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Veteran car club first to appoint Youth Officer

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Kingdom Veteran Vintage and Classic Car Club (KVVCCC) has become the first organisation in Ireland of its kind to appoint a Youth Officer.

At the club’s recent Annual General Meeting Alan Fitzell from Lisselton was appointed to this new role to protect the future of the club.

KVVCCC is the biggest car club in Kerry and the only one affiliated to the national federation for such clubs.
It was founded in 1979 and continues to grow and expand to this day. The oldest car in the club is a 1922 Peugeot but there's a growing number of owners of modern classics from the 1980s and 1990s on the club’s books too.

Like nearly every club in the county, KVVCCC is managed by a group that have been in their positions for many years.

Members felt that by appointing a Youth Officer the club would be able to protect its future by encouraging the next generation of classic car enthusiasts to get more involved in activities.

Alan Fitzell accepted that role at the club’s AGM in February and last week attended his first club meeting as a committee member.

A life-long Ford fan, he owns a 1956 Ford Anglia.

“We have a lot of younger members that join and we don’t see them too much afterwards,” he said. “Part of my role is to get these members to attend more shows and runs and support some of the charity events. We also welcome new members.”

The full committee elected at last month’s AGM are: President Francie Cantillon; Chair Tony Hehir; Vice-Chair Joe O’Sullivan; Secretary Garrett Foley; Treasurers George Glover and Aine Doyle; Youth Officer Alan Fitzell; Club Merchandise Lukas and Sylwia Warcaba; Webmaster Chris Foley and Richard Bono who is entering his 20th year on the committee.

The club is preparing for its annual Ring of Kerry Run which will take place in May – further details including date to be announced in due course.

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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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Caring group craft charity blankets

By Michelle Crean One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity. Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members […]

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By Michelle Crean

One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity.

Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members of Kilcummin Community Care worked together to make blankets for service users on the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus.

“Each blanket is assigned as a personal gift to the clients using the Cancer Link Bus and is kept by them,” Kate Fleming, Chairperson of Kilcummin Community Care, said.

The knitting of the squares to make the blankets began at a gathering in the Rose Hotel in 2018. It was a gathering of different volunteer groups.

The Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus were requesting knitted squares to make blankets for the clients who were using their facilities, she explained.

“Kilcummin Community Care were knitting at the time, so it was decided to help out this worthy cause. We received donations of wool from people in the parish and surrounding areas. Kilcummin ICA also got involved in the efforts.”

During the two years of COVID-19, members of both organisations continued to knit and are still knitting to the present day.

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