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GoFundMe page set up for tragic cyclist



TRAGIC: Mariusz Kryszak, who died when struck by a car while cycling on the Gap of Dunloe Road near Beaufort, on Sunday morning.


“We’re doing everything we can to get him home to Poland”

By Michelle Crean

Killarney hotel staff, who are still shocked at the tragic death of their friend and work colleague killed whilst cycling to work on Sunday, have vowed to raise funds to get him home to his native Poland.

A GoFundMe page was set up for 45-year-old Mariusz Kryszak, who died at approximately 8am when struck by a car while cycling on the Gap of Dunloe Road near Beaufort.

The Polish native, who had been on his way to work at the Dunloe Hotel & Gardens, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Garda forensic collision investigators and scenes of crime officers examined the crash site and the road was closed for a number of hours with local diversions in place. The driver of the car was uninjured and Killarney Gardaí are continuing to appeal for witnesses.

General Manager of the Dunloe Hotel & Gardens, Jason Clifford, said that staff at the hotel are still shocked as they try to come to terms with the devastating news.

On Wednesday, a GoFundMe page: Mariusz Kryszak Memorial Fundwas set up, and in less that 24 hours raised almost €8,000, with over 150 donations and 164 Facebook shares.

The funds will be used to help his daughter Sandra and the Kryszak family repatriate their loved one back to Poland.

“We’re doing everything we can to get him home to Poland,” Jason Clifford told the Killarney Advertiser yesterday (Thursday).

Mariusz worked in the Dunloe Hotel & Gardens for the past 15 years, starting out as a kitchen porter before changing department to front of house. He was also a well-loved member of staff in the Europe Hotel where he worked in the spa and concierge when the Dunloe was closed during the off season.

“Everybody is devastated here at the hotel and in the Europe Hotel,” Jason said. “He was a big part of our work family here at the Dunloe. He was more of a friend than a work colleague.”

Jason added that Mariusz liked being front of house as he had a special way with people especially on a personal level.

“He was wonderful with customers. He always made time for everybody and gave people his full attention. Everybody was fond of Mariusz because of his personality. He’ll be truly missed by his work colleagues and friends. Our thoughts are with his family.”

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Carols by Candlelight

    St. Mary’s Cathedral, will be filled with music and glowing candles, as choirs from all over Killarney Parish gather for a community of voices together to celebrate Christmas […]






St. Mary’s Cathedral, will be filled with music and glowing candles, as choirs from all over Killarney Parish gather for a community of voices together to celebrate Christmas 2023, December17, at 7.00pm. Admission is free.

Ten Choirs from Killarney parish will join together and sing some of the world’s most beloved Christmas carols.
The carol service is directed by accomplished Musician and Choral Director, Paula Gleeson. Originally from Cork, her family have been involved in all aspects of choral and church music for 50 years.

“This is the best experience as director, working with Fr. Kieran O’Brien, and St. Mary’s Cathedral Choir, I get to work with so many talented people in Killarney. The commitment of Teachers, Principals, and the hundreds of students from the Primary and Secondary Schools is inspiring. The generosity of our sponsors, who were so willing to contribute has helped to make this night a reality. We are all so truly grateful,” she said.

Choirs include:
St. Mary’s Cathedral Parish Choir, organist Anita Lakner
Holy Cross Mercy School Choir
St. Oliver’s Primary School Choir
St. Brigid’s Secondary School Choir
St. Brendan’s Secondary School Choir
Killarney Harmonisers
Killarney Community College School Choir
Lissivigeen National School Choir
Gaelscoil Faithleann School Choir
Presentation Monastery School Choir

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The same but different – A tribute to three great Irish musicians



Driving home from work last Friday, tributes for Shane McGowan were pouring out across the radio stations and while listening in, I got a strong sense of déjà vu.

It was only a few months earlier that we got the sad news that the talented Aslan front man Christy Dingham had passed away, and a short few weeks after that – Sinéad O’Connor.  The loss of three iconic Irish musicians that left music fans across the country reeling.

When I think about each artist individually, their personalities couldn’t be more different. Yet, for days after the passing of the Pogues frontman, I found myself wondering why I was so drawn to all three.

And then, over the weekend I stumbled across a completely unrelated article which led with a headline:

“In a year dominated by artificial intelligence, deepfakes, and disingenuity, “authentic” has somehow emerged as Merriam-Webster’s word for 2023.”

And there was my answer. The one characteristic that embodied all three of these great Irish musicians.

It was my mother that first introduced me to Aslan’s music. She grew up during their peak and loved all sorts of rock music. I regularly watch their Vicar Street performances back on YouTube and still get mesmerised by Christy’s intense stage presence. Using elaborate hand gestures to evoke a greater meaning behind the words, he always looked like he was away in his own world. Off stage, and particularly later in his career, I admired him for his honesty when talking about his struggles with addiction and mental health. He was talking openly about these issues long before it was the norm.

Sinéad O’Connor was another original soul who, because of her talent, was catapulted into a music industry consumed by artificiality; she was almost too pure for it all. I always admired her unwavering commitment to her beliefs. Her authenticity was evident in every aspect of her artistry. The way she unapologetically embraced her shaved head and boy-ish style, she challenged conventional opinions around beauty. Her music reflected her personal struggles and she never shied away from addressing issues of social injustice, religion, and gender equality. Her stances often drew criticism and controversy, but she always remained true to herself.

Shane MacGowan will always be remembered for his unfiltered nature, and while the lyrics of many songs were dark and gritty, there was also an element of empathy and compassion in what he wrote. Like Christy, he too struggled with addiction and mental health issues throughout his career. While his demons sometimes spilled over into the public eye, his honesty and vulnerability just endeared him even more to us Irish.

So isn’t it apt in a year we lost three great musicians, the word of 2023 happens to be the one undeniable trait that they all shared. Thank you Christy, Sinead and Shane for showing us that authenticity is not just about being different to everyone else; but also about possessing the courage to challenge the established, to question the norms, and to keep going, even when the going gets tough.


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