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John bids farewell to town council

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By Sean Moriarty

He was one of the most familiar faces on the streets of Killarney but after 15 years of service, John McSweeney has retired from the street department of Killarney Municipal District.

RETIREMENT: John McSweeney (centre) pictured on his retirement at Killarney Town Council depot Fair Hill car park with town foreman Noel O'Leary and his colleagues having served 15 years of service with the town council. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

John from Currow, retired on September 30.

He was a valued member of the Street Cleaning Department in Killarney Town throughout his service.

“John gave huge commitment, dedication and service to the town of Killarney by maintaining the streets and lanes to the highest standards,” a Town Hall spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser. “Along with his colleagues past and present, he took great pride in the many awards and medals won by Killarney over the years. John had a cheery smile and a kind word for everyone as he went about his work day. All of his colleagues in Killarney MD wish John a long and happy retirement.”

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No spare change – no problem, as charity embraces new technology

By Sean Moriarty With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier. For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank […]

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By Sean Moriarty

With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier.

For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank card to make a donation.

The Society’s annual churchgate collection will be held on the weekend of December 11/12 at places of worship in the town and surrounding areas. This year’s collection has be renamed as ‘Giving Sunday’ and makes a return after the pandemic forced the cancellation of last year’s fundraiser.

“We are moving towards a cashless society,” explained Killarney Conference President Breda O’Dwyer. “You can tap and swipe your card to make a donation.”

Breda added that they are hoping to have the buckets ready by next week in time for the collection.

She said the local conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society has seen a marked increase in the number of families it is helping mainly caused by the increase in the cost of fuel and home heating products.

The annual St Vincent De Paul Society’s Christmas Jumper Day, in association with Radio Kerry is scheduled for December 10.

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SURVEY: Locals are reducing their social contacts

It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week. An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their […]

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It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week.

An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their level of contacts with people.

Interestingly, 37.10% of people had made no change to their lifestyle, but they could have been extra cautious already.

A tiny minority – just 1.61% – said they increased their social contacts over the last week.

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