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Killarney Rotary makes a splash for charity

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John O'Sullivan, President, Killarney Rotary Club, presenting a cheque to Audrey O'Leary, Killarney Water Rescue, with members Jason Harris, Ailish McCarthy and Daniel Jarkorsky, the main beneficiary of the Killarney Rotary Evening of Wine & Art.
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A WAVE of support flowed in for Killarney Water Rescue this week. The hard-working team was the main beneficiary of the 12th annual Killarney Rotary Club Evening of Wine & Art and its members and fellow beneficiaries were out in force at The Malton today as they accepted the proceeds of the event.
The Evening of Wine & Art, held in November, was hugely successful with an attendance of around a thousand people.
Killarney Rotary president John O’Sullivan was delighted with the fundraiser. “Sales were extremely good and I want to say a big thank you to all the artists; we had even more participating than last year,” he said.
Wine connoisseurs and fans of fine food were absolutely spoilt for choice, thanks to Daly’s SuperValu.
An excellent choice of local beers also tantalised the taste buds. “We would like to say a huge thank you to our main sponsor Daly’s SuperValu and we were also delighted this year to welcome Killarney Brewing Company and Torc Brewing and thank all of them for their support,” added John.
The evening featured an exciting charity auction of artwork.
Meanwhile, members of both the Kerry Hospice Foundation and the Killarney branch of the Irish Kidney Association sold charity Christmas cards.
The raffle was co-ordinated by the Irish Pilgrimage Trust and the proceeds of the cloakroom will support the Kerry Stars Special Olympics Club.
Amongst the other charities and community projects being supported by this year’s Killarney Rotary Evening of Wine & Art the Order of Malta, St Brendan’s Microtrack, Gaelscoil Faithleann, Coolick National School, Killarney Athletic Soccer Club, Kilcummin Defibrillator Group and SouthWest Counselling Centre.

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Rebel lights delight for Killarney star

By Con Dennehy The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in East Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Cork hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball […]

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The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in East Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Cork hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball championships.

Attracting all the leading players in Ireland, it was Sarah Dineen, the Spa/Killarney player who shot out the Rebel lights in Conna with a phenomenal display of handball.

Competing in the highly competitive Ladies Challenger championship, the Killarney player, who took up the sport just 18 months ago, had the perfect start in the competition defeating the home town favourite Agnes Hurley from Conna on a 21-20 scoreline following an energy sapping and close encounter that hung in the balance to the final ace.

In her second game she took on the challenge of Nolwenn Even from St Brigids where her skill, superior fitness and movement on the court resulted in the 21-12 victory and a place in the prestigious final.

“The final was always going to be a difficult game not least playing local girl Kate O’Riordan from Conna. I concentrated on my serve and kill shots which ensured we shared the aces early in the game. It was a difficult game with the home supporters out in force to cheer on their local hero. However, I played well and secured a 21-11 victory. This was the second time this title came to Spa Killarney following the 2022 win by Aoife Walsh in Northern Ireland,” said Sarah, who is currently chairperson of the Killarney Camogie Club.

A native of Westmeath, Sarah (46) runs a jewellery business in Killarney and lives in Rathmore. No stranger to competitive sport she played camogie for Westmeath and Leinster and also won an Intermediate championship Gaelic football medal in Westmeath.

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STEM Scholarship for outstanding female student

By Michelle Crean A Killarney student attending University College Cork has received a STEM scholarship. Annie O’Donoghue (22) who is in her final year of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Data Science […]

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By Michelle Crean

A Killarney student attending University College Cork has received a STEM scholarship.

Annie O’Donoghue (22) who is in her final year of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Data Science and Analytics in University College Cork, was recognised as an outstanding female student in STEM2D disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Manufacturing and Design at a ceremony held at Janssen Sciences site in Ringaskiddy.

Annie, from Muckross, will receive a student award, a bursary of €1,500, industry mentoring and leadership training, along with the opportunity to attend career workshops, visit Johnson & Johnson sites and participate in WiSTEM2D events designed to support students with pursuing future STEM careers.

The Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2D programme fuels the development of the female STEM2D talent pipeline by awarding and sponsoring girls and women at critical points in their educational experience and their careers, in STEM disciplines. The Undergraduate programme was first introduced at University of Limerick in 2016. Since then, it has expanded to include University College Cork in 2018, University of Galway in 2021, and Munster Technological University in 2022, supporting more than 400 female students over the last six years.

“It’s an honour to be a recipient of this award,” Annie, who is a former St Brigid’s Presentation Secondary School student, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It’s great to see the number of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Manufacturing and Design, increase over the years.”

She added that the goal of the award is “to inspire women to pursue their career path in their respective STEM2D field of work”.  
 

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