AWARD: Killarney Community College Transition Year student Rachel Griffin has been awarded a Garda Youth Achievement Award.
By Michelle Crean
Killarney was represented well in this year's Lee Strand and Kerry Garda Youth Achievement Awards which were announced on Saturday night. As with most events this year it was a virtual affair and took place live on Radio Kerry hosted by Alan Finn with listeners tuning in from all over Kerry, across Ireland and abroad.
The awards show recognised the great contribution young people have made and continue to make to their communities in Kerry. A total of 25 awards were presented with each nominator reading a citation for each of the award winners. The award show also included interviews, music and a host of celebrity guests also paid tribute to this year’s award winners.
Killarney Community College Transition Year student Rachel Griffin was announced a winner and celebrated with her family in the comfort of her own home.
Rachel was nominated for her award by her music teacher Ms Hughes who stated that "Rachel is an unbelievably talented musician who plays guitar, sings, writes and composes her own songs".
Rachel has stood out as an exceptional musician the moment she came into the school as a First Year. She has always had an amazing work ethic and selflessly helps others in her class. Rachel is a member of our school choir, won our annual 'Who's Got Talent Competition' in 2018 and starred in the lead role of Beauty in our 'Beauty and the Beast' show in 2019. We are so proud of her," Ms Hughes said.
Rachel performed a pre-recorded song in her kitchen which was harmonised by her mother and sister and played during the ceremony. Huge numbers from the school tuned in to celebrate in Rachel's success.
St Brigid's students Michelle Hickey, Ellen Farndon, Emma Affonso, Rebecca Kenny and Katie O'Connor also all received Merit awards on the night.
[caption id="attachment_36848" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] MERIT: Michelle Hickey, Ellen Farndon, Emma Affonso, Rebecca Kenny and Katie O'Connor all received Merit Awards in the Garda Youth Achievement Awards on Saturday Night.[/caption]
The overall winner was named as 21-year-old Amy Roche from Tralee. Amy was nominated by Lisa Curran for all her amazing help with Lisa’s 10-year-old son Christopher who is autistic.
[caption id="attachment_36846" align="aligncenter" width="636"] OVERALL WINNER: 21-year-old Amy Roche (right) from Tralee was announced as the Overall Winner of the Lee Strand and Kerry Garda Youth Achievement Award. Amy was nominated by Lisa Curran (left) for all her amazing help with Lisa’s 10-year-old son Christopher who has autism. Photo: Domnick Walsh[/caption]
The Special Achievement Award Winner was Emma Kerin, Scartaglen nominated by St Mary Basketball Castleisland. Faye Greely and Molly Ní Shé from Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne in Dingle were announced as the Group Award Winners. Lifesavers CCC from Castleisland Community College were winners of the Community Safety Award.
The 21 merit award winners were: Caoimhe Harte, Duagh; Lisa Flynn, Cordal; Ronan Foley, Killorglin; Maisie and Edie Hall, Castlegregory; Rebecca Kenny, Katie O’Connor, Michelle Hickey, Ellen Farndon, St Brigid's Presentation Secondary Killarney; Emma Affonso, St Brigid's Presentation Secondary Killarney; Adam Cronin, Killarney No Name Club; Natasha Myers, Killorglin Community College; Conor Flaherty, Ethan Ward, Philip Tracey, CBS The Green, Tralee; Ethan Slattery, Killarney Order of Malta; Mounthawk Transition Year Fashion Show Students, Mercy Secondary School Mounthawk, Tralee; Bradleigh Smith, Killorglin Community College; Alison O'Sullivan, Killarney No Name Club; Aoise Healy, Presentation Secondary, Tralee; Currow Community Clean-Up Transition Year Group, Presentation Secondary Castleisland; Troy Kennedy, St Michael’s College Listowel; Rachel Griffin, Killarney Community College, Thomas White and Anna-Marie O'Donnell, Tralee Red Cross; Hannah O'Sullivan, Colaiste na Sceilge, Caherciveen, Holly O'Brien, Mercy Secondary School Mounthawk, Tralee, and Tyler O’Sullivan, Killorglin Community College.
Kathleen honoured as new boat is launched
It was a very special and momentous day for Muckross Rowing Club on Sunday – as not only did they launch a new boat – but did so to honour a life-long supporter. Members and supporters gathered at the club’s boathouse as the club’s newest racing boat, a Janousek coxed four, was officially launched in […]
It was a very special and momentous day for Muckross Rowing Club on Sunday – as not only did they launch a new boat – but did so to honour a life-long supporter.
Members and supporters gathered at the club’s boathouse as the club’s newest racing boat, a Janousek coxed four, was officially launched in honour of Kathleen Murphy. The event was made all the more special as it had been so long awaited by the club. While the boat was purchased prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, a launch event at the club was not possible until the recent easing of public health restrictions.
Among the crowd gathered were members of the extended Murphy and Kenny families as well as many of Kathleen’s neighbours and friends from Mangerton Road and beyond.
Kathleen (nee Kenny) was born and raised in Muckross and has enjoyed close family ties with the rowing club from childhood to the present day. The Kennys of Muckross and their extended family have long played a central role in the club extending to over a century, reflected in the names of boats named and launched before in honour of other family members including Micheal Kenny and Jack O’Shea. Kathleen has long been among the most prominent and recognised club’s supporters at the annual Killarney Regatta, proudly sporting the club’s yellow colours while cheering on crews at all levels from Juvenile to Senior and Veteran. Together with her late husband Jerry, Kathleen has also played a central role in fundraising for the club with countless tickets sold weekly for the local Muckross Lottery since its launch in early 1990s. Both Kathleen and Jerry were previously recognised for their contribution to the club and both named as Vice Presidents. Kathleen and Jerry’s children and grandchildren continue the family tradition both on the lake and onshore, contributing to the club’s success and development as active rowers, coaches and committee members.
Presiding over the launch was Club Chairman Sean Daly and the blessing of the boat was carried out by Fr Kieran O’Brien.
The club was also delighted to welcome Emer Corridan, General Manager of the Cahernane House Hotel – whose sponsorship of the club supported the boat’s purchase.
The ceremonial popping of the champagne cork was carried out by Kathleen’s granddaughter Áine, and after a sprinkling of the bow, the boat was formally launched on the water by five of Kathleen’s grandchildren – Áine and Shona O’Sullivan, Daniel, Jack and Katie Murphy. The special launch event was an emotional day for the family and club with many memories of Kathleen’s late husband Jerry, whose anniversary was recently observed, in addition to family members gone before. Speaking on behalf of Kathleen, her son Kieran spoke of the great honour for Kathleen and her family to have one of the club’s racing boats named in her honour. Kieran expressed the family’s gratitude to the club, its committee and Chairman Sean Daly, President Maurice Coffey and Vice Presidents and to all the members, supporters and friends in attendance. The ceremonial proceedings were followed by refreshments outside the club’s new boathouse.
Stylish Miriam wows at the races
When it comes to the style stakes, one local lady proved she’s got it after winning the female Most Stylish Racegoer this week. Miriam Prendergast from Killarney was selected by fashion blogger and judge Emily O’Donoghue aka @fashionablyfortyish on Sunday, the opening day of the Listowel Harvest Racing Festival. Benny O’Keeffe from County Meath was […]
When it comes to the style stakes, one local lady proved she’s got it after winning the female Most Stylish Racegoer this week.
Miriam Prendergast from Killarney was selected by fashion blogger and judge Emily O’Donoghue aka @fashionablyfortyish on Sunday, the opening day of the Listowel Harvest Racing Festival.
Benny O’Keeffe from County Meath was also selected for his style and both winners each received a €400 cash prize, sponsored by McElligotts Tralee and Honda Ireland.
Miriam wore a black bustier wide legged jumpsuit with belt, styled with a very feminine one sleeve off white blouse with ruched details. She both designed and made the outfit herself and paired it with a headpiece she borrowed from a friend who got it in MacBees Killarney. She finished her look with a pretty vintage bag.
Benny wore a sky blue suit he purchased in Burtons, paired with a merl grey waistcoat, set off with a soft pink shirt cleverly coordinated with a pink and grey check tie. He purchased his very dapper hat in the Ukraine.
The runners-up in the ladies category each received a generous hamper from McElligotts Tralee with special thanks to McGuires Pharmacy Listowel. The runners-up in the gents category received tickets to the Sunday of the June Bank Holiday race meeting in Listowel in 2022.
Of course, there is more to come in the style stakes with one of Ireland’s most prestigious best dressed events – the McElligotts Honda Ladies Day – making a most welcome return this year to the racecourse today (Friday), judged by style icon Celia Holman Lee, it has an overall cash prize fund of €1,000 and the winner will also receive the most amazing beauty hamper sponsored by McGuire’s Pharmacy.
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