalwarts of the tourism industry in Killarney were delighted to celebrate their long term team members with a gourmet dinner in Great Southern recently.

The event was held for all team members of the Great Southern and Killarney Royal who have over 10 years of service, and was hosted by Michael Jacobi, Managing Director, Hayfield Family Collection and Mark Scally, Financial Controller, Hayfield Family Collection.

32 employees celebrated on the night, with the Great Southern represented by John Fitzgerald with 53 years of service, Martina O’Leary with 44 years of service and Kathleen Bhuiyan with 31 years of service. From Killarney Royal Joseph Hurley celebrated 37 years of service with John Harrington celebrating 32 years and Nuala Doolan celebrating 30 years.

“It is an absolute pleasure for us to celebrate our long term staff members,” event host and Hayfield Family Collection Managing Director, Michael Jacobi, said.

“They have played such an integral part in achieving the high standards we are known to provide and are such familiar welcoming faces for our guests.”

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