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Real Kerry jersey to be sent to New York governor




By Michelle Crean

New York's newest governor - who has proud Kerry roots - is to receive a brand new "official" Kerry jersey after being pictured this week with a "knock off" version.

FAKE: New York governor Kathy Hochul holding the fake Kerry jersey during a photo opportunity with Taoiseach Micheál Martin this week.

Killarney man Luke Quinn, who is manager of the Kerry GAA Store in the Outlet Centre, said that he will send an official county jersey to Kathy Hochul - after she was pictured with Taoiseach Micheál Martin holding a replica during a meeting on Monday.

During his visit Mr Martin met with Hochul - now one of America's most powerful female politicians - but it turns out that the jersey, which was most likely supplied by Ms Hochul herself for the photo opportunity, was fake!

"The store is going to send a Kerry jersey on behalf of Kerry County Board," Luke told the Killarney Advertiser.

"I heard about it [the fake jersey] on the day and it was all over Twitter. It generated a lot of interest. We sell them online at In fact, we send a load of Kerry jerseys to America every day. She had no excuse for not having the official Kerry jersey."

He added that profits from the sales of fake jerseys make their way to other people's pockets.

"There are a lot of non-licensed jerseys. Every jersey we sell goes back to the GAA. The knock offs go into someone else's pockets."

Hochul was born Kathleen Courtney in Buffalo, New York, the second of the six children of John P. ‘Jack’ Courtney and Patricia Ann 'Pat' (Rochford) Courtney. Her grandparents, on her father’s side were from West Kerry, John Courtney, Fahamore, and Mary Browne, Cutteen. She took over as New York Governor on August 24 following the resignation of Governor Andrew Cuomo who resigned following a raft of sexual harassment allegations made against him by female employees of his administration.

On his trip Mr Martin visited the 9/11 memorial site where he stopped to read some of the names of the almost 3,000 victims of the 2001 World Trade Centre attacks. He also laid six white roses on the names of each of the Irish-born victims.

Taking to Twitter following the visit he said that he "enjoyed" meeting Ms Hochul.

"We shared our experiences in tackling the pandemic, and the importance of connectivity between our two countries. We also discussed her proud Kerry roots, and her family’s love for the GAA."

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Start clocking up those ‘Kingdom Kilometres’

With an increase in daylight hours there’s no better time to clock up the ‘Kingdom Kilometres’ on foot or by cycling along the county’s two new Greenways. The recently opened […]




With an increase in daylight hours there’s no better time to clock up the ‘Kingdom Kilometres’ on foot or by cycling along the county’s two new Greenways.

The recently opened Kingdom of Kerry Greenways between Tralee and Fenit and between Listowel and Abbeyfeale are already proving hugely popular with locals and visitors to Kerry.

Representatives of the tourism Industry, local public representatives, travel writers and influencers gathered in Kerry on Monday to experience the exciting new tourist attractions and welcome the arrival of the longer daylight hours as the clocks changed over to summertime.

Sarah Hanrahan, a social media influencer who posts about Irish travel and has more than 100,000 Instagram followers, described the experience.

“Ireland has some of the most amazing outdoor spaces. For a lot of my followers and other people, connecting with green spaces has become much more important to their overall sense of well-being as well as their health and fitness. It’s been really gorgeous to experience the Tralee to Fenit, and Listowel to Limerick Kingdom of Kerry Greenways; a fantastic trip sampling the warm hospitality of Kerry and a great reminder of the active holiday options that are right on our doorstep.”

The new purpose-built trails provide an accessible and inclusive experience for visitors of all abilities.

Mayor of Tralee, Cllr Mikey Sheehy and the Mayor of Listowel, Cllr Aoife Thornton, said that the greenways offer an exceptional recreational amenity for everyone to enjoy.

“The greenways are situated in some of Kerry’s most scenic landscapes and offer spectacular and safe off-road facilities for people of all ages to enjoy as the landscape comes into bloom. They also offer warm hospitality at the trail head towns of each route.”

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St Patrick’s Day parade winners announced

Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club has won the sought-after overall award in recognition of their colourful and action-packed entry to this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade in Killarney. Delighted […]



Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club has won the sought-after overall award in recognition of their colourful and action-packed entry to this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade in Killarney.

Delighted club representatives were presented with the Seán O’Keeffe Perpetual Trophy – in memory of the former Mayor of Killarney and parade stalwart – at a gala presentation of prizes in the International Hotel, Killarney on Tuesday night.

The award for the Best Interpretation of the Theme, which was Killarney: Experience More, went to the Wander Wild Festival who received the Michael Courtney Perpetual Trophy which is dedicated to the memory of another former mayor of the town who spearheaded the annual St Patrick’s Day celebrations for many years.

The John ‘Killer’ O’Callaghan Perpetual Trophy for the Best Sporting Entry was won by Killarney Athletic AFC and the Peter Irwin Memorial Trophy for the Best Marching Group and Cultural/Arts Entry went to Millstreet Pipe Band.

The Best Sports Club was Spa GAA, the Best Children’s Group prize was won by Kilcummin Comhaltas and the Best New Entry was Killarney Rugby Football Club.

There was an international flavour to the Best Musical Entry which was scooped by the Glenridge High School Marching Band from New Jersey.

The prize for the Best Voluntary Group went to the Kerry Stars Special Olympics Club, the Best School Award went to the Fiona Crowley Stage School and the Best Activity Group was deemed to be Scorchers Cheerleading Club.

The Most Entertaining Entry went to the Killarney Tidy Towns group, the prize for the Most Original Entry was won by Liebherr Container Cranes and the Most Imaginative Entry in the parade was the Art House, Killarney.

The Most Stylish Entry prize was awarded to the Ukrainian community whose representative said they were delighted to play a part in Ireland’s national holiday and thanked the people of Killarney for the warm welcome they have received.

Other prizes presented on the night included the Best Window Display which went to Christy Healy’s on New Street who were celebrating 100 years in business on St Patrick’s Day, while the Europe Hotel and Resort won the Best Green-Themed Building prize.

The judges for the parade were Br Pat Lynch, Guardian, Franciscan Friary, Pam Brosnan, Killarney Musical Society and Denis McMahon.

The awards were presented by Killarney St Patrick’s Festival Chairman Paul Sherry, Mayor of Killarney Cllr Niall Kelleher, Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce Senior Executive Bridget O’Keeffe, and parade grand marshal Cathal P Walshe.

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