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Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty pictured in Haiti in the 1930s.

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NOMINATIONS are now being invited for the 2016 Hugh O'Flaherty International Humanitarian Award.
As part of the ninth annual Hugh O’Flaherty Memorial Weekend, which will take place from Friday, November 4, to Sunday, November 6, in Killarney, the Hugh O’Flaherty Memorial Society is inviting the public, NGOs/voluntary bodies and organisations to nominate the person or organisation they feel is doing outstanding humanitarian work and most deserving of the 2016 Hugh O’Flaherty International Humanitarian Award.

The 2015 Humanitarian Award recipient was Fr Sean Myers, a Redemptorist missionary in Brazil. From the spring of 1960, Fr Sean dedicated his life to the spiritual and practical needs of his vast parish in the remote areas of northeast Brazil. Previous award recipients included the Darfur based Goal aid workers Sharon Commins and Hilda Kawuki (2009), Columban Missionary Fr Michael Synott (2010), Trócaire’s Regional Director for Latin America, Sally O’Neill (2011), Sr Agnes Hunt of the Irish Council for Prisoners Overseas (2012), inspirational young Kerry man Donal Walsh RIP (2013) and UK Dr John Beavis, founder of the overseas medical charity IDEALS (2014).

Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty, who was from Killarney, was dubbed the Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican for his high-risk humanitarian exploits during the World War II Nazi occupation of Rome. During the course of the war he was instrumental in saving the lives of more than 6,500 anti-Fascists, Allied escapees, Jews and many others by hiding them from the Gestapo in a number of safe houses throughout Rome. Monsignor Hugh’s humanitarian activities pre-dated WW2 when he was honoured by the governments in Haiti and the Dominican Republic for his work there during the 1930s.

Nominations for the 2016 Humanitarian Award should be submitted in writing to the Awards Committee at the below postal address, or by e-mail to hofmemorialsociety@gmail.com before Friday, June 24. The nomination, in no more than 500 words, should clearly outline the reasons why the nominator feels that the nominated individual/team/organisation, merits consideration for this award.

An independent panel will fully consider the nominations received and will recommend a recipient to the Memorial Committee. The 2016 award recipient will be announced in late August and the Award will be presented on Saturday November 5, during the ninth Hugh O’Flaherty Memorial Week.

For further information on the Hugh O’Flaherty Memorial Society visit www.hughoflaherty.com or contact the society on hofmemorialsociety@gmail.com
 


 
Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty pictured in Haiti in the 1930s.

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Motorists urged to be vigilant during deer breeding season

Deer are most active from late September until early November as the breeding season gets underway – but this causes huge problems for drivers especially from dawn and dusk. “While the rut is an amazing experience to witness it is also a time when there is an increased incident of road traffic accidents involving deer […]

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Deer are most active from late September until early November as the breeding season gets underway – but this causes huge problems for drivers especially from dawn and dusk.

“While the rut is an amazing experience to witness it is also a time when there is an increased incident of road traffic accidents involving deer as male deer go in search of females and younger males are ousted by dominant males forcing deer to cross roads and motorways,” Damien Hannigan from the Irish Deer Commission said.

Drivers are being advised to reduce speed, stay alert and dip their headlights as the full beam may cause the deer to freeze.

“If a deer has crossed in front of your vehicle, be aware that others may follow. Do not approach an injured deer. If you are involved in a deer road traffic accident or come across a deer that has been involved in a road traffic accident, immediately contact the local Gardaí.”

The Irish Deer Commission operate a humane deer dispatch scheme with 75 trained volunteers assisting agencies and charities who deal with an increasing number of deer vehicle collisions nationally.

On Sunday October 10 the Irish Deer Commission will hold a Red Deer Rut Watch event in Killarney National
Park. It has taken place in Killarney continuously for over 5,000 years and Killarney National Park is acknowledged as one of the best locations in Europe to observe the red deer rut.
This family friendly event is being hosted by the National Parks and Wildlife Service and is free. There will be talks by a Conservation Rangers and the Irish Deer Commission, along with a display of native red deer antlers.

Booking is available only online via visit www.irishdeercommission.ie.

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Happy Birthday Sham

Well-known Killarney character Seamus ‘Sham’ Courtney celebrated his 75th birthday yesterday (Thursday) at his favourite town centre watering hole. Sham who has entertained countless tourists over the years with his pronounced Kerry accent is one of the town’s best loved characters. One video recorded by RTE’s Today Show around the time of his 71st birthday […]

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Well-known Killarney character Seamus ‘Sham’ Courtney celebrated his 75th birthday yesterday (Thursday) at his favourite town centre watering hole.

Sham who has entertained countless tourists over the years with his pronounced Kerry accent is one of the town’s best loved characters.

One video recorded by RTE’s Today Show around the time of his 71st birthday has amassed 7.5 million viewers.

Yesterday he visited one of his favourite pubs, Jack C O’Shea’s on High St, where proprietors John and Joan O’Shea and their ever-present dog Ginny placed decorative balloons around the bar to mark the occasion.

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