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IRELAND'S BEST: Liam O'Connor, pictured here with his daughter Saoirse and son Oisin, has been named as 'Ireland's Most Influential Accordion Player'.

 

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By Sean Moriarty

 

Liam O’Connor has been named as ‘Ireland’s Most Influential Accordion Player’ at the

Irish Entertainment Awards.

Long established as one of Ireland’s most popular and prestigious award shows this year’s ceremony took place at the Tullamore Court Hotel on Monday night.

It is the second time he received a Golden Disc at the annual awards having been previously named as ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ in 2012.

Liam, his daughter Saoirse and son Oisin, performed at the show after accepting his award.

“It was lovely,” Liam told the Killarney Advertiser. “We played together which is so nice and it was great to be honoured and get a Golden Disc.”

This year’s line-up featured performances by celebrated artists such as Foster and Allen,  Ray Lynam, Robert Mizzell and the Dublin City Ramblers.

Country Music star, Mike Denver, a regular fixture the INEC, was named as the ‘Irish Entertainer of the Year’.

O’Connor’s next major local performance is a Christmas concert with Irish Eurovision star Brian Kennedy.

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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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