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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!

WEDDING DAY: Sean and Kitty O’Grady pictured on their wedding day 50 years ago.

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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Training day for junior rowers

By Michelle Crean Junior members of Muckross Rowing Club were delighted to take part in a training day recently to fine tune their skills for upcoming events. Beginner to Junior 18 members competed in 19 races. The 500m sprints were held in octuples, quads and doubles. “Taking part in this sprint regatta will help Junior […]

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By Michelle Crean

Junior members of Muckross Rowing Club were delighted to take part in a training day recently to fine tune their skills for upcoming events.

Beginner to Junior 18 members competed in 19 races. The 500m sprints were held in octuples, quads and doubles.

“Taking part in this sprint regatta will help Junior Members prepare for upcoming regattas which are hoped to take place this summer,” Shóna O’Sullivan said.

“Those racing were cheered on by their fellow team mates at the Garden Quays. The races were exciting to watch, especially the races that ended in a photo finish.”

The competitors refuelled with a barbecue cooked by Bernie and Seamus O’Sullivan, she added.

“Thanks to Bernie, Seamus, all coaches and committee members that helped this training session run successfully in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines.”

On the same day Seán Daly Chairperson of Muckross Rowing Club presented Jane and Lila Ryan with Honorary Associated Membership for their generous contribution of €500 to the club.

“Our rowing club are extremely grateful for their generosity.”

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Hike up Strickeen Mountain for air ambulance

  Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance. The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab. It […]

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Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance.

The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab.

It is expected that the 7.5km hike will take around three hours to complete and participants will benefit from the expertise of Krzysztof for a minimum donation €10 per person or €20 per family.

Strickeen Mountain is the eastern most peak of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and the hike will start from the Gap of Dunloe at 11am on the day.

As an added bonus fruit and water, donated by local supermarkets including Lidl, Aldi and Daly’s SuperValu, will be provided. The first 20 to register will receive a limited edition Irish Community Air Ambulance face covering snood.

“This is an ideal opportunity for someone who has never climbed this mountain, but wants to do it with the help of an experienced guide,” Donie Lucey, who is one of the Irish Community Air Ambulance’s chief fundraisers, said.

Further details are available from Donie on 086 854 5873 or from Krzysztof on 087 7589697 after 6pm.

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Golf club launches Summer Series competition

By Sean Moriarty Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality. The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer. Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality.

The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer.

Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at the famed Killeen course this coming Wednesday (June 23). This series will continue every Wednesday for eight weeks and top five scorers on each date will qualify for a Grand Final which is scheduled for Sunday, August 22.

“We are delighted to launch the ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series. This is a singles stableford event taking place on the Irish Open course, Killeen,” said the club’s marketing manager Meg Dalton. “With over €8,000 worth of prizes to be won, this is an event not to be missed. The first opportunity to qualify for the grand final is Wednesday.”

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