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Proud day for Killarney Celtic as they unveil Club Mark



UNVEILING: Tom O'Shea (FAI Grassroots Director), with Killarney Celtic officers and local politicians at the unveiling of the FAI Club Mark Entry Level Award at Celtic Park, Killarney, on Saturday (June 8). From left are: Mike Lyne, Helen Cancy, Cllr Michael Gleeson, Linda Clifford, Suzanne Scully, Cllr Donal Grady, Cllr Niall Botty O'Callaghan, Paul Sherry (Celtic Chairman), Tom O'Shea, Cllr Niall Kelleher (Mayor of Kerry), Ramona Burchill, Mary Lyne, Brian Spillane, Sean Kelly MEP, Padraig Harnett, Mikey Daly and Tim Jones. Picture: Eamonn Keogh


Killarney Celtic is the only club in Kerry - and one of 20 nationwide - to have achieved the exacting standards in administration and Governance required by the FAI to achieve the Club Mark.
On Saturday (June 8), Killarney Celtic members past and present were joined by local dignitaries for the unveiling of the FAI Club Mark at Celtic Park.

The club hopes that this will be the first part of a unique double as they have also been named as one of six clubs that are in the shortlist for the FAI Club of the Year.

Club Chairman Paul Sherry welcomed Ireland South MEP Sean Kelly, newly elected Mayor of Kerry Niall Kelleher, and Councillors Micheal Gleeson, Niall O’Callaghan and Donal Grady, and congratulated them on their re-elections.

He thanked all the members of the Management Committee who put in months of hard work to ensure that the Club achieved the standards required.

“Those involved in securing the Club Mark have put in a huge effort to secure this and should be very proud of their efforts,” he said.
“We can now proudly say to members and to parents of prospective players that Killarney Celtic operates to the highest possible standard off and on the field. We take great pride in this award and also thank the staff in the FAI for their guidance during the process.”

Unveiling the Club Mark on behalf of the FAI was their Grass Roots Director Tom O’Shea who has been with the club since day one. He was joined by founding member and fellow Trustee Mikey Daly.

Tom said it was a very proud day for the club and he was delighted to be in a position to unveil the award.

“Along with Mikey and Billy Healy, I have been involved with the club from the start,” Mikey said.
“To see what has been achieved at Celtic Park is huge credit to all involved over the years.
The present Management Committee has embraced the challenge of achieving the Club Mark and it shows that off the field they are one of the best run clubs in the country.
Add to this the facilities and the success on the field and these are very good times for the club.”

Tom also spoke of all the good work being done by many in the FAI.

“While we all know the challenges the FAI is facing, it is wrong to malign all the staff who are doing some wonderful work. The huge range of vital programs are still running and the Club Mark is one of these. These programs support the work being done by thousands of grass roots volunteers.”




Kerry rowing clubs flock to Killarney for the start of the coastal season

There was a fantastic spectacle of colour and rowing on Lough Leane last Sunday (June 16th) with the coastal rowing clubs of Kerry participating in the first ‘Head of the […]




There was a fantastic spectacle of colour and rowing on Lough Leane last Sunday (June 16th) with the coastal rowing clubs of Kerry participating in the first ‘Head of the Lake’ time-trial for coastal one-design boats.

The event, hosted by the local Flesk Valley Rowing Club, signalled the start of the summer season for clubs rowing the coastal ‘one-design’ boats.

It was fitting that on the weekend that the Killarney National Park celebrated the 60th anniversary of the opening of Muckross House to the public, that hundreds of people also flocked to the Flesk Valley shore to appreciate and enjoy the splendour of the park.

Speaking after the event, Flesk Valley chairman, John Fleming thanked all the Kerry clubs who supported this new event and congratulated all the first-time rowers taking to the water in a competitive event for the first time.
“We were delighted to welcome our neighbouring clubs Workmens’ and Fossa, and look forward to renewing rivalries with them again at the Killarney Regatta at the end of this month,” he said.

“We would also like to thank Mary B. Teahan, Andrew Wharton, Johanna King and the Kerry Coastal Rowing Association for all their support and encouragement, and Denis O’Leary for coordinating safety on the water.”
Flesk Valley would also like to thank the Killarney National Park, Leanes Tool Hire, Hegartys Shop and Muckross Rowing Club for their support.

“This was a great start to the coastal rowing season, and augurs well for the months ahead as clubs build towards the All-Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships to be held in Dingle at the end of August,” added the chairman.

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NPWS announces nature scholarships to mark ‘Muckross 60’

Director General of the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Niall O’ Donnchú, this week announced the inaugural ‘Muckross 60’ nature scholarships to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the opening of […]




Director General of the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Niall O’ Donnchú, this week announced the inaugural ‘Muckross 60’ nature scholarships to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the opening of Muckross House and Gardens to the public. The scholarships will be funded and managed by the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Niall O Donnchú said, “Killarney and Muckross have a very special place in Ireland’s heritage legacy, and  such beautiful gems need constant care, nurturing and indeed protecting by future generations. In supporting these third level scholarships, the NPWS is building the knowledge base of the future to assist those generations in continuing to realise the full beauty and nature value of the very unique Muckross House and Gardens and Killarney National Park.”

Mr O Donnchú added: “Killarney has a long history of scholarship, research and frontier work on nature and that continues to this day in the management of Killarney National Park and Muckross House and Gardens. The endowment of these annual scholarships is a very clear attestation that this crucial work continues to be undertaken across our national park system and especially here in Killarney and Muckross. This work has been pioneering in respect of wildlife and nature research and indeed the reintroduction of endangered species and the discovery, even this year, of more.”

Minister for Education and Kerry T.D. Norma Foley also welcomed new scholarships to mark the 60th anniversary of Muckross House.

“Muckross House is one of the jewels in the crown of Kerry tourism and received almost one million visitors last year. These scholarships will further add to our understanding of this outstanding part of our national heritage,” she said.

Muckross House was built by the Herbert family, who were local landlords. They became very wealthy during the 18th century due to the working of the copper mines on the Muckross Peninsula. They commenced the building of the present Muckross House in 1839. It was completed in 1843 at cost of £30,000, just two years prior to the Great Irish Famine. The Herbert family hosted the visit of Queen Victoria to Muckross House in 1861 but later got into financial difficulties and lost the house in 1897.

It was then bought by Lord Ardilaun, a member of the Guinness family. He in turn sold it in 1911 to William Bowers Bourn, a wealthy Californian gold miner. Bowers Bourn gave it to his daughter Maud as a wedding gift when she married Arthur Rose Vincent, an Irish barrister who later became a Senator.

After Maude died from pneumonia in 1929, Arthur Rose Vincent decided to donate Muckross house to the Irish nation as a memorial to his wife. Muckross House was transferred to the state in 1932 with its 11,000 acre estate and became Ireland’s first National Park in 1933.

The park and gardens were opened to the public but the house remained closed until 1964 when it was reopened as a folk museum on June 14, 1964 following a campaign by people in Killarney.

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