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Killarney groups are presented with parade prizes

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By Michelle Crean

Photos: Eamonn Keogh

After the excitement of taking part in Thursday's St Patrick's Day Parade - especially since the last one was in 2019 - it was time to present the prizes to a number of local groups.

BEST MARCHING GROUP: Teresa Irwin and Cllr Marie Moloney Mayor of Killarney present The Peter Irwin Memorial Perpetual Award for Best Marching Group/Cultural Arts to Anne Nagle and Noel Lucey Killarney Order of Malta. Standing from left are: Cllr Niall Kelleher (President of Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce) Clodagh Irwin Owens Emir Irwin O'Shea Ciara Irwin Foley and St Patrick's Festival Killarney Chairman Paul Sherry.

THEME AWARD: Mike and Donie Courtney present the Michael Courtney Memorial Perpetual award for Best Interpretation of Theme to Eugene Bowler Raheen National School. Also included are: Cllr Marie Moloney Mayor of Killarney and St Patrick's Festival Killarney Chairman Paul Sherry at the St Patrick's Festival Killarney parade prize-giving function in The International Hotel on Tuesday night.

BEST SPORTING ENTRY: Sinead O'Connor Mike Morrissey Mackenzie Leahy and Maria Murphy Kilcummin GAA Club winners of the John Killer O'Callaghan Memorial award for Best Sporting Entry with Cllr Marie Moloney Mayor of Killarney and Brian Teahan (Kerry County Council).

BEST ACTIVITY GROUP: Bernadette Randles Marie Murphy Killarney Athletic FC Best Activity Group award Brian Teahan (Kerry County Council) Cllr Marie Moloney Mayor of Killarney Mike O'Shea and St Patrick's Festival Killarney Chairman Paul Sherry.

MOST ORIGINAL ENTRY: Emma and Doireann O'Connor Chloe and Luke Nott Fossa GAA Club Most Original Entry Award with Cllr Marie Moloney Mayor of Killarney at the St Patrick's Festival Killarney parade prize-giving function in The International Hotel on Tuesday night. Standing from left are: Tom O'Connor Gemma and Eric Nott and Cllr Niall Kelleher (President of Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce).

MOST STYLISH: Kamile Lyne and Milandi Basel The Great Southern Killarney winners of the Most Stylish Entry Award with Bernadette Randles Cllr Marie Moloney Mayor of Killarney and Brian Teahan (Kerry County Council).

IMAGINATIVE: Katie Gleeson Kathleen Murphy and Maire Murphy Kerry Stars Special Olympics Group Imaginative award with Cllr Marie Moloney Mayor of Killarney at the St Patrick's Festival Killarney parade prize-giving function on Tuesday night.

BEST WINDOW DISPLAY: Eileen Casey and Kathleen Lyne Bricin Restaurant and Craft Shop Best Window Display with Cllr Marie Moloney Mayor of Killarney and St Patrick's Festival Killarney Chairman Paul Sherry.

BEST GREENING: St Patrick's Festival Killarney Chairman Paul Sherry Brian Teahan (Kerry County Council) accepting the Best Greened Building Award for ANAM Arts and Cultural Centre Cllr Marie Moloney Mayor of Killarney and Cllr Niall Kelleher (President of Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce).

BEST OVERALL ENTRY: Anne O'Keeffe presents the Sean O'Keeffe Memorial Perpetual award for Best Overall Entry to Katie Gleeson and Maire Murphy Kerry Stars Special Olympics Group. Standing from left are: Bernadette Randles Cllr Niall Kelleher (President of Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce) Kathleen Murphy Brian Teahan (Kerry County Council) Cllr Marie Moloney Mayor of Killarney and St Patrick's Festival Killarney Chairman Paul Sherry.

BEST SPORTS CLUB: Mike Morrissey Mackenzie Leahy and Maria Murphy Kilcummin GAA Club winners of Best Sports Club award with Cllr Marie Moloney Mayor of Killarney St Patrick's Festival Killarney Chairman Paul Sherry at the parade prize-giving function in The International Hotel on Tuesday night.

BEST MUSICAL ENTRY: Michael McCarthy Millstreet Pipe Band Best Musical Entry Award with Cllr Marie Moloney Mayor of Killarney and St Patrick's Festival Killarney Chairman Paul Sherry at the St Patrick's Festival Killarney parade prize-giving function in The International Hotel on Tuesday night.

BEST NEW ENTRY: Derry Joy and Tim O'Donoghue Killarney Brewing and Distilling Company Best New Entry award with Cllr Niall Kelleher (President of Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce) and Cllr Marie Moloney Mayor of Killarney at the parade prize-giving function in The International Hotel on Tuesday night.

BEST VOLUNTARY GROUP: Katie Gleeson and Maire Murphy Kerry Stars Special Olympics Group Best Voluntary Group award with Cllr Marie Moloney Mayor of Killarney Brian Teahan (Kerry County Council) and St Patrick's Festival Killarney Chairman Paul Sherry.

BEST SCHOOL: Cllr Marie Moloney Mayor of Killarney and Bernadette Randles with representatives from Raheen National School Best School award.

MOST ENTERTAINING: Caoimhe O'Neill and Katie May Jeal Killarney Scorchers Cheerleading and Gymnastics Club Most Entertaining Award with Cllr Marie Moloney Mayor of Killarney St Patrick's Festival Killarney Chairman Paul Sherry.

There were some very happy faces when they learned that their entry had received an award last night (Tuesday) at the parade prize-giving function in The International Hotel as St Patrick's Festival Killarney Chairman Paul Sherry, Cllr Marie Moloney, Mayor of Killarney, and Cllr Niall Kelleher, who is President of Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, made the presentations.

WINNERS

Anne O'Keeffe presented the Sean O'Keeffe Memorial Perpetual award for Best Overall Entry to Katie Gleeson and Maire Murphy, Kerry Stars Special Olympics Group. The group also received the Most Imaginative award.

The Fiona Crowley Stage School were the winners of the Best Children’s Group.

Mike Morrissey, Mackenzie Leahy and Maria Murphy from Kilcummin GAA Club, were delighted the club was named winner of Best Sports Club award. The club also received the John Killer O'Callaghan Memorial award for Best Sporting Entry.

Millstreet Pipe Band won Best Musical Entry award.

Derry Joy and Tim O'Donoghue from Killarney Brewing and Distilling Company were thrilled to get the Best New Entry award, while Katie Gleeson and Maire Murphy from Kerry Stars Special Olympics Group were smiling when they got the Best Voluntary Group award.

Best School went to Raheen National School, Most Entertaining award to Killarney Scorchers Cheerleading and Gymnastics Club, Killarney Athletic FC got the Best Activity Group award, Most Original Entry award was given to Fossa GAA Club, Most Stylish Entry was The Great Southern Killarney, and Best Window Display went to Bricín Restaurant and Craft Shop.

Other awards included Best Greening Building with Brian Teahan from Kerry County Council accepting it for ANAM Arts and Cultural Centre.

Teresa Irwin and Cllr Marie Moloney, Mayor of Killarney, presented The Peter Irwin Memorial Perpetual award for Best Marching Group/Cultural Arts to Anne Nagle and Noel Lucey from the Killarney Order of Malta.

Mike and Donie Courtney presented the Michael Courtney Memorial Perpetual award for Best Interpretation of Theme to Eugene Bowler, Raheen National School.

 

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and local volunteers are keen to not only raise awareness but also funds.

Kathrina Breen, Eleanor O’Doherty and Kathleen O’Shea who have been supporting the Irish Cancer Society for many years are delighted to be able to get back to their Pink Ribbon street collection in Killarney town next Friday (October 7).

They are the only group in the country doing the collection as many fundraisers have moved online since the pandemic struck.

“We’re the only town in Ireland doing it this year,” Kathrina, who feels it’s important to keep a street collection going, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We haven’t done it in two years since before COVID. I pushed to do it as it raises a lot of money. People have been supporting this for years, this money goes towards breast detection equipment, information leaflets in doctors surgeries and towards cancer grants.”

In 2021, donations helped 254 breast cancer patients with free transport to and from 2,380 chemotherapy appointments by volunteer drivers, 154 patients received 514 nights of end-of-life care from Night Nurses and 3,430 enquiries were made about breast cancer through the Freephone Support Line 1800 200 700 and at 13 Daffodil Centres across the country.

And she added that they’re looking for a few volunteers to help out on the day.

“If anyone would like to help they can contact me on 087 2612992.”

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Calls for Council to acquire vacant Rock Road properties

By Sean Moriarty There are calls to make two vacant properties on Rock Road available to Kerry County Council’s housing inventory. The two cottages, one either side of the entrance […]

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By Sean Moriarty

There are calls to make two vacant properties on Rock Road available to Kerry County Council’s housing inventory.

The two cottages, one either side of the entrance to St Finan’s Hospital, are vacant for some time.
Cllr Maura Healy-Rae raised the issue at a recent Killarney Municipal District meeting.

“Regarding two vacant houses at the entrance to St Finan’s on Rock Road which appear to be vacant for a significant period of time. One of the properties is in the ownership of the HSE. I requested that Kerry County Council would liaise with the HSE with a view to potentially acquiring this house,” she told the Killarney Advertiser after the meeting.

“I stressed that it is important that the local authority exhaust all possibilities when it comes to providing more houses, particularly properties located within the town of Killarney where the need and demand for housing is critical.”

Kerry County Council said it would get the Vacant Homes Officer to contact the owner of the privately owned bungalow.

“They will inform the property owner that there is funding available under various schemes and grants to aid the return of this property to habitable use. Such schemes include the Repair and Lease Scheme and the recently launched Croí Cónaithe vacant property grant,” said a Council official.

Cllr Healy-Rae added: “I requested that KCC would liaise with the HSE with a view to potentially acquiring this house.”

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