Community news: Killarney

Fr Tom Looney gives the boat his blessing
Fr Tom Looney gives the boat his blessing
At a very special unveiling of a plaque to the late Brendan Heffernan, Treasurer of Workmen's Rowing Club, Killarney, who passed away in September 2013. His parents Donie and Kathleen Heffernan, unveiled a plaque in his memory at the boathouse, also included is Club Chairman Timmy Moynihan and Workmen's RC President Mary Moynihan. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan
Caitriona's Daughter Sarah, Club President Mary Moynihan, Pauline O'Brien, Treasurer, Mikey Joe Burns, Head Trainer, Gerard Heffernan, Brendan Heffernan, Jnr, Donie Heffernan, Timmy Moynihan, Chairman Workmen's RC and Kathleen Heffernan. Photo Valerie O'Sullivan

It was a momentous day for the Heffernans recently, as Workmen's Rowing Club paid ample tribute to a family that has been steeped in the club.

A special evening of remembrance took place at Reen Pier last Wednesday, August 2, to mark the birthday of the late Brendan Heffernan, a Workman's Rowing Club treasurer.

Brendan passed away in September 2013, and there was plenty ceremony offered for him on the evening as the club unveiled a plaque in his memory as another former member, Fr Tom Looney, officiated proceedings. 

Friends and family, including Brendan's parents Donie and Kathleen, were present on the day to mark the momentous occasion, and the unveiling was not the only piece of ceremony undertaken to honour a member of the Heffernan family. Club Chairman Timmy Moynihan and President Mary Moynihan were at hand alongside Fr Looney as the club named its new double skull 'Caitríona' after Brendan's sister, who has also proven herself to be a club legend. 

The club acknowledged Caitríona's efforts in its fundraising  events for Kerry Hospice Foundation on the day, adding to what could only be described as a humbling series of events for Caitriona and her family.

National figureheads visit Killarney Rotary

The Killarney Rotary Club was in celebratory mood this week as they welcomed some of the association's hierarchy down for lunch at Gaby's Restaurant.

Rotary Ireland District Governor Garth Arnold and Assistant Governor Conny Ovesen joined the Killarney club last Wednesday, and had plenty praise and advice for Killarney and clubs of their kind.

In his address, Mr Arnold spoke about the Rotary's increasing membership and cited how satellite clubs can boost membership among young people.

Killarney Rotary's new President Eduard Schmidt-Zorner took the opportunity of the major occasion to highlight Killarney Rotary Club's support of over 30 charities and projects in recent years, as well as its strong connection with Killarney's youth through involvement with the Youth Leadership Competition and its Young Musician of the Year contest.

Mr Schmidt-Zorner, who assumed the Killarney Rotary presidency just a few weeks ago, also informed the club's guests of Killarney Rotary Club's imminent plans.

"The club also organises mock interviews for secondary school students and hosts a number of exciting social and charity events throughout the year," Mr Schmidt-Zorner added, "and one of our main events is the Evening of Wine and Art in November, which is supported by a large number of people in our community.

"We also have an afternoon tea session that accompanies a fashion show in October, and that seems to attract more and more visitors every year.

"I'm also very much looking forward to having a 'Haibun' literary competition next year which will involve the students of schools in Killarney, Milltown and Killorglin."

Young choir sings for link bus

Clonkeen Youth Choir is ready to 'Celebrate'.

That's the title of the new CD from the Glenflesk-based singers, which had its launch recently to much fanfare at the Kerry Way Bar.

Cathaoirleach of Killarney Municipal Districk Niall Kelleher was present on a night that also featured appearances by Michael, Danny, and Maura Healy Rae as the record enjoyed the perfect launch.

The CD is inspired by choir member Leah Lynch, who was diagnosed with cancer in the last year, and all funds raised will go the Kerry Cork Health Link Bus.

The album will treat listeners to a collection of efforts by the young choir having been recorded recently in Killarney by Tony O'Flaherty.

The €10 CD is available from outlets throughout Glenflesk, as well as the Friary book shop.


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