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Tom honoured for Sheepdog Trial success

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By Sean Moriarty

A Kilcummin man’s success at the International Sheepdog Trials in Aberystwyth, Wales last year was celebrated on Saturday night in the Killarney Avenue Hotel.

PRESENTATION: Tom O'Sullivan was presented with a Waterford Crystal piece and a personalised Rams Horn Shepherds Crook by the Irish Sheepdog Society Chairman Eamonn Connell.

FAMILY PHOTO: Tom O'Sullivan is pictured with his wife Mairead and their two daughters Aoibhe and Kayleigh. Also included are Tom's parents Ulick and Nora O'Sullivan Tom's brother Donal and his partner Rachel Walsh Tom's three sisters Eileen Daly and her husband Sean Mags Beston and her husband Emmet and Noreen and her partner Keith Fleming.

Tom O’Sullivan, who was also one of the driving forces behind bringing the Irish National Sheepdog Trials to Fossa last August, was honoured by the Irish Sheepdog Society at the special function.

Tom and his border collie sheepdog North Hill Tess won the biggest prize in sheepdog trials in Wales last September.

“Tom was the first Kerry winner of the competition and only the fifth Irish person to take the coveted trophy. He joins Frank Cashen, Co. Wexford with Jan in 1997, Toddy Lambe, also from Wexford with Craig in 2004, Michael Gallagher, Co. Antrim with Cap in 2010, James P McGee, Co. Donegal with Glencregg Silver in 2014," his sister Noreen told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The International Supreme Championship Shield, one of the most coveted championships on the sheepdog trialling circuit is in circulation since 1947, and Tom is the latest of only five Irish men ever to have won the championship. Friends and family from near and far flocked to Killarney on Saturday night to celebrate. Trial enthusiasts travelled from as far as Wales, England and Northern Ireland to celebrate the event with Tom’s friends and family.”

Tom was presented with a beautiful Waterford Crystal piece and a personalised Rams Horn Shepherds Crook by the Irish Sheepdog Society Chairman, Eamonn Connell from Co. Westmeath and the secretary, Claire Somers Cashen from Co. Wexford.

Former Supreme Champion James P McGee travelled from Donegal and presented Tom with a crystal plaque from the North of Ireland Sheepdog Society.

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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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