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Swiss Ambassador visits Killarney

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By Sean Moriarty

The Swiss ambassador who visited Killarney last week is to prepare a report on potential investment in the town and county.

During his two-day visit, Ambassador of Switzerland to Ireland, Louis-José Touron, met with the Mayor of Killarney, Marie Moloney, and Bernadette Randles who is Chair of the Irish Hotel Federation’s Kerry branch.

Prior to his Killarney visit he met with senior Kerry County Council officials including the Mayor of Tralee Johnnie Wall, the Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council Jimmy Moloney, as well as Chief Executive Moira Murrell in Tralee.

“Ambassador Touron was very impressed by the arguments put forward at both meetings about the availability of space, improvements in infrastructure, the skills of the workforce, and the presence of rail and air connections,” Cllr
Moloney told the Killarney Advertiser. “He was also very interested in the tourism industry and what Killarney has to offer by way of culture, festivals and amenities.”

He also visited the Liebherr Container Cranes factory in Fossa.

“The Ambassador's report to the Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs is to be shared with the Swiss equivalent of Enterprise Ireland and this will inform their advice to Swiss companies seeking to expand into the EU. Though it will obviously take some time to trickle down, it is hoped it will have a positive impact in terms of attracting Swiss companies to Kerry,” Cllr Moloney added.

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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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Caring group craft charity blankets

By Michelle Crean One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity. Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members […]

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By Michelle Crean

One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity.

Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members of Kilcummin Community Care worked together to make blankets for service users on the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus.

“Each blanket is assigned as a personal gift to the clients using the Cancer Link Bus and is kept by them,” Kate Fleming, Chairperson of Kilcummin Community Care, said.

The knitting of the squares to make the blankets began at a gathering in the Rose Hotel in 2018. It was a gathering of different volunteer groups.

The Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus were requesting knitted squares to make blankets for the clients who were using their facilities, she explained.

“Kilcummin Community Care were knitting at the time, so it was decided to help out this worthy cause. We received donations of wool from people in the parish and surrounding areas. Kilcummin ICA also got involved in the efforts.”

During the two years of COVID-19, members of both organisations continued to knit and are still knitting to the present day.

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