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Rathmore mourns passing of David Saunders

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By Sean Moriarty

The death of Rathmore man David Saunders on Monday was felt across the locality and further afield.

HERO: David Saunders (right) played for Cork City FC and represented Ireland in the Amputee Soccer World Cup in Mexico in 2014. Photo:Sportsfile

His life story is one of bravery and adversity, one he faced with dignity and courage.

After surviving cancer twice in childhood, he sadly succumbed to his third bout earlier this week.

David lost a leg to the disease in childhood but he never allowed it get him down.

David (40), was born in Bealnadeega, an idyllic location between Rathmore and Barraduff. He attended Meentogues National School and later Pobal Scoil Sliabh Luachra in Rathmore.

“The school community is deeply saddened by the passing of past pupil David Saunders who was the special guest and inspirational speaker at our School Awards in 2016,” school principal Denis Kerins said.

Despite his disability, David climbed The Paps, cycled the byroads and upon leaving school he qualified as a teacher.

He also became a prolific member of the Irish Amputee Football Team.

In November 2014 he was a key member of the Irish team that participated in the Amputee Soccer World Cup in Mexico.

“Everyone in Amputee Football will be devastated to hear the sad news that one of our warriors has sadly passed away. David Saunders was a truly inspirational player, and a gentleman to anyone who was graced to meet him,” said an Irish Amputee Football Association statement.

David also played for Cork City FC.

He was married to Anne-Marie who is from Castleisland and they have two children, Jack (4) and Aoibhín (2).

A proud Kerry man, he set up home in Carrigaline in Cork where he was a much loved teacher in Douglas Rochestown Educate Together National School. He lived cancer free for 26 years and in that time became a motivational speaker.

However, the illness returned and a GoFundMe page raised €171,752 to support him and his family. “This time around my prognosis is a lot bleaker," he said less than a month ago.

David passed away peacefully in the presence of his loving family. He is survived by his wife Anne-Marie and children, parents John and Anne, his three siblings Emer, Michelle and Sinead, and extended family and friends.

Requiem Mass will take place on Friday at St Joseph’s Church Rathmore followed by private cremation afterwards.

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Credit Union launch a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd.

Building on recent success the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick have launched a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd. Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd specialise in Photovoltaic (PV) […]

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Building on recent success the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick have launched a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd.

Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd specialise in Photovoltaic (PV) Solar systems that generate electricity, battery storage, air to water heat-pumps and much more.
Gilroy’s work with customers to receive the SEAI once-off grant towards the purchase and installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and heat pumps for your home.
Collaborating with Kerry and West Limerick Credit Union expands the finance options available to Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd customers to help finance new PV Solar Panel installations. Loan rates will be directly linked to the property BER starting from 4.7%(4.89APR) for an “A” rated BER.
Martin Gilroy; CEO with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd said: “We are delighted to officially launch this collaboration with the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick. Customers have already reaped the benefits on recent installation projects after contacting their local Credit Union. Having a direct link to local Credit Unions allows us to guide customers to affordable financing options based on the specific installation quotation we provide at very competitive rates.“
Speaking on behalf of the Kerry and West Limerick Credit Unions, Ashley Fitzgerald added: “We are delighted to have Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd come on board as part of our Greener Homes Loan offering. Home Energy Upgrade have become a prominent concern and talking point among members in recent months, by Credit Unions having a direct link with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd allows both sides to make referrals and seek the best finance option for members. We are working hard building relationships with Green Energy Ltd providers as we want to ensure our members can avail of the best loan rates for all upgrade works.”
Credit Unions across Kerry and West Limerick. Abbeyfeale Credit Union, Cara Credit Union, Killarney Credit Union, Listowel Credit Union and Rathmore and District Credit Union can be reached via: www.creditunion.ie
Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd can be contacted on 066-7115920, email info@gilroys.ie or for more information visit www.gilroys.ie.

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Racegoers Club to host Cheltenham Preview Night

Killarney Racegoers Club will host its annual Cheltenham Preview Night in Corkery’s Bar on March 7. Admission is free and this year’s chosen beneficiary is the Killarney Branch of St […]

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Killarney Racegoers Club will host its annual Cheltenham Preview Night in Corkery’s Bar on March 7.

Admission is free and this year’s chosen beneficiary is the Killarney Branch of St Vincent De Paul Society.
The expert panel includes professional punter Paddy Wilmott, leading jockey Conor McNamara, up-and-coming Kerry-based trainer Eoin McCarthy and local bookmaker Brendan Tyther with Vince Casey acting as the event’s compere.

“There is no admission fee but a raffle on the night for dual membership of Killarney Racegoers Club for the year, which includes 13 days racing and many reciprocal days to other race meetings,” said Mr Casey.

The Cheltenham Festival begins on March 12.

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