March 4 date for Ted at Oiche Chiarraí in Dublin

Kerry Person of the Year Ted Moynihan
Kerry Person of the Year Ted Moynihan

The announcement last month that Tralee native and Kerry Hospice Foundation founder Ted Moynihan is this year's Kerry Person of the Year, as selected by The Kerry Association in Dublin, was greeted with widespread approval.

The accolade, the highest honour bestowed on a Kerry native, will be presented at a gala function, Oiche Chiarrai, in Dublin on March 4.

The event is organised by the Kerry Persons Association in Dublin. Established in 1979 the award recognised the invaluable contribution Kerry people have made to their county.

Previous recipients include Pat Spillane, Templenoe (1984), Con Houlihan, Castleisland (1985), John B. Keane, Listowel (1989), Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh, Dingle (1997), Mick O'Connell, Valentia (1998), Brian O'Mahony, Killarney (2002), Mick Galwey, Currow (2003) and Jeremiah O'Donoghue, Rathmore (2006).

Mr Moynihan was nominated for the 2017 Kerry Person of the Year Award by Mary Shanahan, secretary of the Kerry Hospice Foundation and Currow journalist Con Dennehy

"Ted Moynihan is a tireless fundraiser and campaigner on behalf of the Kerry Hospice Foundation which funds a wide range of palliative care services to patients in Kerry, dealing with serious illness," Ms Shanahan said.

"He was instrumental in organising the first ever fund-raiser for the Kerry Hospice with a 150 mile walk along the Kerry Way in 1990," she added.

Through Mr Moynihan's fund raising efforts, a Palliative Care Facility was opened in 2007 and recently in 2016, the sod has been turned on a new palliative care in-patient unit in the Day Care Centre in Tralee which will consist of 15 beds, costing €6.2m.

"Speaking during her tribute to Ted Moynihan, the Cathaoirleach of the Kerry Association in Dublin said the award is presented to Ted in recognition of the contribution he has made to the Kerry Hospice Foundation over the past 26 years. She quoted the immortal words of the late President Kennedy, referring to Ted's ethos in relation to his voluntary work, 'Ask not what your country can do for you, rather what you can do for your country," said Con Dennehy.

The event takes place in the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin on Saturday, March 4, at 8pm.

For ticket, travel and accommodation details for this very special events the public are advised to contact Ted Moynihan as soon as possible on 087-6705014 or email