WINNER: Pictured at the National Lottery Good Causes Awards 2019 is Jerh O'Donoghue and Aine Horan and representatives from Rathmore Social Action Group receiving the National Lottery Good Causes Commmunity Award. Photo: MacInnes Photography
By Michelle Crean
Plans are in place for a new sensory garden and outdoor sheltered area in Rathmore after a local group scooping a whopping €10,000 prize this week.
Rathmore Social Action Group were thrilled to win the Community award category at the 2019 National Lottery Good Causes Awards on Saturday night, after years of hard work in the community.
The group was founded in 1983 to give young people an opportunity to undertake community work and make a difference. Since then they have developed a care programme for older people which includes the provision of social housing, a day care centre, a meals on wheels and laundry service, and is regarded as one of the best models of its kind in the country.
36 finalists from all over Ireland gathered for a glittering awards dinner in the Clayton Burlington Hotel in Dublin on Saturday, hosted by broadcaster and journalist, Grainne Seoige, with support from social media influencer and presenter, James Patrice.
Members of the group, including Áine Horan and her father Jehr O’Donoghue, who established the group, picked up the award from publisher and businessperson, Norah Casey.
“It’s just wonderful,” Áine, who is a Volunteer Director, told the Killarney Advertiser this week.
“It’s a great privilege to be acknowledged for the work we do. We are hoping to use the funding for a sensory garden with a sheltered outdoor area that clients from the day centre can access all year around.”
And she thanked all those who made it possible.
“It’s great recognition for the organisation for all who volunteer and those who work with the organisation.”
Ian makes his debut as a radio presenter
By Sean Moriarty Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week. The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017. Since the accident he has been a […]
By Sean Moriarty
Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week.
The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017.
Since the accident he has been a champion for the less fortunate under his mantra: “If you can’t stand up – standout”.
This was the inspiration behind his brand new radio show which aired for the first time on Wednesday evening.
‘Stand Out with Ian O’Connell’ will feature interviews with people who have overcome great adversary to reach even greater heights.
His first guest was fellow Killarney man Jordan Lee. The Paralympian represented Ireland in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.
“I was used to being in the studio from people interviewing me, but this time I turned the table,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.
“It was great to have Jordan on, two Killarney men! I really enjoyed it, it got a massive reaction and I got loads of emails and messages afterwards and into Thursday morning.”
Ian will reveal his guest for the show on the previous Monday through various social media channels.
Sinead is queen of the court
By Con Dennehy With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport. Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater […]
By Con Dennehy
With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport.
Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater Killarney region.
One of the most impressive performances on the night was in the Beginners Category where local star Sinead Moriarty secured a number of electrifying victories to win the overall title.
“This was a very competitive competition. In the opening games Neill Horgan was defeated by Rosin King from Glenbeigh 13-15 with Sinead Moriarty getting the better of exchanges with Bríd Horgan (Spa) 15-8. In the other game Niamh Faulds from Glenflesk lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-10 despite a very brave effort from Niamh,” said Eoin O’Donoghue, secretary of Spa Killarney Handball Club.
In the semi-finals Sheila Kelliher lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-11 with Sinead Moriarty defeating Rosin King 15-12.
“In a pulsating final Sinead saw off the dogged challenge of Elena O’Donoghue 15-11. While Sinead dominated this game, she looked in control and played a brilliant tournament throughout and was a deserving overall winner.”
In the Advanced category there were wins for Evan Enright and Eoin O’Donoghue in the opening games.
In the quarter finals Even Enright saw off the challenge of Brendan O’Donoghue 15-8 while Eoghan Daly defeated Eoin O’Donoghue 15-11, Aoife Walsh (Currow) defeated Maggie Quirke (Glenbeigh) 15-7 and Brian McEvoy beat Michael Clifford 15-6.
Semi-final success for Evan Enright and Eoghan Daly saw them battle it out in a pulsating final with Daly taking the title on a 15-12 scoreline.
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