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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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Gaelscoil pupils compete in Fleadh for the first time

By Michelle Crean It was their first time entering Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí but Gaelscoil Faithleann pupils proved they’ve got talent as they made it to the next stage of the […]

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By Michelle Crean

It was their first time entering Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí but Gaelscoil Faithleann pupils proved they’ve got talent as they made it to the next stage of the competition.

Muinteoir Treasa Uí Scannláin and Muinteoir Lisa Ni Iarlaithe prepared the children over the last two months on Thursday evenings after school.

For the competition 22 kids were entered in the Under 11 and 13 categories in the Comhra Gaeilge competition in Tralee.

Three of the Under 11s and three of the school’s Under 13s are now going forward to represent Chiarraí the Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan in Newcastle West on July 15.

“The standard was very high and it was our first time entering this competition. All of the children were representing Cill Airne Comhaltas,” Lisa said.

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Kilcummin has strong representation in Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí

Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí may have been absent in the live sense over the previous two years, however it returned over the last two weekends and it delivered with aplomb! The […]

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Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí may have been absent in the live sense over the previous two years, however it returned over the last two weekends and it delivered with aplomb!

The home of Kerry Comhaltas, the Dúchas Centre on the MTU campus in Tralee, was the host venue on the first weekend of the Fleadh, which accommodated the dancing competitions.

“We were spoiled with the spectacle of live dancing of the highest calibre accompanied by live music from accomplished musicians … food for the soul!” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCE PRO, said.

“Much credit and thanks goes to the Moriarty School of Dancing, Mary, John and Adrian who represented Kilcummin CCE and prepared our teams to compete at the highest level.

“We also had such a great weekend in the singing and music competitions over the second weekend of Fleadh Cheoil Charraí, held in the Dúchas Centre and other areas of the MTU campus. All of our competitors performed to the highest standard in robust competition. Well done to all who competed and congratulations to all who go forward to represent Chiarraí the Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan, in Newcastle West, Co. Limerick from July 10 to 16.”

Kilcummin had strong representation throughout the dancing competition during the first weekend of Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí.

U12 Ladies 1st place and County Champions.

“Well done to our second U12 Ladies set who weren’t placed but danced beautifully.”

U12 Mixed 1st place & County Champions.
U12 mixed 2nd place.
15-18 Mixed 2nd place.
15-18 Ladies & Mixed Half set 3rd place
U12-15 Ladies 3rd place
Senior mixed half set 1st place and County Champions
Over 35’s 1st Place & County Champions

Kilcummin also excelled in the music and singing competitions of the second weekend of the Fleadh.

Eoin Foley – Accordion 1st place
Eoin Foley – Melodeon 2nd place
Aisling O’Connor – 1st place – Ladies O18 English Singing
Liam Kerrisk – 1st place – 15-18 Melodeon
Michael Healy – Button accordion (12-15) 1st place
Michael Healy – Melodeon (12-15) 1st place
Sean Butler – Button Accordion (12-15) 2nd place
Colleen Anland and Michael Healy – Duets (12-15) 1st place
Seán Fleming – Kerry Comhaltas U15 History Project 1st place

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