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Eugene was a dedicated family man and great friend

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This week, family and friends are mourning the passing of Eugene O’Shea, a well-known local Killarney businessman, teacher and former Green Party member.

Formerly of Northwest London, Eugene moved to Killarney in the early '80s with his wife Maggie and son Eoin, they opened the much-loved Sugan Hostel, now part of the Shire Bar & Restaurant.

The family expanded with the arrival of daughter Eileen and they opened their second hostel in Bunrower, Ross Road, in the mid 1990s.

He was also one of the founding members of the Kerry Branch of the Green Party and played a key role in the Killarney UDC elections in 1985 - returning Ireland’s first elected member of the party.

He dedicated a large part of his life to securing a lasting peace in Northern Ireland, including a key role in the Forum for Peace and Reconciliation - at Dublin Castle in 1994.

“A great man, who was so generous of spirit you always came away feeling the better for it. A great promoter of Killarney but most of all a dedicated family man and a wonderful friend,” said friend Aidan Quirke.

Eugene passed away peacefully at home on Monday surrounded by his loving family following a brief illness.

He is survived by his loving wife Margaret (nee Purtill), son Eoin, daughter Eileen, daughters-in-law Anne and Emily, grandchildren Alanna, Eugene, Luke and Eoin, mother Hannah (nee Herlihy), sister Maureen and brothers JJ and Michael, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, extended relatives and many friends.

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Kerry v Cork match day parking

  Kerry take on Cork in the first round of the Munster Championship at Fitzgerald Stadium on Saturday. This glamour tie always attracts a huge crowd and Cork fans will […]

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Kerry take on Cork in the first round of the Munster Championship at Fitzgerald Stadium on Saturday.

This glamour tie always attracts a huge crowd and Cork fans will travel in their droves from the Rebel County.

As a result there will be parking restrictions and traffic disruptions in the town on Saturday afternoon.

“Please be aware that the town will be bustling with activity, and traffic congestion is expected. Some parking areas may reach capacity, so we recommend allowing extra time for your journey,” said a Garda spokesperson.

Parking will be available in the following areas near the stadium: New Street, The Glebe car park, Fair Hill car park, High Street, Rock Road car park and the Lewis Road car park.

Parking in the vicinity of Fitzgerald Stadium is reserved for residents with parking passes only.

For a full preview of the match turn to our Sports section on page 54

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Win tickets for Taylor Swift and support Palestine

Killarney For Palestine is raffling two tickets to a Taylor Swift concert in Edinburgh. The group is raising funds for the Halaq family who are known to Kerry Friends of […]

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Killarney For Palestine is raffling two tickets to a Taylor Swift concert in Edinburgh.

The group is raising funds for the Halaq family who are known to Kerry Friends of Palestine and who are currently displaced in tents in the Gaza Strip.

Their homes were destroyed in the city of Khan Younis by Israeli airstrikes.

“It currently costs between €5,000 and €6,000 per person to be evacuated from Gaza,” said Susan Larkin of Killarney For Palestine.

To be in with a chance of winning the tickets for the June 8 concert all you have to do is make a donation via the gofundme link below.

A minimum €5.00 donation ensures entry to the draw which will be made on April 24.

Link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/hx5ahx-help-my-children

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