Vince named Kerry Lon­don Per­son of Year

FOR­MER PUB­LI­CAN IS A CO-FOUNDER OF LON­DON’S KERRY AS­SO­CI­A­TION

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS - By SI­MON BROUDER

BALLINSKELLIGS man Vince Harty has been named as this year’s Kerry Per­son of the Year 2018 by the Lon­don Kerry As­so­ci­a­tion.

Vince – the long stand­ing trea­surer of the Kerry Lon­don As­so­ci­a­tion – was se­lected in recog­ni­tion of the huge con­tri­bu­tion he has made to the life of peo­ple in both Kerry and Lon­don.

Mr Harty’s role in the as­so­ci­a­tion goes back to its ear­li­est days as he was a key part of the orig­i­nal group that cre­ated the as­so­ci­a­tion in the 1970s and he re­mains ac­tively com­mit­ted to the good work of the as­so­ci­a­tion to­day.

Vince will be pre­sented with the Den­nis Reidy Me­mo­rial tro­phy at the as­so­ci­a­tion’s gala din­ner dance at The Crown Ho­tel in Crick­le­wood on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 19.

He will be joined on the evening by his wife Breda, daugh­ters Sheila, Deirdre, Orla and Ni­amh along with son-in­laws and his eight grand­chil­dren.

His broth­ers Jack and An­thony and his sis­ter He­len will also be mak­ing the trip from the King­dom to join him on the evening.

2019 will mark Vince’s 60th year in Lon­don. He ar­rived at the age of 16 and started work­ing as a bar­man at The Brew­ery Tap in Bark­ing.

De­cid­ing to ex­plore a bit fur­ther, he joined the build­ing trade as many a great Ir­ish­man did be­fore him.

Dur­ing this time there was lots of re­build­ing with new tun­nels and roads be­ing con­structed post war.

These were the days that great friend­ships were made by the men as they worked side-by-side.

This work took Vince the length and breadth of Eng­land and although hard work, he de­scribes it as a very happy time.

In 1965 he met and mar­ried Breda, a na­tive of Mur­rioch, Din­gle. As health prob­lems led to the end of his build­ing ca­reer, he re­turned to the pubs start­ing at The Crown in Crick­le­wood, even­tu­ally run­ning his own pubs, The Wind­sor Cas­tle, The Tally Ho and The Spot­ted Dog in Willes­den where he won Pub Land­lord of the year in the 80s.

He then moved into the City of Lon­don.

His last pub, The Ris­ing Sun in Carter Lane, St Pauls is now run by his daugh­ter Sheila, keep­ing up the fam­ily tra­di­tion.

Vince said he was over the moon when he re­ceived the call from Dan Tim O’Sul­li­van, the chair­man of KAL, no­ti­fy­ing him of his recog­ni­tion.

“I am 75-years-old and feel so honoured to re­ceive this award. It’s a re­ward that has been given to won­der­ful Kerry man and women in the past. I would like to ac­cept this with grat­i­tude and for all those who have gone in the past with their works of good­ness and kind­ness,” he said.

Mean­while, world cham­pion rower Monika Dukarska from Kil­lor­glin has been named as the as­so­ci­a­tion’s Young Kerry Per­son of the Year and she will re­ceive the Christy Kis­sane Me­mo­rial Tro­phy on the night.

Ms Dukarska has rep­re­sented Ire­land on sev­eral oc­ca­sions, in­clud­ing at this year’s cham­pi­onships in Bul­garia where she and team­mate Aileen Crow­ley won the dou­ble-scull C-fi­nal.

The Christy Kis­sane Me­mo­rial Tro­phy is pre­sented each year to recog­nise a new gen­er­a­tion of Kerry peo­ple, in Lon­don or Kerry. It is named in hon­our of the great Kil­lor­glin and Kil­burn man who passed away three years ago.

Past win­ners in­clude mem­bers of the Kerry mi­nor five in a row foot­ball team and Kerry GAA le­gend Colm Cooper.

Photo cour­tesy of the LKA

Lon­don Kerry As­so­ci­a­tion’s Kerry Per­son of the Year for 2018, Vince Harty, with his wife Breda.

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