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BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS: Killarney Post Office staff Anne Clifford (second from left) and Liam Hartnett were delighted when colleagues surprised them with decorations and treats for their birthdays. From left were: Mary O'Shea, Anne Clifford, Liam Hartnett, Monique O'Sullivan and Margaret O'Connor.

By Michelle Crean

Celebrating a birthday during lockdown may not be ideal - but staff in Killarney Post Office didn't let two of their colleagues down as they surprised them with some special treats on Friday last (June 5).

Anne Clifford and Liam Hartnett both had birthdays in the past week and were thrilled when they turned up to work to find the office decorated with party banners and balloons as well as delicious homemade cakes and treats baked by their colleagues.

Liam celebrated on Sunday (June 7) and Anne's birthday took place on Wednesday (June 10), and both were delighted with the kind gesture of their long-time colleagues who are also very good friends.

"We had a fabulous time," Anne told the Killarney Advertiser.

"When I came in on Friday it was a surprise to see all the decorations. They went to huge efforts. It made it very special, and it turned out to be a tremendous day."

Their colleague Christine Fleming made a homemade cake while their other colleague Mary O'Shea made Rice Krispie buns and Rockie Road.

"With the shops closed in recent times we're baking a lot of homemade treats ourselves," Anne said.
"People can't celebrate the way they used to at the moment so we said we'd celebrate through these tough times. You definitely appreciate things more now."

And she added that Killarney Post Office has been as busy as ever since the country went into lockdown, with earlier opening hours to accommodate customers in the first month and they've seen a huge increase in online shopping orders coming through their doors.

However, they are missing some of the regular customers who are still being cautious as the COVID-19 restrictions begin to lift.
"We miss our regular customers but we look forward to seeing them very soon."

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Better late than never Christmas present for St Francis Special School

By Sean Moriarty St Francis Special School received a very late Christmas present this week – a specially adapted bike for the pupils to use. Husband and wife team Ciaran […]

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By Sean Moriarty

St Francis Special School received a very late Christmas present this week – a specially adapted bike for the pupils to use.

Husband and wife team Ciaran and Karen Dwyer, directors of Guerin Engineering and Pumps Ltd in Kilcummin, presented the special adapted bicycle to the staff and pupils at the Beaufort school on Tuesday.

After seeing an online request last December that the school needed the bike, they decided to gift one.

They contacted Glencar Medical, a Dublin-based firm that specialises in the supply of equipment to schools like St Francis, and ordered the bicycle.

However, nothing is straightforward in the current climate, Brexit, COVID and war all contributed to a delay in getting the bike to Ireland. Once it was in Dublin there were further delays in sourcing the special straps that St Francis’ children need to ride the bike safely.

It all came to a happy ending this week when the Dwyers were finally able to present their Christmas present to the school.

“We saw this request and we contacted the school and said we wanted to buy one, they told us where to get one, and we ordered it,” Karen told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We had it paid for by the end of the year but then it took three months to get it into the country. It took more time to import the specialist parts. The costs were increasing but we did not mind at all.”

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Jordan Lee to tell his story to the county’s schools

Paralympian Jordan Lee will share his experiences with schools all over Kerry. The Killarney man has embarked on a countywide tour ‘Jordan’s Drive’ in association with Kelliher’s Garage, a series […]

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Paralympian Jordan Lee will share his experiences with schools all over Kerry.

The Killarney man has embarked on a countywide tour ‘Jordan’s Drive’ in association with Kelliher’s Garage, a series of informal talks on his achievements and how he overcame his disability to reach the top of his chosen sport.

The 21-year-old was born with a foreshortened left arm known as amniotic band syndrome but has enjoyed a successful sports career which included representing Ireland at the Tokyo Olympics last summer.

Now he wants to share his story and inspire other students to follow their dreams.

His tour started last week at Colaiste na Sceilge in Cahersiveen and over the next few weeks, depending on his training schedule, will visit schools in Firies, Milltown, and Killarney.

“Don’t be afraid of people with disabilities or different backgrounds,” he said. “A few years ago there was only typical people in classrooms – you never came across people with disabilities or from various different countries. It is a lot more mixed now. I want to inspire people to treat everyone on the same level.”

‘Jordan’s Drive’ is made possible thanks to his role as a brand ambassador for Kelliher’s Garage, dealer principal, Tim Kelliher explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“Having got to know Jordan so well over the last couple of years we have come to realise how much of an inspiration he is so we decided to ask him to hop into his Toyota CHR Hybrid and bring his story out into the highways and byways of the Kingdom,” he said.

“Headlined ‘Jordans Drive’ and organised by my marketing team headed by Yvonne McMahon they have travelled to many of the schools around Kerry from Cahersiveen to Beaufort, Killorglin and with other dates planned for Firies and Milltown to name but a few. He has spoken his many words of wisdom to the children who have been in awe of the journey and his achievements, and we at Kelliher’s Garage are delighted and proud to have him as our brand ambassador.”

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