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Killarney Basketball Legend Laid To Rest

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KILLARNEY Basketball legend and former Mayor  Paudie O'Connor was fondly remembered at his funeral mass in St. Mary's Cathedral, Killarney, last Saturday morning.

Killarney Parish Administrator Fr Kieran O¹Brien, chief celebrant, recalled Paudie's outstanding sporting and political career. There were also emotional tributes from Paudie's daughter Morgan and his brother Seamie O'Connor.

The huge crowd in the Cathedral included several people from all parts of Ireland as former teammates and opponents gathered to pay their respects.

Killarney came to a standstill as the hearse went through the streets. Paudie's former club and International teammate Tim Regan led the Basketball guard of honour while Dr. Crokes GAA Club Chairman Patrick O'Sullivan led the GAA one.

A Dr Crokes flag and Paudie's famous No.12 basketball singlet with St. Vincent's Killarney adorned the urn in the hearse.

At Aghadoe Cemetery, Seamie O'Connor released two white doves in memory of his late brother.

Paudie O'Connor  passed away on May 1st at his home in Las Vegas at the age of 66.  He is still ranked as the greatest Irish basketball player of all time and represented Ireland over 100 times.

A former Irish captain, he was the first and only Irish player ever to be selected on a European All Star first five in 1977.

His visionary skills and ambition brought Irish basketball to a new level in 1979 when he brought the first American professional players to the Irish league.

He was also a driving force of  the popular John Player and Pretty Polly Ladies Basketball Championships  that used to attract over  120 teams from all over Ireland to Killarney every Easter in the 1970s and 80s.

A funeral service also took place in Guardian Angel Cathedral, Las Vegas recently.

Predeceased by his parents Mai (1987) and Dan (2001) and brother Benny (2009), Paudie is survived by his beloved daughter, Morgan (nee O'Connor) Mauro, her mother, Marty; son-in-law, Marcello Mauro; grandson, Luciano Connor Mauro; brothers, Seamie and Mike; sisters-in-law, Fidelma and Peggy; and nephews, Patrick, Richard and Philip O'Connor, relatives and a large circle of friends.

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Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]

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The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.

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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]

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The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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