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By Michelle Crean

It was a full house of cheer, cake and chat at the annual Irish Cancer Society Coffee Morning on Friday last as locals gathered to support a very worthy cause.

COMMUNITY UNITED: Community Gardaí Melanie Walsh Majella Lynch and Gillian McEoin were there to support the Irish Cancer Society Coffee Morning in the Killarney Towers Hotel on Friday. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

GATHERED TOGETHER: Enjoying the Irish Cancer Society Coffee Morning at the Killarney Towers Hotel on Friday from l-r were: Catherine O'Sullivan Antionette O'Mahony Mary Guerin Lavin and Áine Moynihan. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

EMOTIONAL: Supporting the Irish Cancer Society Coffee Morning at the Killarney Towers Hotel on Friday morning from l-r were: Garda Stephane Hegarty baby Olivia Twohig and Garda Diane Collins Twohig. Diane made a very personal moving speech about her own personal circumstance and the importance of the services the ICS offer. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

SUPPORT: TD Michael Healy-Rae pictured with Ann McCarthy Kathrina Breen (committee) and Maggie McAuliffe at the Irish Cancer Society Coffee Morning in Killarney Towers Hotel where local book ‘Behind the Mask Lockdown 2020’ was on sale a project that funds the Irish Cancer Society. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

COMMITTEE: The Irish Cancer Society Killarney branch committee from l-r were: Kathrina Breen Kathleen Cronin Eugene O'Sullivan and Breda Moriarty pictured at the Killarney Towers Hotel for their annual Coffee Morning where they launched Daffodil Day due to take place on Friday March 25 throughout Killarney. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

SCHOOL SUPPORT: Killarney Community College supporting the Irish Cancer Society Kerry branch at the Killarney Towers Hotel on Friday from l-r were: Deirdre Valerie Fleming Roisin Casey Amy O'Connell and Fiona Bailey. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

After two years of no events the Killarney branch of the Irish Cancer Society (ICS) were delighted to be back in action again and raised a whopping €3,070 - their best ever amount.

The popular event was once again held in the Killarney Towers Hotel where management and staff generously donated the teas, coffees and food.

"It was by far the best coffee morning we ever had," Chairperson if the Killarney branch of ICS, Eugene O'Sullivan, told the Killarney Advertiser.

"We had over 300 throughout the morning who made some generous donations. We'd like to thank Brian Lawlor from the hotel and his staff who were brilliant. They did a great morning's work. Also a huge thank you to Rima who made a flower arrangement with daffodils and blew up balloons and everyone who sponsored spot prizes. People are brilliant, they are absolutely fantastic."

The morning was launched by local photographer Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan who also spoke about her book 'Killarney Behind the Mask: Lockdown 2020' who is donating some of the proceeds to the ICS.

Garda Diane Collins Twohig was also there to support the event. Last year Diane lost her husband, local Garda Paudie Twohig (44), just four months after he was diagnosed with a stage 4 melanoma.

She made a very personal moving speech about her own personal circumstances and the importance of the services the ICS offer.

And Daffodil Day, which takes place on Friday next, March 25, was also launched.

The committee are looking for volunteers to help with collections for a few hours on the day throughout various locations in Killarney town.

Anyone who'd like to offer their time can ring Eleanor O'Doherty on 086 2388573.

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Roger and Brendan really into the SWING of things

A Killarney man who has been living in the US for over 30 years has maintained a very strong connection with his hometown through a novel golfing tournament which involves […]

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A Killarney man who has been living in the US for over 30 years has maintained a very strong connection with his hometown through a novel golfing tournament which involves a regular challenge against local players.

Roger O’Sullivan, originally from Loreto Road and a member of the Rainier Golf and Country Club in Seattle, has linked up with another Killarney man, Brendan Keogh of SWING Golf, on several occasions to bring a group of golfers from the Seattle club to play a number of Kerry and Irish courses.

They compete for the Cider Cup which is their own unique take on the Ryder Cup.

In 2010 Roger led a group of 18 golfers from the US to play in Ireland and they repeated the journey and the adventure again in 2012, 2014 and 2017.

They had another trip planned in 2020 but that was cancelled due to Covid but they returned again in 2022 and a group of 44 golfers were back in Killarney in recent weeks to test their skills on the Kerry courses and against local players.

“Since we first started doing this in 2010 we have had 102 different golfers travel from Seattle,” Roger explained.
“I met Brendan Keogh on one of my visits home and he travelled to Seattle, at my request, and organised sponsorship at my golf club.

“Since then our trips have been expertly organised by SWING Golf who book us preferential tee-times, set up the schedule and coordinate our bus drivers. We have never had an issue or anything to worry about. Being friendly with Maurice O’Donoghue, we have always stayed at Scott’s Hotel,” he added.

The US visitors take on local players when in Killarney and this year there was 100 golfers playing on the Killeen course on the first day of their visit.

“The support of the locals has been incredible and I wouldn’t do this without them,” said Roger.
“There have been numerous friendships made over the last 14 years. We have supported a local charity on every trip and for the last two it has been the palliative care unit at University Hospital Kerry. This year we raised €5,100,” he said.

A former student at St Brendan’s College, Roger’s parents were Tony and Juliette O’Sullivan and his father was the head chef in the Gleneagle Hotel for over 20 years before the family purchased Danesfort Lodge at Woodlawn Cross on the Muckross Road.

Roger has been married for 20 years to Amy from Tampa, Florida and they have one daughter, Gracie.
Brendan Keogh joined SWING in the early days of its operation as financial operations manager, working alongside the late Paddy O’Looney.

A member of Killarney Golf and Fishing Club for 40 years, he is the current CEO and he will have served 33 years next September.

SWING, the brainchild of former Kerry Group chief, Denis Brosnan, markets and promotes the premier golf clubs in the south west and also runs an incoming golf agency.

Records show that the company has booked over 350,000 rounds of golf in the south west alone but it also facilitates golfers wanting to play elsewhere in the country.

The company’s senior team of Brendan, Eileen O’Sullivan and Tommy Pierce have 60 years of experience bringing golfers to these shores.

Killarney has been a huge beneficiary as it is a base for most visiting golfers while on the Kerry part of their trip. The locals like seeing the high spending golfers arrive in April for a season than runs until mid October.
2024 is busy and it is also looking positive for 2025.

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Killarney Toastmasters Celebrates 20 Years

Killarney Toastmasters Celebrates 20 Years

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Over 30 members, past and present, gathered last Tuesday in The Dromhall Hotel to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the founding of Killarney Toastmasters club.

Several founder members were present including Frank O’Sullivan and Bernadette Noonan, who are still current members of the club.
Members embrace the core values of Toastmasters International which are “respect, integrity, service and excellence”.
This year Killarney Toastmasters welcomed eight new members of various nationalities, who have brought many talents with them to this international club.
Outgoing president Anthony Walsh said: “I am heartened by the progress of new members and, following the success of the current year, I am looking forward to a bright future for the club.”
Anthony passed the chain of office on to incoming President Ann Hannan, who is very excited about leading the club in the year that Toastmasters International celebrates its 100th Anniversary.

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