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Kerry’s newest mayor says it’s the “greatest honour” of his life

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By Michelle Crean

Kerry's newest Cathaoirleach, elected unanimously in County Buildings today (Monday), said it's "the greatest honour of my life".

Fianna Fáil's Cllr John Francis Flynn from from Upper Tullig, Killorglin was proposed by Cllr Norma Moriarty (Fianna Fáil) and seconded by Cllr Michael O'Shea (Fianna Fáil). Age 31, he is one of the youngest to hold the position of Mayor of Kerry in the county.

He replaces outgoing mayor Cllr Jimmy Moloney (Fianna Fáil) who finished up his year long term as the county's First Citizen.

Fine Gael councillor, Bobby O’Connell, who represents the Castleisland-Corca Dhuibne Municipal District, was elected Leas-Cathaoirleach/Deputy Mayor of the Council.

Mayor Flynn represents the Kenmare Municipal District and is the 67th person to hold the position of chairperson of the Council. He has been a member of Kerry County Council since 2014.

"This is a great honour for me, my family and friends, and hometown of Killorglin," Mayor Flynn, whose family have roots in Rockfield Killarney, said.

Paying tribute to Cllr Moloney from Listowel, he said that he "will be a hard act to follow".

Priorities for the new mayor's term include housing, health and well-being, accommodation for third level students especially during the current housing crisis, connectivity in rural areas, and strengthening relationship with the Irish Diaspora.

He praised the great work being done by Kerry Airport, the Global Irish Festival 2022 and the greenway projects across the county.

"Kerry is a great county and has so much to be incredibly proud of. To be elected Mayor of Kerry is simply the single greatest honour of my life and I will endeavour as the First Citizen of our wonderful county to represent Kerry County Council and the people of the Kingdom to the best of my ability."

Cllr Michael O'Shea said that "history has been made here today" as John Francis Flynn is the first councillor from Killorglin elected Mayor of Kerry since the late Chubb O'Connor in 1974 before he became a TD.

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The Annual Meetings of the five Municipal Districts in Kerry also took place today and the following councillors were elected:

Killarney Municipal District
Cathaoirleach – Cllr Niall Kelleher (FF)
Leas-Cathaoirleach – Cllr John O’Donoghue (Ind)

Tralee Municipal District
Mayor – Cllr Mikey Sheehy (FF)
Deputy Mayor – Cllr Terry O’Brien (Lab)

Kenmare Municipal District
Cathaoirleach – Cllr Patrick Connor-Scarteen (FG)
Leas-Cathaoirleach – Cllr Michael Cahill (FF)

Castleisland-Corca Dhuibhne Municipal District
Cathaoirleach – Cllr Michael O’Shea (FF)
Leas-Cathaoirleach – Cllr Bobby O’Connell (FG)

Listowel Municipal District
Cathaoirleach – Cllr Aoife Thornton (FG)
Leas Cathaoirleach – Cllr Michael Foley (FG)

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Credit Union launch a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd.

Building on recent success the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick have launched a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd. Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd specialise in Photovoltaic (PV) […]

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Building on recent success the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick have launched a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd.

Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd specialise in Photovoltaic (PV) Solar systems that generate electricity, battery storage, air to water heat-pumps and much more.
Gilroy’s work with customers to receive the SEAI once-off grant towards the purchase and installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and heat pumps for your home.
Collaborating with Kerry and West Limerick Credit Union expands the finance options available to Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd customers to help finance new PV Solar Panel installations. Loan rates will be directly linked to the property BER starting from 4.7%(4.89APR) for an “A” rated BER.
Martin Gilroy; CEO with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd said: “We are delighted to officially launch this collaboration with the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick. Customers have already reaped the benefits on recent installation projects after contacting their local Credit Union. Having a direct link to local Credit Unions allows us to guide customers to affordable financing options based on the specific installation quotation we provide at very competitive rates.“
Speaking on behalf of the Kerry and West Limerick Credit Unions, Ashley Fitzgerald added: “We are delighted to have Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd come on board as part of our Greener Homes Loan offering. Home Energy Upgrade have become a prominent concern and talking point among members in recent months, by Credit Unions having a direct link with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd allows both sides to make referrals and seek the best finance option for members. We are working hard building relationships with Green Energy Ltd providers as we want to ensure our members can avail of the best loan rates for all upgrade works.”
Credit Unions across Kerry and West Limerick. Abbeyfeale Credit Union, Cara Credit Union, Killarney Credit Union, Listowel Credit Union and Rathmore and District Credit Union can be reached via: www.creditunion.ie
Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd can be contacted on 066-7115920, email info@gilroys.ie or for more information visit www.gilroys.ie.

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Racegoers Club to host Cheltenham Preview Night

Killarney Racegoers Club will host its annual Cheltenham Preview Night in Corkery’s Bar on March 7. Admission is free and this year’s chosen beneficiary is the Killarney Branch of St […]

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Killarney Racegoers Club will host its annual Cheltenham Preview Night in Corkery’s Bar on March 7.

Admission is free and this year’s chosen beneficiary is the Killarney Branch of St Vincent De Paul Society.
The expert panel includes professional punter Paddy Wilmott, leading jockey Conor McNamara, up-and-coming Kerry-based trainer Eoin McCarthy and local bookmaker Brendan Tyther with Vince Casey acting as the event’s compere.

“There is no admission fee but a raffle on the night for dual membership of Killarney Racegoers Club for the year, which includes 13 days racing and many reciprocal days to other race meetings,” said Mr Casey.

The Cheltenham Festival begins on March 12.

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