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Killarney Credit Union continues to serve the community

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KILLARNEY CREDIT UNION has €45 million available to lend in 2017 and has in the past year provided €13.1 million in loans in the local community.

These and many more figures emerged as Killarney Credit Union held its annual general meeting in December. The event, in The Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney, heard how the credit union is now serving the needs of 25,000 members.

In existence since 1970, Killarney Credit Union has seen strong growth in the past 12 months. Mark Murphy, CEO of Killarney Credit Union, said: “The assets at the credit union now stand at a very healthy €105 million. In the past year, we facilitated the people of Killarney and Kenmare with over 2,500 individual loans to a value of €13.1 million.”

With the initial signs of economic recovery in the local economy, members’ confidence has seen a saving increase of 8% bringing total savings in the credit union to €91 million. Due to this increase, in July 2016, the Board of Killarney Credit Union took the hard decision to limit savings to €50,000 per member. This decision affected less than 1% of the membership of the credit union and is being monitored on an ongoing basis.

The credit union declared a dividend of .25% on shares held in the credit union. The credit union introduced a new IT system in October which allows for greater functionality and this includes online banking and mobile apps for members. It also introduced a range of new loan products including home, business, and bridging finance during the year.

“There is strong demand for the development of new products and services such as electronic payments, direct debits, debit cards, insurance cover and new loan rates. We are continually reviewing our product and service offering for members to meet their needs. Our home and business loan products are proving popular with members since their introduction this year,” added Mr Murphy.

The credit union has been heavily involved in sponsorship of local clubs, societies and charities in the past 12 months with over 50 groups receiving €20,000 in sponsorship. The credit union has an ethos of supporting local initiatives.

Pat Delaney, chairman of Killarney Credit Union, added: “We are proud of the role we continue to play in being more than a financial institution but a valuable resource to the South Kerry community and its people. Even though the initial signs of economic recovery are clear, it is only right that every credit union continues to make responsible and prudent decisions going forward. We are delighted to offer our members a return on their savings by paying a dividend this year. We would like to thank all of our members for their continued loyalty and support of our services.”

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Shock at the death of “wonderful community activist”

There was a great sense of shock over the weekend when new of the death of Yvonne Quill, a Tidy Towns champion and wonderful community activist, became known. Yvonne, from […]

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There was a great sense of shock over the weekend when new of the death of Yvonne Quill, a Tidy Towns champion and wonderful community activist, became known.

Yvonne, from Barleymount and formerly of the Cafe, College Street, passed away following a short illness on Friday. Requiem Mass takes place this morning (Monday) at 11am in The Prince of Peace Church, Fossa, followed by burial in Aghadoe Lawn Cemetery.

Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce President Niall Kelleher said she will be very fondly remembered as an incredibly dedicated woman, a strong personality who led by example and spearheaded the town’s Tidy Towns committee with such passion for over 25 years.

He recalled that her proudest day was when, as chairperson of the Killarney Looking Good Committee, she inspired Killarney to the prestigious overall national award in 2011 which had proved so elusive prior to that.

“Yvonne led by example and she never asked anyone to do something she wouldn’t do herself. You would seldom see her without the yellow bib, playing her part and showing us all what needed to be done to give Killarney the edge,” Mr Kelleher said.

“While winning the overall prize was something special, Killarney has never been far from the top and it has won a gold medal almost every year which is testament to Yvonne’s great ability to organise, her steely determination and her unrivalled ability to rally the troops,” he added.

The Chamber President also remembered her as a great businesswoman, a master baker and confectioner whose café on College Street was a must-visit for a whole generation of Killarney people and visitors.

“Yvonne Quill has left a great legacy in her home town. We thank her for what she has done, we’ll remember her incredible work ethic and we’ll ensure her name will live on in Killarney by continuing the commitment to the Tidy Towns initiative.”

Johnny McGuire, a member of the executive of Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, who worked alongside Yvonne at the helm of the Tidy Towns committee, said she was a born leader who inspired the whole community and always led by example.

“Killarney would never have won the All-Ireland Tidy Towns award without her. She was the inspirational captain of the winning team. Yvonne worked night and day and, when it came to Tidy Towns, there was no downtime for her,” Mr McGuire said.

“Her commitment to the cause brought her into every school and every housing estate in Killarney. Working closely with the late Fr Michael Murphy, her great friend, Kathleen Foley, and others, they really put Killarney in contention for the top awards every year. The name Yvonne Quill was known and respected in Tidy Towns circles throughout the entire country – she really was a legend and everything she turned her hand to,
she succeeded. Killarney will miss her,” he added.

She will be deeply missed by her husband John, children Peter, Sandra and Sean, her son-in-law Peter, daughter-in-law Mairéad, grandchildren Anna, Jake, Ted, Abby and Luke, sister Angela Mulvey, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, and extended family, friends, neighbours and the community.

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Jim awarded for life-long service to the community

By Michelle Crean Listry local Jim O’Shea was honoured last week as members of the community council presented him with an award for his life-long service to the community. Jim […]

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By Michelle Crean

Listry local Jim O’Shea was honoured last week as members of the community council presented him with an award for his life-long service to the community.

Jim received the O’Shea Award for 2022 at a meeting of Directors of Listry Community Council held on September 21.

Jim has been involved in Athletics from a very early age both as a competitor and administrator.

He was very much involved with Community Games in Milltown/Listry as organiser and coach. He was also involved with the Farranfore Maine Valley Athletic Club since its foundation.

Over the years Jim has competed in athletic events, mainly high jump and long jump, both in Ireland and abroad.

Recently he travelled to Derby in the UK in the British Masters Championship and won Gold in the 100 metres and Long Jump and finished second in the High Jump.

Jim, who is a very modest man, was actively involved with Listry Community Council as a volunteer driver for Meals on Wheels and for his commitment to keeping our community litter free by organising a number of litter picking days each year.

Always interested in fitness, Jim often came along to the Listry Seniors Social day and led the group in gentle exercises.

“Jim is a very worthy recipient of the O’Shea Award 2022 and we thank him for a lifetime of service to others,” Tony Darmody, Chairman, said.

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