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By Michelle Crean

Excitement is building in Rathmore as a fun filled panto for all the family is taking to the stage this weekend - with funds going to a children's charity.

PANTO TIME: Laura Cronin Eabhla Murphy Aoibhinn Creedon Eabha Moynihan Laura Breen Grace O'Sullivan Mia Horgan Megan Murphy Melissa O'Leary Carla Collins Saoirse O'Riordan Freya O'Keefe Jessica McAuliffe and Abbey Kissane ready to take part in the children's panto in Rathmore this weekend.

CHORUS: Daniel O'Sullivan Roisin Fleming Sophia Ceragioli Aoibhin Moynihan Katie Mai Buckley Emily O'Leary Mollie Fleming and Emma Riordan ready for this weekend's panto in Rathmore.

Up to 41 children between the ages of five and 11 will tread the boards in Rathmore Community Centre.

Shows take place tomorrow (Saturday) at 7pm and Sunday at 3pm.

It has been months in the making with plenty of rehersals for all involved.

The storyline will take the audience to Birchwood Orphanage where tradition has it that if a child is left abandoned on the orphanage steps and has no name, the child is named after whatever it is wrapped in. Red Riding Hood is one of those orphans…. will she be chosen by the kindly comical Granny Knott?

"This is a fun filled panto for all the family," Producer Joanna Hughes said. “After six months of rehearsals it is an absolute joy to see this story come to life."

Director Sheilann O'Keeffe added that all the proceeds are going to The Ronald McDonald House on behalf of The Brian Lawlor Fund.

"It is lovely to witness children helping children, and having so much fun doing it," she said.

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Retiring Garda Sergeant began career in Killarney

Antoinette Cunningham who retired last week from An Garda Síochána and the Association of Garda Sergeant’s and Inspector’s as their General Secretary started her career 33 years ago in Killarney. […]

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Antoinette Cunningham who retired last week from An Garda Síochána and the Association of Garda Sergeant’s and Inspector’s as their General Secretary started her career 33 years ago in Killarney.

Sergeant In charge at Killarney Garda Station Dermot O’Connell paid tribute to her achievements and her unrelenting commitment to improving the policing environment.

As a former Chairman, Secretary and delegate of the Kerry Branch, Sergeant Dermot O’Connell worked closely with Antoinette in AGSI for many years.

“Her support for members of the Association was second to none. Antoinette always pursued what was right and just. Her ability, knowledge and professionalism was acknowledged both internally and externally by other representative bodies and also professional bodies,” he said.

“When Antoinette arrived here at her first station, the late Jack McGrath was the Sergeant In Charge.”
“As many know Sergeant Jack McGrath frequently walked the beat. During this time Jack shared much of his experience with Antoinette who proved her ability as a competent Garda to Sergeant Jack McGrath. “
“Jack was very impressed by her ability even at that early stage, he always spoke highly of Antoinette and followed her career path with great interest.”

Antoinette subsequently transferred to Limerick (Roxboro Road and Mayorstone Garda Stations). As a Sergeant she moved to the Garda College and completed a Master’s Degree in Adult Learning and a BA in Training and Education.
In 2021 Antoinette was honoured by University Galway with an Alumni Award for her significant contribution in the field of policing.

She became the first female member to serve with the Association of Sergeants and Inspectors at Branch level, National Executive level, President, Deputy General Secretary and finally General Secretary.

“On behalf of the Kerry Branch of AGSI I wish Antoinette the very best in whatever the future holds for her and her family,” added Sergeant O’Connell.

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‘The Bumblebee1000’ Supercar event arriving in Killarney on Saturday

The ‘Bumblebee1000’ supercar run will arrive in Killarney around 5pm on Saturday. Around 40 supercars will leave Barberstown Castle in County Kildare on Saturday morning.After stops at Portlaoise Plaza (11am) […]

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The ‘Bumblebee1000’ supercar run will arrive in Killarney around 5pm on Saturday.

Around 40 supercars will leave Barberstown Castle in County Kildare on Saturday morning.
After stops at Portlaoise Plaza (11am) and Cashel Palace Hotel (1pm) the convoy will arrive the Europe Hotel and Resort at 5pm.
“’The Bumblebee1000’ is not just about horsepower and adrenaline rushes; it’s about making a difference. As participants roar through the countryside, they’ll also be driving towards a noble cause. This event is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for The Little Blues Heroes charity, supporting the children of the Little Blue Heroes, and making a positive impact on their lives,” said an event spokesperson.
“The Bumblebee1000” is not just a journey; it’s an experience that blends luxury, adventure, and philanthropy in a seamless fusion. Whether behind the wheel of a sleek supercar or a supporter cheering from the sidelines, everyone is invited to be part of this remarkable event.
The cars will depart the Europe Hotel and Resort at 10am on Sunday and will stop off at a charity cars and coffee event in Tarbert at 11am before finishing in Adare at around 2pm.

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