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“Act responsibly” say Gardai and HSE as bumper weekend predicted

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By Sean Moriarty

Superintendent Flor Murphy of the Killarney Garda Division and the Health Service Executive are asking people to act in a responsible manner in anticipation of large crowds in the town over the coming days.

It's the final weekend of the summer holidays, coupled with the expectations of good weather and the All-Ireland football semi-final and local Gardai are expecting a busy weekend in the town.

They will have an increased presence in the town tomorrow (Saturday) as Kerry face Tyrone at 3.30pm and town centre pubs are expected to be packed for the occasion.

The last weekend of August is a traditionally busy one in town as holidaymakers take the last opportunity to enjoy the summer holidays before schools reopen fully next week. It is also a Bank Holiday weekend in Britain and many London-based Kerry people are home for the first time since travel restrictions began.

“There were concerns that a lot of people were in the towns of Cork and Limerick for the All-Ireland Hurling final last Sunday,” Superintendent Murphy told the Killarney Advertiser. “We ask people to behave in a reasonable manner and be responsible for their own actions.”

STAYING SAFE

Meanwhile Dr Margaret O’Sullivan, Specialist in Public Health Medicine at the Department of Public Health HSE South, asked everyone planning to watch the match, at home or elsewhere, to do so safely. She also reminded supporters that we all need to be careful, even if fully vaccinated.

“I know that everyone is looking forward to Saturday's game and hopefully to some celebration afterwards. We encourage everyone to remember to socialise safely – if you are meeting up with others you should do so in small groups and outdoors if at all possible. If there are crowds, we need to keep our distance from others and wear a mask. If you don’t feel safe, think about moving to somewhere less crowded and with good ventilation, so that you can enjoy the game in safety and comfort,” Dr O’Sullivan said.

“We have high rates of community spread in most parts of Ireland right now, so if you are travelling to the match or watching it with others this weekend, do not be complacent about COVID-19. It is so important that we all remain vigilant and continue to follow the public health measures that we are all so familiar with, even if we’re vaccinated. And for anyone who is not vaccinated, please take extra care this weekend.”

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Well-known Killarney man, Donncha Crowley, who lives in Woodlawn Park, was joined by his friends and staff from Centra, Muckross Road, to help him celebrate his very special 50th birthday on Saturday. Donncha is a keen cyclist, and well-known for his mastership of Suduko, and expertise on puzzles and general knowledge quizzes, winning many competitions […]

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Well-known Killarney man, Donncha Crowley, who lives in Woodlawn Park, was joined by his friends and staff from Centra, Muckross Road, to help him celebrate his very special 50th birthday on Saturday. Donncha is a keen cyclist, and well-known for his mastership of Suduko, and expertise on puzzles and general knowledge quizzes, winning many competitions down through the years. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

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Musician Liam O’Connor back and busier than ever

By Sean Moriarty Local musician Liam O’Connor has gone from zero to hero following the lifting on the ban on live music as a result of pandemic restrictions. On Saturday he played his first gig in over 18 months, next Friday he will release a new single, and before that he will play a special gig […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Local musician Liam O’Connor has gone from zero to hero following the lifting on the ban on live music as a result of pandemic restrictions.

On Saturday he played his first gig in over 18 months, next Friday he will release a new single, and before that he will play a special gig in London.

Liam and his family played at the Kerry County Council organised ‘ANSEO’ concert in North Kerry that was run to coincide with the Listowel Harvest Festival last weekend.

It was his first live show since he played at St Brendan’s College, Killarney when he shared the stage with special guest, former Irish rugby coach, Joe Schmidt. That event took place on March 11, 2020, the night before the country entered its first COVID-19 lockdown.

The ‘ANSEO’ series of concerts signalled the return of live music in Kerry and the O’Connor family shared the stage with other local musicians like Tim O’Shea and his Afro Trad Ireland group.

“People were delighted, they were mad for it, they were obviously missing it,” Liam told the Killarney Advertiser. “But they are not letting go just yet, they are still a bit hesitant.”

This Sunday Liam heads to London were he will help Dan Tim O’Sullivan steer sheep over Southwark Bridge (see page 36 for more on this story).

To cap an exceptionally busy period for the local accordion player, he has joined forces with Moya Brennan of Clannad fame. Brennan and O’Connor will release a new single – ‘Strong in Numbers’ on Friday next, October 1.

They previously performed together at a concert in the Friary in 2017.

“It was such a positive experience for all of us we just had to repeat it,” he added. “So not only have we done this recording of ‘Strong in Numbers’ but we are planning to do the Friary again later this year. After that, I wouldn’t rule anything out.”

Meanwhile, the ‘ANSEO’ series visits Killarney on Sunday night.

The Fair Hill car park will host two shows featuring: The Gleneagle Concert Band; Pauline Scanlon with Mick Galvin; The Small Hours; The Rising; Cathal Flaherty and Truly Diverse.

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