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Muckross community remembers dedicated volunteer

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By Sean Moriarty

Muckross Community Association unveiled a memorial plaque to the late Liam Kelly, one of its most active volunteers, at its community centre on Saturday.

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Liam, who passed away in October 2020, was a long-time chairman of the association.

During his time at the helm of Muckross Community Association he set up the Text Alert, organised alarms for those living alone, helped bring four defibrillators to the area, was involved with the Muckross Lottery, organised a Community Employment scheme and the extension of the community centre. He also sang with a local men’s choir.

Muckross Community Association wanted to do something to remember one of its best-loved members.

On Saturday Liam’s wife Helen and current chairman John Kelly unveiled the plaque in his memory following a special a Mass said by Fr Kieran O’Brien.

“It was a very special day,” assistant secretary, Breeda Daly, told the Killarney Advertiser. “He did so much and did it without seeking recognition. He just got on with it. Liam came up with the ideas and we all rowed in behind him.”

Liam’s daughters Gillian, Susan, Oonagh, grandchildren and extended family were on hand to support Helen at the unveiling.

Members of Muckross Rowing Club also attended as Liam made the community centre available to them for club meetings.

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​​Bursaries presented to schools at Lions Club open night

By Michelle Crean Three Killarney schools have been awarded bursaries from a local group. Killarney Lions Club made the presentations to Killarney Community College, St Brigid’s Presentation School and St […]

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By Michelle Crean

Three Killarney schools have been awarded bursaries from a local group.

Killarney Lions Club made the presentations to Killarney Community College, St Brigid’s Presentation School and St Brendan’s College to help support students in need.

It took place at their open night recently in the KDYS Youth Centre.

The night featured different exhibitions about Killarney Lions Club activities such as the Annual Christmas Food Appeal and the Kerry Clubs Fair.

“It was great that people made the effort to come and find out more what Killarney Lions Club does, despite the weather on the night. We are a voluntary group so community support is vital for activities such as our Christmas Food Appeal which will kick off very soon.”

The Killarney Lions Club, through its members, assists various groups and individuals in and around the community. Lions do this through voluntary activities, fundraising and by holding various types of events in support of a great many local causes.

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Staff celebrated for their long service

Stalwarts of the tourism industry in Killarney were delighted to celebrate their long term team members with a gourmet dinner in Great Southern recently. The event was held for all […]

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Stalwarts of the tourism industry in Killarney were delighted to celebrate their long term team members with a gourmet dinner in Great Southern recently.

The event was held for all team members of the Great Southern and Killarney Royal who have over 10 years of service, and was hosted by Michael Jacobi, Managing Director, Hayfield Family Collection and Mark Scally, Financial Controller, Hayfield Family Collection.

32 employees celebrated on the night, with the Great Southern represented by John Fitzgerald with 53 years of service, Martina O’Leary with 44 years of service and Kathleen Bhuiyan with 31 years of service. From Killarney Royal Joseph Hurley celebrated 37 years of service with John Harrington celebrating 32 years and Nuala Doolan celebrating 30 years.

“It is an absolute pleasure for us to celebrate our long term staff members,” event host and Hayfield Family Collection Managing Director, Michael Jacobi, said.

“They have played such an integral part in achieving the high standards we are known to provide and are such familiar welcoming faces for our guests.”

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