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RECOGNITION: Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Niall Kelleher, presenting Sergeant Dermot O'Connell, Killarney Garda Station, with his award in recognition of his creation of the ‘Operation Páistí’ safety initiative, at the Kerry County Council Annual Awards, at the Great Southern Killarney. Also included is Moira Murrell, Chief Executive Kerry County Council and Cathaoirleach Killarney Municipal District, Cllr Michael Gleeson. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

 

By Colm Looney

Killarney teenage hero Ian O’Connell and Sergeant Dermot O’Connell were among the Killarney community leaders who were honoured at the Kerry County Council and Municipal District Awards ceremony on Friday night (February 21).

 

[caption id="attachment_30392" align="alignleft" width="1024"] AWARD WINNERS: Cathaoirleach of Killarney Municipal District Cllr Michael Gleeson with local councillors, presenting, Rena Kennelly, front centre, with her award. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan[/caption]

 

 

 

 

 

Kerry County Council paid tribute to the town’s top achievers at a gala awards ceremony in the Great Southern Killarney.

[caption id="attachment_30391" align="alignleft" width="1024"] LOCAL HERO: Cathaoirleach of Killarney Municipal District Cllr Michael Gleeson, presenting, Rena Kennelly, Killarney, in recognition of lifetime dedication and creation of St Mary's Cathedral annual Christmas Crib, Killarney, at the Kerry County Council Annual Awards, at the Great Southern Killarney. Also included is, Angela McAllen, Manager Killarney Municipal District and Cllr Donal Grady. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan[/caption]

 

 

 

The annual awards were presented to teams, organisations, groups and individuals who had achieved notable success and brought distinction and honour to their communities and their native county.

The awards were presented to the Killarney recipients by Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council Cllr Niall Kelleher and Cathaoirleach of Killarney MD Cllr Michael Gleeson. A Civic Reception was also conferred to Killarney teenager Ian O’Connell to honour his courage and positive attitude in the face of adversity, following his severe cycling accident in August 2017, which left him badly injured at the age of 16.

“We pay tribute to those who have pursued their dreams, excelled in their field, led community or voluntary groups, achieved records and new personal bests, and brought glory to their teams on the field of play,” Cathaoirleach Niall Kelleher said.

“Your stories and achievements are truly inspiring and prove again that, in Kerry, our people are our best asset. We thank you for your heroism, dedication and tenacity.”

[caption id="attachment_30390" align="alignleft" width="1024"] MUSIC MAGIC: Cathaoirleach of Killarney Municipal District Cllr Michael Gleeson, presenting Ann Mangan and team from Killarney Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann in recognition of their gold winning achievements at Fleadh Cheoil na h-ƒEireann 2019, at the Kerry County Council Annual Awards, at the Great Southern Killarney. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan[/caption]

 

 

 

 

Sgt Dermot O’Connell was awarded for his creation of the ‘Operation Páistí’ safety initiative which he devised in 2018 to make it easier for parents to understand the safest way to restrain children in cars.

Killarney woman Rena Kennelly’s work on the Nativity Scene in the cathedral was recognised, as she was awarded for the all the hard-work she has put into designing it over the last 46 years.

Killarney Scorchers Cheerleading Club and Killarney Comhaltas Dancers were also awarded for their never-ending ability to display the talents of youths across the town since they were both founded.

 

[caption id="attachment_30389" align="alignleft" width="1024"] LEADERS: Cathaoirleach of Killarney Municipal District Cllr Michael Gleeson, presenting Killarney Scorchers Cheerleading Club: Hayley Murphy and team in recognition of the achievements in the International Cheerleading Championships, at the Kerry County Council Annual Awards, at the Great Southern Killarney. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan[/caption]

 

 

 

 

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By Sean Moriarty Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week. The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017. Since the accident he has been a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week.

The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017.

Since the accident he has been a champion for the less fortunate under his mantra: “If you can’t stand up – standout”.

This was the inspiration behind his brand new radio show which aired for the first time on Wednesday evening.

‘Stand Out with Ian O’Connell’ will feature interviews with people who have overcome great adversary to reach even greater heights.

His first guest was fellow Killarney man Jordan Lee. The Paralympian represented Ireland in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

“I was used to being in the studio from people interviewing me, but this time I turned the table,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was great to have Jordan on, two Killarney men! I really enjoyed it, it got a massive reaction and I got loads of emails and messages afterwards and into Thursday morning.”

Ian will reveal his guest for the show on the previous Monday through various social media channels.

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Sinead is queen of the court

By Con Dennehy With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport. Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater […]

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By Con Dennehy

With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport.

Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater Killarney region.

One of the most impressive performances on the night was in the Beginners Category where local star Sinead Moriarty secured a number of electrifying victories to win the overall title.

“This was a very competitive competition. In the opening games Neill Horgan was defeated by Rosin King from Glenbeigh 13-15 with Sinead Moriarty getting the better of exchanges with Bríd Horgan (Spa) 15-8. In the other game Niamh Faulds from Glenflesk lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-10 despite a very brave effort from Niamh,” said Eoin O’Donoghue, secretary of Spa Killarney Handball Club.

In the semi-finals Sheila Kelliher lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-11 with Sinead Moriarty defeating Rosin King 15-12.

“In a pulsating final Sinead saw off the dogged challenge of Elena O’Donoghue 15-11. While Sinead dominated this game, she looked in control and played a brilliant tournament throughout and was a deserving overall winner.”

In the Advanced category there were wins for Evan Enright and Eoin O’Donoghue in the opening games.

In the quarter finals Even Enright saw off the challenge of Brendan O’Donoghue 15-8 while Eoghan Daly defeated Eoin O’Donoghue 15-11, Aoife Walsh (Currow) defeated Maggie Quirke (Glenbeigh) 15-7 and Brian McEvoy beat Michael Clifford 15-6.

Semi-final success for Evan Enright and Eoghan Daly saw them battle it out in a pulsating final with Daly taking the title on a 15-12 scoreline.

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