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Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce has paid tribute to  Patrick Walsh, a prominent Killarney businessman and one of the county’s most respected and successful building contractors who has passed away.

Patrick was President of the Chamber in 1984-85 and during his term in office a number of important projects were implemented, including initiatives to considerably enhance the visual image of the town centre.

Chamber said Patrick was very generous with the time he devoted to the organisation and he was a very steady hand as the executive committee at the time worked on several ideas to help to create a better Killarney.

Given that he was originally from Farranfore, it was no surprise that Patrick became a keen aviation enthusiast and he qualified to hold his own pilot’s licence.

He was hugely involved in the development of Farranfore Airport and his vision, drive and know-how helped, in no small way, to write several chapters in the success story that is the Kerry Airport of today.

Chamber said while the airport was built initially to boost tourism and the manufacturing industry in Kerry, which it continues to do, thanks to the pioneering spirit of Patrick Walsh and others of vision, the people of the Kerry are now among its principal users.

A building contractor of national renown, Patrick Walsh was responsible for many landmark developments in Killarney and throughout Kerry but a real monument to his craftsmanship is the striking Prince of Peace Church in Fossa.

Close on half a century after its construction, it is still considered one of the most spectacular places of worship in the country and, given its setting overlooking the lakes and mountains from its feature altar viewing point, it is no surprise that it is one of the most in demand churches for wedding ceremonies.

With Patrick and his team working closely with then Parish Priest Fr James Galvin, the foundation stone for the church was laid in the summer of 1976 and the Prince of Peace Church was consecrated by Bishop Kevin McNamara on 5th June 1977.

Chamber noted that, over the years, Patrick was also involved in the vast majority of the maintenance projects in the churches and buildings under the ownership of the Killarney Parish and that involvement is continued today by his son, Martin, who is keeping the Walsh family name to the fore in the construction industry.

Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce has extended sincere sympathy to Patrick’s family, Fr Padraig, Martin, Elma and Canice, daughter-in-law Pamela, sons-in-law Declan and Micheál, his grandchildren Amy, Adam, Gavin, Stephen, Ian, Patrick and Ella, brother Tom, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and many other relatives and friends.

Patrick was predeceased by his wife, Helen, and his brothers Sean, Tadhg, Seamus and Mick.

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Corcoran’s Furniture walk raises €12k for autism charity

Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland There were 37 participants in the event, which included […]

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Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland

There were 37 participants in the event, which included AADI families, dogs, and representatives, as well as fundraisers, supporters, and members of the Corcoran’s team. The stars of the day were the three life-changing super-hero dogs, Buzz, Baron and Hank.

Former Kerry Footballer, James O’ Donoghue, was the ambassador for the event
Those taking part left Ross Castle and were treated to a phenomenal boat ride in the expert hands of Diarmuid ‘Dux’ O’Donoghue of Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours. The O’Donoghue family entertained the entire group with a range of fascinating stories outlining the history of the lakes of Killarney and Killarney National Park.

The group set out from Lord Brandon’s Cottage and walked the 11K through the iconic Gap of Dunloe, with two AADI families and their dogs taking part in the full walk. This was followed by a well-deserved meal and some rest and relaxation at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. Flemings Taxi’s Killarney brought the group back to Ross Castle, Killarney upon completion of the event.

“On behalf of everybody at Corcoran’s Furniture, we would like to thank everybody who participated in our Gap of Dunloe charity event on behalf of AADI,” said Shane O’ Callaghan, Financial Controller atCorcoran’s.

“Collectively we have raised almost €12,000 for this incredible charity and monies are still coming in. We are extremely grateful to all who supported our walk, and also to James O’ Donoghue, Christina Tagney, the Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours, the fantastic support of Noel Lucey and Donal McCarthy from the Order Of Malta, Killarney branch, and to Killarney National Park, Kate Kearney’s Cottage and Fleming’s Taxi’s. All funds raised will go toward the expert training and maintenance of the upcoming AADI dogs who will make a dramatic difference to so many children with Autism and their families.”

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Summer of song with Grace Foley

Killarney singer Grace Foley is launching a summer series of concerts in Anam House Arts and Cultural Centre on Saturday night. ‘Storyteller’ is a series of intimate, one woman performances […]

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Killarney singer Grace Foley is launching a summer series of concerts in Anam House Arts and Cultural Centre on Saturday night.

‘Storyteller’ is a series of intimate, one woman performances that will be given by Foley during the summer months.

The first of the performances takes place this Saturday 7pm and will feature the songs and stories of well-known singers including Dolly Parton, ABBA, and an array of Irish artists as well as a selection of poems and famous quotes.

“It promises to be a lovely evening,” she said. “This the first of three performances.”

Tickets are €10 and will be available on the night. The performance is approximately one hour long.

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