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Calls to honour the McShain family who gifted Killarney House

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By Sean Moriarty

The family that gifted Killarney House to the people of Ireland could be remembered by having a Killarney street named after them.

American millionaire John McShain owned the stately home from 1906 until his death in 1998. On his passing he left the house to the Irish State and the house and gardens are now one of the town’s top tourist attractions.

​​​​​​​Cllr Michael Gleeson, at Wednesday’s Killarney Municipal District meeting, called for the eastern portion of the present Mission Road, from Beech Road as far as the Golden Gates, to be renamed in honour of the McShain family “to acknowledge the huge debt of gratitude due to the McShain family for the wonderfully generous transfer of Killarney House and adjacent lands to the Irish nation”.

Mr Gleeson acknowledged that Mission Road was named for Killarney people who have devoted their lives to religious and missionary services and that the renaming of a portion of Mission Road would not undermine that.

“John McShain’s wife Mary, was a Lady of the Grand Cross of the Holy Sepulchre and a Dame of Malta and awarded the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Cross by the Vatican, the highest honour for a laywoman,” he added.
His daughter, Sr Pauline McShain who died last year, was a nun with the Society of the Holy Christ Jesus Order adding to the religious history of both the family and Mission Road.

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Man released without charge in murder case

The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge […]

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The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge in relation to this matter.

Miriam Burns was found in her home on Monday afternoon after family and neighbours became concerned about her welfare.

A file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions and investigations are ongoing under the direction of a Senior Investigating Officer.

Gardaí are continuing to appeal to any persons who were in the Ardshanavooley area between 5pm on Friday and 1pm on Monday and observed any activity which drew their attention, to come forward.

Any road users who were travelling in the area at these times who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) are asked to make this footage available to Gardaí.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Killarney Garda Station on 064 6671160, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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Plenty of music and entertainment to celebrate Kilcummin talent

The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night. The talent within […]

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The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night.

The talent within the branch was clearly evident with a packed trophies table. Indeed some of the successes over the last number of months were replayed in a relaxed, jovial atmosphere that meant that all attending had a great night’s entertainment.

“We had demonstrations of winning sets across all age groups and then we moved onto the musicians who pulled out all the stops to entertain the large crowd, packed into the clubhouse,” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCÉ PRO, told the Killarney Advertiser.

John Moriarty, who has recently retired from his role of Supervisor with Kilcummin Rural Development was acknowledged with a presentation to reflect the outstanding work that he has done to enhance and grow Kilcummin Comhaltas over his 25 years in his role, he added.

“Much thanks and praise was also offered to Mary, Adrian and Conor Moriarty, all involved in the progression of dancing and music within the Kilcummin branch. The music and entertainment continued with Helen Kerins and Denis Crowley late into the night. We’re looking forward to next year already!”

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