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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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Leona named PRO of the year

By Sean Moriarty She is best known for promoting the county’s GAA news – and now Leona Twiss has been rewarded for her efforts. The Gaelic Games Writers’ Association named […]

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By Sean Moriarty

She is best known for promoting the county’s GAA news – and now Leona Twiss has been rewarded for her efforts.

The Gaelic Games Writers’ Association named Leona as its Public Relations Officer of the Year at an awards ceremony at Iveagh Gardens in Dublin on Friday night last.

Leona has been the PRO for Kerry GAA for the last five years but will have to step down this year due to County Board rules.

“I was speechless, it was wonderful to get PRO of the Year but I am only as good as the team around me and this success is attributed to the hard work of the entire PR team at Kerry GAA,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

As well as her busy schedule managing the media affairs for the Kerry County Board, Leona is also principal at Cullina National School in Beaufort.

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Any victory for Ukraine is important!

By Natalya Krasnenkova On the eve of the final of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, President Zelensky said “Ukrainians need victory – big and small”. That is why Ukrainians who […]

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By Natalya Krasnenkova

On the eve of the final of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, President Zelensky said “Ukrainians need victory – big and small”.

That is why Ukrainians who gathered around the world on Saturday night were waiting for Ukraine’s win in the song contest, just like the victory in the war.

The Ukrainians from the Innisfallen Hotel were waiting for that too and the overall winner, Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra, caused a real emotional storm in the hall!

“After my country’s victory at Eurovision, I felt proud, cried, laughed and couldn’t believe it. I am also grateful to everyone who voted for us, because this victory shows how much most European countries support us,” Iryna Melnychuk said.

“Voting around the world for Ukraine gives us hope for support from the world community not only in the Eurovision Song Contest,” said Stepan Krasnenkov.

The Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra received the highest number of points from the audience during the entire existence of the competition: 439 points from the audience, 192 points from the professional jury. In the end – 631 points, which brought Ukraine victory.

Also, thanks to the Kalush Orchestra, the whole world now knows about the humanitarian catastrophe in Mariupol and the Azovstal enterprises, where wounded Ukrainian soldiers and civilians are under blockade without food, water and medicine.

After their performance, Kalush Orchestra addressed the audience from around the world with a request to save the defenders of Mariupol, who are at the Azovstal plant.

“Please help Ukraine, Mariupol! Help Azovstal! Right now!” – the band called.

After these words, search queries for Azovstal and Mariupol took off on the Internet as people were looking for what they meant.

Irish Eurovision contestant Brooke also sang it and the whole world sings the song of the winners ‘Stefania’.

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