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Another successful Killarney races draws to a close

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Killarney Races summer festival drew bumper crowds to both on and off track activities.

RACING: Cork Rose Jennifer Byrne and Kilkenny Rose Molly Coogan enjoy Killarney Races on Wednesday. Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

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ROSE RIVALS: Kerry Rose Edaein O'Connell and Galway Rose Clare Ann Irwin share a football joke at Killarney Races. Photo By: Domnick Walsh /Eye Focus LTD .

BUNCH OF ROSES: Waterford Helen Geary Wexford Joy Quigley Kllkenny Molly Coogan Kerry Edaein O'Connell Galway Clare Ann Irwin and Cork Jennifer Byrne and Escorts Brendan McSorley Jamie Flannery Gearoid McCarthy Patrick Murphy Sean Peyton and Shane McHughal enjoy a evening of racing. Photo By: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

One of the highlights of the week-long event was the arrival of several of the 2022 Rose of Tralee contestants and their Escorts.
Wednesday’s evening meeting offered the ideal opportunity to meet and mingle with roses from all over the country and all across the globe in a fun and relaxed setting.

Ciaran Wyrnn entertained on the lawn before and during racing, as Super Céilí got the crowd on their feet in the Jim Culloty Bar after racing.

The Monday Club, widely regarded as a day of relaxation or leisure for those involved in the hospitality industry all across the Kingdom, and the team at Killarney Races embraced this concept as their theme on the opening day of the festival.

Family Fun Tuesday was a great evening for all the family which included an action-packed arts and crafts station to entertain junior racegoers.

Thursday was a big day for race fans with seven national hunt races on the evening card.

Friday is Dawn Milk Ladies Day when ten lucky ladies and gents will be selected by celebrity judges Anna Daly and Aidan O’Mahony.

“There's always beautiful style in Killarney and for me it's about women who know what works for them rather than dressing for fashion's sake,” said Anna. “ I love to see a beautifully dressed woman enjoying herself and able to move in her stylish clothes and walk in her heels and I've no doubt there'll be plenty of those elegant ladies in Killarney this July.”

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O’Connor’s college concert a resounding successAccordion maestro Liam O’Connor does not do things by halves.

He proved it again last Thursday night when he hosted his ninth ‘Liam O’Connor Concert with St Brendan’s College Students’ in the school’s chapel. While the concert was always about […]

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He proved it again last Thursday night when he hosted his ninth ‘Liam O’Connor Concert with St Brendan’s College Students’ in the school’s chapel.

While the concert was always about showcasing the students’ talents as musicians and singers, the guest list would not have looked out of place on Ryan Tubridy’s Late Late Show on RTÉ One.

The GAA world was represented by former Kilkenny hurling manager Brian Cody, Kerry stars and past students of St Brendan’s Dara Moynihan, David Clifford and Gavin White.

Of course, legendary RTÉ sports commentator Marty Morrissey was on hand to get the best responses out of the sporting stars.

O’Connor and his musical children Saoirse, Oisín, and Cillian who is a student of the college, weren’t even the top musical bill on the night.

That honour went to Paddy Casey.

“Casey royally entertained one and all, and our surprise guest, the RTÉ broadcaster Marty Morrissey, enthralled us with his views on Kerry footballers Dara Moynihan, Gavin White and David Clifford,” Liam told the Killarney Advertiser.

“A night of unbelievable synergies was completed with an abundance of local talent. It was a truly unique night of star talent that will live on in the memories of everyone who was there.”

Liam also paid special tribute to the college Principal Seán Coffey and music teachers Mish O’Donoghue and Niamh O’Connell for their colossal support.

“The students themselves were indeed amazing, with the energy they brought to their singing, dancing and playing music. Their commitment to the event was such that they generously gave up their lunch hours to help make it all work,” he added.

The success of the concert rounded off a busy year for the international-renowned accordion champion that included a high-energy appearance at Electric Picnic and an equally lauded performance with the Celtic Tenors at the rugby clash between Munster and world champions South Africa at Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork.

He and his son Oisín also made history in November when they became the first father and son pair to play both football and music at Croke Park on the same day.

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Marie was “lovely, unassuming lady”

By Sean Moriarty Tributes have been paid to Marie Murphy of Aughacureen, who died in tragic circumstances on November 30. Marie was a member of the well known Murphy business […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Tributes have been paid to Marie Murphy of Aughacureen, who died in tragic circumstances on November 30.

Marie was a member of the well known Murphy business family in Killarney – her brother runs KWD Recycling and she was heavily involved in the business.

She was best known for involvement in the local GAA both as a county star and a member of Fossa GAA Club.

She was a third generation Kerry footballer, her grandfather Con and father John all played football for Kerry.

She was extremely proud of her niece Abbie, her brother Seán’s daughter, when she became the fourth generation Murphy to play for Kerry.

Marie played for Kerry in 1976 and re-joined Fossa GAA Club in 2010 when the ladies’ side of the club was re-formed.

She acted as a mentor for current group of ladies.

Back in 2019 when Fossa GAA Club published a book to mark its 50th anniversary she was one of the leading lights on that committee.

This year, when the club held its Night of Legends to raise funds for a new dressing room for the ladies’ club, Marie was one of the guests of honour at the INEC event and was interviewed on the stage in front of a capacity audience.

Only a few weeks ago she was one of the many club members who helped organise the Fossa Golf Classic and acted as official photographer for that event.

“The club is numb with sadness,” said Fossa GAA chairman Dermot Clifford. “She was a loyal member and very proud of the club. Our thoughts are with her family. A lovely, unassuming lady who will be sorely missed.”

Marie will be sadly missed by her brothers Con, Seamus and Seán, sisters-in-law Breda, Gennie and Anna, her nieces Shauna, Amy, Kate and Abigail, nephews John, Jack, Luke, aunties Mairead and Maura, cousins, relatives, neighbours and a large circle of friends.

She was laid to rest at Old Aghadoe Cemetery on Monday following Requiem Mass at The Prince of Peace Church, Fossa.

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