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Killarney Credit Union scoops three international awards

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IT'S been hailed on the world stage as a "powerhouse of social enterprise" and Killarney Credit Union can take a well-deserved bow after it received three international awards for excellence.

The accolades were presented by the International Credit Union Leadership Development and Education Foundation at an awards ceremony in Bloomsbury, London, on Saturday.

Killarney was the category winners in the Edward Filene Credit Union Awards for Excellence – Great Britain and Ireland. It was the outright winner in the category “Engaging in community outreach and mobilisation” and in the category “Serving as a financial incubator for seed, small and medium sized businesses”. Not only that, it was the runner-up in the category “Use of the Media”.

Pat Delaney, chairman of Killarney Credit Union, said: “We are honoured to be recognised for our efforts as a credit union by a panel of international business and credit union experts. The adjudication process was comprehensive in nature and it is wonderful to be recognised for credit union excellence in both the UK and Ireland.”

Previous winners of the Edward Filene Awards were Glenamaddy Credit Union in Galway, but there has been no other Irish credit union winner since 2011. In attendance were representatives from credit unions throughout the world.

The guest of honour and keynote speaker was Marlene Shiels, OBE, FCIBS (Hon), I-CUDE, chief executive officer of Capital Credit Union Ltd, Edinburgh, who has recently been invested with the “Order of the British Empire” (OBE) by Her Majesty the Queen; it is believed she is the first credit unionist to be so honoured.

In presenting the award for Performance Excellence for a Credit Union serving as a financial incubator for seed, small and medium enterprises operated by credit union owner-members, the judge stated: “Killarney Credit Union is a powerhouse of social enterprise and community social and economic empowerment, passionate evangelists for what they do, and so has become the winning credit union for performance excellence in lending to owner-members to develop their businesses.”

Accepting the awards were Pat Delaney, chairman, Killarney Credit Union, Stephen Darmody, financial controller, and Helen Courtney Power, business development officer.
 


 
Above: Helen Courtney Power, Killarney Credit Union, accepting the awards on behalf of Killarney Credit Union in the Edward Filene Credit Union Awards for Excellence – Great Britain and Ireland, from Marlene Shiels, OBE, FCIBS (Hon), I-CUDE, chief executive officer of Capital Credit Union Ltd, Edinburgh.

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Soroptimists fundraising efforts not “hampered” by COVID

By Michelle Crean COVID didn’t “hamper” their efforts this year as members of the Killarney Soroptimist Club came together and gave generously to charity. Members of the group couldn’t hold normal meetings this year due to the ongoing restrictions but pulled together to continue supporting a women’s aid countywide service. Along with family and friends […]

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By Michelle Crean

COVID didn’t “hamper” their efforts this year as members of the Killarney Soroptimist Club came together and gave generously to charity.

Members of the group couldn’t hold normal meetings this year due to the ongoing restrictions but pulled together to continue supporting a women’s aid countywide service.

Along with family and friends they created Christmas hampers for the third year running and donated them to the ADAPT Centre in Tralee on Tuesday.

There, they presented them to Catherine Casey, who is the Manager of ADAPT Women’s Refuge Centre.

“It is wonderful to be in a position to donate these Christmas hampers to ADAPT once again this year,” Killarney Soroptimist Club President, Teresa Irwin, said.

“Due to COVID and not being able to hold normal club meetings we were unsure what we could manage. We are thrilled with the response since we decided to go ahead and amazed at the generosity and the number of hampers. We wish to thank all those that donated. Hopefully the residents of ADAPT will enjoy them.”

Catherine said that they were once again very grateful to all the members of the Killarney Soroptimist Club.

“We recognise that there is a lot of organising and work done by the Club President Teresa Irwin and all the members in collecting and putting the hampers together. It is heartwarming to see the support and generosity of the club. ADAPT Kerry and the Killarney Soroptimists have built a very good relationship over the last number of years and they have lead many campaigns to highlight our service in the Killarney area, including taking part in the ‘Safe Homes, Safe Communities’ initiatives. There is no doubt that their work raises awareness of our service and has contributed to many more women making contact with us for support by phone, through our outreach service and availing of refuge.”

If you would like to talk to ADAPT Kerry please ring 066 7129100 anytime.

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Time to get your Santa letters posted!

We hope you have your Christmas letter written – and checked it twice – because Santa is waiting for it to be posted! And thanks to the Christmas in Killarney committee it’s now so much easier to get it to him with the special Santa post box on College St. just outside Lana. His elves […]

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We hope you have your Christmas letter written – and checked it twice – because Santa is waiting for it to be posted!

And thanks to the Christmas in Killarney committee it’s now so much easier to get it to him with the special Santa post box on College St. just outside Lana.

His elves will collect the post every night at midnight and bring them straight to the North Pole.

After taking part in the magical parade in town on Saturday evening, Santa spoke to the Killarney Advertiser and said he is so excited to deliver the toys later this month.

“Season’s Greetings to everyone,” Santa said.

“I would like to remind all the boys and girls in Killarney and Kerry to write and post their letters to me as soon as possible. They can use the green post box on College St and my elves will collect the letters every night when everyone is asleep! I can’t wait to get in my sleigh and deliver all the fantastic presents on Christmas Eve. Remember, be good, the elves are watching!”

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