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RARE: Brendan Griffin pictured with his rare 1955 Hanomag tractor which will go on display at the Killarney Valley Vintage and Classic Club's annual show at Killarney Racecourse next month. Photo: Sean Moriarty

By Sean Moriarty

A rare 1955 Hanomag tractor will go on display at the Killarney Valley Vintage and Classic Club’s annual show at Killarney Racecourse next month.

The German manufactured tractor is powered by an unusual two-stroke diesel engine, fitted with off-set steering to allow driver view ploughed furrows from overhead, and an internal mid-mounted mowing bar for cutting hay and grass – all features that put the tractor well ahead of its time 65 years ago.

Owned by local man Brendan Griffin, the tractor has never before been seen on public display in Ireland.

Mr Griffin, a life-long fan of farm machinery and implements enthusiast, bought the tractor in Germany around 11 years ago.

“I was at a rally in Germany a few years ago, I saw the tractor for sale, I liked it so much I just bought it,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “Germany is a collector’s dream. Between 1945 and 1970 there were 94 different manufacturers. In recent years the German Government has stopped the export of vintage tractors as they say it is part of their heritage, so I am very lucky to own such a machine.”

The Hanomag manufacturing firm first came to prominence before World War One when it  started manufacturing steam engines.

In 1912, Hanomag started producing ploughs before adding passenger cars, tractors, crawler tractors and trucks to its series in 1924.

In 1971, the firm concentrated on construction equipment. But before that more than 250,000 machines left the factory halls in Hanover.

The brand is owned by Komatsu since 1989, Massey Ferguson owned it for a spell in the 1970s and Daimler-Benz bought out its truck division around the same time.

Local fans will get the chance to see the rare 1955 Hanomag at the annual vintage show on July 22. Brendan will offer visiting fans a chance to learn about the tractor as he will give an in-depth talk on the machine at the show at 3pm.

 

 

 

 

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Staff and students highlight important message

By Michelle Crean Local students went to great efforts on Friday last to highlight a very important message about inclusion. Staff and students in Killarney Community College came together for ‘Stand Up Awareness Week’ as part of a national campaign where second-level schools take a stand against homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. All staff wore […]

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By Michelle Crean

Local students went to great efforts on Friday last to highlight a very important message about inclusion.

Staff and students in Killarney Community College came together for ‘Stand Up Awareness Week’ as part of a national campaign where second-level schools take a stand against homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying.

All staff wore a rainbow colour and students wore rainbow coloured accessories to show their support for the campaign as Killarney Community College is a diverse, inclusive, accepting, and welcoming safe space for everyone.

The majority of students made a particularly great effort in terms of wearing rainbow coloured accessories were awarded house points.

During the week, the LGBTI+ flag was hanging proudly in the school canteen. Transition Years decorated the General Purpose area with informative posters, and in SPHE classes, students learned about LGBTI+ terminology and history.

“It’s important that school is a safe and inclusive place for anyone attending regardless of their race, sex, religion or sexuality,” Principal, Stella Loughnane, said.

“I’m delighted that our school community marked the occasion and brought great colour while highlighting a very important message. One of the key words of our mission statement is inclusion making this awareness day a very apt one.”

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Donation to be made in memory of Johnny Batt

By Sean Moriarty Spa GAA remembered one of their most loyal members this week when his beloved club donated to a Kerry charity. Club stalwart Johnny Batt Cronin, who was steeped in Spa GAA club history, passed away in September 2019 after a battle with cancer. An outstanding footballer, he won seven O’Donoghue Cup medals […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Spa GAA remembered one of their most loyal members this week when his beloved club donated to a Kerry charity.

Club stalwart Johnny Batt Cronin, who was steeped in Spa GAA club history, passed away in September 2019 after a battle with cancer.

An outstanding footballer, he won seven O’Donoghue Cup medals with Spa as well as a county Intermediate Championship medal in 1974 and a County League Division One title two years later.

He was also a member of the star-studded East Kerry divisional side that won the inaugural All-Ireland Club Championship in 1971.

When he hung up his boots, Johnny trained and coached many underage teams and was honoured with a hugely deserved lifetime achievement award by his beloved Spa GAA Club in 2015.

He was also a champion card player, winning the Spa Championship of Kerry 31 Card Drive on two occasions.

After his passing, Spa GAA wanted to run a 31 Card Drive in his memory and to raise funds for the Oncology Department in University Hospital Kerry.

The Card Drive was postponed on several occasions due to the pandemic – and while some of the earlier rounds were completed by early 2020 – it was not possible to complete the competition that has now been cancelled completely due to ongoing crowd gathering concerns.

“A number of teams had entered this Card Drive competition (two people per team) and it started in early 2020 and most but not all of the early rounds did get played,” club PRO, Deirdre O’Sullivan Darcy, said.

“When COVID-19 hit they delayed the next stages of the competition.”

Nevertheless, teams had paid entry fees and it was decided to handover the funds raised to the Comfort for Chemo charity at the Oncology Department in University Hospital Kerry.

Members of the organising team met this week to reveal the winners of spot prizes had the event gone ahead. The money will be handed over next week to the charity when the final amount is totalled.

“They kept delaying and postponing but at this point have decided to cancel it completely and make the donation for the money that was collected at the time,” added Deirdre.

WINNERS

The prize-winning teams are:

€100 voucher for the Great Southern Killarney: John Kerins and Tim McCarthy
€100 voucher for the Great Southern Killarney: Con Lynch and Alan Cronin
€100 voucher for the Great Southern Killarney: Finbarr Godfrey and Tim Regan
€50 voucher (each) for Killarney Carpet & Furniture Centre: Seanie Kelliher and Connie Doolan
Bottle of whiskey and bottle of wine: Peter Cahill and Barry Duggan

The club also thanked event sponsors: Skellig Hotel Dingle, Kennelly’s Pharmacy, Hegarty’s Spar Muckross Road, Daly’s SuperValu, Killarney Oil, O’Leary’s Electrical, Paul Herlihy Contractor, Liam Chute, Killarney Oaks Hotel and Bowler’s Centra.

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