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Johnny to be remembered at special pre-rally Mass

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By Sean Moriarty

A huge attendance is expected at a memorial Mass tomorrow (Saturday) to remember one of the town's most popular sons.

The Mass will be held in St Mary’s Cathedral at 4.30pm for Johnny Hickey (37) who died unexpectedly on April 24 last year.

His loss is most felt by his wife Jennifer, children Alyson, Laura, Conor, his father Charlie and mother Joan, his sister Charlene, brothers Cathal and Stephen, father-in-law Dermot O'Connor, mother-in-law Marie, but is also felt in every aspect of town life.

Johnny was best known for his involvement in Killarney and District Motor Club (KDMC), he also volunteered for other clubs like Killarney Cycling Club, Legion GAA, Killarney Athletic FC, St Paul’s Basketball Club and Killarney Tidy Towns.

Johnny’s funeral took place last year in the midst of the pandemic so only family members were allowed attend.

His anniversary Mass is one week before the Rally of the Lakes and many rally competitors and officials will be in town as part of their final preparations for this year’s event.

Johnny’s family wanted to hold the Mass at a time that allowed these people to attend.

“Everyone is welcome,” his father Charlie said.

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Kerry v Cork match day parking

  Kerry take on Cork in the first round of the Munster Championship at Fitzgerald Stadium on Saturday. This glamour tie always attracts a huge crowd and Cork fans will […]

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Kerry take on Cork in the first round of the Munster Championship at Fitzgerald Stadium on Saturday.

This glamour tie always attracts a huge crowd and Cork fans will travel in their droves from the Rebel County.

As a result there will be parking restrictions and traffic disruptions in the town on Saturday afternoon.

“Please be aware that the town will be bustling with activity, and traffic congestion is expected. Some parking areas may reach capacity, so we recommend allowing extra time for your journey,” said a Garda spokesperson.

Parking will be available in the following areas near the stadium: New Street, The Glebe car park, Fair Hill car park, High Street, Rock Road car park and the Lewis Road car park.

Parking in the vicinity of Fitzgerald Stadium is reserved for residents with parking passes only.

For a full preview of the match turn to our Sports section on page 54

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Win tickets for Taylor Swift and support Palestine

Killarney For Palestine is raffling two tickets to a Taylor Swift concert in Edinburgh. The group is raising funds for the Halaq family who are known to Kerry Friends of […]

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Killarney For Palestine is raffling two tickets to a Taylor Swift concert in Edinburgh.

The group is raising funds for the Halaq family who are known to Kerry Friends of Palestine and who are currently displaced in tents in the Gaza Strip.

Their homes were destroyed in the city of Khan Younis by Israeli airstrikes.

“It currently costs between €5,000 and €6,000 per person to be evacuated from Gaza,” said Susan Larkin of Killarney For Palestine.

To be in with a chance of winning the tickets for the June 8 concert all you have to do is make a donation via the gofundme link below.

A minimum €5.00 donation ensures entry to the draw which will be made on April 24.

Link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/hx5ahx-help-my-children

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