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GoFundMe set up for Firies man who died in Australia

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SAD PASSING: Crohane O’Grady passed away in Australia last week. His family have praised the efforts of the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust in getting him home to Kerry.

 

By Sean Moriarty

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The family of well-known Firies man Crohane O’Grady who passed away suddenly in Australia last Saturday have praised the efforts of Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust in getting the remains of their late father back home.

 

Crohane died while on an extended visit to his daughter Bernie who runs a farm near Cohuna, about three hours north of Melbourne.

 

His final wish was to be buried alongside his parents in Abbeyisland Cemetery near Caherdaniel.

 

In recent years the 63-year-old spent three months every year in Australia so he could be with his grandchildren, but this year he became ill. He was hospitalised in Australia late last month and was diagnosed with leukaemia and unfortunately succumbed to the illness.

 

The family have set up a fundraising page online to help get Crohan home, GoFundMe: ‘Bring Crohane home’, with the excess money going back to the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust, a charity which helps repatriate bodies of loved ones from all over the world.

 

“He went there every year, he loved the sunshine and spending Christmas with his grandchildren,” his daughter Theresa told the Killarney Advertiser. “This year he went a few months early as he stood for his granddaughter’s confirmation and was preparing to return home around the time he got ill.”

 

Crohane’s remains are due in Dublin Airport around 7pm tomorrow (Saturday) ahead of a wake in Firies on Sunday evening.

 

His is survived by his children Theresa, Bernie and Brendan, former wife Phil and partner Christine Barket.

 

 

 

 

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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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Sinead is queen of the court

By Con Dennehy With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport. Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater […]

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By Con Dennehy

With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport.

Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater Killarney region.

One of the most impressive performances on the night was in the Beginners Category where local star Sinead Moriarty secured a number of electrifying victories to win the overall title.

“This was a very competitive competition. In the opening games Neill Horgan was defeated by Rosin King from Glenbeigh 13-15 with Sinead Moriarty getting the better of exchanges with Bríd Horgan (Spa) 15-8. In the other game Niamh Faulds from Glenflesk lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-10 despite a very brave effort from Niamh,” said Eoin O’Donoghue, secretary of Spa Killarney Handball Club.

In the semi-finals Sheila Kelliher lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-11 with Sinead Moriarty defeating Rosin King 15-12.

“In a pulsating final Sinead saw off the dogged challenge of Elena O’Donoghue 15-11. While Sinead dominated this game, she looked in control and played a brilliant tournament throughout and was a deserving overall winner.”

In the Advanced category there were wins for Evan Enright and Eoin O’Donoghue in the opening games.

In the quarter finals Even Enright saw off the challenge of Brendan O’Donoghue 15-8 while Eoghan Daly defeated Eoin O’Donoghue 15-11, Aoife Walsh (Currow) defeated Maggie Quirke (Glenbeigh) 15-7 and Brian McEvoy beat Michael Clifford 15-6.

Semi-final success for Evan Enright and Eoghan Daly saw them battle it out in a pulsating final with Daly taking the title on a 15-12 scoreline.

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