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New tournament will celebrate Niall’s love of football



HONOUR: Niall McGillicuddy’s sister Jane, father Daithi, mother Sheila and sister Ellen with Kerry Football Manager Peter Keane at the launch of the ‘Niall McGillicuddy Memorial Cup’. Photo Sean Moriarty



By Michelle Crean

A brand new football tournament is planned to honour the late Niall McGillicuddy, who was one of Kerry’s finest young football players.

Yesterday (Thursday), Kerry Manager Peter Keane launched the ‘Niall McGillicuddy Memorial Cup’ at 4pm on the balcony of the International Hotel.

Killarney Legion GAA plan to run the football tournament on Saturday, August 17 in memory of Niall, a former player with their underage academy, who died of Leukaemia last October, aged just 16.

The club said it’s not a fundraiser, but more a celebration of Niall’s love of football.

“Last October the McGillicuddy family suffered an incalculable and devastating loss with the untimely passing of their much loved son and brother Niall,” Pat Moynihan, a member of organising committee, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The entire community of Killarney and beyond was overwhelmed with sadness and disbelief when this earth-shattering news broke. Nowhere outside of the family was this loss more keenly felt than in Killarney Legion GAA Club.”

He explained that Niall had been a constant presence in Derreen since a very young boy and they had all watched him develop into a talented and dedicated Gaelic footballer, but more importantly into a hugely popular, kind and considerate young man.

“We were all looking forward to sharing in what was destined to be an honour laden and successful future both on and off the field of play.

“As family, friends and club colleagues of Daithi, Sheila, Ellen and Jane, we all wished there was something we could do in any small way, to ease the pain of their unspeakable loss. In truth of course there really isn’t much one can do except offer friendship and companionship which comes naturally in the GAA where club truly is family.”

However, he added that when the family indicated that they might like to do something to commemorate Niall’s memory, they didn’t have to ask again.

“A small committee was set up initially to explore various options, but really it was always going to be football, and following consultation with the family, the ‘Niall McGillicuddy Memorial Cup’ was conceived. This is an U16 competition, the age Niall will always be now, and is a one day competition taking place on August 17. Niall had friends in many clubs through his involvement in school teams, divisional sides and development squads and it was these friendships and indeed great rivalries which dicated the teams to be invited this year,” he said.


“The whole club is involved in the organisation of the event and we are confident that the tournament will be a fitting tribute to a very special and much missed son, brother and friend.”





Gleeson Dental now offering facial aesthetics

Gleeson Dental, located on St Anthony’s Place, is now offering facial aesthetics. It is the latest offering from the town centre practice. Dr Susan Gleeson graduated as a general dental […]



Gleeson Dental, located on St Anthony’s Place, is now offering facial aesthetics.

It is the latest offering from the town centre practice.

Dr Susan Gleeson graduated as a general dental surgeon 27 years ago.

She previously worked in England and Cork before returning home to Killarney in 2009 to take over her father’s dental practice with her sister Katie.

“More recently, I decided to pursue my keen interest in facial aesthetics. Hence, I embarked on an intensive training course,” she told the Killareny Advertiser.
“This mentorship is under the guidance of Dr Sheila Li, a Harley Street based dentist with over 10 years’ experience in facial aesthetics. Every year following an interview process, Sheila takes on six trainees and I was lucky enough to get this amazing training opportunity.”
The course is a year-long process involving in-depth learning and hands-on clinical training days in Dr Sheila’s Harley Street clinic.
The course, also, extends to treatment planning cases with Dr Sheila, thus allowing access to her vast knowledge when planning treatments for Dr Gleeson’s patients.
“Therefore, I am now able to offer a vast array of facial aesthetic treatments at Gleeson Dental. These treatments include the use of Botox to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In addition to this, Botox has a wide range of additional applications, including the treatment of tooth grinding, headaches, gummy smiles, neck bands and excessive underarm sweating,” she added.
Dermal filler treatments are, also, available to treat issues related to volume loss while skin booster treatments such as Sunekos and Profhilo can be used to regenerate and rehydrate tired looking skin.
Facial aesthetics may conjure up images of over-filled expressionless people but Susan hopes to change people’s view of it.


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Killarney postcode V93 home to the county’s most-expensive properties

With properties both for rent and for sale in short supply, prices in the Killarney area have remained strong. In fact, houses with the V93 eircode were, once again, the […]




With properties both for rent and for sale in short supply, prices in the Killarney area have remained strong.

In fact, houses with the V93 eircode were, once again, the most expensive homes in Kerry over the past 12 months according to data published by the CSO Residential Property Price Index. The report shows that in the year to December 2023, the average cost of buying a home in Kerry was €242,000 up 5% from the previous year’s figure of €230,000
Nationally that figure now stands at €327,000.
The average house price within the V93 eircode region was €284,000, 17% approx. above the average price for a home within the county.
With supply levels at an all time low and with very little new construction in the pipeline, there is little sign of this changing in the immediate term.

Commenting on the market, Ted Healy of DNG, has expressed concern with the low volume of properties available for sale at present.
‘We have lots of interested buyers seeking property in the Killarney area but unfortunately, we cannot satisfy the demand at present. The past 12 months has seen us securing sales in record time for record levels.”

DNG Ted Healy will be launching a new development of townhouses in the Woodlawn area to the market in the coming months and report that demand is exceptionally high.
The expect these properties to sell out in record time.
And with construction due to commence shortly on another scheme of detached houses on Muckross Road, it is looking like a busy year ahead.
However, this will not be enough to satisfy the demand at present. Properties within the V93 area are highly sought after and in very short supply, resulting in strong prices being achieved.
So is now a good time to sell your property? Yes, according to DNG Ted Healy who is actively seeking properties for sale to satisfy their ever expanding list of buyers.


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