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MEP Seán Kelly has support for presidential tilt

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IRELAND SOUTH FINE GAEL MEP Seán Kelly is considering running for president and says he has the support of politicians and sporting communities.

Speaking to the Irish Examiner, the former GAA president said he would be honoured if chosen to run.

“A lot of people have asked me about it. I will think about it. A couple of people in the parliamentary party have said ‘are you considering it, you should throw your hat in the ring if it comes up’.”

The two-time MEP says he, and likely the Fine Gael party, will hold off making a decision until President Michael D Higgins announces whether he will seek a second term.

“I see nothing at all wrong with the present incumbent. If he wants to consider running again, he should be allowed to do so.

“A lot of people have asked me about it. I will think about it. Fine Gael members at meetings have said it to me, people involved in sport have too.

The Fine Gael leadership had not discussed it with him yet, said the MEP.

Mr Kelly won 83,000 first preference votes in the last European elections. He was also elected in 2009. The former teacher played a key role as GAA president in opening up Croke Park to soccer and rugby.

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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