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Great sadness at the passing of popular Dan McSweeney

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By Sean Moriarty

 

Tributes have been paid to Pinewood man Dan McSweeney who died this week.

Dan was a popular member of staff at MD O’Shea and Sons Builder Merchants, an active member of Killarney and District Motor Club and an ardent Kerry GAA fan.

He worked in the tool department of the well-known hardware store on the Park Road and was well respected for his knowledge of power tools.

“He had a great technical knowledge, anything that had an engine or a motor, Dan had a great understanding,” said Paul O’Shea of the family firm. “We had great days working alongside him and he will missed greatly. He was best-known for working in the tool department but we could ask him to work in any section of the business and he was always willing to help.”

He was a long-time member of Killarney and District Motor Club and won the club’s ‘Person of the Year’ award in 2008. He also won the Rally of the Lakes Silver Wheel Award in 2014, a coveted award presented to people who go above and beyond the call of duty on behalf of the county’s biggest motorsport event.

He was best known for marshalling on Moll’s Gap but held several other roles including radio operator and deputy stage commander on the famous stage. Outside of the rally he acted as clerk of the course for the club’s Autocross and Autotest events.

“Every event the club sent marshals to, you can be sure Dan was there,” said neighbour and fellow KDMC member Johnny Hickey. “He did it purely for the love of it and for the social side of it all.”

He was also a dedicated volunteer on big events like the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle and Darkness into Light charity walk.

Dan was a staunch GAA follower too and travelled the length of Ireland following the county team – even in the leaner years and to less-important league games in all corners of the country.

Reposing at O'Shea's Funeral Home, Cathedral Place, Killarney today (Friday) evening from 6pm to 8pm. Removal at 8pm to St Mary's Cathedral, Killarney. Requiem Mass takes place tomorrow (Saturday) at 12 noon, followed by cremation at the Island crematorium, Cork. No flowers by request, donations if desired to the Stephan Lyne Foundation.

 

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Killarney competitors bring home the medals

By Michelle Crean It was a great weekend for Killarney as Brazilian jiu jitsu competitors took home medals from the AJP Switzerland International Tour in Zurich. Members of Movement & Fitness Club competed against the world’s finest athletes which led to them bringing home amazing results.After a great fight Matthew Morris made it into the […]

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By Michelle Crean

It was a great weekend for Killarney as Brazilian jiu jitsu competitors took home medals from the AJP Switzerland International Tour in Zurich.

Members of Movement & Fitness Club competed against the world’s finest athletes which led to them bringing home amazing results.After a great fight Matthew Morris made it into the semi-finals.Ewelina Downey received two gold medals in Gi and NOGI fights, just two months after her promotion to blue belt.The club’s coach, Wilson Da Silva, also competed for the first time as a brown belt, and won gold in the Gi category and silver in NOGI.”The results don’t lie,” he said.”The hard work, dedication, commitment and passion pays off. Impossible is nothing, and that’s what we are trying to teach our students in Movement & Fitness Club Killarney.”Martial Arts helps to fight depression, bulling, obesity, and builds up self esteem and confidence, he explained.”There is no ego, no one is better, we are all the same trying to learn from each other, helping and correcting ourselves so we become better together. Our club is filling up with amazing students from age four up who connect with us by the same passion and love for the sport. If you are looking to change your life come and join our family.”

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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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