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New town mayor will be named today (Friday)

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By Sean Moriarty

By the time this week’s edition of the Killarney Advertiser hits the shops Killarney will have a new mayor.

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Killarney Municipal District takes place today (Friday) in Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre, at 1.30pm.

In a break from tradition, the meeting will not take place at the Town Hall on Kenmare Place as the boardroom there is too small to allow for social distancing.

Michael Gleeson will, today, end his 12 month term as the town’s mayor and looks certain to be replaced by fellow Independent councillor Brendan Cronin.

Gleeson will continue as an elected councillor but Cronin, subject to ratification, will act as the local council’s figurehead for the next 12 months as part of a deal that was hammered out after last year’s local elections.

The Spa man presided over many important developments in the town over the last 12 months including the opening of the redeveloped ANAM Cultural Centre, but his term as mayor was greatly interrupted as a result of pandemic-related restrictions.

“My year as mayor was dominated by matters largely outside of our direct control; a great storm put paid to the official lighting of the cathedral tree at Christmas. The real story of 2020 thus far is the terrible pandemic. That virus put paid to the Saint Patrick's Day parades in Rathmore and Killarney and ensured that so many other projects and gatherings could not take place. Even the laudable plan to light up the town had to be abandoned due to torrential rain. I congratulate all who played such a wonderful role in limiting the Coronavirius effects, the local population; the Council staff, indoors and outdoors; the Gardaí and our health services. I congratulate all who gave so generously of time and effort. Buíochas ó chroí le gach éinne,” Mr Gleeson told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I am glad to have had the privilege of being Mayor of the Municipal District but I hope that never again will that symbol of our special place have such an quiet year. My heartfelt best wishes to my successor(s) as number one citizens of Killarney Municipal District.”

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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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