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Lions Club welcomes International Vice President

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Killarney Lions Club were delighted to welcome the club's International Vice President to town this week.

VISIT: Lions Club International Vice President Brian Sheehan and his wife Lori pictured on their visit to Killarney at the weekend.

On St Patrick's weekend Killarney Lions Club welcomed International Vice President Brian Sheehan and his wife Lori in Killarney.

Brian and his wife are in Killarney in advance of his presidency which will commence in July. Brian, whose family originally hail from Cork and Kerry, has organised for the full board of Lions Club International to have their meeting in Killarney in March 2023.

Brian who resides in Minnesota, USA visited the Monastery Boys National School Killarney to view their sensory room and garden which Killarney Lions Club contributed towards.

This was followed by a tree planting in the Maurice O’Donoghue Memorial Park where this week Transition Year students from the local secondary schools joined Killarney Lions Club with the cooperation of Kerry County Council to plant trees as part of Killarney Lions Club annual tree planting initiative.

"On Saturday Brian planted a tree to commemorate his visit and also in attendance was Mayor of Killarney Marie Moloney, Ann Ellis District Governor of Lions Clubs Ireland and representatives from Kerry County Council. Brain was assisted by students from the Killarney Community College, St Brendan’s College and St Brigid’s Presentation Secondary School," Club President, John Fuller, said.

There was also a meeting in Killarney with the Kerry Stars Special Olympics Club who have received sponsorship for their basketball team and competitions from The Lions Club in Killarney.

Lions Club International are the largest Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) in the world with 1.4 million members worldwide. Its motto is “We Serve”. It was voted by the Financial Times as the best Non Governmental Organisation in the world for its efficiency in operation.

All members are volunteers at local level and the membership fees they pay cover for all costs to run the organisation internationally, nationally and locally meaning that all funds raised go directly to those in need.

Killarney Lions Club have 30 members and actively seek to have others join. It recently celebrated 50 years in Killarney but due to COVID, celebrations were curtailed.

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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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