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Creative Killarney Legion tops the poll

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Best overall entry Killarney Legion GAA Club participating in the St Patrick's Festival Parade in Killarney. PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

    Best overall entry Killarney Legion GAA Club participating in the St Patrick's Festival Parade in Killarney.
    PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN
     


     
    THEIR entertaining take on the local political scene earned the quick-thinking members of Killarney Legion GAA Club the number-one vote for best overall entry at tonight’s St Patrick’s Festival Cill Áirne parade awards ceremony.
    Members of the club accepted the Sean O’Keeffe Perpetual Trophy at a packed gathering at the International Hotel. The club, which portrayed the Healy-Rae election campaign during the parade last Thursday, was heartily congratulated by all at tonight’s ceremony, which was led by festival chairperson Anne Marie Kennelly along with committee members. Anne Marie paid tribute to all who supported the event and thanked the media sponsor Killarney Advertiser, and the International Hotel which sponsored the prizes and supplied the venue for the awards.
    Also addressing the gathering on behalf of the judges was Tracy Coyne who praised the huge creativity on show during this year’s carnival event. “Thank you all for thinking outside the box,” said Tracy.
    The Michael Courtney Perpetual Trophy for the best interpretation of a theme was won by St Oliver’s National School, while the John Killer O’Callaghan Perpetual Trophy for the best sporting entry went to Ariels Gymnastics.
    Killarney Camogie Club picked up the gong for best sports club and Craiceann Drummers won the trophy for best musical entry.
    Bellview Woods Childcare was named best children’s group while the Kerry Branch of the Irish Kidney Association took a bow as best new entry.
    Kerry Stars Special Olympics Club was named best voluntary group and the Killarney Asylum Seekers Initiative won the prize for most entertaining entry.
    Joanne Barry Destiny Academy won the best activity group category and the imaginative folk at Barradubh National School were awarded the trophy for most original entry.
    Raheen won on the double with Raheen Montessori Playgroup deemed the most stylish entry and Raheen National School winning the prize for best school,
    Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club won the trophy for most imaginative while Lynes of Killarney was awarded the best shop window display prize.
    McSweeney Arms Hotel was voted the best greened building.

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Better late than never Christmas present for St Francis Special School

By Sean Moriarty St Francis Special School received a very late Christmas present this week – a specially adapted bike for the pupils to use. Husband and wife team Ciaran […]

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By Sean Moriarty

St Francis Special School received a very late Christmas present this week – a specially adapted bike for the pupils to use.

Husband and wife team Ciaran and Karen Dwyer, directors of Guerin Engineering and Pumps Ltd in Kilcummin, presented the special adapted bicycle to the staff and pupils at the Beaufort school on Tuesday.

After seeing an online request last December that the school needed the bike, they decided to gift one.

They contacted Glencar Medical, a Dublin-based firm that specialises in the supply of equipment to schools like St Francis, and ordered the bicycle.

However, nothing is straightforward in the current climate, Brexit, COVID and war all contributed to a delay in getting the bike to Ireland. Once it was in Dublin there were further delays in sourcing the special straps that St Francis’ children need to ride the bike safely.

It all came to a happy ending this week when the Dwyers were finally able to present their Christmas present to the school.

“We saw this request and we contacted the school and said we wanted to buy one, they told us where to get one, and we ordered it,” Karen told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We had it paid for by the end of the year but then it took three months to get it into the country. It took more time to import the specialist parts. The costs were increasing but we did not mind at all.”

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Jordan Lee to tell his story to the county’s schools

Paralympian Jordan Lee will share his experiences with schools all over Kerry. The Killarney man has embarked on a countywide tour ‘Jordan’s Drive’ in association with Kelliher’s Garage, a series […]

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Paralympian Jordan Lee will share his experiences with schools all over Kerry.

The Killarney man has embarked on a countywide tour ‘Jordan’s Drive’ in association with Kelliher’s Garage, a series of informal talks on his achievements and how he overcame his disability to reach the top of his chosen sport.

The 21-year-old was born with a foreshortened left arm known as amniotic band syndrome but has enjoyed a successful sports career which included representing Ireland at the Tokyo Olympics last summer.

Now he wants to share his story and inspire other students to follow their dreams.

His tour started last week at Colaiste na Sceilge in Cahersiveen and over the next few weeks, depending on his training schedule, will visit schools in Firies, Milltown, and Killarney.

“Don’t be afraid of people with disabilities or different backgrounds,” he said. “A few years ago there was only typical people in classrooms – you never came across people with disabilities or from various different countries. It is a lot more mixed now. I want to inspire people to treat everyone on the same level.”

‘Jordan’s Drive’ is made possible thanks to his role as a brand ambassador for Kelliher’s Garage, dealer principal, Tim Kelliher explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“Having got to know Jordan so well over the last couple of years we have come to realise how much of an inspiration he is so we decided to ask him to hop into his Toyota CHR Hybrid and bring his story out into the highways and byways of the Kingdom,” he said.

“Headlined ‘Jordans Drive’ and organised by my marketing team headed by Yvonne McMahon they have travelled to many of the schools around Kerry from Cahersiveen to Beaufort, Killorglin and with other dates planned for Firies and Milltown to name but a few. He has spoken his many words of wisdom to the children who have been in awe of the journey and his achievements, and we at Kelliher’s Garage are delighted and proud to have him as our brand ambassador.”

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