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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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Wine, art and lots of catching up at popular fundraiser

By Michelle Crean Spirits were high and the atmosphere electric at this year’s Wine & Art Night which had a huge attendance on Wednesday night. Over 50 exhibitors gathered in […]

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By Michelle Crean

Spirits were high and the atmosphere electric at this year’s Wine & Art Night which had a huge attendance on Wednesday night.

Over 50 exhibitors gathered in the Great Southern Killarney as the Killarney Rotary Club’s fundraising event – which is one of the biggest in the town each year – was back after a COVID break.

During the afternoon the artists and crafters, many who travelled from all over Kerry, Clare, Cork and even Waterford this year, organised their display for the event. Later that evening there were a lot of familiar faces but also some new people who absolutely loved the evening.

There were many wines available to taste as well as cheese and breads at the event which is run in conjunction with Daly’s SuperValu, Killarney and Killarney Brewing Company.

“There was a huge attendance and everybody was in good spirits to be back to normal,” President of Rotary, Rayla Tadjimatova, said.

“Many of the patrons were buying some art as Christmas presents and the members of Rotary were delighted to be kept busy packing these. A portion of all art sales goes to the fundraiser. One local young man, who is only 16, exhibited his beautiful photographs of local scenic areas. There was an auction of donated works of art and a Kerry Jersey. All one hundred percent of the proceeds from this auction goes to the fundraiser.”

Mike Neeson entertained the crowd on arrival and right until the end of the night.

“Mike is a great supporter of our events and we would like to thank him for keeping everybody entertained.”

The Irish Pilgrimage Trust ran the raffle and they had some wonderful hampers and gifts to be won.

Beneficiaries from this year’s event are: Coolick NS, Gaelscoil Faithleann NS, Knockanes NS, Holy Cross Mercy NS, St Francis Special School, Kerry Stars, Killarney Athletic AFC, and Killarney Cougars Basketball Club.

She thanked everybody for attending and everyone for their help organising the event.

Some, she added, had never been before and said they did not know what exactly the night involved but will definitely be back again next time as it was “so enjoyable”.

“We hope the money raised will help the beneficiaries to proceed with projects,” she said.

“We are delighted for Rotary to be able to help these charities, community groups and schools through our fundraising event.”

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Comedy drama ready for the stage

By Michelle Crean Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage. What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy […]

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By Michelle Crean

Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage.

What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy father and a confused visitor to the dentist, all have in common? You’ll have to come along to the Killarney Avenue Hotel on Monday, December 12, Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 at 8pm to find out.

The popular drama group will present their three new comedies featuring the work of playwrights Brian Bowler, Ger Madden and Mary Quirke.Come along for a night filled with fun and laughter. Just the right beginning to the festive season. Doors open at 7.15pm and tickets are available at the door. All tickets; adults, seniors, students and children are €10. Don’t miss a great night out.

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