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Jewel in the crown for Killarney Celtic

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SILVERWARE: Team captain John McDonagh (third from left) with Brendan Falvey, winning goalscorer and man-of-the match Matt Keane, Tim Jones, Gary Keane and his son Hayden, manager Brian Spillane, Paul Trant of Keane’s Jewellers, and Tom Meehan.

 

It was certainly a case of the jewel in the crown for Kerry soccer kingpins Killarney Celtic when they clinched the prestigious Munster League Champions title with a great victory over fancied Limerick side Rathkeale.

And they added a little extra sparkle to their great success on Saturday when the players and management showed off their own piece of silverware when they visited Keane’s Jewellers in Killarney who sponsor the provincial competition.

Store manager Paul Trant and his staff were delighted to join in the celebrations and congratulate Celtic manager Brian Spillane and the club on their great run of success at a domestic, provincial and national level.

The Munster League Champions competition has been sponsored by Keane’s Jewellers since it first commenced in the 2011/2012 season and, in fact, Killarney Celtic were also the winners that year.

The only other clubs to win the cup on two occasions are Limerick side Janesboro and St Michael’s FC from Tipperary.

Brian Spillane, who also led Celtic to the league and cup double in Kerry last season, said it was a great honour to win the trophy as a player in 2012 and as manager eight years later.

“To go toe-to-toe with the finest teams in Munster is a dream come true,” said Brian, who thanked Paul Trant and his staff at Keane’s Jewellers for continuing to sponsor the competition and for promoting junior soccer in Munster.

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Better late than never Christmas present for St Francis Special School

By Sean Moriarty St Francis Special School received a very late Christmas present this week – a specially adapted bike for the pupils to use. Husband and wife team Ciaran […]

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By Sean Moriarty

St Francis Special School received a very late Christmas present this week – a specially adapted bike for the pupils to use.

Husband and wife team Ciaran and Karen Dwyer, directors of Guerin Engineering and Pumps Ltd in Kilcummin, presented the special adapted bicycle to the staff and pupils at the Beaufort school on Tuesday.

After seeing an online request last December that the school needed the bike, they decided to gift one.

They contacted Glencar Medical, a Dublin-based firm that specialises in the supply of equipment to schools like St Francis, and ordered the bicycle.

However, nothing is straightforward in the current climate, Brexit, COVID and war all contributed to a delay in getting the bike to Ireland. Once it was in Dublin there were further delays in sourcing the special straps that St Francis’ children need to ride the bike safely.

It all came to a happy ending this week when the Dwyers were finally able to present their Christmas present to the school.

“We saw this request and we contacted the school and said we wanted to buy one, they told us where to get one, and we ordered it,” Karen told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We had it paid for by the end of the year but then it took three months to get it into the country. It took more time to import the specialist parts. The costs were increasing but we did not mind at all.”

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Jordan Lee to tell his story to the county’s schools

Paralympian Jordan Lee will share his experiences with schools all over Kerry. The Killarney man has embarked on a countywide tour ‘Jordan’s Drive’ in association with Kelliher’s Garage, a series […]

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Paralympian Jordan Lee will share his experiences with schools all over Kerry.

The Killarney man has embarked on a countywide tour ‘Jordan’s Drive’ in association with Kelliher’s Garage, a series of informal talks on his achievements and how he overcame his disability to reach the top of his chosen sport.

The 21-year-old was born with a foreshortened left arm known as amniotic band syndrome but has enjoyed a successful sports career which included representing Ireland at the Tokyo Olympics last summer.

Now he wants to share his story and inspire other students to follow their dreams.

His tour started last week at Colaiste na Sceilge in Cahersiveen and over the next few weeks, depending on his training schedule, will visit schools in Firies, Milltown, and Killarney.

“Don’t be afraid of people with disabilities or different backgrounds,” he said. “A few years ago there was only typical people in classrooms – you never came across people with disabilities or from various different countries. It is a lot more mixed now. I want to inspire people to treat everyone on the same level.”

‘Jordan’s Drive’ is made possible thanks to his role as a brand ambassador for Kelliher’s Garage, dealer principal, Tim Kelliher explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“Having got to know Jordan so well over the last couple of years we have come to realise how much of an inspiration he is so we decided to ask him to hop into his Toyota CHR Hybrid and bring his story out into the highways and byways of the Kingdom,” he said.

“Headlined ‘Jordans Drive’ and organised by my marketing team headed by Yvonne McMahon they have travelled to many of the schools around Kerry from Cahersiveen to Beaufort, Killorglin and with other dates planned for Firies and Milltown to name but a few. He has spoken his many words of wisdom to the children who have been in awe of the journey and his achievements, and we at Kelliher’s Garage are delighted and proud to have him as our brand ambassador.”

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