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Killarney Rotary Club launches its 2016 Evening of Wine & Art. PICTURE: EAMONN KEOGH

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At the launch of the Killarney Rotary Evening of Wine & Art at The Malton Hotel were front from left, Brian O'Connor (Killarney Swimming Club), Lottie Lyne (Stephen Lyne Foundation), Amelia Tucker (Football for All), John Daly (Dalys SuperValu), Angela O'Connor (Killarney Rotary Club  President) and Leo O'Connor (Killarney Cardiac Response Unit). In second row are John O'Sullivan, Katie O'Connell, Rev Simon Lumby, Paul Sherry, Denis Tucker and Tom Leslie. Back from left are James Tarrant, Mike Stack, Eduard Schmidt, Tim Horgan and Gert Maes. PICTURE: EAMONN KEOGH

PUTTING charity in the frame has become part and parcel of the lead-up to the festive season for Killarney Rotary Club, which launched its annual Evening of Wine & Art on Wednesday.

The 13th annual event will take place in The Malton Hotel on Thursday, November 24, and will support a number of local charities. The main beneficiary this year will be the Stephen Lyne Foundation. Representatives of the foundation together with those from three of the others charities – Killarney Cardiac Response Unit, the Killarney Celtic Football for All Club, and Killarney Swimming Club – were present at the launch. "The event is held in association with Daly’s SuperValu without whom we could not hold this event every year," said Killarney Rotary President Angela O’Connor.
Killarney Rotary Club first organised the hugely successful and popular Evening of Wine & Art in 2003 and it is now regarded as one of the best nights out on the Kerry social calendar.

Expect the chance to purchase local art as well as locally produced crafts. If you’re a wine buff you will be spoilt for choice with a huge number of the best wine and beer labels around and you will also get to enjoy festive nibbles and speciality cheeses. "The main beneficiary this year will be The Stephen Lyne Foundation and the funds raised will go to The Barnardos Roots of Empathy Programme to benefit local Killarney schools including St Oliver’s, Holy Cross Mercy NS and Presentation Monastery Primary School,” said Angela.

“Amongst the other charities and community projects being supported by this year’s Killarney Rotary Evening of Wine & Art are the Order of Malta, Killarney Swimming Club, the Killarney Cardiac Response Unit, Killarney Football For All, the Kilcummin defibrillator group, the Order of Malta, Fossa Rowing Club, Gaelscoil Faithleann, Coolick and Tiernaboul national schools, and the Presentation Secondary School Music programme.”

Another highlight of the night is the exciting charity auction of artwork. The raffle, always eagerly anticipated, will be co-ordinated by the Irish Pilgrimage Trust and the proceeds of the cloakroom will support the Kerry Stars Special Olympics Club.
 


 
Above: At the launch of the Killarney Rotary Evening of Wine & Art at The Malton Hotel were front from left, Brian O'Connor (Killarney Swimming Club), Lottie Lyne (Stephen Lyne Foundation), Amelia Tucker (Football for All), John Daly (Dalys SuperValu), Angela O'Connor (Killarney Rotary Club  President) and Leo O'Connor (Killarney Cardiac Response Unit). In second row are John O'Sullivan, Katie O'Connell, Rev Simon Lumby, Paul Sherry, Denis Tucker and Tom Leslie. Back from left are James Tarrant, Mike Stack, Eduard Schmidt, Tim Horgan and Gert Maes. PICTURE: EAMONN KEOGH

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Kathleen honoured as new boat is launched

It was a very special and momentous day for Muckross Rowing Club on Sunday – as not only did they launch a new boat – but did so to honour a life-long supporter. Members and supporters gathered at the club’s boathouse as the club’s newest racing boat, a Janousek coxed four, was officially launched in […]

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It was a very special and momentous day for Muckross Rowing Club on Sunday – as not only did they launch a new boat – but did so to honour a life-long supporter.

Members and supporters gathered at the club’s boathouse as the club’s newest racing boat, a Janousek coxed four, was officially launched in honour of Kathleen Murphy. The event was made all the more special as it had been so long awaited by the club. While the boat was purchased prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, a launch event at the club was not possible until the recent easing of public health restrictions.

Among the crowd gathered were members of the extended Murphy and Kenny families as well as many of Kathleen’s neighbours and friends from Mangerton Road and beyond.

Kathleen (nee Kenny) was born and raised in Muckross and has enjoyed close family ties with the rowing club from childhood to the present day. The Kennys of Muckross and their extended family have long played a central role in the club extending to over a century, reflected in the names of boats named and launched before in honour of other family members including Micheal Kenny and Jack O’Shea. Kathleen has long been among the most prominent and recognised club’s supporters at the annual Killarney Regatta, proudly sporting the club’s yellow colours while cheering on crews at all levels from Juvenile to Senior and Veteran. Together with her late husband Jerry, Kathleen has also played a central role in fundraising for the club with countless tickets sold weekly for the local Muckross Lottery since its launch in early 1990s. Both Kathleen and Jerry were previously recognised for their contribution to the club and both named as Vice Presidents. Kathleen and Jerry’s children and grandchildren continue the family tradition both on the lake and onshore, contributing to the club’s success and development as active rowers, coaches and committee members.

Presiding over the launch was Club Chairman Sean Daly and the blessing of the boat was carried out by Fr Kieran O’Brien.

The club was also delighted to welcome Emer Corridan, General Manager of the Cahernane House Hotel – whose sponsorship of the club supported the boat’s purchase.

The ceremonial popping of the champagne cork was carried out by Kathleen’s granddaughter Áine, and after a sprinkling of the bow, the boat was formally launched on the water by five of Kathleen’s grandchildren – Áine and Shona O’Sullivan, Daniel, Jack and Katie Murphy. The special launch event was an emotional day for the family and club with many memories of Kathleen’s late husband Jerry, whose anniversary was recently observed, in addition to family members gone before. Speaking on behalf of Kathleen, her son Kieran spoke of the great honour for Kathleen and her family to have one of the club’s racing boats named in her honour. Kieran expressed the family’s gratitude to the club, its committee and Chairman Sean Daly, President Maurice Coffey and Vice Presidents and to all the members, supporters and friends in attendance. The ceremonial proceedings were followed by refreshments outside the club’s new boathouse.

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Stylish Miriam wows at the races

When it comes to the style stakes, one local lady proved she’s got it after winning the female Most Stylish Racegoer this week. Miriam Prendergast from Killarney was selected by fashion blogger and judge Emily O’Donoghue aka @fashionablyfortyish on Sunday, the opening day of the Listowel Harvest Racing Festival. Benny O’Keeffe from County Meath was […]

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When it comes to the style stakes, one local lady proved she’s got it after winning the female Most Stylish Racegoer this week.

Miriam Prendergast from Killarney was selected by fashion blogger and judge Emily O’Donoghue aka @fashionablyfortyish on Sunday, the opening day of the Listowel Harvest Racing Festival.

Benny O’Keeffe from County Meath was also selected for his style and both winners each received a €400 cash prize, sponsored by McElligotts Tralee and Honda Ireland.

Miriam wore a black bustier wide legged jumpsuit with belt, styled with a very feminine one sleeve off white blouse with ruched details. She both designed and made the outfit herself and paired it with a headpiece she borrowed from a friend who got it in MacBees Killarney. She finished her look with a pretty vintage bag.

Benny wore a sky blue suit he purchased in Burtons, paired with a merl grey waistcoat, set off with a soft pink shirt cleverly coordinated with a pink and grey check tie. He purchased his very dapper hat in the Ukraine.

The runners-up in the ladies category each received a generous hamper from McElligotts Tralee with special thanks to McGuires Pharmacy Listowel. The runners-up in the gents category received tickets to the Sunday of the June Bank Holiday race meeting in Listowel in 2022.

Of course, there is more to come in the style stakes with one of Ireland’s most prestigious best dressed events – the McElligotts Honda Ladies Day – making a most welcome return this year to the racecourse today (Friday), judged by style icon Celia Holman Lee, it has an overall cash prize fund of €1,000 and the winner will also receive the most amazing beauty hamper sponsored by McGuire’s Pharmacy.

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