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Killarney men line out for London County GAA team

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By Sean Moriarty

Two Killarney men played a key role in London’s opening two wins in the Allianz National League Division 4 title race.

Two weeks ago they took a dramatic win over Carlow in the opening round of the league. It was the first time that London won its opening league game since defeating Kilkenny in the same fixture in 2011. They came from 10 points behind to win on a score-line of 2-11 to 1-13 result at Dr Cullen Park.

Their victory was all the impressive as the London team had not played as a unit for over nearly years. They were unable to contest the last two National Leagues and All-Ireland championships as they were not allowed to travel during the pandemic.

Last weekend they overcame Waterford on a score-line of 1-12 to 2-08. It was the first time ever that the exiles won back-to-back league matches.

Former Spa player Matthew Moynihan and Conor O’Neill from Dr Crokes are amongst a group of six Kerry players on the London panel.

Moynihan, who plays his club football for Tir Chonail Gaels in London, played in the fullback position while O’Neill came on as sub – ironically to replace fellow Kerry man Thomas Lenihan from Churchill in the corner back position.

“There was great support from families from all over Ireland who came to support the exiles. You could hear them in the stands, it was a great atmosphere,” Moynihan told the Killarney Advertiser after the Carlow game.

He has been living in London, where he works as an accountant for an construction firm, since 2017.

He first made the London panel in 2019 but their 2020 campaign came to a sudden end when the pandemic forced travel restrictions just two or three games into the season.

The other Kerry players on the London panel were Cathal O Luing (An Ghaeltacht), Bobby O’Regan (Ardfert) and Chris Farley (Dromid Pearses).

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Seven An Post staff retire

Seven well-known staff members at An Post Killarney celebrated retirement this week. The staff, Mary O’Sullivan, Joe Clifford, Paudie Cronin, Joe Coffey, Tom Ashe, Jerry McCarthy and Dan Murphy were […]

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Seven well-known staff members at An Post Killarney celebrated retirement this week.

The staff, Mary O’Sullivan, Joe Clifford, Paudie Cronin, Joe Coffey, Tom Ashe, Jerry McCarthy and Dan Murphy were treated to an night of celebration and reminiscing by the South Kerry branch of the Communication Workers Union of Ireland.

The retirees, their families and colleagues enjoyed an evening at ‘The Panoramic’ the newly named restaurant upstairs at Killarney Racecourse.

Ollie Favier, of the Shire fame has taken over responsibility for operating the coffee shop / restaurant at the racecourse.

“A beautiful venue and apt that Ollie’s father Dan RIP from Glenflesk, was also a long serving postman in the community,” said John O’Shea, the Union Secretary An Post Killarney.

“The night included music with Derry Healy and Rosie Healy and was attended by up to 80 people, under the attentive guidance of Sales and Marketing Manager Emma O’Connor and Ollie’s right hand man, Colin Daly

“The event the food and the atmosphere was a great success and credit to all Ollie’s staff for being great hosts. “

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Watch Video: Primary School Students share knowledge from Coffee Cup Project

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Killarney primary schools have joined the crusade against single use coffee cups this week by joining the Killarney Coffee Cup Project and declaring themselves single use coffee cup free. The Killarney Coffee Project is a community grassroots project aimed at eliminating single use coffee cups from Killarney town centre to protect Killarney National Park and the towns surroundings all in the name of conservation.

Alan Oliver, a local coffee shop owner, Lir Café, who is one of the participants of the project has said that he is “thrilled to see the project extend into the local schools. Teaching young people about why we should be moving away from a throw away culture is imperative to the continuous success of projects like this. Today’s young people are the future custodians of this town and so educating them on the importance of sustainability will ensure that Killarney and its National Park will be in safe hands for future generations.”

The schools involved in declaring themselves single use coffee cup free include Holycross Mercy, Gaelscoil Faithleann, Presentation Monastery, Glenflesk, Knocknanes, Coolick, Loreto, Lissivigeen and Tiernaboul. This follows on from the Killarney Coffee Cup Primary Schools Initiative which took place last November supported by Killarney Credit Union, the Kerry Biosphere, and the IKC3 project in MTU.

In November the 5th classes in the Killarney area were brought to Muckross School House and Killarney House for a 2-hour immersive environmental education experience around our connection to the Kerry Biosphere and citizen climate action. Here the students learned about our biosphere and how we as citizens and sustainable initiatives like the Killarney Coffee Cup Project can protect this Special Area of Conservation. Finally, they went outside to work with a park ranger, collecting acorns in leftover disposable compostable cups that the project had gathered from various businesses. They took these acorns back to their classrooms where they have planted and are caring for their oak tree. In 2024, these young oak tree seedlings will be planted back into the National Park.

The Killarney Coffee Cup Project is the 1st of its kind in the world, and it is something that belongs to all the citizens of the town. We all own this!

Want to hear from the future voices of our environment?

This week the Killarney Advertiser caught up with primary schoolers who have been busy learning all about protecting our amazing natural environment

Watch our video where the future eco-warriors share what they’ve learned about keeping our Killarney healthy and thriving! Here is to the next generation of environmental stewards!

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