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Golden couple celebrate 50 years of married life

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50 YEARS: Celebrating 50 years married are Kitty and Sean O'Grady from Ardshanavooley.

By Michelle Crean

Thursday was a significant day in the lives of local couple Sean and Kitty O'Grady - as they celebrated a "golden day" - 50 years of married life.

However, the Ardshanavooley couple kept it low key due to the current Level 5 restrictions which meant they couldn't gather with family and friends to mark the occasion in style.

At home they shared their time together - saying that once restrictions are lifted they hope to have a bigger celebration - even if it means waiting until they are 51 years married next year!

[caption id="attachment_34375" align="alignleft" width="353"] WEDDING DAY: Sean and Kitty O'Grady pictured on their wedding day 50 years ago.[/caption]

Sean met Kitty in High Street when she was working in The Aeroplane Bar where he'd occasionally sing. She then went on to work in Kelleher's Pharmacy on the same street and as romance blossomed the couple married on October 22, 1970, in St John's Church Ballybunion, where Kitty is originally from.

This week Sean, former Mayor and councillor in Killarney, said that 50 years married is a wonderful milestone to reach.

 

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"It's a partnership," Sean told the Killarney Advertiser.
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"I think behind every marriage is two level headed people. Politics is tough but I had a good woman with me. She was the main stay in the relationship."

Over the years the couple went on to have five children Sean, Cathal, Vanessa, Ruairí and Ciarán, and eventually seven grandchildren who are aged seven to 18; Ryan, Caelyn, Ellen, Lucy, Emily, James and Freya.

"We first settled in Fairhill and bought a plot from the Council and built the house in Ardshan and we're there since."

A couple can't go 50 years together without some arguments and he said that there were some tough times but a good relationship saw them through it.

"I think most married couples have ups and downs. There was stumbling blocks - everyone has them - you have a resilience and we're still hanging on!"

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Ballycasheen junction to get upgraded this year.

A long awaited solution to traffic problems where Ballycasheen Road meets the N22 Cork Road looks like finally being resolved this year. Late last year Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocated €1.2m to be spent on the section of road between the Park Road roundabout and Ballycasheen junction. “Technical Approval for the improvements, along this section which […]

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A long awaited solution to traffic problems where Ballycasheen Road meets the N22 Cork Road looks like finally being resolved this year.

Late last year Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocated €1.2m to be spent on the section of road between the Park Road roundabout and Ballycasheen junction.

“Technical Approval for the improvements, along this section which include Active Travel provision and Junction Improvements at Ballycasheen, is being sought from TII before commencing,” a council spokesperson confirmed. “The elected members will be briefed on the proposals ahead of the commencement of the statutory process in early 2022.”

The council official was responding to a request by Cllr John O’Donoghue who sought an update on progress being on a promised “more user friendly junction.”

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€2.3m funding for Kerry schools under Summer Works Programme

Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme. This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country. “I am delighted to confirm […]

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Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme.

This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country.

“I am delighted to confirm this significant tranche of funding which will provide further investment for schools in Kerry under the Summer Works Scheme,” Minister Foley said.

“School communities have shown great resilience, flexibility and leadership in adapting to the many challenges that arose over the course of the pandemic. This funding is a further endorsement of the excellence in education provided by schools across the county. I am announcing the Summer Works Scheme projects now so that schools have a good lead-in period to plan and deliver the projects in summer 2022,” she said.

“Today’s announcement follows on from the enhanced minor works funding which was delivered to schools a number of weeks ago.”

The projects for Kerry included in today’s announcement include Mechanical Works at Two Mile Community NS and Spa National School, Science Labs including Gas Works at Community College Killorglin and Castleisland Community College, as well as Roof Works at Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra. 

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