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Killarney retains Tidy Towns gold medal

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STRIKING GOLD: Eileen O'Donoghue (KCC), and members of the Killarney Looking Good committee, Yvonne Quill, Stephen Sheehan, Mayor of Killarney Cllr Michael Gleeson, Padruig O'Sullivan, Kathleen Foley, celebrating retaining their gold medal at this year's Tidy Towns awards. Photo: Michelle Crean

 

By Sean Moriarty

 

The 500 volunteers who help keep Killarney tidy were praised by Tidy Towns judges this week following the announcement on Monday that the town had retained its gold medal status.

Killarney scored 342 marks at the 2019 annual SuperValu TidyTowns awards ceremony in the Helix, Dublin - eight up on last year, but 136 marks off the maximum of 470. Killarney scored best in the litter and tidiness category, with 61 points out of a maximum of 90.

“We were very impressed with Killarney, the many fine buildings, including hotels, offices and shops were a delight and everywhere is looking so well,” said the judging panel. “We admired the improvement works completed at the car/bus park at Rock Road, the refurbishment of public conveniences at High Street and the ploughing sculpture.”

Judges make decisions across eight categories including Tidiness and Litter Control; Public Places, Green Spaces and Landscaping.

“The slogan ‘Killarney Looking Good’ is very apt and we congratulate you on your success in the campaign against litter,” said the judge’s report. “The strategies of regular and seasonal litter clean-ups is working well; it is great to see the combined efforts of Council employees and volunteers working together and achieving so much. It is interesting to see the statistics for bags of litter and numbers of volunteers who have worked on this campaign over the years.”

 

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Eileen O’Donoghue, Killarney Municipal District Council Officer, congratulated all those involved in achieving such high standards.

“There is a great sense of community in Killarney seen in the voluntary effort put in, week in week out. It is thanks to the co-operation and the coming together of so many different groups, the volunteers, the Chamber of Commerce and the local authority that the town has seen an increase in eight points,” she said.

Killarney Looking Good Chairperson Yvonne Quill also thanked volunteers.

“We would like to thank everyone in Team Killarney, the volunteers who go out Monday and Wednesday nights for the organised clean-ups and those that go out on an ongoing basis in their own time,” she said.

Mayor of Kerry, Cllr Niall Kelleher, attended the awards ceremony in the Helix Dublin on Monday.

"Credit is due to the Killarney Looking Good Committee, Council staff and volunteers in Killarney. It's a great achievement to increase points in all categories in this year's competition, it's a testament to the hard work and proved it pays off.”

 

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Ian makes his debut as a radio presenter

By Sean Moriarty Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week. The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017. Since the accident he has been a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week.

The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017.

Since the accident he has been a champion for the less fortunate under his mantra: “If you can’t stand up – standout”.

This was the inspiration behind his brand new radio show which aired for the first time on Wednesday evening.

‘Stand Out with Ian O’Connell’ will feature interviews with people who have overcome great adversary to reach even greater heights.

His first guest was fellow Killarney man Jordan Lee. The Paralympian represented Ireland in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

“I was used to being in the studio from people interviewing me, but this time I turned the table,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was great to have Jordan on, two Killarney men! I really enjoyed it, it got a massive reaction and I got loads of emails and messages afterwards and into Thursday morning.”

Ian will reveal his guest for the show on the previous Monday through various social media channels.

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Sinead is queen of the court

By Con Dennehy With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport. Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater […]

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By Con Dennehy

With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport.

Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater Killarney region.

One of the most impressive performances on the night was in the Beginners Category where local star Sinead Moriarty secured a number of electrifying victories to win the overall title.

“This was a very competitive competition. In the opening games Neill Horgan was defeated by Rosin King from Glenbeigh 13-15 with Sinead Moriarty getting the better of exchanges with Bríd Horgan (Spa) 15-8. In the other game Niamh Faulds from Glenflesk lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-10 despite a very brave effort from Niamh,” said Eoin O’Donoghue, secretary of Spa Killarney Handball Club.

In the semi-finals Sheila Kelliher lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-11 with Sinead Moriarty defeating Rosin King 15-12.

“In a pulsating final Sinead saw off the dogged challenge of Elena O’Donoghue 15-11. While Sinead dominated this game, she looked in control and played a brilliant tournament throughout and was a deserving overall winner.”

In the Advanced category there were wins for Evan Enright and Eoin O’Donoghue in the opening games.

In the quarter finals Even Enright saw off the challenge of Brendan O’Donoghue 15-8 while Eoghan Daly defeated Eoin O’Donoghue 15-11, Aoife Walsh (Currow) defeated Maggie Quirke (Glenbeigh) 15-7 and Brian McEvoy beat Michael Clifford 15-6.

Semi-final success for Evan Enright and Eoghan Daly saw them battle it out in a pulsating final with Daly taking the title on a 15-12 scoreline.

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