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Tractor and car event to remember Ian O’Riordan

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By Michelle Crean

Tomorrow will be a special day of remembrance for Ian O'Riordan as his family are planning a tractor and car run for his 10th anniversary.

Ian, from Maughantourig, Gneeveguilla, passed away on January 14, 2013 - just weeks shy of his 17th birthday.

His heartbroken family organise fundraisers on special dates. Previously they had a fundraiser for his 21st birthday with all proceeds going to South West Counselling.

Now, on his 10th anniversary, they plan to raise funds for Down Syndrome Kerry (DSK).

"My nephew Ronán was born two years ago with Down Syndrome and my niece Emma (15) in America, so this is why we picked this charity," Ian's mom Eileen O'Sullivan told the Killarney Advertiser.

Eileen's youngest son Liam has a huge interest in tractors and cars and asked if they could raise funds that way.

Now locals are gearing up for a great day. It begins with registration, which is €20, at the Rathmore GAA grounds at 9.30am and starts at 12.30pm. Later in the day there'll be plenty of entertainment from 'Up in Smoke' at the Bridge Bar from 4 to 6pm.

There are many spot prizes up for grabs including an iPhone, a Galaxy smartphone, a signed Connacht jersey, a signed East Kerry jersey and a signed Kerry jersey, as well as hotel and beauty vouchers from businesses in Killarney, Rathmore and Gneeveguilla.
 

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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