Council honours 75 years of service

Published 30/04/2014 | 05:36

Capt. Donal McCarthy, celebrating 50 years, Adj. Michael Leane, 60 years and Adj. James Looney, 50 years in the Order of Malta Killarney being honoured with a civic reception by Killarney Town Council with Cllr Paddy Courtney, Mayor of Killarney. Back, from left: Cllr. Sean O’Grady, Cllr Sean Counihan, Cllr Michael Gleeson, Adj. Noel Lucey, Officer in Charge, Asst. Commander Catherine Purcell, National Youth Officer; Capt. Joseph Looney, Cllr Tom Doherty, Elenor Johnston, Killarney Medical Officer; Cllr Cathal Walshe, Cllr Niall O’Callaghan and Cllr Donal Grady at the Killarney Council Chambers on Monday.

DECADES of service by the the Order of Malta was recognised this week in Killarney at a civic reception by the Town Council.

The reception on Monday evening marked the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Order in Killarney by Fr Moynihan in 1938, and in particular the contribution of three senior officers who have given over 160 years of combined service.

They are: Capt Donal McCarthy celebrating 50 years, Adj Michael Leane 60 years and Adj James Looney 50 years.

"The Order of Malta has been in existence for 75 years in Killarney and is still going strong with 110 members - including 60 cadets and 50 senior officers," Cllr Paddy Courtney, Mayor of Killarney said.

"While we honoured three members in particular there are countless others who have given many, many years of service and they were also with us to celebrate the occasion," he added.

Monday's civic reception was one of a number planned by Killarney Town Council ahead of its dissolution in May, with others recognising the contribution of local woman Betty Crosbie and the MacMonagle family due to take place in the coming days.


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