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Happy 31st to Kelliher’s Tom O’Connor

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Salesman Tom O’Connor is celebrating an anniversary with a difference this year.

The popular North Kerry man is celebrating his 31st year a Toyota salesman with Kelliher’s Garage.

In more-normal times a 30th anniversary should be celebrated but with the country in a depths of a lockdown this time last year it was impossible to mark the occasion.

Instead the county’s only Toyota dealership decided to mark his 31st this year.

When Tom started in Kelliher’s in 1991, the motor trade landscape was very different to today.

Popular cars at the time included the entry-level Starlet, the ever-popular Corolla and the mid-range Carina II. A Camry was a rare sight on Kerry roads and sports cars like the Celica were even rarer again.

Commercial vehicles like the LiteAce and HiAce were the van of choice for local trades people. Petrol and diesel were the only engine variants available.

Today the Toyota range extends from the town can Yaris to the sports Supra and every style in between.

Even every individual model today is available in multiple guises: the Corolla alone can be purchased as a saloon or hatchback, as a hot hatch sports car or a touring estate. Trim levels are almost endless from entry-level to super luxury. Hybrid power has joined, and in some cases overtaken, petrol and diesel as the locomotion of choice.

In his 31 years in Toyota car sales Tom says these factors are some of the biggest changes he has seen over the last three decades.

“The choice of various models across the Toyota range compared to 10 or 15 years ago and the success of Toyota hybrid in Kerry are the biggest changes,” he says.

Three decades is a long time.

“I love the buzz every day,” he adds “And I enjoy meeting new people.”

Like the rest of the world, Tom is looking forward to getting back to normality and apart from his love of cars, he is also heavily involved in the Kerry greyhound coursing scene.

His wish for the new year: “Normality coming back after the past two years of lockdown and a good greyhound,” he adds with a smile.

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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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Caring group craft charity blankets

By Michelle Crean One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity. Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members […]

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By Michelle Crean

One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity.

Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members of Kilcummin Community Care worked together to make blankets for service users on the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus.

“Each blanket is assigned as a personal gift to the clients using the Cancer Link Bus and is kept by them,” Kate Fleming, Chairperson of Kilcummin Community Care, said.

The knitting of the squares to make the blankets began at a gathering in the Rose Hotel in 2018. It was a gathering of different volunteer groups.

The Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus were requesting knitted squares to make blankets for the clients who were using their facilities, she explained.

“Kilcummin Community Care were knitting at the time, so it was decided to help out this worthy cause. We received donations of wool from people in the parish and surrounding areas. Kilcummin ICA also got involved in the efforts.”

During the two years of COVID-19, members of both organisations continued to knit and are still knitting to the present day.

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