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An officer and a gentleman – colleagues pay tribute to Paudie Twohig

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An officer and a gentleman – colleagues pay tribute to Paudie Twohig

By Sean Moriarty

Colleagues at Killarney Garda station paid tribute to Paudie Twohig this week.

Inspector Gary Thompson knew Paudie since their days in Dublin and while Gary was based at the Phoenix Park and Paudie at the Bridewell Station they both played football on the same Garda team.

This was prior to 2004 and just before Paudie was stationed in Killarney.

When Inspector Thompson was assigned to Killarney Garda Station in January this year, the first person he met was his old football friend.

“Little did we know, a few short months  later we would be facing this,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“He left an indelible mark on the town of Killarney. I was working on Sunday night, the amount of people that came up to me to pass on their sympathies and again the amount of people who stood on the streets of Killarney on Tuesday showed what he meant to people.

“There isn’t a human in Killarney that did not know him or that he did not know, he was a rare breed that took the time to stop and listen to people, he had a kind word for everyone. It was fitting he met Diane on the beat – she saw first-hand what a human being he was.”

Inspector Thompson praised colleagues in Tralee who covered policing duties in Killarney on Tuesday and Wednesday so they could attend the funeral.

Superintendent Flor Murphy said colleagues at Killarney Gardai station were devastated at the loss of Paudie.

“Paudie loved Killarney and Killarney loved Paudie,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The huge crowds that turned out to see him on his final journey are proof of this. This will be huge comfort to Diane and to their little girls as they grew up.

“We knew this was coming, but it was still a shock and we are all devastated.

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Christmas magic begins as Santa arrives in Killarney

He came dashing through the town on Saturday night and packed streets greeted him with huge excitement. Yes, that’s right – Santa Claus took some time out of his very […]

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He came dashing through the town on Saturday night and packed streets greeted him with huge excitement.

Yes, that’s right – Santa Claus took some time out of his very busy schedule and arrived to town for the annual switching on of the Christmas lights and magic parade.

The streets were lined with children and their families and they’d huge smiles on their faces when they spotted the man in the red coat making his way around the town on the colourful float.

Grace O’Hare was pictured with her dad Conor – she had the best seat in the town to watch Santa Claus as she was perched high on her dad’s shoulders.

It was the same for the Patterson family, Alex, Irene, Catherine and Robert, while Parade safety steward, Marie Brosnan-Leahy, was on hand to make sure everything went off OK.

Killarney Municipal District Councillors, Cllr Niall ‘Botty’ O’Callaghan, Cllr Donal Grady, Cathaoirleach Killarney Municipal District Cllr John O’Donoghue, Cllr Brendan Cronin, Cllr Marie Moloney, also enjoyed the occasion while the Sam Maguire took pride of place and centre stage in Killarney for the annual fun filled event.

And while he was in town Santa took some time off to have a chat with Killarney Advertiser columnist Marie Carroll-O’Sullivan – check it out on page 14 of this week’s edition.

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Women’s health the focus of HeartBeat meeting

By Sean Moriarty HeartBeat Killarney will present a special meeting dedicated to women’s health next week. Hosted by HeartBeat nurse Anna O’Donoghue, the meeting tomorrow evening (Tuesday) will feature specific […]

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By Sean Moriarty

HeartBeat Killarney will present a special meeting dedicated to women’s health next week.

Hosted by HeartBeat nurse Anna O’Donoghue, the meeting tomorrow evening (Tuesday) will feature specific discussions on every decade of women’s lives.

Special guest on the evening will be Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Dr Mary McCaffrey.

“Topics will include hormones and how they affect health from puberty, the importance of bone health, a cameo on female cardiac symptoms, heart health and mid-life, as well as common health symptoms specific to women’s well-being,” said HeartBeat chairman Billy O’Sullivan.

“We welcome women of all ages to this important meeting which is an opportunity not to be missed, especially if you have health worries.”

The meeting will take place at 8pm at the Parish Centre on Park Road.

It will be followed by a Q&A session and there is an optional blood pressure and pulse clinic from 7.30pm.

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