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'The Liebherr Story' was officially launched at the Europe Hotel & Resort, attracting a crowd of over 250 attendees.

Mayor of Killarney Niall Kelleher Moira Murrell (Chief Executive Kerry County Council) Isolde Liebherr Tom Foley Patricia Ruf Mary Buckley (Interim CEO IDA) and Gerry Bunyan (MD Sales Liebherr Container Cranes Ltd) pictured at the official launch of 'The Liebherr Story'.

Gerry Bunyan MD-Sales at Liebherr Container Cranes speaking at the official launch of 'The Liebherr Story'.

Mary Buckley, Interim CEO IDA

Moira Murrell, Chief Executive Kerry County Council.

BOOK: The book 'The Liebherr Story' was officially launched last week.

Timmy Mackey O'Shea

Tom Foley

The importance of the Liebherr container crane factory, and the Liebherr hotels to the people of Killarney, Kerry and beyond was clear to see with a mix of former and current employees, suppliers, TDs, councillors members of the public and members of the Liebherr family helping to launch Tom Foley’s wonderful new book.

Following a warm welcome from Gerry Bunyan, MD Sales at Liebherr Container Cranes Ltd, Mary Buckley, Interim CEO of the Industrial Development Authority (IDA Ireland) and Moira Murrell, Chief Executive of Kerry County Council spoke at length about the role both organisations played and continue to play in the long history of Liebherr in Ireland.

Mary Buckley said that “Liebherr’s success is indeed IDA Ireland’s success” and that both organisations “share an ambition and vision to be sustainable, innovative and responsive to the needs of industry in an ever changing and challenging global environment”.

She echoed Gerry Bunyan’s words in formally thanking the Liebherr family for their investment and continued support of Liebherr Container Cranes Ltd.

Moira Murrell highlighted Liebherr's contribution to the region through its collaboration with the IDA and local authorities, as well as with Munster Technological University (MTU) to develop the skills in the region. She also mentioned that Liebherr has been an integral part of Kerry life, with thousands of people working with the company over the years and noted that it is these people whose stories are recounted in 'The Liebherr Story'.

LONG HISTORY

Attendees heard from Isolde Liebherr and her daughter Patricia Ruf, who made the journey to Ireland to celebrate the launch of the book. They spoke of the long history of Liebherr in Ireland and highlighted the importance of Killarney to the Liebherr family. They talked warmly of the life-long friendships made here and the special significance of the Killarney factory and the Kerry hotels to the Liebherrs with Killarney being like a second home. Isolde fondly recalled her first visit with her father in 1958, when he came to set up the factory. Their presence at the event was a clear sign of the continued loyalty of the Liebherr family to their operations in Kerry.

Timmy 'Mackey' O’Shea spoke about the now almost legendary “delegation” of local businesspeople and dignitaries, including his father, who made it their business to make off the German industrialist staying at the Great Southern Hotel and to show Hans Liebherr what Killarney had to offer.

Finally, the author, Tom Foley, reminisced about his time at Liebherr, about the people he worked with, and the many stories he collected as he wrote 'The Liebherr Story'. His engaging style, humour and lively anecdotes ensured that the audience were spellbound as he spoke. Tom had a few prescient words about the delegation that served to illustrate the importance of their initiative in tracking down Hans Liebherr. The repercussions of that single act are still felt today, almost 70 years later.

“Were it not for their intervention, somebody else, in some other hotel, in some other town, perhaps, even in some other country, would be standing here this evening, launching 'The Liebherr Story'.

The Liebherr Story is available from all good bookshops and online at buythebook.ie.

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Credit Union launch a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd.

Building on recent success the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick have launched a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd. Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd specialise in Photovoltaic (PV) […]

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Building on recent success the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick have launched a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd.

Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd specialise in Photovoltaic (PV) Solar systems that generate electricity, battery storage, air to water heat-pumps and much more.
Gilroy’s work with customers to receive the SEAI once-off grant towards the purchase and installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and heat pumps for your home.
Collaborating with Kerry and West Limerick Credit Union expands the finance options available to Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd customers to help finance new PV Solar Panel installations. Loan rates will be directly linked to the property BER starting from 4.7%(4.89APR) for an “A” rated BER.
Martin Gilroy; CEO with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd said: “We are delighted to officially launch this collaboration with the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick. Customers have already reaped the benefits on recent installation projects after contacting their local Credit Union. Having a direct link to local Credit Unions allows us to guide customers to affordable financing options based on the specific installation quotation we provide at very competitive rates.“
Speaking on behalf of the Kerry and West Limerick Credit Unions, Ashley Fitzgerald added: “We are delighted to have Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd come on board as part of our Greener Homes Loan offering. Home Energy Upgrade have become a prominent concern and talking point among members in recent months, by Credit Unions having a direct link with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd allows both sides to make referrals and seek the best finance option for members. We are working hard building relationships with Green Energy Ltd providers as we want to ensure our members can avail of the best loan rates for all upgrade works.”
Credit Unions across Kerry and West Limerick. Abbeyfeale Credit Union, Cara Credit Union, Killarney Credit Union, Listowel Credit Union and Rathmore and District Credit Union can be reached via: www.creditunion.ie
Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd can be contacted on 066-7115920, email info@gilroys.ie or for more information visit www.gilroys.ie.

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Racegoers Club to host Cheltenham Preview Night

Killarney Racegoers Club will host its annual Cheltenham Preview Night in Corkery’s Bar on March 7. Admission is free and this year’s chosen beneficiary is the Killarney Branch of St […]

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Killarney Racegoers Club will host its annual Cheltenham Preview Night in Corkery’s Bar on March 7.

Admission is free and this year’s chosen beneficiary is the Killarney Branch of St Vincent De Paul Society.
The expert panel includes professional punter Paddy Wilmott, leading jockey Conor McNamara, up-and-coming Kerry-based trainer Eoin McCarthy and local bookmaker Brendan Tyther with Vince Casey acting as the event’s compere.

“There is no admission fee but a raffle on the night for dual membership of Killarney Racegoers Club for the year, which includes 13 days racing and many reciprocal days to other race meetings,” said Mr Casey.

The Cheltenham Festival begins on March 12.

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