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Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club raises €36,600 for charities

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Pictured at the presentation of prizes for the annual South Kerry Ploughing Comnpetitions which took place in the Killarney Valley hotel were seated from left, Mayor Brendan Cronin, Jacqueline Looney presenting a cheque to Breda Dylan, Kerry Cancer Support Group / Health Link Bus and Michael O'Connor, guest of honour. At back, Jason Stack, Laura Wickham, Tom Leslie, Chairman, , EIliis Cronin and Dan Horan. PICTURE: DON MACMONAGLE

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DESPITE the weather playing spoilsport on the day of the South Kerry Ploughing Championships and Harvest Show, the event organiser Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club still helped to generate an impressive €36,600 for local charities this year.

Supported by the hard work and fundraising efforts of the four charities involved, the torrential downpour on September 11 didn’t completely spoil the day and the gate receipts, fundraising initiatives and other events organised by the club and its supporters helped to boost the charity coffers.

The four organisations to benefit were the Kerry branch of the Irish Kidney Association, the Irish Pilgrimage Trust, Kerry Down Syndrome and Kerry-Cork Health Link Bus and they all worked so hard to ensure the funds generating potential was maximised.
In addition, €500 donations have been made to support both the autism unit at Fossa National School and St Ita’s and St Joseph’s School in Tralee.

Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club also received huge support in the fundraising drive from Kerry Macra and Mid Kerry Macra, Kenmare Mart, the Killarney Water Rescue Unit and Kerry Hospice.

Other club events that helped raise funds for the charities involved were a vintage car show in July and a tractor and vintage car run in April.

The committee, sponsors and friends of the Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club gathered at the Travel Inn in Fossa for the presentation of ploughing prizes and the handing over of cheques to representatives of the four chosen charities.

As a number of the planned events had to be cancelled on the day, when the heavens opened, the committee still had an abundance of terrific prizes to be given away and, as a result, many of those in attendance on the presentation night went home very happy.

Event chairman Tom Leslie has thanked everybody that attended and supported the ploughing and show on September 11. “We would like to pay tribute to those who sponsored stands, prizes, exhibitors and competitors and, particularly, all the volunteers who helped out on the day and in the weeks leading up to the event,” he said.
 


 
Above: Pictured at the presentation of prizes for the annual South Kerry Ploughing Comnpetitions which took place in the Killarney Valley hotel were seated from left, Mayor Brendan Cronin, Jacqueline Looney presenting a cheque to Breda Dylan, Kerry Cancer Support Group / Health Link Bus and Michael O'Connor, guest of honour. At back, Jason Stack, Laura Wickham, Tom Leslie, Chairman, , EIliis Cronin and Dan Horan.
PICTURE: DON MACMONAGLE

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Therapy dog begins first day of school

By Michelle Crean A four-month-old puppy is the latest addition to school life at one local secondary school and his homework is to help students and staff. On Wednesday, there was great excitement as therapy dog Zoomer joined the school community at St Brigid’s on New Road – the second post primary school in the county […]

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By Michelle Crean

A four-month-old puppy is the latest addition to school life at one local secondary school and his homework is to help students and staff.

On Wednesday, there was great excitement as therapy dog Zoomer joined the school community at St Brigid’s on New Road – the second post primary school in the county to welcome such a dog.

It’s part of the My Canine Companion (MCC) charity which has a number of therapy dogs in schools across the country.

Deirdre Horgan from MCC paid a visit to schools looking for families for the charity’s socialisation programme. ​​​​​​

Zoomer is a mix of a sheepdog and a poodle and Deirdre’s dog Fifi is his mother.

In May Fifi had 10 puppies all named with the letter ‘z’. Just recently Fossa National School welcomed Zoomer’s sister Zazu to their classrooms, and puppy Zoro went to the CBS in Tralee.

The dogs not only provide comfort and support to pupils and students with Autism but to all in the school.

“There is an increasing body of research to support the benefit of a dog in school,” Ber O’Connor, a teacher in St Brigid’s, said.

Zoomer will be under the guidance of Ms O’Connor and some Transition Year students who will undertake a specific training programme for the therapy dog.

“The dog will be based in different rooms around the school but will have a timetable of interactions. We hope Zoomer settles in well and brings joy to many of our students lives. You can follow all the updates of Zoomer’s life on Instagram by following @zoomersbk or his TikTok account ‘zoomerthepuppy’.

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Brian James secures much sought after award

A local business is celebrating receiving a very special accolade – beating off stiff competition from UK and Irish retailers – by taking home the title of ‘Menswear Independent of the Year 2021’. Brian James, whose business is located on Main Street, secured the award at the internationally acclaimed Drapers Independents Awards in London last […]

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A local business is celebrating receiving a very special accolade – beating off stiff competition from UK and Irish retailers – by taking home the title of ‘Menswear Independent of the Year 2021’.

Brian James, whose business is located on Main Street, secured the award at the internationally acclaimed Drapers Independents Awards in London last week.

The highly respected and sought after Drapers Awards celebrate the very best of independent fashion retail and Brian James saw off exceptionally tough competition from other menswear stores to bring home this much coveted award.

Brian James were announced the winners at a celebratory luncheon in The Hilton London Bankside amongst fashion industry leaders and were presented with the iconic Drapers mannequin bust to much applause.

Commenting that Brian James has been a destination for fashion-conscious shoppers for more than 15 years, the judges praised Brian James’ strong “roster of brands” and said that it “offers an aspirational experience in Killarney”.

“Killarney is an incredible town to trade in – it is a brand in itself, offers the best of everything to those that are lucky to live here and an unbeatable experience for those that visit,” Brian O’Shea, who founded and runs Brian James for the last 15 years, said. “This award recognises Brian James and Killarney as a superior shopping destination town. Brian James and the other superb retailers in Killarney are an important piece of the jigsaw – the Park, the lakes and mountains, the hotels, restaurants and bars… it is the whole picture which guarantees the experience is first class.”

He added that his team are a key element of the experience at Brian James.

“My sincere thanks go to each of the team as without them we could not provide the customer experience and service we aim to ensure each and every time. Brian James’ success is also down to the partnerships we have developed over time with key international brands. On the store itself, of course we have relocated to our new super store on Main Street and more than doubled our floor space. Although it has been great to be able to design and create this stunning space to enhance the customer experience, it also allowed us to add more brands to our menswear mix. This year we will have added Hugo Boss and Eden Park to our familiar brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Gant, Barbour, Bugatti and Farah. The new space also plays host to ladies collections from Tommy Jeans, Calvin Klein, Diesel and Superdry and this is an exciting new element we are really enjoying too!”

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