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Castlemaine Village Fair Day to be revived

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A revival of Castlemaine Fair Day will take place tomorrow (Sunday) in memory of the late John O’Donoghue with proceeds going to charity.

The location of the Sheep Fair will be in Griffin's Car Park and it will get underway from 10am.

The event and its proceeds, organised by Castlemaine Events Committee, will be in aid of Kerry Hospice whilst there will also be an auction on the day where the donation of animals is welcome.

Funds raised from the auction will go towards The Palliative Care Unit at University Hospital Kerry (UHK) who provide exemplary care and attention to their patients. A raffle with some wonderful spot prizes will be on offer courtesy of sponsorship, and bucket collections will also be in operation throughout the event.

John O’Donoghue who was known all over, resided in the heart of Castlemaine village. He was born on January 21, 1965 which ironically happened to coincide with a staging of the old Castlemaine Fair Day so it felt appropriate to mark John’s lifetime love of attending fairs and being an integral part of the farming community by bringing back the old fair day in his honour and with it celebrate old traditions, customs and beliefs in the locality.

“The fair day was an annual event in Castlemaine but it died out in the '90s," John’s daughter, Cathy, said.

"John was known by many particularly for his work ethic, humour and honesty. When people mention any dealings they had with him, it is always with a smile on their face and they will all tell you that it was always a good deal they had with him. John loved to attend the fair days throughout the county and was well known as the custom of attending the fairs was passed onto John from his father Denis. Attending the fairs was not only enjoyable but also important to my father as he liked to keep up traditions. You would always be sure to get a bit of traditional luck back in the form of change from my father too with a deal."

She added that both she and his good friend Pat O'Keeffe felt a fair day was a lovely way to celebrate John’s life whilst also raising money for Kerry Hospice due to his passion for farming.

It was a huge shock to John, his family and friends when he was diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer in May 2019. His life was cut short as seven months after that he died in the Palliative Care Unit on January 13 2020.

"Almost everyone has been affected by cancer in some way or another and are familiar with the Kerry Hospice in UHK. The care and support provided from the palliative care team was so amazing that it feels very right to give something back and I hope that we can raise as much money as possible on the day for such a wonderful service here in the heart of Kerry. It is great to have the Castlemaine Events Committee on board to help with the planning of the event. We are very lucky to have such a team in a small village."
If this event runs successfully, she added, they would love to see it as an annual event.

"Not only does it help raise money for the wonderful service of the Kerry Hospice it will also help keep my father’s memory alive.”

All queries surrounding the fair day can be directed to Castlemaine Events Committee by contacting 087 2549116 and further information is also available on the committee’s Facebook page.

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Lack of street lights a concern

By Sean Moriarty Two roads in the wider Killarney area will not get any additional street lighting despite requests to install them by Cllr. John O’Donoghue. Mr O’Donoghue called on the council place extra lighting on the Muckross Road near the old Whitegates Hotel. “The area is considerably darker now and is presenting a serious danger […]

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Two roads in the wider Killarney area will not get any additional street lighting despite requests to install them by Cllr. John O’Donoghue.

Mr O’Donoghue called on the council place extra lighting on the Muckross Road near the old Whitegates Hotel.

“The area is considerably darker now and is presenting a serious danger to pedestrians crossing the road, particularly between Woodlawn Cross, and what was formerly the Whitegates Hotel,” he told a recent meeting of Killarney Municipal District.
The council said that the area was subject to a recent upgrade and that additional lighting would not be installed along this section of road on top of the 19 LED lights already placed there.”
“The lighting was installed, commissioned, light levels checked and provides adequate illumination to meet the relevant lighting design standards,” a council spokesperson told the meeting.
Mr O’Donoghue also called for a new street light to be placed on the junction where the L.3015 meets the slip road by Glenflesk National School: “to facilitate the safe passage of school children walking home during the Winter months.”
Kerry County Council reviewed the request but said: “This proposal would not comply with Kerry County Council’s Public Lighting Policy.”

COMMENT BY KILLARNEY ADVERTISER

While this Killarney Municipal District meeting took place hours before the horrific murder of Ashling Murphy in Tullamore, it drives home the importance that all our citizens are entitled to feel safe in their locality. The addition of a few extra street lights in the areas mentioned is not too much to ask.

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