WELL, it may be Dr Crokes’ week in sport, having notched the All-Ireland club title, but their fellow Killarney GAA club, Legion, took the spoils on home ground in the St Patrick’s Day parade awards last night when it was presented with the overall award, the Sean O’Keeffe Perpetual Trophy.
It was a case of standing room only at the awards ceremony, which unfolded in the International Hotel. The chairperson of the St Patrick’s Festival Killarney, Anne Marie Kennelly, congratulated all the winners as well as paying tribute to all involved in the festival. “Despite the weather we had on the 17th you all came out and got your troops together and gave great entertainment,” Anne Marie told the gathering.
“The St Patrick’s committee appreciate all the hard work that goes into getting ready for the parade and all the voluntary hours put in. We thank you as without all this hard work there would be no parade. And in spite of the wind and rain I loved every bit of it. You were all spectacular.”
The hard-working committee of Dermot Healy, Paul Sherry, Niall O’Donoghue, Fiona Crowley, David Rae, John Lenihan, Bernadette Randles and John Healy were also singled out for praise. “This year we innocently thought it would be very straightforward. We did not realise that Plunkett Street had roadworks scheduled – but we figured it out!” said Anne Marie.
“We want to thank Fitzgerald Stadium for accommodating us so fantastically and we also want to mention the Kilcoolaght Residents Association for getting behind us. We want to thank Killarney Municipal District under the leadership of Breda Mulryan and her team and Killarney Gardaí under the direction of Sergeant Dermot O’Connell. They are critical to the event planning and the work done in the background to ensure the whole day runs smoothly, safely and efficiently is admirable.”
The festival chairperson thanked photographer Valerie O’Sullivan for capturing the big day on camera and for creating the parade’s unofficial mascots, the Gobnaits.
She also paid tribute to Kerry County Council Community Support Fund, Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce, Liebherr, M C Group, Killarney Advertiser, O’Carroll Engineering, MD O’Shea and Sons, Killarney Vintners, O’Donoghue Ring Hotels, Tricel, The Park and Ross Hotels, AIB and The Dromhall Hotel. “Our grand marshals this year were Paul Nagle, Rob Duggan, Ger Conway and Noel O’Sullivan Jnr. All of these guys are competing in World Rallying Championships this year – imagine four of our local young men competing at this high level on a world stage,” she said.
“On St Patrick’s Day itself we also had enormous support and help from the Killarney and District Motor Club under the chairmanship of Diarmuid Cronin.”
Anne Marie also paid tribute to all the volunteers, as well as awards ceremony host the International Hotel and prize sponsor SuperValu and thanked the judges Nancy Hegarty, Orlaith Monks and Kieran Healy.
Above: Prizewinners, organisers and sponsors at the St Patrick’s Festival Killarney parade prizegiving function in The International Hotel on Tuesday night. Included are Stella Maloney, Legion GAA Club, who received the Sean O’Keeffe perpetual trophy for best overall entry from Anne O’Keeffe, Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce President Paul O’Neill St. Patrick’s Festival Killarney Chairperson Anne Marie Kennelly, John Daly, Daly’s SuperValu, Killarney Advertiser Editor Eve Kelliher, Dermot Healy (Parade Safety Officer), committee members Paul Sherry, David Rea and Bernadette Randles, Terence Mulcahy, International Hotel. PICTURE: EAMONN KEOGH
The secret is in the book!
By Michelle Crean The secret to finding your true happiness is all in a new book which will guide readers to unlock their potential. Brazilian native Michelle Hadad, who moved to Ireland 14 years ago has written ‘The Secret Box: Concave and Convex’, a 432 page book which addresses the issues of suicide and develops into […]
By Michelle Crean
The secret to finding your true happiness is all in a new book which will guide readers to unlock their potential.
Brazilian native Michelle Hadad, who moved to Ireland 14 years ago has written ‘The Secret Box: Concave and Convex’, a 432 page book which addresses the issues of suicide and develops into two different narratives.
It is also a follow up to her previous work ‘The Secret Box…Finding the Key’, a 192 page paperback launched by Michael Healy-Rae TD and reviewed by now retired judge James O’Connor, in October 2017.
Michelle, who studied adult psychology and is a NLP practitioner who encourages clients to transform limiting self-beliefs, explains that this version continues the story of Maria from the first book.
In the first book, the reader compares and contrasts their own life experiences with those of Maria and ask themselves the very question posed at the end of the book in the final chapter or ‘Padlock 13’ – “who are you?”
“Readers are outside the box, they see their own stories – that’s when we judge others,” Michelle told the Killarney Advertiser.
“It is fiction and the story is in two versions, the positive is bigger than the negative. There is always hope regardless of pain.”
She added that people need to forget about what others think, and focus on their own values and traditions.
“It’s a self help book, it doesn’t matter what people think of us, life’s too short. I’m motivating people in a positive way because of my NLP and psychology qualification.”
However, she emphasised that readers don’t have to have read the first book to understand the second one.
“Maria is the leading figure and there’s a few characters from book one but you don’t have to read that to get book two.”
She added that she’s thankful to everyone who helped her along the way.
“I have been blessed to have met so many people to help with my books.”
Both books are available from O’Connor’s Centra, The Reeks and Horans Health Store on Beech Road.
Green light for teen accommodation
By Michelle Crean Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead. An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment. The teens living within the premises […]
By Michelle Crean
Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead.
An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment.
The teens living within the premises will be supervised by applicant Eileen O’Brien who will live on the ground floor of the premises.
The two one-bed apartments on the second floor would either be rented out or used for independent living for the teenagers as they reach adulthood.
The two-bed apartment will be on the third floor. There are also plans for balconies at second and third floor levels.
The proposed apartment building is contemporary in design with a mix of stone and render finish on the lower floors and synthetic burned timber finish on the upper floors. The second floor is recessed at the front and the third floor is recessed at the front and the rear with a decorative feature on the front elevation comprising dark grey timber steel poles. The building will also have a flat roof.
Planning permission was granted subject to 14 conditions including a two-metre high boundary wall to be constructed on south, south-western boundaries of the site and there’s to be no overnight commercial guest accommodation.
Fans return to Fitzgerald Stadium after eight months
By Sean Moriarty Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game. Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the […]
By Sean Moriarty
Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game.
Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.
Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.
“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”
She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.
“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”
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