NIGHT FULL OF KERRY STARS
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
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
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.
Brendan, Mary Clare and Maisie McCarthy at the Kerry Stars Dinner in the Dromhall Hotel, Killarney on Saturday.
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.