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Future is bright for Killarney Legion

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FIELD OF DREAMS: An aerial shot of the new pitch and floodlights at Killarney Legion's grounds in Direen. Photo: Johnny Hickey.

 

By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Legion GAA club are looking to the future thanks to new developments at its Direen site that were officially opened last Friday night.

Between March 2019 and March this year the club raised thousands of Euro through its Euromillions lotto campaign and the profits of this fundraiser were put towards the upgrading of the existing pitch, the development of a new training pitch, complete with floodlights, and an extension to its gym.

Club President Tommy Regan had the honour flicking the switch on the floodlights on Friday night last, watched by a limited crowd made up of the Field and Finance committee members within the club.

“It was a fantastic night but the numbers had to be limited so we invited the people who made it happen," club PRO Elaine O’Donoghue told the Killarney Advertiser.

The new work completes the current phase of development at the club which includes an upgrade to the gym, a second pitch and the installation of floodlights for the second pitch and training pitch.

[caption id="attachment_34108" align="alignleft" width="326"] LET THERE BE LIGHT: Killarney Legion GAA President Tommy Regan switches on the new floodlights on the club's redeveloped second pitch. Photo: Maria O'Sullivan.[/caption]

“Thanks to all those that participated in the fundraiser to make this a reality. Club members, supporters, local businesses and sponsors all came together to ensure the club can continue to provide facilities for the young boys and girls of Killarney to partake in Gaelic Games,” she added. “A special word of thanks to our Facilities and Finance committees and all the volunteers who worked tirelessly to complete the project. In what has been a difficult year for everyone, this is a small beacon of hope for the good times returning in the years ahead.”

Meanwhile Keane’s Jewellers of High Street have announced they will continue to sponsor the Killarney Legion GAA Juvenile Academy.

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Better late than never Christmas present for St Francis Special School

By Sean Moriarty St Francis Special School received a very late Christmas present this week – a specially adapted bike for the pupils to use. Husband and wife team Ciaran […]

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By Sean Moriarty

St Francis Special School received a very late Christmas present this week – a specially adapted bike for the pupils to use.

Husband and wife team Ciaran and Karen Dwyer, directors of Guerin Engineering and Pumps Ltd in Kilcummin, presented the special adapted bicycle to the staff and pupils at the Beaufort school on Tuesday.

After seeing an online request last December that the school needed the bike, they decided to gift one.

They contacted Glencar Medical, a Dublin-based firm that specialises in the supply of equipment to schools like St Francis, and ordered the bicycle.

However, nothing is straightforward in the current climate, Brexit, COVID and war all contributed to a delay in getting the bike to Ireland. Once it was in Dublin there were further delays in sourcing the special straps that St Francis’ children need to ride the bike safely.

It all came to a happy ending this week when the Dwyers were finally able to present their Christmas present to the school.

“We saw this request and we contacted the school and said we wanted to buy one, they told us where to get one, and we ordered it,” Karen told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We had it paid for by the end of the year but then it took three months to get it into the country. It took more time to import the specialist parts. The costs were increasing but we did not mind at all.”

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Jordan Lee to tell his story to the county’s schools

Paralympian Jordan Lee will share his experiences with schools all over Kerry. The Killarney man has embarked on a countywide tour ‘Jordan’s Drive’ in association with Kelliher’s Garage, a series […]

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Paralympian Jordan Lee will share his experiences with schools all over Kerry.

The Killarney man has embarked on a countywide tour ‘Jordan’s Drive’ in association with Kelliher’s Garage, a series of informal talks on his achievements and how he overcame his disability to reach the top of his chosen sport.

The 21-year-old was born with a foreshortened left arm known as amniotic band syndrome but has enjoyed a successful sports career which included representing Ireland at the Tokyo Olympics last summer.

Now he wants to share his story and inspire other students to follow their dreams.

His tour started last week at Colaiste na Sceilge in Cahersiveen and over the next few weeks, depending on his training schedule, will visit schools in Firies, Milltown, and Killarney.

“Don’t be afraid of people with disabilities or different backgrounds,” he said. “A few years ago there was only typical people in classrooms – you never came across people with disabilities or from various different countries. It is a lot more mixed now. I want to inspire people to treat everyone on the same level.”

‘Jordan’s Drive’ is made possible thanks to his role as a brand ambassador for Kelliher’s Garage, dealer principal, Tim Kelliher explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“Having got to know Jordan so well over the last couple of years we have come to realise how much of an inspiration he is so we decided to ask him to hop into his Toyota CHR Hybrid and bring his story out into the highways and byways of the Kingdom,” he said.

“Headlined ‘Jordans Drive’ and organised by my marketing team headed by Yvonne McMahon they have travelled to many of the schools around Kerry from Cahersiveen to Beaufort, Killorglin and with other dates planned for Firies and Milltown to name but a few. He has spoken his many words of wisdom to the children who have been in awe of the journey and his achievements, and we at Kelliher’s Garage are delighted and proud to have him as our brand ambassador.”

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