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Tributes as St Patrick’s Festival chairman steps down

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Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce has paid tribute to the enormous contribution of local businessman Paul Sherry who has stepped down as voluntary chairman of the St Patrick’s Festival in Killarney.

Mr Sherry said he has thoroughly enjoyed his time at the helm but, due to several other commitments, he has to hand over the baton to somebody else to plan for the future and elevate the event to a new level.

Chamber President Niall Kelleher said the outgoing chairman has done a tremendous job over the past five years and his work ethic has been extraordinary.

“It is regularly said that if you want something done well then you should give it to a busy person and that was certainly the case with Paul,” Mr Kelleher said.

“In addition to his position as manager of Killarney Outlet Centre, he is hugely active in Killarney Celtic FC, Killarney Rotary Club and so many other local organisations yet he always found time to do the job for us and to do it very well.

“Paul put his heart and soul into the organisation of the St Patrick’s Festival in Killarney, leading by example all the time and the town and its people owe him an enormous debt of gratitude for ensuring we have had such a wonderful spectacle to enjoy every March.”

Paul said the St Patrick’s Day parade in Killarney has always been a success because, in some shape or form, community activists freely give of their time and effort to their club, their organisation and their community.

“The St Patrick’s Festival is a celebration of our place, our history and our heritage and I want to thank everybody for being part of it over the years,” he said.

“The spirit of community and volunteerism is alive and well in our town and that is clearly evident by the magnificent display we saw on our streets on St Patrick’s Day. Without this overall community effort, there would be no parade,” he added.

Paul Sherry has spent the past five years as voluntary chairperson of the St Patrick’s Festival – even though it was suspended during the pandemic – and, prior to that, he was assistant chairperson during Anne Marie Kennelly’s three-year term in charge.

“I feel that, in order for the festival to grow and progress, it now needs fresh input from somebody with experience in international marketing to promote Killarney further,” he said.

“Much as I have enjoyed working on the festival, between the demands of family, work and other commitments, I will no longer be able to allocate the time necessary to do justice to what is required to run this event,” Mr Sherry added.

”I wish to take this opportunity to thank everyone within the Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, Kerry County Council and Fáilte Ireland who have helped and supported me with the festival and I have no doubt that, with fresh leadership and commitment, St Patrick’s Festival Killarney will go from strength to strength."

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International day was a recipe for success

By Michelle CreanSpicy dishes and sweet treats were part of the experience in Killarney Community College as students took time out on Monday to celebrate a variety of different cultures. […]

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By Michelle CreanSpicy dishes and sweet treats were part of the experience in Killarney Community College as students took time out on Monday to celebrate a variety of different cultures.

The Modern Foreign Languages Department organised many events throughout the week but activity that took centre stage place was MasterChef for International Culture Day.

60 students from different countries took part by cooking dishes from their native countries. The judges had their work cut out for them but they finally agreed on a deserving winner.

First place went to Greece with a classic but simple Greek salad which was unbelievably well received by all. In second place was the Polish representatives who made mouth-watering pierogi dumplings while students from Germany produced a sweet cake from their own specific region and took third place.

First Year students got the opportunity to sample the food and learn about the dishes and cultures.

Stickers were worn on students’ jumpers from European Day of Languages and allowed students to speak with other students from their country and make new friends.

“It’s important to recognise and celebrate the ever-growing variety of different cultures within our society and our school setting,” Principal Stella Loughnane said.

“These opportunities provide a great scope for our students to learn and have a better understanding of these cultures while creating a greater respect for everyone’s backgrounds. I also got to taste a few of the dishes and even managed to snag a couple of recipes, they were that good.”

BREWING UP

Meanwhile it was a feel-good morning last Thursday at the school as students and staff brewed up for the Kerry Hospice Foundation.

They enjoyed many delicious treats kindly donated by staff all for an amazing cause. The Bewley’s Big Coffee Morning in aid of Kerry Hospice raised a whopping €650, this will no doubt be put to great use in supporting people in difficult times. This charity has an extra special meaning for Killarney Community College as they have had members of staff, who in challenging times, were supported by this outstanding service.

Ms Loughnane commended the efforts of staff involved adding that it was such a worthwhile cause.

“The college was delighted to host this event to raise funds for Kerry Hospice who provide so much support to our community at times of need, it is so important to give a little back.”

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Godley fourth in National Ploughing competition

By Sean Moriarty Four years on from his last appearance at the National Ploughing Championships, Shane Godley continues to move up the ranks in his age group. The Killarney Ploughing […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Four years on from his last appearance at the National Ploughing Championships, Shane Godley continues to move up the ranks in his age group.

The Killarney Ploughing Association member last represented Kerry in the Under 21s in 2018 when he placed sixth in the two-furrow conventional class in the national competition.

Last week at the 2022 National Ploughing Championships at Rathinaska, County Laois he placed fourth in the under 28 age group for the same category.

“Weather conditions for both the ploughing days was very good but the ground was very hard,” he said.

Club mate Mike Brosnan from Gortalea, finished 20th in the ‘Vintage Mounted’ class. They were the only two members of Killarney Ploughing Association to compete at the event.

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