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
Killarney co-drivers to the fore at this weekend
Two Killarney-based co-drivers will contest this weekend’s Trackrod Rally Yorkshire, the fourth rounds of the British Rally Championship. The two-day event gets underway tonight (Friday) with one stage set to be run under the cover of darkness. On the startline will be Muckross man Noel O’Sullivan and Aghadoe’s Mikie Galvin. O’Sullivan, co-driver to Welshman Osian […]
Two Killarney-based co-drivers will contest this weekend’s Trackrod Rally Yorkshire, the fourth rounds of the British Rally Championship.
The two-day event gets underway tonight (Friday) with one stage set to be run under the cover of darkness.
On the startline will be Muckross man Noel O’Sullivan and Aghadoe’s Mikie Galvin.
O’Sullivan, co-driver to Welshman Osian Pryce, is the current leader of the series while Galvin, who reads pacenotes for fellow Killarney and District Motor Club member, West Cork’s Keith Cronin, is eighth after missing the opening round.
“The element of darkness certainly brings an additional challenge to all the crews, especially since most of us will not have done any night stages for some time, the most recent I did was in 2017 on the Ulster Rally,” Cronin noted.
The route layout reads like an extract from the itinerary of the World Championship counting RAC Rally of the 1980s, featuring familiar locations such as Dalby, Gale Rigg and Langdale, and it will be the Dalby Forest test that opens the competition shortly after 8pm tonight.
Meanwhile, Irish rallying returned last Sunday after the pandemic-enforced lay-off with the ‘Munster Car Club’s Cork 20’.
London-based Listry co-driver Shane Buckley was the best of the local entrants, guiding Daniel Cronin, Keith’s brother, to fifth overall.
Ger Conway and his driver Stephen Wright were just two places and 8.9 seconds behind in another Ford Fiesta RC2. It was Conway’s first taste of a RC2 car since he and Rob Duggan finished second overall on the 2018 Donegal International Rally.
“There is a taste of more after this,” said Ger after a trouble-free day.
Damien Fleming came close to making it four local co-drivers in the top 10. He and his driver Stephen McCann were 11th, just 16.6 off the leader board. They said it took a while to get used to the bumpy Irish tar after a recent trip to the Tour of Flanders in Belgium.
Education Minister officially opens The Mon’s new classrooms
A town primary school – which has a deep connection to Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty – has a whole new look which was officially opened today (Friday) by the Minister for Education. Norma Foley TD officially opened the newly constructed wing to the Presentation Monastery Primary School on New Road which will house two special needs classrooms, a multi-sensory room […]
A town primary school – which has a deep connection to Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty – has a whole new look which was officially opened today (Friday) by the Minister for Education.
Norma Foley TD officially opened the newly constructed wing to the Presentation Monastery Primary School on New Road which will house two special needs classrooms, a multi-sensory room and a general-purpose hall.
The project, which was funded by Department of Education along with money raised by the school as part of their ‘THE MON-ster Fundraiser’, was just one of three officially opened new additions to the school along with a special dedication of the school’s hall in honour of Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty, a past pupil of the school from 1909-1914.
Also, The Most Rev. Ray Browne, Bishop of Kerry, officially opened a three-classroom extension at the school’s present site which was opened in 1958 having moved from its College Street location which was opened in 1838 by the Presentation Brothers.
Former Supreme Court Judge Hugh O’Flaherty and Mrs Pearl Dineen the nephew and niece of Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty officiated over the dedicating of the school’s new hall to past pupil, Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty, in recognition of his heroic deeds during WWII.
O’Flaherty, who also taught at the school later, became better known for the role he played in World War II while at the Vatican leading over 6,500 prisoners of war, partisans and Jews to freedom to earn him the title of the ‘Vatican Pimpernel’, leading to the 1983 film ‘The Scarlet and the Black’ with Gregory Peck portraying the role of O’Flaherty.
A special outdoor classroom ‘Dotts Garden’, dedicated to the memory of Dorothy (Dott) Hennggler the 2011 Washington DC Rose who died at the family home in Baltimore from a brain tumour, was officially opened by Anne O’Shea (aunt of the late Dorothy), and Àine McMahon (cousin of the late Dorothy and BOM member). The outdoor classroom was beautifully decorated over the summer by artist Katríona Lynch.
Due to COVID restrictions, the main event took place outdoors with staff joined by a small group of pupils selected from each of the classes representing the student body along with members of the school’s Board of Management.
“Your achievements have been remarkable over the last number of months,” Minister of Education, Norma Foley, said today at the official opening.
“It is my wish going forward that the next year in education will be less complicated, less trying and less difficult one. I think school staff are deserving of that. We can put the COVID atmosphere behind us and we are moving positively along. We hope that in a few months we will talk about living in a post-COVID time. The story of Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty speaks of the calibre of students produced here, but it also speaks of the courage and bravery and vision that Kerry people can have in the most difficult and trying of times.”
School principal Colm Ó Suilleabháin, who is shortly moving on to St Oliver’s NS in Ballycasheen, was delighted to be in attendance to see the building come to fruition.
“It’s a fantastic culmination of hard work by the staff and the Board of Management, and we are delighted to see the school is fully equipped and resourced for the next generation of pupils from Killarney and beyond,” he said.
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