Rotary Club cheque presentations

KILLARNEY Rotary Club last week presented cheques to Kerry Rape Crisis Centre and SouthWest Counselling Centre, proceeds of the successful Aine Nic Ghabhann Memorial Concert which took place last November.

The concert celebrated one of Kerry's best-known musicians, and choirs from Kerry and Limerick joined with Killarney Musical Society, The Gleneagle Concert Band and various nationally recognised performers in the INEC.

"Organising this event has turned out to be one of the greatest musical and event challenges of my life," Aine's son and event co-ordinator, Sean Treacy, said on Wednesday as the cheques were being handed over.

Reflecting Aine's career and legacy in a night of music was certainly a huge challenge but her family, who run Kingdom Music Academy where Aine taught, said they were delighted with the response. A DVD will be on sale shortly and the family is now considering running an annual Aine Nic Ghabhann Memorial Concert.

Meanwhile, Killarney Rotary Club also presented the proceeds of its Evening of Wine & Art to deserving charities at its weekly lunch on Wednesday.

The 2013 event, held in November, was in aid of the Irish Kidney Association, Irish Wheelchair Association, the outdoor playground at St Oliver's NS and a proposed community-based athletics running track facility for Killarney, the South/East Kerry Recreational MicroTrack.

"This was the 10th anniversary and whilst, in terms of fundraising, we are not where we were 10 years ago, I think the evening demonstrated admirably that when communities and groups pull together then great things can be achieved," Killarney Rotary President Paul Sherry said.

"I want to thank all of the groups who put so much effort in selling the tickets; this is a hugely important factor in making the event a success. I also want to thank my colleagues in Killarney Rotary who work tirelessly on this event and others in support of local charities and communities," he continued.

Paul also thanked the Daly family and all at Daly's SuperValu for their support as main sponsor and Conor Hennigan, general manager of The Malton and staff.