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Tribute to former Chamber president and Liebherr director

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Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce has paid tribute to the late Klaus Nölke who passed away on Sunday.

A native of Hannover in Germany, he had lived in Killarney since 1968 and was a very dedicated, enterprising and long-serving member of Chamber, serving as its President from 1982 to 1984.

The Chamber expressed its condolences to his wife, Christal, sons Lars and Kjell, daughters-in-law Norma and Yvonne, grandchildren Max, Ben, Lara, Ewan and Katie and his extended family and friends.

Chamber President Niall Kelleher said Klaus, of Sundays Well Apartments, Countess Road and formerly of Crohane, Fossa, played a major role in the industrial, commercial and business life in Killarney through his work as a director with the Liebherr Container Cranes company from 1968 to 2002.

“Everybody realises and appreciates the enormous role Liebherr has played and still plays in the everyday life of Killarney and Klaus Nölke was a central figure in the remarkable progress made by the company down through the years,” the Chamber President said.

“His wonderful vision and his technical and commercial prowess ensured that Liebherr remained at the cutting edge and, in that regard, his contribution to the commercial life of Killarney was enormous,” Mr Kelleher added.

Born in 1939, Klaus was a very enterprising Chamber of Commerce President for a two-year term and he helped establish the Killarney Working Group which led to the setting up of the hugely successful Killarney Looking Good Competition.

A long-time member of Killarney Golf and Fishing Club, Mr Nölke was also the voluntary project leader in the painstaking project to restore the ornate iron railings which surround the Church of the Sloes opposite the town hall in Killarney.

A private funeral will take place in St Mary's Church of Ireland tomorrow (Wednesday) which will be live streamed at 2pm on www.churchservices.tv/killarneystmarysloes followed by burial in Aghadoe Cemetery, Killarney.

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Rebel lights delight for Killarney star

By Con Dennehy The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in East Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Cork hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball […]

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The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in East Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Cork hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball championships.

Attracting all the leading players in Ireland, it was Sarah Dineen, the Spa/Killarney player who shot out the Rebel lights in Conna with a phenomenal display of handball.

Competing in the highly competitive Ladies Challenger championship, the Killarney player, who took up the sport just 18 months ago, had the perfect start in the competition defeating the home town favourite Agnes Hurley from Conna on a 21-20 scoreline following an energy sapping and close encounter that hung in the balance to the final ace.

In her second game she took on the challenge of Nolwenn Even from St Brigids where her skill, superior fitness and movement on the court resulted in the 21-12 victory and a place in the prestigious final.

“The final was always going to be a difficult game not least playing local girl Kate O’Riordan from Conna. I concentrated on my serve and kill shots which ensured we shared the aces early in the game. It was a difficult game with the home supporters out in force to cheer on their local hero. However, I played well and secured a 21-11 victory. This was the second time this title came to Spa Killarney following the 2022 win by Aoife Walsh in Northern Ireland,” said Sarah, who is currently chairperson of the Killarney Camogie Club.

A native of Westmeath, Sarah (46) runs a jewellery business in Killarney and lives in Rathmore. No stranger to competitive sport she played camogie for Westmeath and Leinster and also won an Intermediate championship Gaelic football medal in Westmeath.

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STEM Scholarship for outstanding female student

By Michelle Crean A Killarney student attending University College Cork has received a STEM scholarship. Annie O’Donoghue (22) who is in her final year of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Data Science […]

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By Michelle Crean

A Killarney student attending University College Cork has received a STEM scholarship.

Annie O’Donoghue (22) who is in her final year of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Data Science and Analytics in University College Cork, was recognised as an outstanding female student in STEM2D disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Manufacturing and Design at a ceremony held at Janssen Sciences site in Ringaskiddy.

Annie, from Muckross, will receive a student award, a bursary of €1,500, industry mentoring and leadership training, along with the opportunity to attend career workshops, visit Johnson & Johnson sites and participate in WiSTEM2D events designed to support students with pursuing future STEM careers.

The Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2D programme fuels the development of the female STEM2D talent pipeline by awarding and sponsoring girls and women at critical points in their educational experience and their careers, in STEM disciplines. The Undergraduate programme was first introduced at University of Limerick in 2016. Since then, it has expanded to include University College Cork in 2018, University of Galway in 2021, and Munster Technological University in 2022, supporting more than 400 female students over the last six years.

“It’s an honour to be a recipient of this award,” Annie, who is a former St Brigid’s Presentation Secondary School student, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It’s great to see the number of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Manufacturing and Design, increase over the years.”

She added that the goal of the award is “to inspire women to pursue their career path in their respective STEM2D field of work”.  
 

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