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Proud day for Killarney Celtic as they unveil Club Mark

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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.”

 

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Happy Birthday Sham

Well-known Killarney character Seamus ‘Sham’ Courtney celebrated his 75th birthday yesterday (Thursday) at his favourite town centre watering hole. Sham who has entertained countless tourists over the years with his pronounced Kerry accent is one of the town’s best loved characters. One video recorded by RTE’s Today Show around the time of his 71st birthday […]

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Well-known Killarney character Seamus ‘Sham’ Courtney celebrated his 75th birthday yesterday (Thursday) at his favourite town centre watering hole.

Sham who has entertained countless tourists over the years with his pronounced Kerry accent is one of the town’s best loved characters.

One video recorded by RTE’s Today Show around the time of his 71st birthday has amassed 7.5 million viewers.

Yesterday he visited one of his favourite pubs, Jack C O’Shea’s on High St, where proprietors John and Joan O’Shea and their ever-present dog Ginny placed decorative balloons around the bar to mark the occasion.

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Killarney acts excited to play outdoor mini music event

By Michelle Crean ANSEO, Kerry’s newest outdoor mini music and arts event, plans to have six shows at three venues, including Killarney Town Centre next weekend. On Sunday September 26, there’s plans for an afternoon show by The Gleneagle Concert Band, Pauline Scanlon with Mick Galvin, and The Small Hours from 2 to 4.30pm. Later that […]

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By Michelle Crean

ANSEO, Kerry’s newest outdoor mini music and arts event, plans to have six shows at three venues, including Killarney Town Centre next weekend.

On Sunday September 26, there’s plans for an afternoon show by The Gleneagle Concert Band, Pauline Scanlon with Mick Galvin, and The Small Hours from 2 to 4.30pm. Later that evening, from 7 to 9.30pm, acts such as The Rising, Cathal Flaherty, and Truly Diverse, will play.

It’s all part of two weekends of entertainment including tomorrow (Saturday) at the Town Square Listowel where Eoghan Duignan, John Browne and Brendan O’Sullivan, Tim O’Shea & Afro Trad Ireland, as well as Liam O’Connor and Family play from 1pm to 3.30pm, followed by an evening show from 6pm to 8.30pm featuring Seamus Begley and Donogh Hennessy, Sephira, and Peter Staunton and Super Ceili.

In Tralee on Saturday September 25, acts such as Inish, Lorraine Nash, and Oracle will put on a show from 2pm to 4.30pm, with Mark Leen: ‘the man with many voices’, Aisling Urwin & Andy Yelen, and Renovator playing from 7pm to 9.30pm.

ANSEO Kerry, supported by Kerry County Council, has been created to celebrate and support local artists and get them back out performing via a live outdoor music event for those who love Kerry and its talent.

Culture and local art will also be celebrated on a big screen at all of these events highlighting local talent including super works from visual arts Kerry, Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Me + The Moon, Kerry Biosphere, St John’s Theatre, as well as Landscapes + Seascapes film, animations and mapping.

“It’s been an unbelievable feeling to be back performing again after what was the longest 18 months for everyone but I feel especially musicians because we were the first to close and just about the last to open again properly,” Cathal from Beaufort, and now living in Killarney town, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“When I read the news a few weeks back that we can perform indoors again it didn’t quite sink in until I was actually playing indoors a few days later. Since then my phone has been hopping with bookings and I’m just so grateful for anyone who has booked me so far. It’s still not entirely back to normal but I won’t be complaining for a while as it’s just so great to be back at it again. I want to give a special thanks to the guys behind ANSEO who have booked me for their Killarney run of shows which I’m really excited for, and also to be sharing the stage with two other incredible Kerry acts – The Rising and Truly Diverse. I know the Truly Diverse lads very well over the last decade so I know it’s gonna be a great show and I can’t wait to get up on that stage and play my own songs in front of real people again!”

ANSEO Kerry will be a family-friendly, alcohol-free, ticket only event for 200 people in pods of four. The concerts will be free of charge and there is expected to be much demand for these socially distanced shows. Tickets are limited but the shows will also be streamed online for those who can’t be there in person. ANSEO Kerry is being run in-line with full Government guidelines and protocols in place.

Tickets are bookable via www.anseokerry.com.

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