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Two Killarney men selected for Irish team

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WHISTLE BLOWS: Tom O'Sullivan (International Sheep Dog Society Local Chairman Killarney) with his dogs 'Glebe Fort Sid' and ‘North Hill Tess' competing in The Brace Class of the Irish National Sheep Dog Trials. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

CHARITY: Dermot O'Toole Coachford Co Cork meeting Yvonne Pennisi from 'My Canine Companion' at the 2021 Irish National Sheep Dog Trials. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

FAMILY FUN: Fergal Daly from Tralee with his wife Colette and children Maeve and Fiadh Daly and Claire and Betty McNamara watching the Irish National Sheep Dog Trials. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

TEAM: Organisers beneficiaries and sponsors of the 2021 Irish National Sheep Dog Trials at Killalee Fossa. From left: Irene Hartigan-Patterson and her daughter Alexandra (My Canine Companion) Kathryn Roche (Business Development Manager Irish Country Meats) Martha and Tara Foley (Local Committee) Aisling O'Sullivan-D'Arcy (South Kerry Development Partnership) Cathaoirleach Killarney Municipal District Cllr. Marie Moloney Adrian Steher (Managing Director Killarney Hotels Ltd. Liebherr) Mairead O'Sullivan Tom O'Sullivan (Local Chairman of the Irish National Sheep Dog Trials) Sean Moriarty (Farm Manager Europe Hotel and Resort Haven) Anna Maria Cronin-O'Sullivan (Committee) Danny O'Shea (Munster Sheep Dog Society). Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

By Sean Moriarty

Two Killarney men and their dogs have been selected for the Irish team at next month’s International Sheepdog Trials at Aberystwyth in Wales.

Kilcummin native Tom O’Sullivan and his six-year-old dog, North Hill Tess, and Glenflesk’s Mike Healy and his young dog Bill, will join the 15-strong Irish team after qualifying at the Irish National Sheepdog Trials last weekend.

This is Tom’s fourth time making the Irish Team and his second time with this particular dog, Tess, having been on the team previously in 2019.

The Irish qualifiers were held in Killalee, Fossa, by kind permission of The Hotel Europe and Resort, and Mr O’Sullivan, who is the local organising committee chairman, praised the success of the event, which ran from Thursday until Saturday, and was held in Killarney for the first time.

“We had three days of sheepdog trialling at the highest standard and that produced a 15-man Irish Team to compete in Wales next month,” he said. “The event was a great success with a great local committee, many volunteers, and great food from Kilcummin Gourmet Kitchens over the three days.”

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New Fexco partnership to create 75 jobs

Kerry based financial technology and business services company Fexco and digital services company, TEKenable have announced a strategic partnership to help create 75 new jobs by 2025. The Fexco Managed Services […]

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Kerry based financial technology and business services company Fexco and digital services company, TEKenable have announced a strategic partnership to help create 75 new jobs by 2025.

The Fexco Managed Services and TEKenable partnership will see both organisations co-invest in Microsoft Dynamics 365 Products and Salesforce Cloud Solutions and Services aimed at improving their collective customers end-to-end experience across both Irish and UK markets.

This partnership combines TEKenable’s experience in providing Microsoft Dynamics 365 consultancy, development, and support services to their customers, with Fexco’s experience of premium operational delivery, customer management and process optimisation experts. This partnership will also see the creation of 75 new jobs by 2025, with roles created within Digital Customer Experience, Predictive Customer Behaviour Analysis, and Automation & Operational Efficiency services.

“This partnership will help us build on our collective strengths, and deliver the perfect blend of premium operational expertise, support, and resources to maximise the potential of Microsoft Dynamics 365 in improving our customers’ digital end to end experience,” Martin Ryan, Managing Director of Fexco Managed Services and Advisory Services, said.

“This will see us and TEKenable collaborate across multiple sectors and reinforce our position as trusted advisors who deliver transformative services for our clients.”

TEKenable was founded in 2002 by Nick Connors and Peter Rose is an innovative technology company focused on delivering digital services through Low Code platforms to medium and large-scale enterprises in Ireland, UK and EMEA.

Nick Connors, Managing Director with TEKenable added that “this partnership will see us work with Fexco Managed Services to bring solutions, products and services offerings that will fundamentally change the end-to-end experience of both our customers, and their customers”.

“We predict that we will see growth from a combination of existing and new clients over the coming three years.”

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Headford man’s 1948 Jaguar the star of car run

A staggering 157 classic and vintage cars and motorcycles took part in the 12th annual Car and Honda 50 Run, organised by Ballymac Vintage Club on Sunday. The O’Riada’s Bar […]

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A staggering 157 classic and vintage cars and motorcycles took part in the 12th annual Car and Honda 50 Run, organised by Ballymac Vintage Club on Sunday.

The O’Riada’s Bar and Restaurant-based event raised money for the nearby Glanageenty Walkways and followed a new for 2022 route via Ballymac, Raemore, Knocknagoshel, Brosna, and Mount Eagle before the finish line in the Mart Yard in Castleisland.

Gerard Healy from Knockysheehan, Headford, Killarney had the oldest cars on the run.

He has owned his 1948 Jaguar Mark 4 saloon for the last seven years.

“This car was manufactured in Coventry after World War Two,” he said. “And it was then shipped to Ireland in kit form to avoid high import duty on complete cars. It was reassembled in Dublin and painted emerald green. This is a Sligo car, the first owner was a Miss Teresa Ferry, it was very unusual for a lady to own a car in those days.”

The car was then sold to a vicar and then a soldier before, somehow, ending up in The Netherlands. There it underwent a full restoration in 1999.

Gerard bought the car from a restorer called Roberto Verboon.

“I was proud to bring the car back to Ireland,” he added.

Thanks to generous support from local businesses and sponsors including O’Riada’s and BG Motors over €500 worth of spot prizes were handed out on the day.

Listry’s Tony and Kay Darmody were prize winners after judges were impressed with their Hillman Minx Convertible.

George Carey from Tralee won the motorcycle award with his finely turned out 1986 Honda 90.

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