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Listry Community Council honoured local resident Jim O’Shea with the presentation of the O’Shea Award at its recent Annual General Meeting. The O’Shea Award is presented annually to an individual or group who contribute to or bring honour to the local community. Jim recently competed in the European Masters Athletics Championship in Madrid and brought a Gold Medal back to Listry for winning his high jump event against other international athletes in his peer group.

Jim is a keen sports fan and has been involved in athletics all his life. He has been with the Maine Valley Athletic Club and Community Games at local and county level for many years and he can also be found supporting Munster in Thomond Park and further afield.

Active in his community, Jim is a member and former Director of Listry Community Council and is always willing to get involved in local community events. He is a former chairman of the Meals on Wheels Committee and recently joined the community clean-up group set up by Listry Community Council. This is the second occasion that Jim has been the recipient of the O’Shea Award for his contribution to his local community.

The O’Shea Award was initially presented to Listry Community Council by the family of the late Con O’Shea, a native of Listry. Jim was presented with the award by Breda O’Shea, last year’s recipient. Breda is a member of Listry Community Council and is very involved with the Senior’s Social Club and Meals On Wheels, as well as Listry Church where her talents in flower arranging and creativity are very much in evidence.

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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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