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Superintendent bids farewell after 37 years Garda service

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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."

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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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Local soprano releases new single

Local soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan has released her second self-penned single. Following the success of her debut song ‘Forever and a Day’ which was released on July 16 and was aired on radio stations all over the world and on streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, her second single was released last Friday. ‘Before […]

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Local soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan has released her second self-penned single.

Following the success of her debut song ‘Forever and a Day’ which was released on July 16 and was aired on radio stations all over the world and on streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, her second single was released last Friday.

‘Before You Leave Me’ has a Jazz influence. Mary has been writing her own songs since March this year covering several different genres.

“Tony O’Flaherty of Sonas Studios has brought my songs to life and I am delighted with the production on the songs,” Mary told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Fun Urban Orienteering event coming to Killarney town

The event is free, open to all ages, levels of fitness and is both wheelchair and buggy friendly.Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership are calling on you, to get out and #BeActive as part of European Week of Sport 2021, which runs from September 23 to 30. Sport Ireland, the national coordinating body for European Week of Sport in […]

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The event is free, open to all ages, levels of fitness and is both wheelchair and buggy friendly.
Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership are calling on you, to get out and #BeActive as part of European Week of Sport 2021, which runs from September 23 to 30.

Sport Ireland, the national coordinating body for European Week of Sport in Ireland hope that this year’s event will inspire even more people than previous years and has funded multiple flagship as well as local events run by the Network of Local Sports Partnerships, including this ‘Family Street Orienteering Kerry’ event.

“This free event looks to offer everyone an opportunity the get out and be active and maybe try something new,” Gearóid O Doherty, the Coordinator of Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership said. 

“Urban Orienteering is an activity that you can do on your own or with your family and friends. You get to challenge yourself a little and still go at a pace that suits you – and what a beautiful location to do it all in, Killarney town!

“With many people possibly new to the Kerry region, be that through work, college or otherwise, this is an ideal way to get involved in the community and explore the streets and lanes of Killarney in a fun and active way.”

The Kerry Orienteers Club have designed the courses for this event and are looking forward to the excitement of it all and helping those new to the sport to continue taking part in the months and years that follow.

“We know that, for a lot of people, this will be their first time trying orienteering, but they can rest assured, as we will be there to talk them through it and help them out if needed,” Brendan O’Brien from Kerry Orienteers said.

“If it is something they want to try again, we can signpost them to other events, both locally here in Kerry and indeed nationally. Orienteering is a fantastic sport that allows you to build your skills and confidence, with all events having a variety of routes to cater for all levels.”

To cater for physical distancing and government guidelines, there are several staggered start times for participants to choose from, beginning at 6pm and the last group heading off at 7.30pm. With free t-shirts for all who sign up and additional workshops onsite, from the likes of Leave No Trace Ireland, it is sure to be a fun and vibrant evening, all stemming from the start point at ANAM – Killarney’s Arts and Culture Centre.

Places are limited for this event. Free online registration is available and those looking to attend are encouraged to book their place early to avoid disappointment.

For more information, you can visit any of the Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership social media accounts or go to www.sportireland.ie.

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