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Labour leader pays a visit to Killarney

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By Sean Moriarty

Labour Party leader Alan Kelly was in town on a meet and greet yesterday (Thursday) during the spell of glorious sunshine.

He was a guest of Killarney Municipal District Mayor Marie Moloney who is also a member of the party.

Together with a number of local party activists, they visited several community and business organisations during the whistle-stop tour of the town.

These included the Slánú Stroke Rehab clinic and a Clúid social housing project off Rock Road.

Chair of the Kerry Branch of the Irish Hotel Federation, Bernadette Randles, met with the party to discuss issues facing the hospitality industry locally.

They also visited the Killarney Brewing & Distilling Company which is currently under construction in Fossa.

“There is a great vibrance around the town,” Mr Kelly told the Killarney Advertiser. “Domestic tourism has taken off in a big way this year.”

Politically, Mr Kelly said he has two ambitions for the Labour Party in Kerry.

The first is to win back the Dáil seat last held by Dick Spring. The party did not field a Kerry candidate in the 2020 General Election – the first time in over 30 years that local ballot papers did not include a member of the Labour Party.

He also wants to reverse a 2014 decision to abolish town councils and merge them with County Councils.

“You will be seeing a lot more of me in Kerry,” he added.

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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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