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Insurance firm to expand workforce after €100m sale

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By Sean Moriarty

A Killarney insurance company recently bought out for €100m, plans to expand its workforce from 85 to 250 following the sale.

EXPANSION: Denis Murphy of Gallivan Murphy Insurance Brokers says he hopes to expand the workforce following the company's sale to a US insurance firm last week.

Gallivan Murphy Insurance Brokers Limited (GMIB) has been acquired by a US headquartered underwriting firm – for a reported €100 million – will continue to trade from its Rock Road premises.

Founded in 1989, GMIB operates nationally, under the leadership of joint Managing Directors, Simon Gallivan and Denis Murphy.

Both Gallivan and Murphy and Director Tadgh Gallivan will continue in the business.

AssuredPartners, founded in 2011, has acquired in excess of 400 agencies, and has offices in five countries, 35 States in the US and has circa 8,500 employees making it one of the largest independently owned brokers in the world.

“We are truly proud and excited to be teaming up with a Global Insurance Broker with over 8,500 employees, AssuredPartners. This is a watershed moment in the insurance industry in Ireland as a global insurance giant like AssuredPartners has chosen Killarney as their location to enter the Irish insurance market and be a hub for future growth in Ireland,” Denis Murphy, Joint Managing Director, said.

“It is testament and a reflection of our tremendous talented team and an exciting time for the continued growth in staff numbers from 85 to in excess of 250 in the next three to five years. This is a very positive development, with the scale of AssuredPartners, for all our existing and new clients of GMIB who will continue to receive excellent customer service and competitive insurance premiums."

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International day was a recipe for success

By Michelle CreanSpicy dishes and sweet treats were part of the experience in Killarney Community College as students took time out on Monday to celebrate a variety of different cultures. […]

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By Michelle CreanSpicy dishes and sweet treats were part of the experience in Killarney Community College as students took time out on Monday to celebrate a variety of different cultures.

The Modern Foreign Languages Department organised many events throughout the week but activity that took centre stage place was MasterChef for International Culture Day.

60 students from different countries took part by cooking dishes from their native countries. The judges had their work cut out for them but they finally agreed on a deserving winner.

First place went to Greece with a classic but simple Greek salad which was unbelievably well received by all. In second place was the Polish representatives who made mouth-watering pierogi dumplings while students from Germany produced a sweet cake from their own specific region and took third place.

First Year students got the opportunity to sample the food and learn about the dishes and cultures.

Stickers were worn on students’ jumpers from European Day of Languages and allowed students to speak with other students from their country and make new friends.

“It’s important to recognise and celebrate the ever-growing variety of different cultures within our society and our school setting,” Principal Stella Loughnane said.

“These opportunities provide a great scope for our students to learn and have a better understanding of these cultures while creating a greater respect for everyone’s backgrounds. I also got to taste a few of the dishes and even managed to snag a couple of recipes, they were that good.”

BREWING UP

Meanwhile it was a feel-good morning last Thursday at the school as students and staff brewed up for the Kerry Hospice Foundation.

They enjoyed many delicious treats kindly donated by staff all for an amazing cause. The Bewley’s Big Coffee Morning in aid of Kerry Hospice raised a whopping €650, this will no doubt be put to great use in supporting people in difficult times. This charity has an extra special meaning for Killarney Community College as they have had members of staff, who in challenging times, were supported by this outstanding service.

Ms Loughnane commended the efforts of staff involved adding that it was such a worthwhile cause.

“The college was delighted to host this event to raise funds for Kerry Hospice who provide so much support to our community at times of need, it is so important to give a little back.”

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Godley fourth in National Ploughing competition

By Sean Moriarty Four years on from his last appearance at the National Ploughing Championships, Shane Godley continues to move up the ranks in his age group. The Killarney Ploughing […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Four years on from his last appearance at the National Ploughing Championships, Shane Godley continues to move up the ranks in his age group.

The Killarney Ploughing Association member last represented Kerry in the Under 21s in 2018 when he placed sixth in the two-furrow conventional class in the national competition.

Last week at the 2022 National Ploughing Championships at Rathinaska, County Laois he placed fourth in the under 28 age group for the same category.

“Weather conditions for both the ploughing days was very good but the ground was very hard,” he said.

Club mate Mike Brosnan from Gortalea, finished 20th in the ‘Vintage Mounted’ class. They were the only two members of Killarney Ploughing Association to compete at the event.

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