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Drug rehab founder 'is greatest person'

Anne Lucey

Published 24/12/2003 | 00:11

A NUN who founded drug and alcohol rehabilitation centres has been voted the Greatest Kerry Person of all Time by local radio listeners.

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Sr Consilio Fitzgerald (66), of the Mercy Order, founded the Cuan Mhuire addiction treatment centres in the late 1960s. She beat some of the highest profile Kerry names across three centuries for her win.

In second place was Antarctic explorer Tom Crean, while football manager and former Kerry footballer Mick O'Dwyer came third.

Former Tanaiste Dick Spring was No 4, while fifth was The Liberator, Daniel O' Connell.

Following these, in no particular order, were late playwright John B Keane, St Brendan the Navigator, Kerry Group's Denis Brosnan, homeless activist Sr Stanislaus Kennedy and late hotelier Maurice O'Donoghue.

The Radio Kerry competition attracted 4,500 votes.

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