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Father’s debut dance album for Alexis

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By Sean Moriarty

The father of a four-year-old Killarney girl who suffers from a rare condition has released his first online album to raise funds for his daughter.

Alexis O’Mahony, from Woodlawn, and her parents, urgently need a wheelchair accessible vehicle as she has outgrown her car seat making it difficult and uncomfortable for her on long journeys to Dublin for necessary appointments.

Steve and Teresa are 24 hour carers for the little girl who has a rare primary metabolic condition called Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Deficiency which has led to a brain abnormality called Ventriculomegaly as well as cerebral palsy, epilepsy, global developmental delay, double hip displacement, cortical visual impairment and sleeping difficulties.

Steve is a DJ and is well-known for his work in local night clubs as well as occasional behind the scenes work with Radio Kerry.

He has not worked since March as he needed to cocoon to protect his daughter, and with the bars and hotels closed there was no work available.

Instead, he used the lockdown to complete his first album – titled ‘Mid 11’ – which has now been released on Spotifyand other online platforms. He will put the donations from the album's sale towards an upgraded car.

“'Mid 11’ consists of 11 dance tracks across various electronic genres. Some of these tunes were lying around unfinished for up to five years but from last March the necessity to stay at home helped me create new habits and refocus on music,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“This was produced entirely between March and September at home in the small hours when the house settled down and quietened after a busy day. ‘Aalexis’ is my artist name, a slight deviation from the small girl who shaped my life experiences and influenced me. This is also my heartfelt way of just saying a small thank you to everyone who has donated to Alexis's campaign to date. It is my gift to you for your kindness. Lots more music will be released in the weeks and months ahead, both commercial and underground, so stay tuned. It is difficult not be able to road test tracks these days in the clubs but without a shadow of a doubt those clubbing days will come back too.”

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The album can be downloaded on various music streaming Apps including Spotify (by searching Aalexis) or Apple Music, Beatport, Deezer, Tidal and iTunes. From there it will be possible to reach the ‘LetsHelpAlexis’ link where funds can be donated.

“If you like what you hear all I ask is that you hit the donate button on my artist page which links to the GoFundMepage for my brave daughter's campaign,” he added.

Steve also has a message to people who are finding the current Level 5 restrictions difficult.
Unlike the first lockdown between March and June, people are not able to get out and about as much during the shorter winter days.

“This year is testing for many. Do something creative. Paint, write poetry, learn an instrument, write a song or a book, produce music, cook, learn how to be a tattoo artist, get the fingers dirty in the garden,” he said. “Basically whatever floats your boat. It is so therapeutic and you will discover some hidden talents inside that you can grow and foster and improve overtime. Rome wasn't built in a day!”

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Shock at the death of “wonderful community activist”

There was a great sense of shock over the weekend when new of the death of Yvonne Quill, a Tidy Towns champion and wonderful community activist, became known. Yvonne, from […]

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There was a great sense of shock over the weekend when new of the death of Yvonne Quill, a Tidy Towns champion and wonderful community activist, became known.

Yvonne, from Barleymount and formerly of the Cafe, College Street, passed away following a short illness on Friday. Requiem Mass takes place this morning (Monday) at 11am in The Prince of Peace Church, Fossa, followed by burial in Aghadoe Lawn Cemetery.

Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce President Niall Kelleher said she will be very fondly remembered as an incredibly dedicated woman, a strong personality who led by example and spearheaded the town’s Tidy Towns committee with such passion for over 25 years.

He recalled that her proudest day was when, as chairperson of the Killarney Looking Good Committee, she inspired Killarney to the prestigious overall national award in 2011 which had proved so elusive prior to that.

“Yvonne led by example and she never asked anyone to do something she wouldn’t do herself. You would seldom see her without the yellow bib, playing her part and showing us all what needed to be done to give Killarney the edge,” Mr Kelleher said.

“While winning the overall prize was something special, Killarney has never been far from the top and it has won a gold medal almost every year which is testament to Yvonne’s great ability to organise, her steely determination and her unrivalled ability to rally the troops,” he added.

The Chamber President also remembered her as a great businesswoman, a master baker and confectioner whose café on College Street was a must-visit for a whole generation of Killarney people and visitors.

“Yvonne Quill has left a great legacy in her home town. We thank her for what she has done, we’ll remember her incredible work ethic and we’ll ensure her name will live on in Killarney by continuing the commitment to the Tidy Towns initiative.”

Johnny McGuire, a member of the executive of Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, who worked alongside Yvonne at the helm of the Tidy Towns committee, said she was a born leader who inspired the whole community and always led by example.

“Killarney would never have won the All-Ireland Tidy Towns award without her. She was the inspirational captain of the winning team. Yvonne worked night and day and, when it came to Tidy Towns, there was no downtime for her,” Mr McGuire said.

“Her commitment to the cause brought her into every school and every housing estate in Killarney. Working closely with the late Fr Michael Murphy, her great friend, Kathleen Foley, and others, they really put Killarney in contention for the top awards every year. The name Yvonne Quill was known and respected in Tidy Towns circles throughout the entire country – she really was a legend and everything she turned her hand to,
she succeeded. Killarney will miss her,” he added.

She will be deeply missed by her husband John, children Peter, Sandra and Sean, her son-in-law Peter, daughter-in-law Mairéad, grandchildren Anna, Jake, Ted, Abby and Luke, sister Angela Mulvey, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, and extended family, friends, neighbours and the community.

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Jim awarded for life-long service to the community

By Michelle Crean Listry local Jim O’Shea was honoured last week as members of the community council presented him with an award for his life-long service to the community. Jim […]

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By Michelle Crean

Listry local Jim O’Shea was honoured last week as members of the community council presented him with an award for his life-long service to the community.

Jim received the O’Shea Award for 2022 at a meeting of Directors of Listry Community Council held on September 21.

Jim has been involved in Athletics from a very early age both as a competitor and administrator.

He was very much involved with Community Games in Milltown/Listry as organiser and coach. He was also involved with the Farranfore Maine Valley Athletic Club since its foundation.

Over the years Jim has competed in athletic events, mainly high jump and long jump, both in Ireland and abroad.

Recently he travelled to Derby in the UK in the British Masters Championship and won Gold in the 100 metres and Long Jump and finished second in the High Jump.

Jim, who is a very modest man, was actively involved with Listry Community Council as a volunteer driver for Meals on Wheels and for his commitment to keeping our community litter free by organising a number of litter picking days each year.

Always interested in fitness, Jim often came along to the Listry Seniors Social day and led the group in gentle exercises.

“Jim is a very worthy recipient of the O’Shea Award 2022 and we thank him for a lifetime of service to others,” Tony Darmody, Chairman, said.

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