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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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Hike up Strickeen Mountain for air ambulance

  Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance. The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab. It […]

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Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance.

The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab.

It is expected that the 7.5km hike will take around three hours to complete and participants will benefit from the expertise of Krzysztof for a minimum donation €10 per person or €20 per family.

Strickeen Mountain is the eastern most peak of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and the hike will start from the Gap of Dunloe at 11am on the day.

As an added bonus fruit and water, donated by local supermarkets including Lidl, Aldi and Daly’s SuperValu, will be provided. The first 20 to register will receive a limited edition Irish Community Air Ambulance face covering snood.

“This is an ideal opportunity for someone who has never climbed this mountain, but wants to do it with the help of an experienced guide,” Donie Lucey, who is one of the Irish Community Air Ambulance’s chief fundraisers, said.

Further details are available from Donie on 086 854 5873 or from Krzysztof on 087 7589697 after 6pm.

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Golf club launches Summer Series competition

By Sean Moriarty Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality. The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer. Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality.

The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer.

Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at the famed Killeen course this coming Wednesday (June 23). This series will continue every Wednesday for eight weeks and top five scorers on each date will qualify for a Grand Final which is scheduled for Sunday, August 22.

“We are delighted to launch the ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series. This is a singles stableford event taking place on the Irish Open course, Killeen,” said the club’s marketing manager Meg Dalton. “With over €8,000 worth of prizes to be won, this is an event not to be missed. The first opportunity to qualify for the grand final is Wednesday.”

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Investigation continues into New St fire

  Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week. The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7). It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting […]

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Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week.

The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7).

It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting and ducting on the first, second and third floors. There was heavy smoke throughout the hotel but all guests were evacuated safely.

The landmark hotel, which also houses the famous Danny Mann pub, has not yet reopened, and local Gardai are still investigating its cause.

“The investigation is ongoing,” a Killarney Gardai Station spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser. “We are establishing the full facts in relation to the fire.”

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