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Vintage club hands over €27,000 to local charities

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HANDOVER: The Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club presented cheques to beneficiaries following the recent tractor raffle. From left are: James Looney (Chairman), Siobhan Wharton (ACT for Meningitis), Tom Leslie (PRO), Jean Courtney and Jerry Griffin (Killarney Micro Track). Picture: Eamonn Keogh

By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Valley Classic and Club (KVCVC) handed over €27,000 to the five different charities that it supported last year.

The club undertook several major fundraising drives in the last year including a tractor raffle and a charity walk.

The club restored a Ford 2600 tractor that was owned and operated by the Great Southern Hotel group and raffled it to raise funds for ACT for Meningitis (Kerry Branch) and The Killarney Micro Track Project.

It also runs a charity walk along the Old Kenmare Road every Christmas and the benefactors of the 2018 walk were The Ian O’Connell Trust and The Louise Lynch Hospital and Rehab Fund. Money raised during the most recent Christmas walk will be added to the 2020 funds for distribution this time next year.

On Sunday last week, the club took a stand at the Killarney Lions Club organised Kerry Clubs Fair and used the opportunity to present cheques to two of the five local charities.

Siobhan Wharton collected the cheque on behalf of ACT for Meningitis, while Jerry Griffin was on hand to accept the presentation on behalf of The Killarney Micro Track Project.

“We have a strict selection process and work with charities who work with us and help us sell tickets during the year,” PRO Tom Leslie told the Killarney Advertiser. “We are taking a break this year from selling tickets and will be back with a new raffle project next year. Over the years over €300,000 has been donated to local charities.”

The fifth charity to benefit is the Kerry Mental Health Association that owns the Men’s Shed on the Lewis Road where the club does most of its car and tractor restoration work.

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Killarney competitors bring home the medals

By Michelle Crean It was a great weekend for Killarney as Brazilian jiu jitsu competitors took home medals from the AJP Switzerland International Tour in Zurich. Members of Movement & Fitness Club competed against the world’s finest athletes which led to them bringing home amazing results.After a great fight Matthew Morris made it into the […]

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By Michelle Crean

It was a great weekend for Killarney as Brazilian jiu jitsu competitors took home medals from the AJP Switzerland International Tour in Zurich.

Members of Movement & Fitness Club competed against the world’s finest athletes which led to them bringing home amazing results.After a great fight Matthew Morris made it into the semi-finals.Ewelina Downey received two gold medals in Gi and NOGI fights, just two months after her promotion to blue belt.The club’s coach, Wilson Da Silva, also competed for the first time as a brown belt, and won gold in the Gi category and silver in NOGI.”The results don’t lie,” he said.”The hard work, dedication, commitment and passion pays off. Impossible is nothing, and that’s what we are trying to teach our students in Movement & Fitness Club Killarney.”Martial Arts helps to fight depression, bulling, obesity, and builds up self esteem and confidence, he explained.”There is no ego, no one is better, we are all the same trying to learn from each other, helping and correcting ourselves so we become better together. Our club is filling up with amazing students from age four up who connect with us by the same passion and love for the sport. If you are looking to change your life come and join our family.”

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Ian makes his debut as a radio presenter

By Sean Moriarty Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week. The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017. Since the accident he has been a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week.

The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017.

Since the accident he has been a champion for the less fortunate under his mantra: “If you can’t stand up – standout”.

This was the inspiration behind his brand new radio show which aired for the first time on Wednesday evening.

‘Stand Out with Ian O’Connell’ will feature interviews with people who have overcome great adversary to reach even greater heights.

His first guest was fellow Killarney man Jordan Lee. The Paralympian represented Ireland in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

“I was used to being in the studio from people interviewing me, but this time I turned the table,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was great to have Jordan on, two Killarney men! I really enjoyed it, it got a massive reaction and I got loads of emails and messages afterwards and into Thursday morning.”

Ian will reveal his guest for the show on the previous Monday through various social media channels.

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