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John Moriarty retires from Kilcummin Rural Development Scheme

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Kilcummin Rural Development Group is bidding a fond but sad farewell to its long serving scheme supervisor, John Moriarty.

RETIREMENT:Kilcummin Rural Development Group meet to mark John Moriarty's retirement

John is retiring following 26 years of very valuable service to the Kilcummin and surrounding community, and to the scheme participants in particular.

The group had a small gathering in their project office to recognise John’s huge contribution. At the gathering, he was presented with some gifts and had a chance to celebrate with some of the current and past sub-sponsors, and participants of the scheme.

Kilcummin CE scheme was initiated in 1993 in response to the EU Leader 11 Programme.
Their objective is to maximise the potential of our own resources and to provide job training and opportunities for the unemployed in our area, to improve our environment and provide quality essential services to Sporting, Social and Cultural Organisations in Kilcummin and the greater Killarney area.

Helen Moynihan who will take over the role of scheme supervisor on John`s retirement said: “I certainly have big boots to fill, as John was very hard working, effective, liked and respected by all, but it is a challenge I am relishing. I had the great fortune of working with John in his capacity as scheme supervisor and I can testify to how much he will be missed amongst everyone involved in the scheme.”

During its 29 year history Kilcummin Rural Development Ltd has worked with 12 sub-sponsors who provide valuable work experience and guidance for many participants, over the years many have gone on to progress back into gainful employment in their preferred area.
John Lenihan, Chairperson of Kilcummin Rural Development Group said that John’s experience over the last 26 years was invaluable. His interaction with both the department of Social Protection and the local sub sponsors was beneficial to the CE Scheme and was the key to the overall success. John Lenihan wished John, his wife Mary and his family all the best for the future.
“Even outside his role of CE scheme supervisor, John is very active in the local community, and we are sure to see him remaining as a very valuable and permanent member of our community for many years into the future,” said Mr Lenihan.

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Roger and Brendan really into the SWING of things

A Killarney man who has been living in the US for over 30 years has maintained a very strong connection with his hometown through a novel golfing tournament which involves […]

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A Killarney man who has been living in the US for over 30 years has maintained a very strong connection with his hometown through a novel golfing tournament which involves a regular challenge against local players.

Roger O’Sullivan, originally from Loreto Road and a member of the Rainier Golf and Country Club in Seattle, has linked up with another Killarney man, Brendan Keogh of SWING Golf, on several occasions to bring a group of golfers from the Seattle club to play a number of Kerry and Irish courses.

They compete for the Cider Cup which is their own unique take on the Ryder Cup.

In 2010 Roger led a group of 18 golfers from the US to play in Ireland and they repeated the journey and the adventure again in 2012, 2014 and 2017.

They had another trip planned in 2020 but that was cancelled due to Covid but they returned again in 2022 and a group of 44 golfers were back in Killarney in recent weeks to test their skills on the Kerry courses and against local players.

“Since we first started doing this in 2010 we have had 102 different golfers travel from Seattle,” Roger explained.
“I met Brendan Keogh on one of my visits home and he travelled to Seattle, at my request, and organised sponsorship at my golf club.

“Since then our trips have been expertly organised by SWING Golf who book us preferential tee-times, set up the schedule and coordinate our bus drivers. We have never had an issue or anything to worry about. Being friendly with Maurice O’Donoghue, we have always stayed at Scott’s Hotel,” he added.

The US visitors take on local players when in Killarney and this year there was 100 golfers playing on the Killeen course on the first day of their visit.

“The support of the locals has been incredible and I wouldn’t do this without them,” said Roger.
“There have been numerous friendships made over the last 14 years. We have supported a local charity on every trip and for the last two it has been the palliative care unit at University Hospital Kerry. This year we raised €5,100,” he said.

A former student at St Brendan’s College, Roger’s parents were Tony and Juliette O’Sullivan and his father was the head chef in the Gleneagle Hotel for over 20 years before the family purchased Danesfort Lodge at Woodlawn Cross on the Muckross Road.

Roger has been married for 20 years to Amy from Tampa, Florida and they have one daughter, Gracie.
Brendan Keogh joined SWING in the early days of its operation as financial operations manager, working alongside the late Paddy O’Looney.

A member of Killarney Golf and Fishing Club for 40 years, he is the current CEO and he will have served 33 years next September.

SWING, the brainchild of former Kerry Group chief, Denis Brosnan, markets and promotes the premier golf clubs in the south west and also runs an incoming golf agency.

Records show that the company has booked over 350,000 rounds of golf in the south west alone but it also facilitates golfers wanting to play elsewhere in the country.

The company’s senior team of Brendan, Eileen O’Sullivan and Tommy Pierce have 60 years of experience bringing golfers to these shores.

Killarney has been a huge beneficiary as it is a base for most visiting golfers while on the Kerry part of their trip. The locals like seeing the high spending golfers arrive in April for a season than runs until mid October.
2024 is busy and it is also looking positive for 2025.

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Killarney Toastmasters Celebrates 20 Years

Killarney Toastmasters Celebrates 20 Years

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Over 30 members, past and present, gathered last Tuesday in The Dromhall Hotel to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the founding of Killarney Toastmasters club.

Several founder members were present including Frank O’Sullivan and Bernadette Noonan, who are still current members of the club.
Members embrace the core values of Toastmasters International which are “respect, integrity, service and excellence”.
This year Killarney Toastmasters welcomed eight new members of various nationalities, who have brought many talents with them to this international club.
Outgoing president Anthony Walsh said: “I am heartened by the progress of new members and, following the success of the current year, I am looking forward to a bright future for the club.”
Anthony passed the chain of office on to incoming President Ann Hannan, who is very excited about leading the club in the year that Toastmasters International celebrates its 100th Anniversary.

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