NIGHT FULL OF KERRY STARS

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS - By STEPHEN FERNANE

A CHANGE is as good as rest which is ex­actly what the Kerry Stars opted for this year when their an­nual din­ner dance took place ear­lier than usual. Nor­mally billed as a post-Christ­mas black tie event, this year’s dance was a less for­mal af­fair held in The Dromhall Ho­tel in Kil­lar­ney on Satur­day evening where Kerry’s Spe­cial Olympic stars shined bright on an evening of fun.

Joined by their fam­ily and friends, the ath­letes’ achieve­ments over the past num­ber of months re­ceived their just re­wards, es­pe­cially for their par­tic­i­pa­tion at the Ire­land Games, which took place in June.

CEO of Spe­cial Olympics Mun­ster, Eoin O’Beara, con­grat­u­lated the ath­letes for their won­der­ful achieve­ments. He praised the vol­un­teers, and their fam­i­lies, for in­vest­ing so much time and work in en­sur­ing that the hard-work­ing ath­letes get to ful­fil their full sport­ing po­ten­tial.

“We de­cided to make the event a more in­for­mal one this year and it was a fan­tas­tic night of fun. The ath­letes re­ally en­joy them­selves and we had a good turnout,” said Tom Tobin, Vice-Chair­man and fundraiser with Kerry Stars.

Ra­dio Kerry’s Bren­dan Fuller was the evening’s em­cee, while the pop­u­lar band ‘Love Junkies’ meant no one was in any hurry to leave the dance floor. Un­for­tu­nately, two ath­letes that were due to pick up awards couldn’t at­tend on the night but they had great rea­sons. Martina McCarthy’s sis­ter was get­ting mar­ried, while Garry O’Sul­li­van - a gold medal win­ner at the re­cent Ire­land Games – is cur­rently in training camp ahead of the World Games in Abu Dhabi in March.

“Over 130 peo­ple en­joyed the night and

Bren­dan Fuller, as usual, was ex­cel­lent with the lads; he knows most of them at this stage. Af­ter all, it’s an evening that re­ally recog­nises the ath­letes and their fam­i­lies. We’re de­lighted that it was such a suc­cess and it was a dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence stag­ing it at this time of year,” Tom said.

RIGHT: Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

Ann Marie Lad­den, Emma Doolan, Janet O’Donoghue, Siob­han Looney, Des­mond Dre­her, An­toinette O’Leary, Clare Ro­han, Breda Heal, Martina Healy; (sec­ond row)Lisa Geaney, Claire Spil­lane, Mary Clare McCarthy, Amy O’Dea, John Paul Doyle, Timmy Dan O’Sul­li­van, Kevin Looney, Katie Mur­phy, Mark O’Sul­li­van, Jonathan Kerins, Jane Cur­ran, Oisin O’Ma­hony; (thirdrow) Luke Scol­lard, Teresa O’Brien, Cliona Palmer, Vin­cent Lake, Bren­dan O’Con­nell, Michael O’Leary;(back from left) So­phie Nor­ris, Paul Kil­bride and Paul O’Sul­li­van at the Kerry Stars Din­ner in the Dromhall Ho­tel, Kil­lar­ney on Satur­day.

Noreen Flem­ing, Kath­leen Mur­phy, Laura Kelly and Mary Flem­ing O’Brien

Pho­tos by Michelle Cooper Galvin

Mary and Donal Ashe, Ann Marie, John and Ann Lad­den at the Kerry Stars Din­ner, Dromhall Ho­tel, Kil­lar­ney on Satur­day.

Emer Cor­ri­dan, Dr Fiona Gal­lagher and Linda O’Ma­hony at the Kerry Stars Din­ner in the Dromhall Ho­tel, Kil­lar­ney on Satur­day.

Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

Bren­dan, Mary Clare and Maisie McCarthy at the Kerry Stars Din­ner in the Dromhall Ho­tel, Kil­lar­ney on Satur­day.

Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

Bren­dan O’Con­nell, who won Gold and Sil­ver Medals at the Spe­cial Olympics Mun­ster event, re­ceiv­ing his cer­tifi­cate from Eoin O’Beara, CEO Spe­cial Olympics Mun­ster, at the Kerry Stars Din­ner in the Dromhall Ho­tel, Kil­lar­ney on Satur­day.

Vin­cent Lacke who won Gold Medal at the Spe­cial Olympics Mun­ster re­ceiv­ing his pre­sen­ta­tion from Eoin O’Beara CEO Spe­cial Olympics Mun­ster at the Kerry Stars Din­ner in the Dromhall Ho­tel, Kil­lar­ney on Satur­day,.

Emma Doolan who won two Sil­ver Medals in Gym­nas­tics at the Spe­cial Olympics Mun­ster.

Jonathon Kerins who won Gold and Sil­ver Medals at the Spe­cial Olympics Mun­ster, re­ceiv­ing his pre­sen­ta­tion.

Michael O’Leary who won a Sil­ver Medal at the Spe­cial Olympics Mun­ster re­ceiv­ing his pre­sen­ta­tion from Eoin O’Beara CEO Spe­cial Olympics Mun­ster

Paul O’Sul­li­van, Michael O’Leary, Vin­cent Lake and Paul Kil­bride.

Ger O’Ma­hony who won Gold and Sil­ver Medals at the Spe­cial Olympics Mun­ster.

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