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Killarney company all smiles with €15k bursary

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TV APPEARANCE: Owner of 'Box of Smiles' Oliver Kirwan with Ryan Tubridy on the Late Late Show last week.

Elite Event Management, the team behind Ring of Beara Cycle Kenmare, Quest Killarney, Quest Kenmare and Run Killarney were the recipient of Vodafone’s bursary worth €15,000 as part of The Late Late Show’s showcase of Irish businesses which aired last week.

The company were recognised for 'Box of Smiles' an innovative new product which they launched after their sports event management business ceased overnight in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Box of Smiles are gift boxes full of produce and crafts sourced around Ireland. Each box is filled with high quality products, sourced from local small businesses including coffee roasters and bakers, creatives and artisans, tea connoisseurs and candle creators. Box of Smiles is also a wonderful way for people to keep in touch with Irish creativity in their locality, gift a loved one, or express gratitude to an employee.

Owner Oliver Kirwan expressed his delight and appreciation upon receiving the award.

“It’s been a tough few months for our business like so many others. We are usually organising sports events across the country but due to COVID-19 restrictions we have been unable to do so. We were on course to run 14 sell out events this year but only managed to complete one and with no roadmap in sight to get back on track we had to get the thinking caps on and try and come up with a project that would help us sustain our business but also help other small businesses that were feeling the effects of the downturn. Box of Smiles has allowed us to do that. The feedback and support from all across the country has been fantastic and we are so grateful to The Late Late Show for inviting us to showcase our projects and also to Vodafone Ireland for their generous bursary which will go a long way in helping us move forward into 2021.”

Elite Event Management are also launching a crowd funding campaign this week for an exciting new sports and fitness tracking App which will revolutionise outdoor sports participation in a new era. To find out more about this crowdfunding campaign please visit www.sparkcrowdfunding.com.​

For further information visit www.boxofsmiles.ie or email annette@eliteevents.ie or call 064 6635512.

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Man released without charge in murder case

The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge […]

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The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge in relation to this matter.

Miriam Burns was found in her home on Monday afternoon after family and neighbours became concerned about her welfare.

A file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions and investigations are ongoing under the direction of a Senior Investigating Officer.

Gardaí are continuing to appeal to any persons who were in the Ardshanavooley area between 5pm on Friday and 1pm on Monday and observed any activity which drew their attention, to come forward.

Any road users who were travelling in the area at these times who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) are asked to make this footage available to Gardaí.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Killarney Garda Station on 064 6671160, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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Plenty of music and entertainment to celebrate Kilcummin talent

The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night. The talent within […]

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The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night.

The talent within the branch was clearly evident with a packed trophies table. Indeed some of the successes over the last number of months were replayed in a relaxed, jovial atmosphere that meant that all attending had a great night’s entertainment.

“We had demonstrations of winning sets across all age groups and then we moved onto the musicians who pulled out all the stops to entertain the large crowd, packed into the clubhouse,” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCÉ PRO, told the Killarney Advertiser.

John Moriarty, who has recently retired from his role of Supervisor with Kilcummin Rural Development was acknowledged with a presentation to reflect the outstanding work that he has done to enhance and grow Kilcummin Comhaltas over his 25 years in his role, he added.

“Much thanks and praise was also offered to Mary, Adrian and Conor Moriarty, all involved in the progression of dancing and music within the Kilcummin branch. The music and entertainment continued with Helen Kerins and Denis Crowley late into the night. We’re looking forward to next year already!”

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