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Killarney to hold its first ever Drive-In-Bingo tomorrow (Sunday)

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BINGO TIME: Looking forward to the Drive-In-Bingo in the new Liebherr car park at Lackabane, Fossa, Killarney tomorrow (Sunday) are from left: Dermot Cronin (Scotts Lakers officer), Keelin Houlihan (Scotts Lakers), Niall 'Botty' O'Callaghan (MC), Mark O'Shea (Scotts Lakers) and Paul Sheehan (St Paul's Basketball Club Chairman).

 

Killarney will hold its first ever Drive-In-Bingo in the new Liebherr car park at Lackabane, Fossa, tomorrow (Sunday) at 7pm.

St Paul's Basketball Club is hosting the Drive-in Bingo, which is an exciting alternative to a regular bingo night session, whilst adhering strictly to Government regulations and public health guidelines on social distancing.

Top cash prizes up to €3,500 will be available to win while great fun is guaranteed as you stay safe and comfortable inside your car with your family or friends.

Interested bingo players can turn up on the night, drive in to the car park, turn off their engines and buy a single or double bingo book and follow the game instructions and the calling of the numbers.

Well-known Killarney personality Cllr Niall 'Botty' O'Callaghan will be the official bingo number caller on the night and will keep
everyone entertained and amused calling out the bingo nicknames such as 'Stairway to Heaven', 'Jump and Jive', 'Knock at the Door' and 'Clickety Click'.

Game total is a total of 10 games with line across and full house.
Jackpot is after game eight. Winners can beep their horns or put on hazard lights to identify their car and a steward will then check the numbers before handing out a cash prize.

Stewards and volunteers will be available to assist with any queries and give out winning cash prizes. Car parking will be also be assisted by club stewards and COVID-19 regulations will be in place while toilet facilities and hand sanitiser will also be available.

Cars will be allowed enter the car park from 5pm and the bingo will commence at 7pm.

All proceeds raised from this novel event will go to St Paul's Basketball Club, Killarney.

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Better late than never Christmas present for St Francis Special School

By Sean Moriarty St Francis Special School received a very late Christmas present this week – a specially adapted bike for the pupils to use. Husband and wife team Ciaran […]

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By Sean Moriarty

St Francis Special School received a very late Christmas present this week – a specially adapted bike for the pupils to use.

Husband and wife team Ciaran and Karen Dwyer, directors of Guerin Engineering and Pumps Ltd in Kilcummin, presented the special adapted bicycle to the staff and pupils at the Beaufort school on Tuesday.

After seeing an online request last December that the school needed the bike, they decided to gift one.

They contacted Glencar Medical, a Dublin-based firm that specialises in the supply of equipment to schools like St Francis, and ordered the bicycle.

However, nothing is straightforward in the current climate, Brexit, COVID and war all contributed to a delay in getting the bike to Ireland. Once it was in Dublin there were further delays in sourcing the special straps that St Francis’ children need to ride the bike safely.

It all came to a happy ending this week when the Dwyers were finally able to present their Christmas present to the school.

“We saw this request and we contacted the school and said we wanted to buy one, they told us where to get one, and we ordered it,” Karen told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We had it paid for by the end of the year but then it took three months to get it into the country. It took more time to import the specialist parts. The costs were increasing but we did not mind at all.”

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Jordan Lee to tell his story to the county’s schools

Paralympian Jordan Lee will share his experiences with schools all over Kerry. The Killarney man has embarked on a countywide tour ‘Jordan’s Drive’ in association with Kelliher’s Garage, a series […]

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Paralympian Jordan Lee will share his experiences with schools all over Kerry.

The Killarney man has embarked on a countywide tour ‘Jordan’s Drive’ in association with Kelliher’s Garage, a series of informal talks on his achievements and how he overcame his disability to reach the top of his chosen sport.

The 21-year-old was born with a foreshortened left arm known as amniotic band syndrome but has enjoyed a successful sports career which included representing Ireland at the Tokyo Olympics last summer.

Now he wants to share his story and inspire other students to follow their dreams.

His tour started last week at Colaiste na Sceilge in Cahersiveen and over the next few weeks, depending on his training schedule, will visit schools in Firies, Milltown, and Killarney.

“Don’t be afraid of people with disabilities or different backgrounds,” he said. “A few years ago there was only typical people in classrooms – you never came across people with disabilities or from various different countries. It is a lot more mixed now. I want to inspire people to treat everyone on the same level.”

‘Jordan’s Drive’ is made possible thanks to his role as a brand ambassador for Kelliher’s Garage, dealer principal, Tim Kelliher explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“Having got to know Jordan so well over the last couple of years we have come to realise how much of an inspiration he is so we decided to ask him to hop into his Toyota CHR Hybrid and bring his story out into the highways and byways of the Kingdom,” he said.

“Headlined ‘Jordans Drive’ and organised by my marketing team headed by Yvonne McMahon they have travelled to many of the schools around Kerry from Cahersiveen to Beaufort, Killorglin and with other dates planned for Firies and Milltown to name but a few. He has spoken his many words of wisdom to the children who have been in awe of the journey and his achievements, and we at Kelliher’s Garage are delighted and proud to have him as our brand ambassador.”

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