Local community in Muckross honours Liam Kelly’s memory

The memory of the late Liam Kelly, a pillar of the Muckross community up to his death in 2020, was honoured last Saturday, May 21, by Muckross Community Association, the voluntary group which he had chaired and to which he had devoted so much of his energy, vision and goodwill.

The former hotel manager, whose name was synonymous with the International Hotel for many years, passed away during a Covid lockdown on October 3, 2020, robbing his many Muckross friends of the opportunity to pay a fitting tribute to him. Instead, the Community Association gathered last Saturday at the local community centre that he had ploughed so much time into and put his work in centre focus.

The afternoon in Liam’s memory began at 4pm with Mass celebrated by Killarney Parish Administrator Fr Kieran O’Brien. Helen Kelly then unveiled a plaque to acknowledge the hard work of her late husband in getting the extension built. The couple’s daughters, Susan, Gillian and Oonagh, their grandchildren and members of the extended family also attended.

Community Association chairman John Kelly outlined Liam’s contributions to Muckross in a speech. They included the text alert, the alarms for those living alone, four defibrillators, Muckross Lottery and the extension which was grant aided by South Kerry Development Partnership.

John also thanked those who buy the lottery tickets which paid off the loan on the extension. He also acknowledged Liam’s role as the main organiser of a fundraising concert at the Killarney Oaks Hotel for the defibrillators.

Liam Kelly was involved in Killarney Community Employment Scheme. In his spare time, he played golf and sang with the men's choir. Representatives of his many involvements attended the Mass.

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Killarney Tidy Towns welcomes its new Ukrainian volunteers

Killarney Tidy Towns, back in business for the summer season, is welcoming new volunteers including a cohort from the town’s Ukrainian community who joined the first clean-up on the Hans Liebherr Road last Monday evening.

The regular Monday night slot around town will run from 6pm to 8pm. Johnny McGuire of the organising team said that the best contact to get information on the weekly location is the Killarney Chamber of Commerce landline (064 6637928).

“We’ll be like Duffy’s Circus,” the long-time volunteer joked, “we’ll be moving around.”

Johnny encouraged everyone in the town to play their own part in Killarney Looking Good by keeping their own areas weed free and litter free. He said that Tidy Towns judging would take place between June and September.

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