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Killarney Rotary Clubs 20th Annual Wine and Art Night




By Grace Foley

Killarney Rotary Club will hold their Annual Wine and Art Night in aid of local communities and charities on Wednesday November 29 in the Great Southern Killarney.

The Killarney Rotary Club Wine and Art Night is run in conjunction with Daly’s SuperValu and Killarney Brewing & Distilling Company. This year Killarney Credit Union have also become involved as sponsors of the event. The event begins at 7.15pm and Patrons can view and buy Art and Crafts from local artist’s around Kerry and further afield.

Wine, Beer AND Cheese tasting opportunities will be available on the night. All proceeds raised from the evening will go to local charities and community projects. Tickets are now available at a cost of €25. For further details contact

Now in its 20th year, the Rotary Club’s Annual Wine and Art night remains one of the highlights of the Killarney social calendar with hundreds expected to attend on the night. President of Killarney Rotary Club, Barry Murphy said “Hopefully this year will be another huge success and all the beneficiaries will benefit. This event supports a lot of local groups to carry out projects they couldn't otherwise proceed with."

This year’s beneficiaries are Anabla National School, Coolick National School, Faha National School, Knockanes National School, Tiernaboul National School, Loreto National School, Gaelscoil Faithleann, The Killarney Cardiac Response, Castleisland Day-care Centre, Kerry Stars, Killarney Cougars Basketball Club, and the Irish Pilgrimage Trust.

There will also be a raffle in aid of the Irish Pilgrimage Trust on the night. The Irish Pilgrimage Trust is a group that brings children and young people with special needs on a week-long Pilgrimage holiday to Lourdes every Easter.

Many of the schools applied for funding through the Wine and Art event as they have projects they wish to complete on the school premises. Principal of Coolick National School, Gearóid O Sullivan said "We are delighted to be a beneficiary this year in the Killarney Rotary Club's annual Wine and Art night. We will use this funding for the modernisation of our classrooms to provide child-friendly, full of colour, atmospheric learning zones for the children."
30% of any sale goes to the fundraiser and the remaining 70% goes to the artist. Local Killarney Artist Betty Rohan (Neeson) plans on exhibiting her art at the Killarney Rotary Club Annual Wine and Art Evening. Betty Rohan usually works in oil and watercolours and Exhibitions of her work range through Ireland, New York & Chicago. Artist Betty Rohan said “The Killarney Rotary Club Wine and Art Evening is a great Killarney night. A gathering of creatives and like-minded people who love the buzz and entertainment of a fantastic local night."

Entertainment will also be provided by well-known Kerry musician Mike Neeson in the lobby. Mike Neeson who has been playing music in Killarney for over 55 years, will entertain the crowd with some 60’s tunes. Mike Neeson encouraged Patrons to attend by saying, “It’s a brilliant charity event, in the month of November where nothing else is happening, so why not come along."

There will also be an auction later in the evening for various paintings from exhibiting artists on the night who have donated their pieces. 100% of any monies raised in this auction will go to this Rotary Club fundraiser. The aim of the Rotary Club is to bring together people across generations who wish to create lasting change in the world, in their communities, and in themselves.



Muckross Rowing Club members on Irish teams for two major regattas

  Six members of Muckross Rowing Club will compete for Ireland in two upcoming international events. Rowing Ireland this week announced the Irish squads for the Coupe de la Jeunesse […]





Six members of Muckross Rowing Club will compete for Ireland in two upcoming international events.

Rowing Ireland this week announced the Irish squads for the Coupe de la Jeunesse Regatta.

Daniel Fleming and Ian Coffey have both been selected for the Under 19 Irish squad to race at the Coupe de la Jeunesse Regatta for European junior rowers. The Coupe de la Jeunesse Regatta, involving 16 European countries, will be held over from over three days, August 9-11 in Racice, Czechia.

Four Under 23 university rowers from the Muckross club have also been selected as part of the Senior Irish squad for the Home International Regatta this month.

Niamh Coffey (University of Limerick), Patrick Buckley (University of Limerick), Finn O’Sullivan (University of Limerick) and Ethan O’Neill (University College Cork Rowing Club) will take on the ‘Triple Crown’ event of rowing, competing for Ireland against crews from England, Scotland and Wales.

The Home International Regatta will be held on Saturday, July 27 in Strathclyde, Scotland.

All six Muckross rowers have earned their green jerseys following a lengthy and testing trial series on land and water which began in Autumn 2023 and culminated in final water trials at the end of June.

“Muckross Rowing Club sends its best wishes to the very talented Muckross oarsmen and women and all their crewmates as they fly the flag for Ireland this summer. The talented group build on a successful record in the sport,” said club PRO Tim O’Shea.

Niamh Coffey is a multiple Irish and University Championship winner and has previously represented Ireland in the Under 23 European Championships.

In 2022, O’Neill rowed at Junior level at the Home International event and won a gold medal as part of the Irish quadruple scull crew in the 500m sprint event.

Both Buckley and O’Sullivan continue to compete at the highest level nationally with the University of Limerick Rowing Club,  and join the Irish squad for the first time this year.

The international selections come at an exciting time before the Olympic Regatta in Paris, where Zoe Hyde (Tralee Rowing Club) will be among the largest Irish rowing contingent of 16 rowers to contest an Olympic Games.

Killorglin native Zoe has previously rowed for both Killorglin and Muckross rowing clubs and will race the Women’s Double event for Ireland with Alison Bergin (Fermoy Rowing Club) in Paris.


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Valuable role of Kerry cancer support charity recognised nationally



Cancer support charity Recovery Haven Kerry has been recognised for its vital role in supporting cancer patients and their families at a national ceremony in Dublin.

The renowned cancer support house was one of 16 such centres across Ireland that were presented with plaques to acknowledge their full membership of the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) Alliance – a group made up of voluntary and charity organisations delivering support services directly to cancer patients and their families. An additional 10 associate member charities were also honoured, including Kerry Cancer Support Group.

The Alliance advocates for, and supports, the development of integrated pathways between the cancer centres, acute hospitals, community cancer support services and primary care services. All members’ development is in line with the values of Sláintecare, seeking to provide assurance to healthcare professionals that these organisations are working to an agreed standard as set out in Best Practice Guidance published by the NCCP. 

Speaking after the ceremony, which was held at Dublin’s Farmleigh Estate, Recovery Haven Kerry Chairman, Tim McSwiney, explained that being compliant with the Best Practice Guidance for Community Cancer Support Centres is a true mark of quality. 

“It offers us a yardstick to measure what we are doing against the standards required. As a result, healthcare professionals have more confidence in referring people to our services. We are very proud to be a member of the Alliance,” he said.

Recovery Haven Kerry was represented at the event by centre manager, Gemma Fort and Client Services Co-Ordinator, Siobhan MacSweeney and were presented with their plaque by NCCP Lead for Cancer Survivorship, Louise Mullen, Clinical Lead for Psycho-Oncology Dr Helen Greally, and Minister of State at the Department of Health, Colm Burke. 

The event was also used as an opportunity to announce funding of €3m for the NCCP’s Alliance of Community Cancer Support Centres and Services through Budget 2024. The NCCP is currently in the process of distributing these funds which will directly and positively impact the delivery of services for patients and families nationally.

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