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Accused remanded on continuing bail

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A 20-year-old man charged with the manslaughter of 32 year-old Stephen O’Connor in Killorglin was remanded on continuing bail at Killarney District Court on Tuesday.

Christian Fleming of Mount Lyne, Killorglin, who works as a bartender in a Killarney Hotel, is charged with unlawfully killing Stephen O’Connor, contrary to Common Law, on February 10, at Main Street, Killorglin.

Stephen O’Connor, a single man from Glencar, was fatally injured following an alleged assault at about 2.30am outside a fast food outlet in Killorglin. He was rushed to University Hospital Kerry with severe head injuries and later transferred to Cork University Hospital where he died on Monday, February 11.

Mr Fleming was brought before a sitting of Killarney District Court on Friday last and was given bail on strict conditions to appear again Tuesday, February 19.

On Tuesday, Sgt Kieran O’Connell said the State’s application was to remand the accused on continuing bail to Killarney District Court on March 19 for preparation and service of the Book of Evidence.

Mr Fleming’s solicitor, Brendan Ahern, said he was consenting to this. The solicitor applied for a variation of the condition that his client not have any contact, direct or indirect, with witnesses.

There were a large number of witness statements including from members of his client’s immediate family, Mr Ahern said.

“Not to have any contact with witnesses may pose a problem,” the solicitor said, adding his client was acutely aware of his obligations.

Judge David Waters agreed to vary the order that he have no contact direct or indirect with the alleged victim’s family, or any witness to include “with the exception of immediate members of his own family”.

Other bail conditions include that Mr Fleming is to observe a curfew between 11pm and 8am, and on nights he is not working the curfew is to be between 8pm and 8am.

He is to be of sober habits, has to sign on daily at Killorglin Garda Station between 9am and 9pm, reside at Mount Lyne, Killorglin and notify gardai of any change at any stage.

The judge made it a formal condition that he hand in his passport.

Judge Waters on Friday said it was to be brought to the court’s attention “immediately”, if there was a breach of bail.

 

 

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Fans return to Fitzgerald Stadium after eight months

By Sean Moriarty Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game. Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game.

Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.

Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.

“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”

She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.

“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”

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Garda appeal to park legally at beaches and public amenities

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An Garda Siochana is appealing to the public to park legally in designated car parks and spaces when visiting beaches, beauty spots and other public amenities. 

The good weather has seen an increase in dangerous illegal parking at these locations across the country in recent weeks. An Garda Siochana wants people to enjoy the summer but do so safely.

Parking illegally can lead to unnecessary risk and dangers such as pedestrians being forced to walk along dangerous roads. It can also prevent emergency services from gaining access to these amenities a seaside locations which could lead to the loss of life. 

“We encourage the public to plan their journeys and think safety first when parking your vehicle,” the Gardai said in a statement. 

“The outcome of parking illegally could be far more serious than a FCPN or vehicle towing and puts others and your own life at risk. 

An Garda Siochana reminds and encourages the public to social distance and follow public health guidelines when attending these locations this Summer.

An Garda Siochana is also supporting National Water Safety Awareness Week (June 14th – 20th). Information on this campaign and general water safety can be found on Water Safety Irelands Website – www.watersafety.ie/national-water-safety-awareness-week/

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IFTA nomination for Jessie Buckley

By Michelle Crean  Killarney’s Jessie Buckley is up for an award as the 2021 Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTA) nominations were announced this week. Jessie has been nominated as Best Actress in a Lead Role Film category for her work in Charlie Kaufman’s surreal ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’. Winners will be announced at […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

Killarney’s Jessie Buckley is up for an award as the 2021 Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTA) nominations were announced this week.

Jessie has been nominated as Best Actress in a Lead Role Film category for her work in Charlie Kaufman’s surreal ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’. Winners will be announced at a virtual IFTA awards ceremony which will be broadcast on Virgin Media One on Sunday, July 4.

Other well-known Irish actors up for awards include Brendan Gleeson for ‘The Comey Rule’, Paul Mescal for ‘Normal People’, Dervla Kirwan ‘Smother’ and Gabriel Byrne for ‘Death of a Ladies Man’.

Over the past few months during lockdown, the Irish Academy Members have been busy viewing, deliberating, and shortlisting the very best work from across great Irish films, performances, and achievements.

Nominations have been shortlisted by Irish Academy members alongside a specialist jury panel of industry experts from around the world.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no physical IFTA Awards Ceremony until March 2022, in keeping with COVID guidelines and best international practice.

Further details about the show and the international guest participants will be announced shortly.

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