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Gleeson elected new Mayor of Killarney

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NEW MAYOR OF KILLARNEY: Cllr Michael Gleeson has been elected as Mayor of Killarney. Photo: Michelle Crean

By Michelle Crean

Killarney town has a new Mayor after Kerry Independent Alliance Councillor Michael Gleeson was this week elected Cathaoirleach of the Killarney Municipal District.

The announcement was made on Friday in County Buildings in Tralee with Independent Councillor Brendan Cronin selected as Leas-Cathaoirleach of Killarney MD.

This week, Cllr Gleeson spoke to the Killarney Advertiser saying it was an honour to be elected Mayor.

“It’s a great honour to be Mayor of the Killarney Municipal District particularly when the title includes Killarney which is internationally famous. It imposes its own obligations to represent the entire area to the highest standards possible as I believe it’s a very special place.”

73-year-old Gleeson who lives in Clasheen, was delighted to get 1,983 first preference votes at the recent local elections, and not only did he thank his wife Kathleen, who he says has been his biggest supporter, but also the strong team behind him.

“She’s been a tremendous inspiration and support to me – not just at election time. My two sisters and brother were also very actively involved in the campaign, and my Director of Elections Sean Kavanagh. I had a phenomenal team.”

As Mayor, he plans to concentrate on the Kilcummin Sewerage Scheme to bring it to a satisfactory conclusion. He also hopes that the Government can provide finance for the walkway/cycleway from Ross Road to Muckross Road.

“It has been a very special project of mine for years.”

He also hopes to see the continued development of Killarney and Rathmore towns.

“In my own immediate area I hope safety measures would be implemented in Coolcashlagh Junction. Just last Friday another accident took place there. And I hope that the Lough Lane loop walk can be developed.”

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Killarney competitors bring home the medals

By Michelle Crean It was a great weekend for Killarney as Brazilian jiu jitsu competitors took home medals from the AJP Switzerland International Tour in Zurich. Members of Movement & Fitness Club competed against the world’s finest athletes which led to them bringing home amazing results.After a great fight Matthew Morris made it into the […]

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By Michelle Crean

It was a great weekend for Killarney as Brazilian jiu jitsu competitors took home medals from the AJP Switzerland International Tour in Zurich.

Members of Movement & Fitness Club competed against the world’s finest athletes which led to them bringing home amazing results.After a great fight Matthew Morris made it into the semi-finals.Ewelina Downey received two gold medals in Gi and NOGI fights, just two months after her promotion to blue belt.The club’s coach, Wilson Da Silva, also competed for the first time as a brown belt, and won gold in the Gi category and silver in NOGI.”The results don’t lie,” he said.”The hard work, dedication, commitment and passion pays off. Impossible is nothing, and that’s what we are trying to teach our students in Movement & Fitness Club Killarney.”Martial Arts helps to fight depression, bulling, obesity, and builds up self esteem and confidence, he explained.”There is no ego, no one is better, we are all the same trying to learn from each other, helping and correcting ourselves so we become better together. Our club is filling up with amazing students from age four up who connect with us by the same passion and love for the sport. If you are looking to change your life come and join our family.”

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Ian makes his debut as a radio presenter

By Sean Moriarty Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week. The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017. Since the accident he has been a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week.

The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017.

Since the accident he has been a champion for the less fortunate under his mantra: “If you can’t stand up – standout”.

This was the inspiration behind his brand new radio show which aired for the first time on Wednesday evening.

‘Stand Out with Ian O’Connell’ will feature interviews with people who have overcome great adversary to reach even greater heights.

His first guest was fellow Killarney man Jordan Lee. The Paralympian represented Ireland in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

“I was used to being in the studio from people interviewing me, but this time I turned the table,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was great to have Jordan on, two Killarney men! I really enjoyed it, it got a massive reaction and I got loads of emails and messages afterwards and into Thursday morning.”

Ian will reveal his guest for the show on the previous Monday through various social media channels.

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