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Good bloody man yourself, Michael!

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A familiar face is to retire from Kerry County Council after nearly 40 remarkable years of service. Micheal O’Donoghue joined Kerry County Council in 1979 and has worked in both the roads and environment departments but has spent the vast majority of his career at the busiest recycling and waste facility in the county in Coolcaslagh, Killarney. Michael, , served as the site supervisor.

The popular site supervisor, who is originally from Glenflesk, is married to Bridie and has two daughters, Marie and Martina, and a son, Aodhán. His daughter Marie resides in Australia and Martina lives near Kenmare with her Welsh husband and two boys Rhys and Taliesin.

Michael has been described by his colleagues as one of those characters that every organisation cherishes. He is reliable, honest and has a great sense of humour and this was reflected in his work where he had a great relationship with customers and contractors alike.

Michael is known far and wide in the county and this stems from his time spent as a GAA referee. Over 30 years he learnt how to mediate and take control of situations and he transferred this life skill into his work as supervisor of Kerry's busiest recycling centre. He will be remembered for his famous catchphrase, “good bloody man yourself,” which he could be heard to utter when finishing each transaction with a smile and a chuckle.

Outside of Gaelic football, Michael's other pastimes are fishing, shooting and motorbikes. He previously toured Holland and the continent on his trusty motorcycle. Michael explained that he is looking forward to visiting his daughter in Australia and spending more time with his wife and grandchildren.

They broke the mould with Michael,” says Paul O'Connor, chartered engineer in the Environment Department. “He was one of a kind and will be missed by the people of  Killarney and East Kerry for his care, courtesy and consideration while representing Kerry County Council. Michael’s colleagues both past and present visited him at work and wished him the very best in his retirement.

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Dancing classes set to unite communities

By Michelle Crean There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities. KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities.

KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, has teamed up with dance instructor John Moriarty to teach both Ukrainians and multiple cultures living in Kerry Irish set dancing steps from next week.

The first class will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting next week (September 27) at St Mary’s Parish Hall at 6.30pm and all are welcome to join.

The idea is to help Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry to come and have fun and get to know locals better, KASI coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have a women’s group for all ages where we do crochet, sewing and art and crafts, where they can talk which is good. I had the music on and they were dancing. I asked if they would like to do dancing classes so I organised it with John Moriarty who is well known in Killarney.”

She added that the women are very excited to learn set dancing and get to know other people from the area.

“Sometimes when you meet new people the language can be a barrier and when you’re dancing everybody is moving. He will open it to everyone so there’ll be integration, it’s fun as well. They are all very excited.”

To find out more contact John on 086 1579381.

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Multiple Sclerosis Walk celebrates 20 years

By Sean Moriarty The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers. On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers.

On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk takes place over the Old Kenmare Road.

First run in 2002, this year’s event will celebrate 20 years since its foundation but two years were lost as a result of the pandemic.

This year’s walk will be limited to 150 people – three coach loads – so event organisers can cut back on running costs.

It will only be possible to participate in this year’s event if walkers pre-register.

“Walkers must raise at least €40 to make it worthwhile,” organiser John O’Shea told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Spaces are limited, 150 people equals three coaches and we need smaller coaches to get into the start of the Old Kenmare Road as that is just a bog road. We have limited numbers for cost and operational reasons.”

Mr O’Shea thanked event sponsors O’Callaghan Coaches and The Gleneagle Hotel for their support of the event.

Registration forms can be obtained by calling John on 087 2348824.

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