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Lee Strand celebrates the cream of the crop

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12 of Lee Strand’s top-quality farmers gathered in the Pavilion in Ballygarry House Hotel in Tralee recently for the Lee Strand Milk Quality Awards 2021.

Alex Declan and Christa Roche Listellick Tralee with Gearoid Linnane CEO Lee Strand.

Eric Tina and Austin O'Brien were announced as the prestigious winner of the Lee Strand Overall Milk Quality Award 2021.

John Teresa and Tom Paul Keane O’Brennan Kielduff Tralee with Gearoid Linnane CEO Lee Strand.

Patrick and Paudie Dillane Knockanaha Tralee with Gearoid Linnane CEO Lee Strand.

John and Mary Slattery Lisloose Tralee with Gearoid Linnane CEO Lee Strand.

Brian Madden Rathanny Tralee with Gearoid Linnane CEO Lee Strand.

Denis McElligott and John Shanahan Bawnboy Tralee with Gearoid Linnane CEO Lee Strand.

Gerry and David O’Mahony Lismore Abbeydorney with Gearoid Linnane CEO Lee Strand.

John and Niall Mason Ballinduganig Tralee with Gearoid Linnane CEO Lee Strand.

Eric Tina and Austin O'Brien were announced as the prestigious winner of the Lee Strand Overall Milk Quality Award 2021.

Tim and Liz Horgan Knockanaha Ballyroe Tralee with Gearoid Linnane CEO Lee Strand.

Edward and Hannah Behan Killahan Abbeydorney with Gearoid Linnane CEO Lee Strand.

Eric Austin and Tina O’Brien Doon Tralee were announced as the prestigious winner of the Lee Strand Overall Milk Quality Award 2021 pictured with Gearoid Linnane CEO Lee Strand.

Ivan Groves Ballyackey Kielduff Tralee with Gearoid Linnane CEO Lee Strand.

Eric Tina and Austin O'Brien were announced as the prestigious winner of the Lee Strand Overall Milk Quality Award 2021.

The annual awards celebrate the high standard of farming excellence on Lee Strand farms and recognises the farmers who produce the highest quality milk.

Eric and Tina O’Brien from Doon in Tralee were announced as the prestigious winner of the Lee Strand Overall Milk Quality Award 2021.

Gearoid Linnane, CEO, Lee Strand congratulated each of the 12-monthly award winners and this year’s overall winner for their dedication to excellence on their farms. He also mentioned the Lee Strand brand is renowned for its distinctive taste and freshness and thanked all Lee Strand farmers for their continued commitment to providing the best milk in Kerry.

The 12 monthly Lee Strand Quality Award Winners for 2021 are as follows:

January: John and Tom Slattery, Lisloose, Tralee

February: Patrick Dillane, Knockanaha, Tralee

March: Eric and Tina O'Brien, Doon, Tralee

April: John Shanahan, Bawnboy, Tralee

May: Declan amd Christa Roche, Listellick, Tralee

June: Edward Behan, Killahan, Abbeydorney

July: Tim Horgan, Knockanaha, Ballyroe, Tralee

August: Gerard O'Mahony, Lismore, Abbeydorney

September: John, Niall and Carol Mason, Ballinduganig, Tralee

October: Brian Madden, Rathanny, Tralee

November: Ivan Groves, Ballyackey, Kielduff, Tralee

December: John Keane, O’Brennan, Kielduff, Tralee.

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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