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Mayor’s disappointment at missing final public engagement

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By Sean Moriarty

Cllr Michael Gleeson has expressed his disappointment at not being able to fulfil his final official engagement as Mayor of Killarney.

Mayor Gleeson has been cocooning for the last number of weeks to protect himself and his wife Kathleen from the effects of the Coronavirus.

The elected members of the Killarney Municipal District are to meet today (Friday) to discuss road funding and return to business protocols.

Councillors have been holding online video conference meetings since the outbreak of the virus but as today’s meeting centres on road funding allocation there is a legal requirement for a physical meeting to take place and members of the public and media are allowed attend if they wish.

The Mayor of Killarney is a ceremonial role that lasts for 12 months. Mr Gleeson was elected by his Council colleagues at the first Municipal District meeting following last May’s local elections.

Apart from today’s meeting, all other gatherings are not allowed until further restrictions are lifted – as a result, Mayor Gleeson will bow out as the town’s Mayor with little or no fanfare and a new Mayor will be elected next month.

“I have adhered strictly to the prescribed protocol. I have done so for the protection of Kathleen and myself and also because it is important the elected people would do what is right,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“People cocooning are asked to not enter buildings where there are other people and I intend to adhere to that. I, therefore, will not be attending the roads meeting and I have asked Cllr Brendan Cronin to chair it. I am sorry to not be able to attend and chair what is probably my last outing as Mayor but there is a greater reality and I don't wish to be the cause of discomfort or unease for anybody.”

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Eileen rewarded for her dedication to athletics

By Sean Moriarty Well-known Dalton’s Avenue woman Eileen Switzer has been named as the Honorary President of Killarney Valley Athletic Club in recognition of her work as a volunteer. The club held its annual awards night on Friday night last. As well as presenting awards to club members in recognition of their achievements at home […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Well-known Dalton’s Avenue woman Eileen Switzer has been named as the Honorary President of Killarney Valley Athletic Club in recognition of her work as a volunteer.

The club held its annual awards night on Friday night last.

As well as presenting awards to club members in recognition of their achievements at home and abroad they decided to honour Mrs Switzer for her “lifetime of volunteering to the community, to sport, to youth and for championing diversity and inclusion”.

“Eileen has been an advocate, a coach and an administrator in the sport of athletics for over 60 years in the town of Killarney, Kerry and beyond,” said club chair Jerry Griffin.

Eileen and her husband Frank have dedicated their lives to the community games and athletics in the greater Killarney area.

“I enjoy, but I don’t like, all the limelight,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I like to watch newcomers as they come up through the ranks, many of the Community Games people of the past are now running the committee.”

In a life time dedicated to volunteerism in Killarney Eileen has helped sports like golf, pitch and putt and badminton grow.  She was also heavily involved in the local Irish dancing scene and remains a great supporter of Kerry Parents and Friends.

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A Mass of Commemoration in Kilcummin

COMMEMORATION: A Mass of Commemoration for all those who fought and died in Kilcummin during the Irish War of Independence was celebrated last Sunday last at 11.30am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin by Fr Kieran O’Brien. Organised by the Kilcummin Historical Group there followed a walk to the Kilcummin Mass Rock where Fr […]

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COMMEMORATION: A Mass of Commemoration for all those who fought and died in Kilcummin during the Irish War of Independence was celebrated last Sunday last at 11.30am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin by Fr Kieran O’Brien. Organised by the Kilcummin Historical Group there followed a walk to the Kilcummin Mass Rock where Fr Kieran laid a wreath.

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