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“He’d have been a superstar” – brother pays tribute to teen who died in crash

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By Michelle Crean

The eldest brother of tragic teen Thomas Healy - who will be laid to rest tomorrow (Saturday) following a road accident this week - said that his much loved little brother would have been "superstar".

Jack Patrick Healy, who rushed home from London yesterday (Thursday) to be with his family, described how his heart is broken after hearing the shock news that Thomas passed away in the early hours of Wednesday morning following an accident on Ross Road.

There was widespread shock and devastation at the news of the talented youngster from Beaufort - just hours after another tragic accident at Listry bridge which claimed the life of James O'Connor from Killorglin.

Thomas died after the car, a 95-KY reg Green Toyota Corolla Saloon that he was driving, crashed in a single vehicle accident at approximately 1.10am. A male passenger in the car, also aged 14, was rushed to University Hospital Kerry where he remains in a serious but stable condition.

The vehicle was subject to interaction with Gardaí prior to the collision and has been referred to GSOC.
Gardai again yesterday (Thursday) renewed their appeal for witnesses and for dash cam footage.

"I'm the eldest and he's the smallest," Jack Patrick, who himself is an entertainer, told the Killarney Advertiser.

"If he had the opportunity he'd have been a superstar. His ability as a singer was incredible, he had it naturally. He never got the opportunity."

A cousin of TD Michael Healy-Rae, Thomas also played for Beaufort GAA and Killarney Athletic. This week tributes were paid to his family, parents Julie and Ger 'The Singing Jarvey', by the clubs, as well as Cullina NS where he attended primary school, The Intermediate School Killorglin where he had just finished Second Year, as well as Kate Kearney's Cottage where he had just begun summer work collecting bottles.

Funeral Mass for Thomas will take place in St Mary's Church, Beaufort tomorrow (Saturday) morning and will be live streamed on the Beaufort Parish Facebook page at 11am, followed by burial in Churchtown Cemetery, Beaufort.

He is survived by his heartbroken parents, Julie and Ger, his brothers Jack, Danny and Michael, his grandmother Cathy Shine Griffin, uncles John, Anthony and Timmy, aunts Jackie and Nikki, cousins Joshua, Dominic, Timothy and Ceara, relatives, neighbours, Laura and Leona (brothers partners), his team mates in Beaufort GAA and Killarney Athletic AFC, his school friends in the ISK, Killorglin and his many friends.

Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information to contact them at Killarney Garda Station on 064 6671160 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

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NPWS survey to find out impact of fires

By Michelle Crean The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April. The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find […]

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The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April.

The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find out the biological impacts of the fires in the 26,000 acre park.

The fires in April burned from Friday night on April 23 until around 12pm the following Monday when they were finally brought under control.

Parts of the Park were scorched resulting in flora and fauna being wiped out. Some fires came as close as 10 metres to a church and school in the Black Valley area.

Fires raged near Tomies Wood and fire crews from five different districts quenched fires near the properties under threat. A real threat was for The Oak Woods but fire fighters managed to avert danger.

The fire is believed to have begun on the Kenmare Road area escalated by the strong winds.

“The purpose of this tender is to commission a comprehensive survey of the impacts, and the chrono-sequence of fire recovery or otherwise, on lands burned over the past four decades, as well as surveys in unburned areas, in order to assess the biological impacts of the fires, in particular the fire of April 2021, on the biodiversity of Killarney National Park,” an NPWS spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Killarney spin will bring comfort to patients

By Michelle Crean Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town. Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22. This year due to COVID […]

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Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town.

Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22.

This year due to COVID restrictions the 54321 team will run with two teams of five people, all female – who are raising funds for one single charity – Comfort for Chemo Kerry.

Their four day challenge will include a cycle the Ring of Kerry on day one (Thursday 19), a climb up Carrantuohil on day two (Friday 20), a cycle from Killarney to the foot of Cnoc Na Tobair and then climb Cnoc Na Tobair on day three (Saturday 21) finishing off with a cycle of the Skellig Ring on day four (Sunday 22).

In advance of the ninth annual challenge they will first participate in the spinathons at various locations to help raise much needed funds for this year’s chosen charity.

The first of the spinathons will take place on Saturday, July 31 in Listowel, Killorglin, Dingle, Cahersiveen. On the day volunteers will take to the spinning bikes from 10am to 5pm in different locations around these towns.
This will be followed by Killarney on Sunday, August 15, and Tralee on Saturday, August 28.

When choosing this year’s charity, organisers contacted a past participant and a dear friend, Mairead Dunphy from Glencar who is currently on her own journey with cancer.

“We wanted to show our support to Mairead and knowing that she would like to support those who have supported her on her journey so far, she had already being looking at ideas to raise much needed funds for Comfort for Chemo Kerry,” TJ O’Connor said.

“Please support Comfort for Chemo Kerry by giving what you can.”

For more information about the spinathons go to www.54321challenge.org or the Comfort for Chemo Kerry Facebook page for online donation information.

There’s also a GoFundMe page: ‘Comfort for Chemo Kerry – 54321 Challenge 2021’ which has a €20,000 target set up.

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