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Rotary celebrates International Women’s Day

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By Michelle Crean

It was a day for celebrating women all over the globe and Killarney Rotary Club did that in the Great Southern yesterday (Wednesday).

Barry Murphy hands out flowers to Grace O'Neill and Maria Murphy in the Great Southern Killarney on Wednesday during the Rotary's lunch for International Women's Day. Photo: Michelle Crean

SPEAKER: Abbie O'Sullivan spoke of her recent trip to Strasbourg at the Rotary's lunch for International Women's Day in the Great Southern Killarney on Wednesday. Photo: Michelle Crean

Sheila Casey and Bridie Brosnan pictured at the Rotary's lunch for International Women's Day in the Great Southern Killarney on Wednesday. Photo: Michelle Crean

Clodagh Irwin Owens Teresa Irwin Emir O'Shea and Maureen Somers pictured at the Rotary's lunch for International Women's Day in the Great Southern Killarney on Wednesday. Photo: Michelle Crean

Frances Rowland and Anne Alcock took tie out for a photo at the Rotary's lunch for International Women's Day in the Great Southern Killarney on Wednesday. Photo: Michelle Crean

The day was about recognising women's achievements, challenges, and focusing greater attention on women's rights and gender equality.

At the Rotary's lunch they did that and more as Rotary President Rayla Tadjimatova addressed guests while Abbie O'Sullivan from St Brigid's Presentation Secondary School, winner of the Rotary Youth Leadership Competition, spoke about her recent Rotary trip to Stormont, Dáil Eireann and Strasbourg and the experiences she had and the life-long friendships she made with 23 other students from all over Ireland who won their places on this trip.

"Killarney Rotary Club extended an invitation to their own family members and friends to join them for lunch," Ciara Irwin Foley told the Killarney Advertiser.

The gathering was welcomed by Rotary President Rayla Tadjimatova and all were treated to an opening poem especially written for the occasion by Rotarian Eduard Schmidt-Zorner.

"Everybody commented afterwards on this confident young lady's presentation. She held everybody's attention and you could hear a pin drop whilst she spoke."

Daffodils, tied with ribbon in the IWD colours, were also handed out to the ladies present which were lovingly hand picked by Ciara Irwin Foley at home in her garden the evening before.

"A superb lunch was served and everybody enjoyed themselves. It was noted that the colours of International Women's Day (green, purple and white) were obvious in the food they served for both the main course and dessert. The hotel gifted Skelligs Chocolate and a little packet of seeds to grow at home and remember their visit to the hotel on this special day. It was a wonderful way to celebrate IWD in Killarney."

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Donie McCarthy to be remembered by Firies GAA with golf classic

On the approach of the second anniversary of his passing, Firies GAA have taken the opportunity to both acknowledge and pay tribute to the late Donie McCarthy by organising a […]

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On the approach of the second anniversary of his passing, Firies GAA have taken the opportunity to both acknowledge and pay tribute to the late Donie McCarthy by organising a golf classic in his name. Donie was a key figure; player, coach, mentor and officer in the club for many years.

Michael Quirke, former team mate and part of the events’ committee, outlined the significance of remembering and acknowledging the legacy that Donie left to his beloved club. “Donie exemplified the concept of a club stalwart, his love of both the game and the development of the club was boundless. His energy towards the development of young players is truly visible today in Firies. Donie got great satisfaction from seeing young players improve, and as they got older and achieve success with Firies. During his successful playing days, he helped lead Firies to secure the O’Sullivan Cup title in 1979 and went onto manage and coach many Firies teams down through the years. Since his untimely passing in November 2022, the club has aspired to acknowledge his legacy.”

Final preparations are being put in place for the classic which takes place on Saturday, July 13, in Maine Valley Members Golf Club, Killorglin. The classic, which includes GUI handicap applied with a maximum adjusted handicap of 24 for men and 36 for ladies, promises to be a great day celebrating Donie, with top team, nearest the pin, and longest drive prizes.

Family, friends and former club mates of Donie gathered to officially launch the golf classic in Pairc Eamonn, along with Kerry Senior Footballer; Dara Moynihan to lend his support the event. The Firies GAA Club were eager to recognise L. & M. Construction, of New York City for their generous contribution towards The Donie McCarthy Memorial Golf Classic. The American company, has strong club connections and supports many of the club events. “Without this support, we would be unable to organise such events. The Club would also like to acknowledge the members who attended the launch today from young to old to recognise Donies’ contribution”. A club spokesperson said this week.

If you or your club are interested in submitting a team of four at €200 per team, you can contact Brendan Quirke 087-9172854, Dermot O’Connor 087-6958610, Michael Quirke 087-6683699 or Maine Valley Members Golf Club 066-9761979. Likewise, sponsored tee boxes are available for €50.

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Muckross Lottery goes online

Muckross Community Association has announced the launch of its new online facility for playing the Muckross Lottery. The Muckross Lottery community fundraiser has operated since 1995, raising thousands of euro […]

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Muckross Community Association has announced the launch of its new online facility for playing the Muckross Lottery.

The Muckross Lottery community fundraiser has operated since 1995, raising thousands of euro for the benefit of local community groups and bodies including Loughquittane National School, Muckross ICA and Muckross Rowing Club among others.

Over the years, countless prize winners have also benefited in the share of jackpot and Match 3 prize wins.

The first Muckross Lottery draw was held in the summer of 1995, a year which also saw the opening of the Muckross Community Centre.
At the time, the lottery draw was a first of its kind in Killarney and was to set a fine example for the many other sports club and community lotteries that were later established in the town.

The community fundraiser has continued to be a vital support, initially securing the completion of the Muckross Community Centre and over time generating funds for the development of school, community and sporting facilities in the Muckross area.

Since 1995, the lottery has been sustained by the unwavering commitment of local sellers and a dedicated committee within the community association.

A number of the lottery’s founding members continue to sell weekly tickets to this day in support of local causes.

In a move with the times and ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Muckross Lottery, the association is now building for the future and launching its new online lottery facility.

Ahead of the online launch this month, the Association has collaborated with Irish company ClubForce, a leading provider of online lottery systems, to develop the secure online system.

It is hoped the new online facility will generate new lottery sales, extend the lottery’s reach to those living abroad and sustain the community fundraiser long into the future.

Existing lottery supporters who avail of the online option can also enjoy the benefits of new features including a weekly results email, ticket auto renewal and access to ticket purchase history. The Association are also keen to highlight that existing hard copy tickets will continue to be available and sold as normal.

The Community Association is seeking the support of all residents of the Muckross area and all those with a connection to the community, to spread the word and get behind the new online lottery.

Online tickets can now be purchased ahead of the weekly draws on June 22, June 29 and throughout July.

The jackpot for June 22 stands at €5,050 with a rollover each week if the jackpot is not won. Online lottery tickets can be purchased each week (3 tickets for €5). A single €2 ticket can also be purchased for multiple draws. The lottery’s annual ‘green’ ticket is also available online for €100 and continues to include two free draws.

Link to Muckross Lottery online.
https://muckrosscommunityassociation.clubforce.com/products/lotto/muckross-community-assocation-lotto

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