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Kilgarvan Motor Museum book launch

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Fans of car culture in Kerry will look forward to reading John Mitchell’s autobiography 'From Cornwall to Kerry’.

John is the proprietor of the Kilgarvan Motor Museum and his newly published book tells his story, from growing up in England, the family moving to Ireland in the 1950s and the foundation of the museum in the mid-1970s.

The book is a labour of love for the former village mechanic. He suffered a hand injury while working on a lawnmower and is a stroke survivor but the original manuscript is hand-written.

“He had to learn how to write again,” his son Trevor told the Killarney Advertiser.

John operated the only garage in the village, where Healy-Rae’s hop and petrol pumps are now, and his book tells the story of a life immersed in engines of all sorts.

“It is all engine related, cars, motorbikes, tractors and some funny stories about customers over the years,” added Trevor.

One of the highlights is the story of how he imported a Rolls Royce from England for use as a wedding car and they adventure that unfolded as he attempted to tow it home with a Range Rover.

“He made the boat but was very lucky he wasn’t killed,” said Trevor.

Books can be ordered direct from the Kilagrvan Motor Museum by calling 064 6685346.

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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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Caring group craft charity blankets

By Michelle Crean One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity. Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members […]

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By Michelle Crean

One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity.

Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members of Kilcummin Community Care worked together to make blankets for service users on the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus.

“Each blanket is assigned as a personal gift to the clients using the Cancer Link Bus and is kept by them,” Kate Fleming, Chairperson of Kilcummin Community Care, said.

The knitting of the squares to make the blankets began at a gathering in the Rose Hotel in 2018. It was a gathering of different volunteer groups.

The Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus were requesting knitted squares to make blankets for the clients who were using their facilities, she explained.

“Kilcummin Community Care were knitting at the time, so it was decided to help out this worthy cause. We received donations of wool from people in the parish and surrounding areas. Kilcummin ICA also got involved in the efforts.”

During the two years of COVID-19, members of both organisations continued to knit and are still knitting to the present day.

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