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“Dan was a gentleman, very helpful and great company”

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By Michelle Crean

There’s a deep sense of shock and sadness at the sudden death of Kilcummin man Dan Healy who died suddenly whilst cycling the Tralee-Killarney road in Rockfield early on Monday morning.

67-year-old Dan, of Rockfield and late of Dooneen, Kilcummin, Killarney, was involved in an accident at approximately 8.20am. Emergency services rushed to the scene and the road was closed off for a number of hours to facilitate the services of Forensic Collision Investigators.

On Wednesday, in accordance with Government and HSE guidelines, a private funeral took place for Dan, but neighbours, friends and members of Kilcummin GAA came out in force to form a guard of honour as Dan was laid to rest in the Old Kilcummin Graveyard.

In his early days Dan was a footballer with the club and was part of the 1973 O'Donoghue Cup winning panel.

The former ESB worker was a familiar face on the Tralee-Killarney Road as he cycled to and from town every morning and evening.

“There’s a sadness in Kilcummin for people that had known him,” Michael O’Riordan, PRO with Kilcummin GAA, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Dan was a gentleman, very helpful and great company. Anybody that would meet him regularly would enjoy his company. He was a great character.”

He added that those who formed the guard of honour wanted to pay tribute to him as restrictions meant that they couldn’t attend his Funeral Mass.

“We had a presence close to the graveyard. Needless to say, we maintained social distancing. About 40 from the club turned out, along with his neighbours and friends.”

Killarney Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to come forward and for any road users who may have camera footage, including dash-cam, who were travelling in the area at the time to make it available to Gardai on 064 667 1160, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

Dan was predeceased by his son Daniel. He is survived by his wife Imelda, daughter Mary, brothers Johnny and Willy, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews, his many friends, neighbours and his former colleagues in the ESB.

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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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