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Superintendent bids farewell after 37 years Garda service



This week, Editor of the Killarney Advertiser Michelle Crean was 'In Conversation' with Superintendent Dan Keane who lives in Glenflesk. The Bantry man, who has lived in Killarney for 32 years officially retired last Friday from An Garda Síochána after 37 years service.


During his expansive career, which began in 1983, Dan was involved many serious crimes and disturbances in the Kerry Garda Division including over 12 murder cases - being the Senior Investigating Officer on many of these. He was also the first appointed Detective Inspector in the history of An Garda Síochána in Kerry. Over the years he was involved in numerous VIP security details including politicians, US Presidents, Princesses, Ambassadors, and the visit of Prince Charles and Camilla to Kerry in 2018.

Now the 56-year-old, who is taking up a severance package targeted at Senior Managers in the Garda organisation, is preparing to slow life down and says that it will certainly be a different pace and something which he'll have to get used to.

The father of three, who is married to Catherine, is hoping to travel when it's safe to do so, and he's especially keen to see his middle son Kevin in Sydney who works for Ernst & Young. More time will also be spent with his oldest Daniel, who is a serving Garda in Kilkenny and youngest Aidan who is heading into his Leaving Cert year in The Sem.

"I'm planning to take stock for a while and in the New Year see what happens," Dan told the Killarney Advertiser. "I'd love to visit Kevin in Sydney and tour parts of the world I've never been to post-COVID."


Aged just 29, Dan was promoted to Sergeant and spent seven years as a Detective Sergeant in Killarney. He was then promoted to Inspector in 2005 and appointed to Detective Inspector in 2007.

In 2012, he took up the role of Superintendent, and over the past eight years has served in Roxboro Road, Limerick, Henry Street, Limerick, Listowel, and Tralee.

Dan was Superintendent in Charge of the Limerick City of Culture for the year 2014 which had a quarter of a million people out on the streets of Limerick - the biggest ever crowd recorded in Limerick over three days, bigger than when the Pope came in 1979 or when J.F. Kennedy came.

And asked what his favourite time in service was, he adds that it was all of them.

"I enjoyed every rank. You build up a certain amount of experience with each one and get something different in all of them. I was the first Detective Inspector for the Kerry District for five years and that was very challenging but rewarding and I've enjoyed my time as Superintendent."

He thanked the many colleagues he has worked with over the years.
"You meet a lot of people with a lot of different backgrounds. Working with them has enriched my career. I'd like to say a big thank you to the public in Kerry as well."

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Lee Strand awarded Gold in Sustainability Programme

Lee Strand was recognised once again for their exceptional performance and commitment to sustainability with Gold Membership at the Origin Green 2022 awards. Origin Green is Ireland’s food and drink […]




Lee Strand was recognised once again for their exceptional performance and commitment to sustainability with Gold Membership at the Origin Green 2022 awards.

Origin Green is Ireland’s food and drink sustainability programme led by Bord Bia – The Irish Food Board. Gold Membership is awarded to companies who demonstrate an exceptional annual performance on their sustainability targets.

“We are delighted Lee Strand is recognised once again with the prestigious Origin Green Gold Membership for our commitment to sustainability,” Gearoid Linnane, CEO said.

“In Lee Strand environmental management and sustainability are key elements of our business model, from launching 100% renewable cartons, to reducing water usage and energy efficiency. This is a great achievement by our sustainability team who are continually striving for higher levels of environmental excellence. We would also like to thank Veronica Kennelly from the Munster Technological University who assisted Lee Strand in the development of our Origin Green plan.”

Origin Green continues to evolve to ensure Bord Bia is helping Irish food and drink companies to remain up to date with the evolving needs of trade customers and their consumers, globally. With the introduction of the Origin Green credits system in early 2022, it is now easier to identify members who are performing at a high level or excelling in their sustainability performance.

To retain ongoing membership of Origin Green, companies must subsequently submit an annual review to demonstrate clear progress against the established targets and initiatives set. This annual review is subject to an independent third-party review by their verification authority Mabbett. This ensures minimum programme requirements are consistently met and maintained. Companies receive credits for their performance in areas such as raw material sourcing; water and energy efficiency; waste reduction; packaging; and social sustainability. Origin Green has established five different membership tiers based on company size and turnover, so that a real diversity of industry is reflected in the overall Gold Membership.


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Shock at the death of “wonderful community activist”

There was a great sense of shock over the weekend when new of the death of Yvonne Quill, a Tidy Towns champion and wonderful community activist, became known. Yvonne, from […]




There was a great sense of shock over the weekend when new of the death of Yvonne Quill, a Tidy Towns champion and wonderful community activist, became known.

Yvonne, from Barleymount and formerly of the Cafe, College Street, passed away following a short illness on Friday. Requiem Mass takes place this morning (Monday) at 11am in The Prince of Peace Church, Fossa, followed by burial in Aghadoe Lawn Cemetery.

Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce President Niall Kelleher said she will be very fondly remembered as an incredibly dedicated woman, a strong personality who led by example and spearheaded the town’s Tidy Towns committee with such passion for over 25 years.

He recalled that her proudest day was when, as chairperson of the Killarney Looking Good Committee, she inspired Killarney to the prestigious overall national award in 2011 which had proved so elusive prior to that.

“Yvonne led by example and she never asked anyone to do something she wouldn’t do herself. You would seldom see her without the yellow bib, playing her part and showing us all what needed to be done to give Killarney the edge,” Mr Kelleher said.

“While winning the overall prize was something special, Killarney has never been far from the top and it has won a gold medal almost every year which is testament to Yvonne’s great ability to organise, her steely determination and her unrivalled ability to rally the troops,” he added.

The Chamber President also remembered her as a great businesswoman, a master baker and confectioner whose café on College Street was a must-visit for a whole generation of Killarney people and visitors.

“Yvonne Quill has left a great legacy in her home town. We thank her for what she has done, we’ll remember her incredible work ethic and we’ll ensure her name will live on in Killarney by continuing the commitment to the Tidy Towns initiative.”

Johnny McGuire, a member of the executive of Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, who worked alongside Yvonne at the helm of the Tidy Towns committee, said she was a born leader who inspired the whole community and always led by example.

“Killarney would never have won the All-Ireland Tidy Towns award without her. She was the inspirational captain of the winning team. Yvonne worked night and day and, when it came to Tidy Towns, there was no downtime for her,” Mr McGuire said.

“Her commitment to the cause brought her into every school and every housing estate in Killarney. Working closely with the late Fr Michael Murphy, her great friend, Kathleen Foley, and others, they really put Killarney in contention for the top awards every year. The name Yvonne Quill was known and respected in Tidy Towns circles throughout the entire country – she really was a legend and everything she turned her hand to,
she succeeded. Killarney will miss her,” he added.

She will be deeply missed by her husband John, children Peter, Sandra and Sean, her son-in-law Peter, daughter-in-law Mairéad, grandchildren Anna, Jake, Ted, Abby and Luke, sister Angela Mulvey, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, and extended family, friends, neighbours and the community.

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