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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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Vaccination centre leaves basketball club homeless

By Sean Moriarty With the National Basketball League set to get underway in two weeks’ time, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club are still unsure where they will play their homes games this season as their usual venue is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre. The local side play Limerick Celtic away on […]

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By Sean Moriarty

With the National Basketball League set to get underway in two weeks’ time, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club are still unsure where they will play their homes games this season as their usual venue is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre.

The local side play Limerick Celtic away on the weekend of October 8 and 9 and their first home game is set for October 16.

Currently their home venue at Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre is unavailable as it is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre and according to the Health Service Executive (HSE) this week, there are no plans in place, as of yet, to move out.

Killarney Cougars, the town’s newest addition to the National League, has secured the use of the gym at St Brigid’s Secondary School in the town centre but, as it stands, St Paul’s remain homeless as the season opener looms.

“It is ridiculous at this stage,” said head coach Jarlath Lee. “If you look at what is happening at the Sports Centre, there are very few people in and out of there now compared to the start [of the vaccination roll-out].”

The HSE when contacted by the Killarney Advertiser this week said that they would not be adding to a previous statement issued earlier this month, which said: “In relation to Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre, we are very grateful to staff and management for the use of their facility as a vaccination centre.

“Planning work is well underway for the next phase of the vaccination programme, locally and nationally. This includes a review of where vaccinations are administered in future, but we cannot confirm any decisions in relation to any particular location at this point in time.”

However, the HSE did confirm this week, that the Tralee Vaccination Centre, located at the Munster Technology University, will re-locate to the recently vacated Borg Warner factory in the town. The move is expected to be completed within the next week to 10 days.

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Triple treat for car lovers this weekend

Killarney car fans are in for a triple treat this weekend with three different events to look forward to over two days. Tomorrow (Saturday), Cannonball will blast through the town. Over one hundred supercars, ranging from firm favourites like McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley are expected to take part […]

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Killarney car fans are in for a triple treat this weekend with three different events to look forward to over two days.

Tomorrow (Saturday), Cannonball will blast through the town.

Over one hundred supercars, ranging from firm favourites like McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley are expected to take part while raising funds for the HOPE Foundation.

The cars will leave Kenmare at around 11.30am and will travel via Moll’s Gap to Killarney and onwards to Farranfore and Tralee.

“The cars will not be stopping in towns this year to avoid gatherings,” said an event spokesperson, but the Killarney Advertiser understands that the high-powered convoy will be stopping in Tralee for a lunch halt before making their way to Tarbert and the Shannon Ferry.

On Sunday, and as revealed by the Killarney Advertiser last week, the Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club will host its annual classic motorshow at the racecourse from 11am. This event will raise funds for St Francis’s Special School in Beaufort.

Cars n’Coffee Killarney will join the vintage club on Sunday. After a successful 2019 season at KC Print, Cars n’Coffee is looking for a new home in Killarney, and Sunday’s collaboration with the vintage club could pave the way for further events at the racecourse.

“Having events of this quality in Killarney shows that the town could soon become the car culture capital of Ireland,” said Cars n’Coffee organiser Ger Neeson.

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