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New boat for Killarney Water Rescue

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NEW BOAT: At the launch Killarney Water Rescue’s new boat on Saturday were John O’Loughlin, Michael Barry, Jimmy Sweetman, Eadaoin Moynihan, Alice Sweetman, Sinead Sweetman and Diane Healy.

 

By Sean Moriarty

 

Killarney Water Rescue launched its new rescue boat - named after Cian O’Donoghue who tragically drowned in Lough Leane in July 2013.

 

 

The new boat, launched on Saturday at the Muckross ‘Wet Boathouse’, joins three others in the local rescue service fleet, but this one has sea as well as lake capabilities.

 

Killarney Water Rescue has around 10 dedicated volunteers on its team and works closely with organisations like Kerry Mountain Rescue and Valentia Coast Guard.

 

It is called out on average twice a month with callouts increasing in the summer months. The new boat will allow the volunteers to work closer with the coast guard and help sea rescues in local beaches like Inch and Rossbeigh as well as increasing its presence on Killarney’s lakes.

 

“We could be called to anywhere and we are on call 24/7,” joint-PRO Diane Healy, said. “If the Coast Guard wants us – we have to go. We are pushing for more volunteers. A few of us go on every mission.”

 

Interested volunteers can contact Diane Healy on 087 6676813.

 

 

 

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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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