Kerry As­so­ci­a­tion sits down to an­nual din­ner

CASTLEISLAND’S LIZ TAKES KERRY PER­SON OF THE YEAR AWARD IN LON­DON

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JUST over 30 years af­ter at­tend­ing her first Kerry As­so­ci­a­tion Lon­don Din­ner and Dance, Liz Shanahan’s sta­tus as a Kerry per­son in Lon­don went full cir­cle at the week­end as she was named the Kerry Per­son of the Year at a packed cer­e­mony in the Clay­ton Crown Ho­tel in Cricklewood.

The Castleisland wo­man picked up the De­nis Reidy memo­rial tro­phy, the big­gest prize a mem­ber of the Kerry Di­as­pora in Lon­don can hope to at­tain, be­com­ing only the se­cond wo­man to do so. She joins a list of win­ners that in­cludes the likes of Christy Kis­sane, Dan Tim O’Sul­li­van, She­lagh O’Con­nor and Patsy Byrne, as well as be­ing hon­oured for her con­tri­bu­tion to Kerry life at home and abroad over the last year.

Colm Cooper was the re­cip­i­ent of the se­cond an­nual Christy Kis­sane Memo­rial Tro­phy in recog­ni­tion of his new-found ca­reer as a me­dia pun­dit and, although he was un­able to make the gala pre­sen­ta­tion due to the small mat­ter of a County Se­nior Fi­nal, he wasn’t slow to send a few words Lon­don way.

“2017 was a land­mark year for me, re­tir­ing form in­ter-county foot­ball and win­ning the All Ire­land club cham­pi­onship medal,” he said

“For me, Christy Kis­sane was al­ways and all ways will be what is great about the King­dom. I am proud to know the Kis­sane fam­ily for many years,” Colm added.

The as­so­ci­a­tion’s chair­man, the leg­endary Dan Tim Sul­li­van, was ab­sent as he con­tin­ues his re­cov­ery from ill­ness, but his daugh­ter Julie gave a short speech thank­ing the peo­ple of Lon­don and Kerry for their sup­port dur­ing this chal­leng­ing time.

Vice Chair­per­son Sean Mo­ri­arty said: “It has been an­other suc­cess­ful year for the Kerry As­so­ci­a­tion Lon­don and apart from tonight’s gala we have had suc­cess­ful golf day in May and a fourth suc­cess­ful Dark­ness in to Light Lon­don char­ity walk.

“Our prime fo­cus is to raise funds and dis­trib­ute them to in­di­vid­u­als or or­gan­i­sa­tions that need sup­port. We thank each one of you for your con­tin­ued gen­eros­ity – we could not do it with­out all of you.”

OUR PRIME FO­CUS ISTO RAISE FUNDS AND DIS­TRIB­UTE THEM TO THOSE MOST INNEED

Paul O’Con­nor, Mike Cronin, Kil­lar­ney; Ea­mon O’Dell and Jackie Scully Tem­ple­noe at the Kerry As­so­ci­a­tion Lon­don Per­son of the Year An­nual Din­ner

Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

He­len Reidy (third from left) pre­sent­ing the De­nis Reidy Memo­rial Tro­phy and Char­lotte Riney (fifth from left) pre­sent­ing The Kerry Per­son of the Year Award to Liz Shanahan with (from left) Tara Cronin Sec­re­tary, Sean Mo­ri­arty Vice Chair­man, Vin­cent Harty Pres­i­dent Kerry As­so­ci­a­tion Lon­don, Kate & He­len Riney and Noel O’Sul­li­van Kerry As­so­ci­a­tion Lon­don.

Kerry Per­son of the Year Liz Shanahan (front fourth from

left) with Noel O’Sul­li­van, Caoimhe Gal­lagher Lon­don Rose, Kerry Mayor John Shea­han, Kerry As­so­ci­a­tion Lon­don Sec­re­tary Tara Cronin, Sinead O’Sul­li­van, Vice Chair Kerry As­so­ci­a­tion Lon­don Sean Mo­ri­arty;

(se­cond row) Daniel O’Sul­li­van, Sheila Dixon, Linda Kis­sane;

(third row) Kerry GAA Board Chair­man Tim Mur­phy, Kerry As­so­ci­a­tion Lon­don Pres­i­dent Vin­cent Harty, Der­mot O’Grady; (back) Pat O’Con­nor, John Walsh and John O’Shea at the Kerry As­so­ci­a­tion Lon­don Per­son of the Year An­nual din­ner in The Clay­ton Crown Ho­tel Cricklewood on Fri­day.

Mick Scully, Tem­ple­noe; Kim and Tom Roche, Lis­towel; Philip and Caro­line Glynn KiIlor­glin.

Mar­garet, Eoin, Jerry and Tara Cronin, Lon­don and Kil­lar­ney,

ALL PHO­TOS BY MICHELLE COOPER GALVIN

Pa­tri­cia Curtin, Noreen O’Con­nor, Joan Hor­gan, Knock­nagoshel and Rose Cahill, Castleisland at the Kerry As­so­ci­a­tion Lon­don Per­son of the Year An­nual Din­ner in the Clay­ton Crown Ho­tel Cricklewood, Lon­don on Fri­day.

Pat Grif­fin, Glen­beigh; Michael Browne, Abbey­dor­ney; Dan Har­ring­ton, Castle­town­bere and Tom Browne, Abbey­dor­ney.

Kerry Per­son of the Year Liz Shanahan (cen­tre) with her friends Joan Grif­fin and Suzanne McEl­lig­ott from Castleisland

Wil­liam Kelly Shrone and Fin­barr Fitz­patrick Glen­beigh at the Clay­ton Crown Ho­tel.

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