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Garda Twohig’s family thank the people of Killarney

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Almost one month after his passing, the wife of the late Garda Paudie Twohig has issued a heartfelt thank you to the people of Killarney and beyond for their "emotional and practical support".

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Diane Collins Twohig, also a local serving Garda, said that both herself and her family "will be forever grateful" for the send-off given to Paudie (44), as well as the support offered from their colleagues in Killarney Garda Station, where Paudie was a popular staff member.

Paudie also leaves behind two daughters Tara Grace (2) and baby Olivia Hope born just days before his passing.

He was diagnosed with a stage four melanoma in April and sadly succumbed to the illness on Sunday, August 1 at Cork University Hospital (CUH).

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“We offer our heartfelt thanks to the many friends, neighbours and well-wishers who gave us emotional and practical support during Paudie’s short, but hard fought illness,” Diane said. “To the people of Killarney town our family will be forever grateful for the send-off you gave Paudie. Killarney was very close to his heart and his drive through town one last time was so special. The expressions of love and support and the continued shared memories has made our loss more bearable.”

She also thanked her colleagues at Killarney Garda Station and the medical staff at Cork University Hospital.

“A special word of thanks to our colleagues in An Garda Síochána who supported our family over the last number of months and their exceptional professionalism on Paudie’s final journey. To Dr Derek Power, the staff in CUH, CUMH and MUHH we wish to express our deepest gratitude for the excellent care, support, kindness and respect shown at all times. Fr Kieran O’Brien, thank you, your personal service was a comfort and source of strength to our family. Also thank you to Monsignor O’Donnell, Canon Roberts, Fr Manning, Fr O’Mahony, Fr Cormac, and Fr Keane.

“Thank you to Fitzgerald Funeral Directors Macroom for their guidance and organisation. To John O’Sullivan Event Videography, a kind friend and neighbour who streamed Paudie’s funeral. You went above and beyond for us.

“To Cathal Flaherty your incredible voice and lyrics were so poignant, Paudie was your biggest fan, thank you for performing for him one last time. Also, a kind word to Sarah Twomey, Aghinagh GAA, Killarney No Name Club and to all who donated to The Garda Benevolent Fund and Neo Natal CUMH.

“As it is impossible to thank everyone, please accept this acknowledgement as an expression of our deepest gratitude. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered for your intentions.”

Paudie's Months Mind will be celebrated on September 1 at 8pm in St John The Baptist Church Ballinagree and will be streamed on www.munsterfunerallivestream.ie/paudie-twohig.

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Vaccination centre leaves basketball club homeless

By Sean Moriarty With the National Basketball League set to get underway in two weeks’ time, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club are still unsure where they will play their homes games this season as their usual venue is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre. The local side play Limerick Celtic away on […]

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With the National Basketball League set to get underway in two weeks’ time, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club are still unsure where they will play their homes games this season as their usual venue is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre.

The local side play Limerick Celtic away on the weekend of October 8 and 9 and their first home game is set for October 16.

Currently their home venue at Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre is unavailable as it is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre and according to the Health Service Executive (HSE) this week, there are no plans in place, as of yet, to move out.

Killarney Cougars, the town’s newest addition to the National League, has secured the use of the gym at St Brigid’s Secondary School in the town centre but, as it stands, St Paul’s remain homeless as the season opener looms.

“It is ridiculous at this stage,” said head coach Jarlath Lee. “If you look at what is happening at the Sports Centre, there are very few people in and out of there now compared to the start [of the vaccination roll-out].”

The HSE when contacted by the Killarney Advertiser this week said that they would not be adding to a previous statement issued earlier this month, which said: “In relation to Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre, we are very grateful to staff and management for the use of their facility as a vaccination centre.

“Planning work is well underway for the next phase of the vaccination programme, locally and nationally. This includes a review of where vaccinations are administered in future, but we cannot confirm any decisions in relation to any particular location at this point in time.”

However, the HSE did confirm this week, that the Tralee Vaccination Centre, located at the Munster Technology University, will re-locate to the recently vacated Borg Warner factory in the town. The move is expected to be completed within the next week to 10 days.

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Triple treat for car lovers this weekend

Killarney car fans are in for a triple treat this weekend with three different events to look forward to over two days. Tomorrow (Saturday), Cannonball will blast through the town. Over one hundred supercars, ranging from firm favourites like McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley are expected to take part […]

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Killarney car fans are in for a triple treat this weekend with three different events to look forward to over two days.

Tomorrow (Saturday), Cannonball will blast through the town.

Over one hundred supercars, ranging from firm favourites like McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley are expected to take part while raising funds for the HOPE Foundation.

The cars will leave Kenmare at around 11.30am and will travel via Moll’s Gap to Killarney and onwards to Farranfore and Tralee.

“The cars will not be stopping in towns this year to avoid gatherings,” said an event spokesperson, but the Killarney Advertiser understands that the high-powered convoy will be stopping in Tralee for a lunch halt before making their way to Tarbert and the Shannon Ferry.

On Sunday, and as revealed by the Killarney Advertiser last week, the Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club will host its annual classic motorshow at the racecourse from 11am. This event will raise funds for St Francis’s Special School in Beaufort.

Cars n’Coffee Killarney will join the vintage club on Sunday. After a successful 2019 season at KC Print, Cars n’Coffee is looking for a new home in Killarney, and Sunday’s collaboration with the vintage club could pave the way for further events at the racecourse.

“Having events of this quality in Killarney shows that the town could soon become the car culture capital of Ireland,” said Cars n’Coffee organiser Ger Neeson.

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