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Second All-Ireland title win for Killarney golfers




CONGRATULATIONS to the ladies team at Killarney Golf & Fishing Club who have claimed their second All-Ireland title in just over a month in the AIG Senior Foursomes Final.

The finals of the Ladies AIG Cups and Shields took place at Malone Golf Club, Belfast. The club’s senior foursomes team defeated Lurgan in Thursday’s semi-final and went on to meet Roscommon in the final on Friday.

The final proved to be a nail-biting encounter with the overall result coming down to the final match.

Play had to be suspended on Friday due to darkness, with the final match against Roscommon involving the pairing of Eimear O’Donnell and Amy Arthur, undecided after 20 holes. Play resumed at 10am on Saturday morning and the team were crowned the winners after Eimear O’Donnell holed a five-footer for par on the 21st hole to give them the All-Ireland title.

“This has been a momentous year for the club with two ladies senior teams winning All-Ireland titles. In August, the club’s senior cup team won the All-Ireland for the first time in the club’s history and now we have our senior foursomes team winning another All-Ireland title,” said Cormac Flannery, general manager of Killarney Golf & Fishing Club.

“This is testament to the strength and depth of talent we have in our Ladies section. The team managers and panels put a huge amount of work into the preparation for these competitions and it’s been fantastic to see all that effort pay off. The support received from the club members has also been a significant factor in their success. It’s a brilliant achievement and we’re just hugely proud of them.”

The Senior Foursomes Team manager was Claire Keating and the panel included Mary Sheehy, Fidelma O’Connor, Deirdre Prendergast, Anne Moynihan Rudden, Eimear O’Donnell, lady captain Amy Arthur, Mary O’Doherty and Corrina Griffin.

Front, Ann Brown, lady captain, Malone GC, Amy Arthur, lady captain, Killarney Golf & Fishing Club, Vonnie Noonan, ILGU President, Claire Keating, team manager, and Aidan Connaughton, AIG; back, Breda Duggan, president, Killarney Golf & Fishing Club, Corrina Griffin, Mary O’Doherty, Mary Sheehy, Anne Moynihan Rudden, Fidelma O’Connor, Deirdre Prendergast and Eimear O’Donnell



Valuable role of Kerry cancer support charity recognised nationally



Cancer support charity Recovery Haven Kerry has been recognised for its vital role in supporting cancer patients and their families at a national ceremony in Dublin.

The renowned cancer support house was one of 16 such centres across Ireland that were presented with plaques to acknowledge their full membership of the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) Alliance – a group made up of voluntary and charity organisations delivering support services directly to cancer patients and their families. An additional 10 associate member charities were also honoured, including Kerry Cancer Support Group.

The Alliance advocates for, and supports, the development of integrated pathways between the cancer centres, acute hospitals, community cancer support services and primary care services. All members’ development is in line with the values of Sláintecare, seeking to provide assurance to healthcare professionals that these organisations are working to an agreed standard as set out in Best Practice Guidance published by the NCCP. 

Speaking after the ceremony, which was held at Dublin’s Farmleigh Estate, Recovery Haven Kerry Chairman, Tim McSwiney, explained that being compliant with the Best Practice Guidance for Community Cancer Support Centres is a true mark of quality. 

“It offers us a yardstick to measure what we are doing against the standards required. As a result, healthcare professionals have more confidence in referring people to our services. We are very proud to be a member of the Alliance,” he said.

Recovery Haven Kerry was represented at the event by centre manager, Gemma Fort and Client Services Co-Ordinator, Siobhan MacSweeney and were presented with their plaque by NCCP Lead for Cancer Survivorship, Louise Mullen, Clinical Lead for Psycho-Oncology Dr Helen Greally, and Minister of State at the Department of Health, Colm Burke. 

The event was also used as an opportunity to announce funding of €3m for the NCCP’s Alliance of Community Cancer Support Centres and Services through Budget 2024. The NCCP is currently in the process of distributing these funds which will directly and positively impact the delivery of services for patients and families nationally.

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‘More Precious Than Gold’ book launch



At the official book launch of ‘More Precious Than Gold: My enduring connection with John McShain – the man who built Washington’ by Alice O’Neill-McLoughlin at Killarney House, was Minister of State for Nature, Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan, T.D.

Alice was born the eldest of eleven children into an Irish farming family in Rosbercon, New Ross, County Wexford. In 1978, she was awarded a scholarship from John McShain- the iconic builder, philanthropist, devout Catholic with Derry ancestry, responsible for many famous American landmarks, including the Jefferson Memorial and the Pentagon.

Her book records the lifelong personal correspondence Alice exchanged with ‘The Man Who Built Washington.’ His philanthropy extended to the Irish people in the bequeathing to the State of Killarney House and the surrounding thousands of acres incorporating the Lakes, Ross Castle, and Innisfallen Island. In 2019, Alice had the honour of inducting John McShain into the Irish America Hall of Fame in her home town of New Ross in the presence of his relatives from Philadelphia and Derry. This is a tale of altruism, of gratitude, of faith and of a life lived in the pursuit of excellence.

Alice also donated her treasured correspondence of letters from John McShain for the archive at Killarney House. Also in attendance were Members of the Ignatius A. O’Shaughnessy family, who was founder of The Globe Oil and Refining Company – and part of a consortium of wealthy American businessmen who were going to purchase the lakes of Killarney as a Country Club in the 1950’s.

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