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Killarney man elected President of Cycling Ireland

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By Sean Moriarty

Ballydowney resident Dr Tom Daly was elected President of Cycling Ireland on Saturday.

The announcement was made at the federation’s 34th Annual General Meeting which took place at the Four Seasons Hotel and Leisure Club in Monaghan.

Daly held the position of Vice President prior to the AGM and was Secretary of Killarney Cycling Club before joining the Board of Cycling Ireland in March of 2022.

The Ballyfinane native is one of Kerry’s true sporting heroes. He played Minor football for Kerry in the 1970s, he was the first man ever to solo canoe around Ireland in the 1980s and is a former volunteer with Kerry Mountain Rescue.

Although always a cycling fan, the now 67-year-old only took up competitive cycling in his 50s and won several National Masters titles on the roads.

He also wrote ‘The Ras, Ireland’s Unique Bike Race’ the definitive history of the country’s biggest race.

Prior to his time with Killarney Cycling Club he was involved in Kanturk Cycling Club in various roles for many years. He was previously Secretary of Cycling Munster.

“We are one of the biggest and most successful sporting organisations in the country with 26,000 members. We have around 500 clubs. We excel in competition and our members are on the roads and trails all across the country. So, it’s time now we put our shoulders back, lifted our chins and walk out of here determined to be proud again. We can restore the pride that our organisation deserves,” Dr Daly said at his acceptance speech.

Challenging Journey

"It's a challenging journey for all of us. We are on one hand a big and complex voluntary organisation that needs to work for its members and also for the volunteers. We are on the other hand a fair-sized company with a turnover of around €5.2 million and a staff of around 25 - both of which we have ambitions to grow - and that aspect of the organisation needs to be run in a very professional manner. I believe we must continue that progress."

He also paid tribute to his fellow Killarney Cycling Club members who nominated him for the role.

Daly had a career in education and worked for agencies such as the National Centre for Technology in Education and the Special Education Support Service and holds post-graduate degrees from the University of Limerick and University College Cork. On retirement, he moved back to Kerry where he and his wife Ann became active members of the local cycling club.

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Festive jumpers and a Kerry jersey brings fundraiser to €10k

By Michelle Crean Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up! A Kerry football […]

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By Michelle Crean

Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up!

A Kerry football jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team is up for grabs via a fundraising link once a donation is made to the Presents for Palliative fundraiser.

On Friday eight local schools including Holy Cross Mercy, Killarney Community College, Presentation Monastery, Lissivigeen, St Brendan’s College, St Brigid’s, St Francis Special School, and St Oliver’s
swapped their uniforms for their most colourful festive gear with funds going to help the amazing services in the Palliative Care Unit/Kerry Hospice Foundation.

“The day took place across the schools involved last Friday (December 2) and looks like it has been a success,” teacher Elaine Moynihan from St Brendan’s College told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The donations from the schools are still being counted but students look to be on their way towards making their goal of €10k.”

The iDonate ‘Fundraising For Kerry Hospice Foundation’ has been very helpful in this regard, she added.

“Anyone who donates via the link and leaves their name will be in with a chance to win a Kerry jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team which will be presented to them before Christmas by a couple of members of the team.

“This was organised by the students involved in the fundraiser as a way to say thanks, and give back, to the members of the community who have gotten involved in the event – the link is live until December 18 and the draw will be made the following day.”

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Killarney punter secures €50,000 in EuroMillions draw

A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’. The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was […]

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A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’.

The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was valid for Tuesday night’s special draw.

The Killarney winner was one of 10 who each secured the €50,000 windfall.

“The National Lottery can reveal that three players in Dublin, three players in Cork and one player in Kerry, Roscommon, Kildare and Wexford all scooped the special raffle prize which was the seventh of 12 draws in the National Lottery’s ’12 Draws of Christmas’ promotion,” said a National Lottery statement.

The eighth draw will take place tonight (December 9) where 10 more players are guaranteed to win the amazing prizes.

Meanwhile, a player in Belgium scooped the EuroMillions Jackpot prize worth an astonishing €142,897,164.

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