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Kingdom Agri Trade Show not to be missed

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The first ever Kingdom Agri Trade Show takes place in Killarney Racecourse from 2-5pm this Sunday and the message from Bank of Ireland is that they’re here to help and support farmers.

“This event is free and open to everyone, not just Bank of Ireland customers,” says Hugh Gleeson, Manager of Bank of Ireland, South Kerry. “We’ve organised it with the farming community in mind, however all members of the general public are welcome too.”

The racecourse will be divided into different zones on Sunday afternoon. The machinery zones will feature trade stands from different machinery companies showcasing the latest equipment, the agri-business zone will have trade stands from various businesses that provide services to the farming community. The vintage zone, meanwhile, will have displays of old vehicles and machinery from bygone times.

There’s also something for the little ones. You’ll find children’s games and activities, Disney characters, face painters and stalls offering ice cream and candy floss the kids’ zone. Be sure to check out the food zone and the music zone too, as well as the information and advice zone showcasing the services of companies such as agri-consultants. “We will also have a very interesting panel discussion taking place in the information and advice zone at 3pm,” says Hugh Gleeson. “Aisling O’Brien from Radio Kerry will chair a discussion, the theme- ‘the future of farming’. The other speakers will include Pat Murphy from Kerry Agri Business, Dan O’Connor from TF Casey, Michael Brosnan from IFAC, Eugene O’Doherty from Teagasc and Co. and Pat Byrnes from Bank of Ireland.

Celebrity guest Daithí ó Sé will also be in attendance as will some members of the Kerry senior football team. This event is the first of its kind to take place in Kerry but Hugh hopes for it will continue into the future.  “We see it as a way of engaging with the farming community here in Kerry and finding out just what it is that we can do to support them.”

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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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Caring group craft charity blankets

By Michelle Crean One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity. Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members […]

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By Michelle Crean

One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity.

Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members of Kilcummin Community Care worked together to make blankets for service users on the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus.

“Each blanket is assigned as a personal gift to the clients using the Cancer Link Bus and is kept by them,” Kate Fleming, Chairperson of Kilcummin Community Care, said.

The knitting of the squares to make the blankets began at a gathering in the Rose Hotel in 2018. It was a gathering of different volunteer groups.

The Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus were requesting knitted squares to make blankets for the clients who were using their facilities, she explained.

“Kilcummin Community Care were knitting at the time, so it was decided to help out this worthy cause. We received donations of wool from people in the parish and surrounding areas. Kilcummin ICA also got involved in the efforts.”

During the two years of COVID-19, members of both organisations continued to knit and are still knitting to the present day.

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