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London Kerry Person of the Year announced

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Professor Michael Mythen has been named as the Kerry Association London’s Kerry Person of the Year.

Monty, as he’s been known since medical school days, is the son of Johanna (Joan) Fitzgerald of Lispole and son of the late Nick Mythen of Curracloe, County Wexford. Joan’s parents were Tom Fitzgerald of Lispole and Nel O’Brien originally of Dúnquin. Joan left Lispole for London in 1948 to join the first wave of Irish nurses to work in the new NHS. 

As a child Monty used to spend his summer holidays in Dingle each year and remembers with fondness helping his uncle, the late Senator Tomás Fitzgerald, pull lobster pots, and working for his Uncle Pat (Paudie Fitzgerald) in his store, Fitzgerald’s on Main Street.

While training at the Middlesex Hospital Medical School 1979-1984, Monty organised a memorable medics rugby tour to Kerry and when his own sons, Patrick and Tom were playing mini and youth rugby for Ealing RFC he organised three rugby tours to Kerry playing teams in Tralee and An Gaeltacht. 

Back in the 1980s, Monty became an early investor in Kerry Airport and more recently with his sisters, became an investor Dingle’s Distillery.  

In 1998, Monty had the idea of organising a medical conference at the Dingle Skellig Hotel bringing anaesthetists from all over the world to Kerry. With fellow anaesthetists from University College Hospital London and the organisational expertise of his late sister, Siobhan Mythen, the Dingle Medical Conference was born and became so successful that it became an annual event.

It is now in its 21st year and has attracted more than 3,000 delegates. Over the years delegates have got a real flavour of the Gaeltacht with a reception each year at the Blasket Centre, dinner at Dingle restaurants, entertainment by local Irish dancers, yacht racing in the bay, golf at Ceann Sibéal, Ballyferriter and walks to the South Pole Inn in Annascaul.  

“We’re delighted to have such an accomplished winner in Prof. Mythen this year,” KAL Chairperson Tom O’Sullivan said. “Not only distinguished and renowned worldwide in his own field of medicine, but his contribution to Kerry over the decades has been invaluable – be it from his early investments in Kerry Airport through to launching a leading medical conference in Dingle – and truly underscoring the values of the association and its membership across Kerry born and further London born generations of Kerry associated people.

Monty will be presented with the award at the KAL’s annual gala dinner on October 18 in what will be a fantastic evening of craic and Kerry connections with Daithí Ó Sé as MC and appearances from Portmagee comedian Bernard Casey, and many more.

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Women bravely bare all for Kerry’s first ‘Dip in the Nip’

By Michelle Crean  It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend. Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend.

Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst the all female grouping were some Killarney ladies who joined in the empowering adventure for what was described as “a special and unforgettable morning” all in aid of Recovery Haven Kerry.

According to Marisa Reidy from Recovery Haven, the women were of all ages and all walks of life who came together for so many personal reasons.

“Some were still on their own cancer journey, some were celebrating coming out the other side and of course, many were there to honour friends and loved ones who they had lost to cancer, but we were all equal on the day – flaws and all,” Marisa, who also took part in the event, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was a truly uplifting and exhilarating experience and we are so, so grateful to each and every lady who joined us for a morning we will never forget. One woman described it as ‘companionship among strangers’ and that really sums it up perfectly. It was emotional, there were some tears, but lots of laughter and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. When the ladies hit the water, they all formed a circle and held hands in a gesture that was totally unplanned – it just happened organically and it was quite overwhelming.”

She added that a very special mention has to be made to Michaela and John Edwards and their team from Wild Water Adventures for their support and expertise in ensuring no stone was left unturned in making it a fabulous, safe event.

“It was an all-female team from beginning to end, from our own volunteers, stewards, registration, Gardai, teas and coffees, lifeguards, sea rescue – girl power at its finest! Now all that’s left to do is start planning for 2022!”

Donations are still being taken via the link on the Recovery Haven Kerry Facebook page.

“So far we are close on €9,000 which is just fabulous.”

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Double the car fun at Killarney Racecourse

A new collaboration between Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club and Cars n’Coffee Killarney was hailed a success by event organisers. On Sunday last, between 250 and 300 cars went on display at Killarney Racecourse. The range of cars covered everything from vintage, classic, retro and modern from a 1936 Rolls Royce to a 2017 […]

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A new collaboration between Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club and Cars n’Coffee Killarney was hailed a success by event organisers.

On Sunday last, between 250 and 300 cars went on display at Killarney Racecourse.

The range of cars covered everything from vintage, classic, retro and modern from a 1936 Rolls Royce to a 2017 Mercedes Benz AMG.

It was the first time that the local vintage club and the Cars n’Coffee team came together to run an event and it could pave the way for similar such occasions in the future.

“The event attracted a huge cross section of car enthusiasts from all different age brackets which was very important,” Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club’s Tom Leslie, who was one of the main organisers, said.

“The owners were there with the bonnets of the cars open and proud as punch of what they were showing. There was a huge amount of public there and loads of new members signed up to our club.”

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