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Woodlawn residents shine a light for solidarity

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By Sean Moriarty

 

The residents of Woodlawn Park estate have been brought closer together as a result of COVID-19 restrictions - as several residents took park in an impromptu social distancing sing-along on the estate’s streets during last Saturday night’s national 'Shine a Light for Solidarity' initiative.

The success of the “off the cuff sing-along” has prompted Woodlawn residents to organise a community barbecue and get-together once the current crisis is over.

Saturday night’s street sing-along was organised by Pam Brosnan who is one of the Community Alert coordinators on the street and had access to residents’ mobile numbers.

She sent out a text message to everyone in her contact list who live in the estate, encouraging them to come out at 9pm on Saturday night as a mark of solidarity towards frontline health care workers and those who have died from COVID-19.

Her husband, Tim, a well-known local musician provided the entertainment, he played the accordion as many more residents joined in for a 15-minute sing-along.

He was joined by neighbour Eileen O’Mahony and her grandson Jack who also played the accordion from a distance.

 

“It was off the cuff,” Pam told the Killarney Advertiser. “I just sent out a text and asked everyone to show solidarity for our health care workers and for those families that have lost loved ones. You never know how these things will work out. I convinced Tim to play a few tunes and the next thing, a neighbours’ grandchild up the street joined in. It was lovely and great to see so many people out chatting on the street – while distancing of course – but we all decided that we must do more things like this when this is all over and we are already talking about a community barbecue.”

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Eileen rewarded for her dedication to athletics

By Sean Moriarty Well-known Dalton’s Avenue woman Eileen Switzer has been named as the Honorary President of Killarney Valley Athletic Club in recognition of her work as a volunteer. The club held its annual awards night on Friday night last. As well as presenting awards to club members in recognition of their achievements at home […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Well-known Dalton’s Avenue woman Eileen Switzer has been named as the Honorary President of Killarney Valley Athletic Club in recognition of her work as a volunteer.

The club held its annual awards night on Friday night last.

As well as presenting awards to club members in recognition of their achievements at home and abroad they decided to honour Mrs Switzer for her “lifetime of volunteering to the community, to sport, to youth and for championing diversity and inclusion”.

“Eileen has been an advocate, a coach and an administrator in the sport of athletics for over 60 years in the town of Killarney, Kerry and beyond,” said club chair Jerry Griffin.

Eileen and her husband Frank have dedicated their lives to the community games and athletics in the greater Killarney area.

“I enjoy, but I don’t like, all the limelight,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I like to watch newcomers as they come up through the ranks, many of the Community Games people of the past are now running the committee.”

In a life time dedicated to volunteerism in Killarney Eileen has helped sports like golf, pitch and putt and badminton grow.  She was also heavily involved in the local Irish dancing scene and remains a great supporter of Kerry Parents and Friends.

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A Mass of Commemoration in Kilcummin

COMMEMORATION: A Mass of Commemoration for all those who fought and died in Kilcummin during the Irish War of Independence was celebrated last Sunday last at 11.30am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin by Fr Kieran O’Brien. Organised by the Kilcummin Historical Group there followed a walk to the Kilcummin Mass Rock where Fr […]

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COMMEMORATION: A Mass of Commemoration for all those who fought and died in Kilcummin during the Irish War of Independence was celebrated last Sunday last at 11.30am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin by Fr Kieran O’Brien. Organised by the Kilcummin Historical Group there followed a walk to the Kilcummin Mass Rock where Fr Kieran laid a wreath.

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