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Killarney man elected to the biggest GAA job in Britain

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TOP JOB: Noel O’Sullivan has been elected to highest job in the GAA Britain

By Sean Moriarty

 

Killarney man Noel O’Sullivan has been elected as the chair of the GAA’s Provincial Council of Britain. The association represents the county boards of Scotland, Yorkshire, Lancashire, Warwickshire, Hertfordshire, Gloucestershire and London. There are a total 82 clubs affiliated to Provincial Council of Britain.

“It is a huge honour for me and a huge honour for my family,” Mr O’Sullivan told the Killarney Advertiser. “This is the highest position that can be reached in the GAA in Britain. I want to thank the seven county boards who put their trust in me.”

O’Sullivan hopes to undertake two major projects in his three-year leadership term.

He wants each county board in the UK to have its own county grounds and he wants to develop the underage structure as the sport moves away from an emigrant sport and becomes more reliant on home-grown players.

“I want see the clubs become self-sufficient with their own county grounds,” he added. “The role in that sense is more about developments than fundraising. I want to see more underage work done too as we move away from immigration.”

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O’Sullivan from Ballaugh on the Mallow Road, has dedicated his life to London and British GAA.

He previously served as the chairman of the London County Board between 2011 and 2015 which was one of the most progressive periods in London GAA.
In that time he spearheaded fundraising efforts to build new grandstands at the county grounds in Ruislip – the total redevelopment cost over £4.3 million.

Other achievements include the affiliation of the Irish Guards – a club made up entirely of members of the British Army – as a junior football team in the London County Championship.

It was also one of the most successful periods in London GAA history. The County footballers qualified for the 2013 Connaught final against Mayo and enjoyed their first only All-Ireland qualifiers (back door) campaign.

A year earlier the county’s hurling team won the Christy Ring All-Ireland Hurling title for second rate teams and this earned them the right to play for the Liam McCarthy Cup which they did for two seasons before being relegated again.

Flying the Kerry flag in Britain

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Noel O’Sullivan flies many flags but they are all rooted in the Green and Gold of Kerry.

He is a long-time member of St Kiernan’s GAA Club in London, a club with strong Kerry ties. Club chairman is Beaufort native Jerome O’Shea.

Noel’s GAA involvement stretches across several other areas including chairman of the All Britain Championship.

He is also a former chairman of the Kerry Association London and served as that club’s Kerry-London Person of the Year in 2011. He is one of the longest serving members of the London Killarney Reunion.

Mr O’Sullivan is the chairman of the London Rose of Tralee Centre as well.

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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 […]

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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.

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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 […]

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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.

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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 […]

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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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