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Special visit as Nell turns 99-years-old

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SPECIAL VISIT: Nell O'Mahony, pictured with staff from St Columbanus Nursing Home, had special visitors on Tuesday as her great-grandchildren called to celebrate her 99th birthday.

By Michelle Crean

Celebrations have been turned on their head in recent times with the limited social interactions possible – but that didn’t stop one Headford lady from spending time with family – as she marked her 99th birthday.

On Tuesday, Nell O'Mahony (nee Moynihan) was delighted to have visitors at lunchtime to St Columbanus Nursing Home where she resides, which included her eldest granddaughter Elaine Foley, and four of her five great-grandchildren, Elaine’s children, Ella (6), Callum (5), Nathan (3) and nine-month-old Clodagh.

However, due to the current COVID-19 restrictions they all had to look on from the outside as they wished her a happy birthday through the window.
And later in the evening other visitors brought cake and candles which were given to staff as they looked on from the outside.

“It’s tough that we couldn’t go in properly,” Elaine told the Killarney Advertiser.
“For family it was hard not to be able to go into see her, but what made it easier is that she is being so well looked after by the wonderful staff in there. She was in good form and is fully aware of the virus and the restrictions. She was recently moved to the window due to social distancing in the nursing home. When they visit, the children really perk her up.”

Nell was married to Denis O'Mahony and the couple resided in Mountrodger. Nell is a native of Headford and sister to the late John, Dan, and Labour TD Michael Moynihan. Nell is an avid Kerry supporter and looks forward to the GAA games returning and loves to listen to all the games on the radio.

“She has resided at St Columbanus for nearly four years where she is very well looked after by the excellent staff there and the family look forward to visiting her again in the home when it is safe to do so.”

Nell was asked on her birthday had she any advice to give her family and she replied to ‘go away home and be good', Elaine added.

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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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