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Fire destroys Killarney man’s family home in America

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“They have lost everything”

BY MICHELLE CREAN

 

Killarney people are rallying for one of their own this week after a local man lost his family home in a house fire in America.

Patrick Doona (35), from Pinewood Estate, his wife Patrice and children Rohan (11) and one-year-old daughter Constantina have been left devastated after a fire destroyed their home in San Diego, California – leaving them with just the clothes on their back.

 

His young daughter, who was at home sick with her American grandmother, was lucky to get out alive as the flames engulfed the family home, on Monday November 12.

 

The couple had recently moved from Woodlawn NY to California to start a new life andhad poured thousands into renovating their home, including solar panels, timber floors and new windows.

 

However, according to Patrick’s parents, Denis and Bridie Doona from Pinewood Estate, there has been a huge outpouring of support for Patrick and his family in both America, where he has lived for 13 years, and from the people of Killarney, as well as online through fundraising page GoFundMe, which has so far raised almost €15,000 of its €30,000 target.

 

His father Denis explained to the Killarney Advertiser yesterday (Thursday) that the family home is hundreds of miles away from the recent devastating fires in California which killed over 80 people, left hundreds missing and thousands homeless.

“They weren’t even in the fire zone - that’s the thing about it,” Denis said.

“Patrick is in Southern California which is hundreds of miles from the other fires.”

On the day Patrick and his wife travelled to get medicine for their baby.

However, with almost 40 degree heat and 50 mph winds – something triggered the fire.

 

Denis explained that when Patrick and Patrice returned to the house, which was made of timber, it was completely gone.

“I got a shock when he phoned on Tuesday last. Everything went to ashes – that was the hardest part. They have nothing left just the clothes on their back.

 

“His mother-in-law was in the house with the baby. She went outside to see why the dogs were barking and realised that the house was on fire. She then ran out with the baby as the fire engulfed the house.

“20 units of the fire brigade and two helicopters rushed to the extinguish the fire to stop it  spreading further. The fire brigade investigation said the cause of the fire is inconclusive so he’s not sure if he’s covered with insurance.”

Bridie added that Patrick’s mother-in-law was lucky to get to safety with the baby.

“She was lucky to get out alive with the baby. Constantina had just turned one on November 6, and they had a family party days before. All the presents are gone in the fire.”

Denis and Bridie have thanked the local community for supporting Patrick and his family through the online charity page. To donate go to GoFundMe: Pat & Patrice Doona.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Relegation battle has town divided

By Sean Moriarty This is bigger than the county final itself – with the main prize on offer being bragging rights in the town. After an unprecedented run of events during this year’s Kerry Senior Football championship Killarney’s two biggest clubs, Dr Crokes and Killarney Legion are set to face off in a relegation battle […]

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By Sean Moriarty

This is bigger than the county final itself – with the main prize on offer being bragging rights in the town.

After an unprecedented run of events during this year’s Kerry Senior Football championship Killarney’s two biggest clubs, Dr Crokes and Killarney Legion are set to face off in a relegation battle that is sure to divide the town.

In sporting terms, the outcome of the big game, set for December 5, is simple enough. The winner stays in the Senior Championship next season and the losers will have to play in the Intermediate Championship.

Fans of the black and amber or the green and white face an anxious week. Winning the county title is one thing – consigning your cross town rivals to second division football in football is altogether a bigger prize.

Senior officials from both clubs are being very guarded on a potential outcome as both sides know the significance of this play off.

“It is a pity that two Killarney clubs, with a long tradition of playing football in the top tier, find themselves in the position of having to play off to avoid relegation,” Matt O’Neill, Cathaoirleach of Dr Crokes, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Both teams will fight tooth and nail to stay in the senior ranks. I am confident that on Sunday week our lads will do themselves and the club proud, as always, and give their all in the quest to keep the black and amber to the fore.”

Crokes are based off the Lewis Road with Legion a short distance away on the other side of the bypass.

“Everyone has an opinion on this,” Legion PRO, Elaine O’Donoghue, told the Killarney Advertiser. “Both sides will be nervous – may the best team win. There are a lot of questions, are the Crokes suffering after defeat to Kerins O’Rahillys [in the semi-final]? Are our lads suffering after losing to St Brendan’s for the third year in a row?”

Every football fan will be keeping a close eye on next weekend’s Intermediate County Final too which takes place on December 4.

The winners of the match between Beaufort and Tralee side Na Gael will be automatically promoted to replace the losers of the Killarney play-off in the Senior Championship next season.

Should Beaufort prevail, a (relatively) local team could replace a town team in the top flight.

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Handball off the wall in Killarney

By Con Dennehy The popularity of handball as one of the fastest growing sports in Kerry is set to continue in the East Kerry region with the continued development of Spa/Killarney Handball Club. On Monday night the progressive club hosts a Beginners and Advanced League at their magnificent indoor facility located at the Spa GAA grounds […]

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By Con Dennehy

The popularity of handball as one of the fastest growing sports in Kerry is set to continue in the East Kerry region with the continued development of Spa/Killarney Handball Club.

On Monday night the progressive club hosts a Beginners and Advanced League at their magnificent indoor facility located at the Spa GAA grounds in Killarney. The club boasts two state-of-the-art indoor handball walls which were designed and built by local player and sportsman Mike Casey. It was opened in May 2018.

“On Monday night the games will tip off at 7pm with 11 players in the Advanced League and seven in the Beginners League. The format of the competition will see quarter finals in the first round progressing to overall winners on the night. It promises to be a great night of exciting handball and we welcome spectators,” said Eoin O’Donoghue, secretary of the club.

Competitors taking part in the Beginners League are Sheila Kelliher, Elena O’Donoghue, Niamh Faulds, Rosin King, Brid Horgan, Neill Horgan and Sinead Moriarty.

Players signed up for the Advanced League include Aoife Walsh, John Daniel Cronin, Eoin O’Donoghue, Kieran O’Brien, Brendan O’Donoghue, Michael Clifford, Evan Enright, Eoghan Daly, Brian McEvoy, Jerry Cronin and Maggie Quirke.

One player set to receive a warm welcome will be Brendan O’Donoghue. At the 2019 All-Ireland Hardball championships in Mayo, Brendan became the first Spa/Killarney man to win an All-Ireland Handball medal. He achieved this unique and much publicised honour in the highly ranked Master’s 55 B final.

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