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Friary mourns the passing of Fr Fintan

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By Sean Moriarty

The Franciscan Friars in Killarney are in mourning after one of their own, Fr Fintan, passed away on Monday after a very brief illness.

Born in Killarney in 1939, Michael O'Shea OFM was educated in Franciscan College, Gormanston, Co Meath.

He entered the Franciscan novitiate in his native town in September 1958 and received Fintan as his religious name.

He celebrated his First Profession on September, 8, 1959.

After studies in Galway and Rome he was ordained to the priesthood in Rome on March 5, 1966.

As well as ministering in various friaries in Ireland, Fintan was part of the Irish Franciscan missions in Chile and later in El Salvador. While stationed in Dublin he was, for a time, chaplain to Dublin Port, and for many years chaplain to CIE Dublin.

He was a member of the well-known MD ‘Mackey’ O’Shea's business family in the town.

Only three weeks ago Fr Fintan paid a visit to his colleagues at the Friary in Killarney.

“He enjoyed his trip home when he visited his family’s businesses and this was a big part of our conversations over dinner at night,” Br Kevin Lynch, the Killarney Friary’s Guardian, told the Killarney Advertiser. “He was booked to come and visit us again in three weeks time.”

Fr Fintan will be laid to rest at Aghadoe Cemetery tomorrow morning (Thursday) following 12pm Requiem Mass at the Franciscan Friary.

He is sadly missed by his brothers Dona and Tim, and sister Peggy (Coghlan), as well as brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, his Franciscan Brothers, relatives and his many friends.

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Killarney competitors bring home the medals

By Michelle Crean It was a great weekend for Killarney as Brazilian jiu jitsu competitors took home medals from the AJP Switzerland International Tour in Zurich. Members of Movement & Fitness Club competed against the world’s finest athletes which led to them bringing home amazing results.After a great fight Matthew Morris made it into the […]

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By Michelle Crean

It was a great weekend for Killarney as Brazilian jiu jitsu competitors took home medals from the AJP Switzerland International Tour in Zurich.

Members of Movement & Fitness Club competed against the world’s finest athletes which led to them bringing home amazing results.After a great fight Matthew Morris made it into the semi-finals.Ewelina Downey received two gold medals in Gi and NOGI fights, just two months after her promotion to blue belt.The club’s coach, Wilson Da Silva, also competed for the first time as a brown belt, and won gold in the Gi category and silver in NOGI.”The results don’t lie,” he said.”The hard work, dedication, commitment and passion pays off. Impossible is nothing, and that’s what we are trying to teach our students in Movement & Fitness Club Killarney.”Martial Arts helps to fight depression, bulling, obesity, and builds up self esteem and confidence, he explained.”There is no ego, no one is better, we are all the same trying to learn from each other, helping and correcting ourselves so we become better together. Our club is filling up with amazing students from age four up who connect with us by the same passion and love for the sport. If you are looking to change your life come and join our family.”

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Ian makes his debut as a radio presenter

By Sean Moriarty Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week. The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017. Since the accident he has been a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week.

The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017.

Since the accident he has been a champion for the less fortunate under his mantra: “If you can’t stand up – standout”.

This was the inspiration behind his brand new radio show which aired for the first time on Wednesday evening.

‘Stand Out with Ian O’Connell’ will feature interviews with people who have overcome great adversary to reach even greater heights.

His first guest was fellow Killarney man Jordan Lee. The Paralympian represented Ireland in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

“I was used to being in the studio from people interviewing me, but this time I turned the table,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was great to have Jordan on, two Killarney men! I really enjoyed it, it got a massive reaction and I got loads of emails and messages afterwards and into Thursday morning.”

Ian will reveal his guest for the show on the previous Monday through various social media channels.

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