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Time to honour the McShains’ contribution to Killarney

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By Sean MoriartyA committee is to be established to find a way to honour the McShain family and their incalculable contribution to Killarney.

John McShain was a millionaire Irish American construction magnate. Among his achievements were the construction of the Pentagon and the completion of the White House in Washington DC.In the late 1950s McShain joined a consortium that had purchased the 25,000 acre estate of the Earls of Kenmare.His partners sold their shares to him in 1959, at which time he took over lands that included Killarney House, the ruins of Ross Castle, Glena Mountain, and two of the famous lakes including Loch Leane.In 1973 he signed over most of his properties to the Irish State – what is now Killarney National Park.When John died in 1989 and his wife Mary in 1999, they handed the remainder of their property, Killarney House, over to the State and that period building has become a tourist attraction in its own right.Next year will mark the 35th and 25th anniversaries of their respective deaths and the Council wants to mark the occasion with a permanent remembrance to the McShains.Cllr Marie Moloney raised the issue at this week’s Killarney Municipal District meeting.“I am asking Killarney Municipal District to set up a committee of Executive, Elected Members and a number of interested members of the public to determine the most fitting and appropriate way to honour the late great John McShain for what he has done for Killarney,” she said.

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Festive jumpers and a Kerry jersey brings fundraiser to €10k

By Michelle Crean Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up! A Kerry football […]

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By Michelle Crean

Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up!

A Kerry football jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team is up for grabs via a fundraising link once a donation is made to the Presents for Palliative fundraiser.

On Friday eight local schools including Holy Cross Mercy, Killarney Community College, Presentation Monastery, Lissivigeen, St Brendan’s College, St Brigid’s, St Francis Special School, and St Oliver’s
swapped their uniforms for their most colourful festive gear with funds going to help the amazing services in the Palliative Care Unit/Kerry Hospice Foundation.

“The day took place across the schools involved last Friday (December 2) and looks like it has been a success,” teacher Elaine Moynihan from St Brendan’s College told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The donations from the schools are still being counted but students look to be on their way towards making their goal of €10k.”

The iDonate ‘Fundraising For Kerry Hospice Foundation’ has been very helpful in this regard, she added.

“Anyone who donates via the link and leaves their name will be in with a chance to win a Kerry jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team which will be presented to them before Christmas by a couple of members of the team.

“This was organised by the students involved in the fundraiser as a way to say thanks, and give back, to the members of the community who have gotten involved in the event – the link is live until December 18 and the draw will be made the following day.”

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Killarney punter secures €50,000 in EuroMillions draw

A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’. The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was […]

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A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’.

The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was valid for Tuesday night’s special draw.

The Killarney winner was one of 10 who each secured the €50,000 windfall.

“The National Lottery can reveal that three players in Dublin, three players in Cork and one player in Kerry, Roscommon, Kildare and Wexford all scooped the special raffle prize which was the seventh of 12 draws in the National Lottery’s ’12 Draws of Christmas’ promotion,” said a National Lottery statement.

The eighth draw will take place tonight (December 9) where 10 more players are guaranteed to win the amazing prizes.

Meanwhile, a player in Belgium scooped the EuroMillions Jackpot prize worth an astonishing €142,897,164.

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