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Dinah and Liam say ‘I do’

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SCENIC Sneem formed the perfect backdrop to the nuptials of Dinah McCarthy and Liam O’Brien.

Killarney native Dinah wed Liam, who is from Birmingham, in a ceremony in Parknasilla Hotel and Spa led by registrar Mary O’Shea.

Special guests on the big day included the bride’s son Dimitris McCarthy, her parents Helen and Christy McCarthy, and the groom’s mother and stepfather Ann and Malcolm Crump.

The couple, who met three years ago, got engaged last year.

The witnesses at the wedding ceremony were the bride’s brother Adrian McCarthy and Michelle O’Halloran, the groom’s sister. The couple paid tribute to Marie McDonnell and the team Parknasilla as well as their photographer Sally MacMonagle. “Her informal relaxed approach worked a treat, especially when taking pictures of the children. She did a fantastic job!” said Liam.

“It was wonderful to share the day with our special friends and family that travelled from as far as Devon in the UK to share this wonderful occasion with us.”
The couple enjoyed a “pre-honeymoon” in Borneo. “We stayed on a boathouse and travelled though the national park to search for orangutans, then went onto other areas in Indonesia, including Bali and the Gili Islands, and finished in Lombok,” said the groom.

Dinah is a speech and language therapist and Liam is a teacher. They are currently living in Milton Keynes.

 


 
Dinah Mccarthy and Liam O'Brien. Pic: Sally MacMonagle

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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