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Second university site proposed for Killarney

By Sean Moriarty

A second proposal aimed at attracting a sub-campus of the newly formed Munster Technological University to Killarney has been put forward.
Last month it was announced that Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT) would merge to create MTU.
It was revealed in last week’s Killarney Advertiser that Killarney Mayor Michael Gleeson was pushing for the old St Finan’s Hospital site to be considered as one of six campuses for the new university.
Since then a second proposal, this time involving the old Pretty Polly Factory site, has been out forward.

Former councillor Sean Counihan has suggested the site which is owned by Kerry County Council and has been lying unused for years.
It was previously owned by the former Killarney Town Council but when town councils were amalgamated in to the county councils ownership transferred to the main council.

According to Counihan the site, at the time it was in town council ownership, it was designated for use “by the people of Killarney” and that it was earmarked for education purposes and could have been used as a catering college.

He believes that the process of returning the Pretty Polly site to Killarney ownership would involve a lot less red-tape than the potential purchase of the St Finan’s site.

“I would argue that if the municipal system has any relevant authority in the Killarney area it would be in a position to offer,free gratis, this site for the benefit of the town and indeed for North Cork East /South Kerry and beyond,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“This would remove the interactions between any other proposed sites such as St Finan’s where progress would be much slower and complicated when dealing with bodies like the HSE.”

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Eileen rewarded for her dedication to athletics

By Sean Moriarty Well-known Dalton’s Avenue woman Eileen Switzer has been named as the Honorary President of Killarney Valley Athletic Club in recognition of her work as a volunteer. The club held its annual awards night on Friday night last. As well as presenting awards to club members in recognition of their achievements at home […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Well-known Dalton’s Avenue woman Eileen Switzer has been named as the Honorary President of Killarney Valley Athletic Club in recognition of her work as a volunteer.

The club held its annual awards night on Friday night last.

As well as presenting awards to club members in recognition of their achievements at home and abroad they decided to honour Mrs Switzer for her “lifetime of volunteering to the community, to sport, to youth and for championing diversity and inclusion”.

“Eileen has been an advocate, a coach and an administrator in the sport of athletics for over 60 years in the town of Killarney, Kerry and beyond,” said club chair Jerry Griffin.

Eileen and her husband Frank have dedicated their lives to the community games and athletics in the greater Killarney area.

“I enjoy, but I don’t like, all the limelight,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I like to watch newcomers as they come up through the ranks, many of the Community Games people of the past are now running the committee.”

In a life time dedicated to volunteerism in Killarney Eileen has helped sports like golf, pitch and putt and badminton grow.  She was also heavily involved in the local Irish dancing scene and remains a great supporter of Kerry Parents and Friends.

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A Mass of Commemoration in Kilcummin

COMMEMORATION: A Mass of Commemoration for all those who fought and died in Kilcummin during the Irish War of Independence was celebrated last Sunday last at 11.30am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin by Fr Kieran O’Brien. Organised by the Kilcummin Historical Group there followed a walk to the Kilcummin Mass Rock where Fr […]

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COMMEMORATION: A Mass of Commemoration for all those who fought and died in Kilcummin during the Irish War of Independence was celebrated last Sunday last at 11.30am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin by Fr Kieran O’Brien. Organised by the Kilcummin Historical Group there followed a walk to the Kilcummin Mass Rock where Fr Kieran laid a wreath.

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