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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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Leona named PRO of the year

By Sean Moriarty She is best known for promoting the county’s GAA news – and now Leona Twiss has been rewarded for her efforts. The Gaelic Games Writers’ Association named […]

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By Sean Moriarty

She is best known for promoting the county’s GAA news – and now Leona Twiss has been rewarded for her efforts.

The Gaelic Games Writers’ Association named Leona as its Public Relations Officer of the Year at an awards ceremony at Iveagh Gardens in Dublin on Friday night last.

Leona has been the PRO for Kerry GAA for the last five years but will have to step down this year due to County Board rules.

“I was speechless, it was wonderful to get PRO of the Year but I am only as good as the team around me and this success is attributed to the hard work of the entire PR team at Kerry GAA,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

As well as her busy schedule managing the media affairs for the Kerry County Board, Leona is also principal at Cullina National School in Beaufort.

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Any victory for Ukraine is important!

By Natalya Krasnenkova On the eve of the final of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, President Zelensky said “Ukrainians need victory – big and small”. That is why Ukrainians who […]

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By Natalya Krasnenkova

On the eve of the final of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, President Zelensky said “Ukrainians need victory – big and small”.

That is why Ukrainians who gathered around the world on Saturday night were waiting for Ukraine’s win in the song contest, just like the victory in the war.

The Ukrainians from the Innisfallen Hotel were waiting for that too and the overall winner, Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra, caused a real emotional storm in the hall!

“After my country’s victory at Eurovision, I felt proud, cried, laughed and couldn’t believe it. I am also grateful to everyone who voted for us, because this victory shows how much most European countries support us,” Iryna Melnychuk said.

“Voting around the world for Ukraine gives us hope for support from the world community not only in the Eurovision Song Contest,” said Stepan Krasnenkov.

The Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra received the highest number of points from the audience during the entire existence of the competition: 439 points from the audience, 192 points from the professional jury. In the end – 631 points, which brought Ukraine victory.

Also, thanks to the Kalush Orchestra, the whole world now knows about the humanitarian catastrophe in Mariupol and the Azovstal enterprises, where wounded Ukrainian soldiers and civilians are under blockade without food, water and medicine.

After their performance, Kalush Orchestra addressed the audience from around the world with a request to save the defenders of Mariupol, who are at the Azovstal plant.

“Please help Ukraine, Mariupol! Help Azovstal! Right now!” – the band called.

After these words, search queries for Azovstal and Mariupol took off on the Internet as people were looking for what they meant.

Irish Eurovision contestant Brooke also sang it and the whole world sings the song of the winners ‘Stefania’.

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