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The board of Lions Club International visited Killarney over the St Patrick’s Bank Holiday weekend.

Willing the children a 'half day' Global President of the Lions Club Worldwide Brian Sheehan USA visits The Mon ringing the old school bell. Pictured from l-r: Lori Sheehan Brian Sheehan (Global President) and Killarney Lions Club President Denis Doolan. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Willing the children a 'half day' Global President of the Lions Club Worldwide Brian Sheehan USA visits The Mon ringing the old school bell. Pictured from l-r: Lori Sheehan Brian Sheehan (Global President) and Killarney Lions Club President Denis Doolan. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

All the way from the USA Lori Sheehan with her husband Global President of Lions Club Brian Sheehan plants one of many trees at Maurice O'Donoghue Park with local secondary school students. Pictured l-r: John Fuller Lori Sheehan Brian Sheehan (Global Lions Club President) with Aoibhín Kelly (St Bridget's Presentation). Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

All the way from the USA Lori Sheehan with her husband Global President of Lions Club Brian Sheehan plants one of many trees at Maurice O'Donoghue Park with local secondary school students. Pictured l-r were: Denis Doolan (Lions Club President Killarney) John Fuller Lori Sheehan Global Lions Club President Brian Sheehan Aoibhín Kelly (St Brigid's Killarney) Sean O'Leary (St Brendan's College) and Aliza Gul (Killarney Community College). Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Lions Club Global President Brian Sheehan visits Killarney with 87 other delegates to see the works of Killarney Lions Club one being Kerry Stars where the President nails a basketball challenge at Killarney Leisure Centre. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Global President of Lions Club World Wide Brian Sheehan visits Killarney with his wife Lori and 87 other delegates who stayed at the Europe Hotel and visited many premises who benefitted from local Lions Club fundraising. Pictured at The Mon NS cooking up a storm were L-R Michael O'Driscoll SNA Marian O'Connor Teacher Olga Ncube measuring carefully AJ O'Shea with Lori Sheehan & Global Lions Club President Brian Sheehan. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Global President of the Lions Club Brian Sheehan with his wife Lori (left of centre) enjoyed his trip to the Killarney Leisure Centre with over 87 delegates gathering in Killarney to visit the Killarney Lions and view the fundraising projects undertaken one of which with the Kerry Stars. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

A party of almost one hundred board members from throughout the world, led by International President Brian Sheehan, spent three days in town following a Board meeting in Belfast.

Lions is the largest service club organisation in the world with 1.4 million volunteers serving communities in 200 countries and territories.

The highlights of their visit were a tour of the sensory room in the Monastery School, tree planting in Maurice O’Donoghue Memorial Park with Transition Year students from Killarney’s secondary schools, and a basketball training session with athletes from Kerry Stars Special Olympics. Their trip culminated in a reception hosted by Killarney Lions Club at Killarney Racecourse where they were welcomed by the Mayor of Killarney, Cllr Niall Kelleher.

“This is a huge honour for the local Lions Club in Killarney,” said Denis Doolan, President of Killarney Lions Club.

“We do our best to provide support where it’s needed in our community, so it was great to be able to show the International Board some of the work we have done with organisations like Kerry Stars and local schools.”

To commemorate the trip, Lions Club International and Killarney Lions Club made donations to help complete the sensory room at the Monastery school and provide further support for Kerry Stars activities.

The Killarney Lions Club through its members, assists various groups and individuals in and around the community. Lions do this through voluntary activities, fundraising and by holding various types of events in support of many local causes.

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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