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HER colleagues at the Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa welcomed newlywed Patrice Hayes back to work recently after the assistant sales and marketing manager returned from her honeymoon.

Patrice, from Beale, wed Ballybunion native Declan O’Mahony in St John’s Church, Ballybunion, in a Mass led by local parish priest Father Noel Spring. After posing for the cameras of Killarney wedding photographers Evelyn and Keith Woodard on Ballybunion beach and cliffs, they re-joined their guests at the reception in the Listowel Arms Hotel.

Patrice and Declan, a civil engineer with Kerry County Council, first met one sunny summer’s evening in August 2010 whilst surfing in Ballybunion Beach. “Declan had just moved home after a six-month trip to Australia and we smiled and said hello out in the surf. We met a couple of more times surfing before having our first date,” said Patrice.

“Just before Christmas 2015, we went for a walk on Ballybunion Beach when Declan went down on one knee and popped the question! It was a complete surprise and made even more special by the fact that it happened at the place where it all began and also had our first kiss!”
ON their wedding day, the bride wore an ivory Pronovias Olivana gown purchased at Áibhéal of Adare in Limerick and the groom sported a navy Louis Copeland suit.

Both sets of parents, Catherine and Thomas Hayes and Mary and Denis O’Mahony helped the newlyweds celebrate. Also lending their support were Patrice’s sister and maid of honour Catríona Farac and her sisters Áine and Breda Hayes and cousin Dee Keating (bridesmaids), as well as Declan’s friend and best man John Fitzgerald, friends PJ Breen and Brendan O’Connell and brother-in-law Michael Farac groomsmen).

The bride’s goddaughter Kathryn Farac joined forces with her niece Emer O’Connor in the role of flowergirls. For their honeymoon, the newlyweds enjoyed a surfing trip in Bali and Lombok in Indonesia for two weeks in July, followed by a few nights in Dubai on the way home. The newlyweds are currently residing in Beale.
 


 
Above: Patrice and Declan. Picture: The Woodards

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Applecroft B&B named in Ireland’s Top 10

By Michelle Crean What a better way for a local business to celebrate its silver jubilee than to be named in the Top 10 places to stay in Ireland especially as they prepare to reopen after the pandemic. Owners Kathy and Don Brosnan, who run Applecroft House in Woodlawn, were named number 6 in Ireland’s […]

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By Michelle Crean

What a better way for a local business to celebrate its silver jubilee than to be named in the Top 10 places to stay in Ireland especially as they prepare to reopen after the pandemic.

Owners Kathy and Don Brosnan, who run Applecroft House in Woodlawn, were named number 6 in Ireland’s Top 10 B&Bs for 2022 by the Irish Independent ‘Reader Travel Awards’ while Ireland’s Best B&B was named as Dingle’s Pax House.

The couple began their business in 1997 and are very happy with the feedback from visitors who voted for their B&B, especially after two difficult years.

“I’m thrilled, especially as we’re celebrating our silver jubilee this year,” Kathy told the Killarney Advertiser.

The couple built their house in the early ’80s and aptly named it ‘Applecroft’ as it was built in a field which has an orchard.

In the late ’90s they opened five spacious rooms up, each with its own theme; 
‘Poet’s Corner’, ‘Past Times’, ‘The 19th Green’, ‘The Race-goer’s Club’ and ‘The Kerry Way’, for guests as Kathy, who worked in The Europe Hotel and the Great Southern Killarney for many years, had a passion to bring a great stay experience to guests visiting Killarney. They kept themselves busy planting in their two acre garden during the pandemic.

They have won numerous awards over the years and have had film crews in but this latest award is the icing on the cake for the couple who are looking forward to reopening in late March.

“It’s amazing, and a bonus especially with the two years we’ve had. We’ve never experienced anything like that. It was “wow” – we were preparing to reopen on St Patrick’s Day that year and all of a sudden everything closed down on the 16. It was a big shock.”

Don creates amazing bread and scones which guests rave about, she added.

“I was delighted as we came tenth for breakfast and sixth for the B&B.”

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Tributes paid to life-long Legion supporter

By Sean Moriarty Legion GAA Club has led tributes to one of their most ‘fervent’ supporters who passed away on Tuesday. Described as one of the town’s ‘old stock’, Tim Looney from Coolgraine Park and late of Daltons Avenue, was a central part of Killarney’s rich sporting heritage. As well as a life-long supporter of […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Legion GAA Club has led tributes to one of their most ‘fervent’ supporters who passed away on Tuesday.

Described as one of the town’s ‘old stock’, Tim Looney from Coolgraine Park and late of Daltons Avenue, was a central part of Killarney’s rich sporting heritage.

As well as a life-long supporter of Legion, he played basketball in the famous town leagues of the 1970s and the seven-a-side soccer ‘Wipeouts’ competitions.

“He was a very proud Legion man and always flew the green and white flag out his window whenever the club was playing in a big game,” PRO Enda Walshe told the Killarney Advertiser. “He was a fervent loyal club supporter but was also one of the characters of the winter basketball leagues.”

Tim was also a regular participant in Dart Pub Leagues back in the 1970s and 1980s.

Tim’s funeral took place today (Friday). He was laid to rest at Killarney Burial Ground after 10am Mass St Mary’s Cathedral.

Tim is survived by his wife Nuala, his children Joanne, Paudie and Timmy, and was a much loved grandfather to Stephen, Makaela, Chloe, Padraic, Keelan, Alex and the late Lorna. He will also be sadly missed by his daughters-in-law Margaret and Sharon, son-in-law Tony, sisters Kathleen, Sheila and Ann, brothers Lewis-John and Paddy, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews, relatives, neighbours and many great friends.

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