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Motor club members join 50th celebration

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Kerry Motor Club (KMC) celebrated its 50th anniversary on Monday night last as club members, past and present, met to celebrate this significant milestone.

Locally, Killarney and District Motor Club (KDMC) stemmed from the Tralee-based Kerry Motor Club.

As the original club grew there became an apparent need for an additional club to serve the south and east of the county.

KDMC was founded in 1978 but several founders of the local club were also members of the original club in the very early 1970s.

Several of them made the trip to Tralee on Monday night to celebrate with their neighbouring club.

These included Mike Marshall who has the distinct honour of being the first Clerk of the Course for both the Circuit of Kerry (1975) and the Rally of the Lakes (1979) and his wife Noreen who has held official roles with both clubs.

Mike Buckley from Rockfield was another early member of KMC in the early 1970s and remains an active member of KDMC these days. He attended Monday’s function to catch up with old friends from both clubs.

The O’Neill brothers, Dessie and Ken from Miltown, were founding members of KDMC but were active with the Tralee club too before the second club was founded.
Both attended Monday’s gathering in Tralee to recall some of the mischief they got up to over the last 50 years.

One of the founding members of the Tralee club was the late Jimmy Moloney from Listowel. His son, also Jimmy, is the current Mayor of Kerry.

“It is great for me to be here to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Kerry Motor Club and also for my [late] father, Jimmy who was a founding member some 50 years ago, so there is a great continuation here down the years,” he said. “I know he would have enjoyed coming here and meeting up with old friends and catching up with some of the stories. They were great days and he had long memories [of the club].”

Other KDMC members at the celebration included current chairman Dan Keane, former chairman Diarmuid Cronin, PRO Ivan Hurley, treasurer Orla Galvin-Griffin and officials Dermot Healy and Diarmuid Lynch.

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Dancing classes set to unite communities

By Michelle Crean There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities. KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities.

KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, has teamed up with dance instructor John Moriarty to teach both Ukrainians and multiple cultures living in Kerry Irish set dancing steps from next week.

The first class will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting next week (September 27) at St Mary’s Parish Hall at 6.30pm and all are welcome to join.

The idea is to help Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry to come and have fun and get to know locals better, KASI coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have a women’s group for all ages where we do crochet, sewing and art and crafts, where they can talk which is good. I had the music on and they were dancing. I asked if they would like to do dancing classes so I organised it with John Moriarty who is well known in Killarney.”

She added that the women are very excited to learn set dancing and get to know other people from the area.

“Sometimes when you meet new people the language can be a barrier and when you’re dancing everybody is moving. He will open it to everyone so there’ll be integration, it’s fun as well. They are all very excited.”

To find out more contact John on 086 1579381.

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Multiple Sclerosis Walk celebrates 20 years

By Sean Moriarty The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers. On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers.

On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk takes place over the Old Kenmare Road.

First run in 2002, this year’s event will celebrate 20 years since its foundation but two years were lost as a result of the pandemic.

This year’s walk will be limited to 150 people – three coach loads – so event organisers can cut back on running costs.

It will only be possible to participate in this year’s event if walkers pre-register.

“Walkers must raise at least €40 to make it worthwhile,” organiser John O’Shea told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Spaces are limited, 150 people equals three coaches and we need smaller coaches to get into the start of the Old Kenmare Road as that is just a bog road. We have limited numbers for cost and operational reasons.”

Mr O’Shea thanked event sponsors O’Callaghan Coaches and The Gleneagle Hotel for their support of the event.

Registration forms can be obtained by calling John on 087 2348824.

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