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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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More than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country without power

Gale force winds associated with Storm Barra, with gusts of over 130 km/h, are continuing to cause damage to the electricity network, currently affecting more than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country. The damage is mainly attributable to fallen trees on overhead lines as a result of the high winds. ESB Networks’ crews will […]

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Gale force winds associated with Storm Barra, with gusts of over 130 km/h, are continuing to cause damage to the electricity network, currently affecting more than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country.

The damage is mainly attributable to fallen trees on overhead lines as a result of the high winds. ESB Networks’ crews will continue to work late into the evening to restore power to those affected, where safe to do so, but unfortunately, some customers will remain without electricity overnight.

Since early morning and despite challenging conditions, ESB Networks have continued to restore power to customers across the country.
With the storm still crossing the country, more damage and interruptions to supply can be expected. ESB Networks reminds the public that if you come across fallen wires or damaged electricity network, never, ever touch or approach these as they may be LIVE and extremely dangerous.

All internal resources and contractors remain on alert and are responding to electricity outages once it is safe to do so. With a Red weather warning in the Southwest in effect until 9 pm tonight, and Co Clare until 1 am on Wednesday morning, some of our crews may not be mobilised on the ground until the worst of the severe weather passes.

We are advising all those impacted by outages that they should prepare to be without electricity overnight and into tomorrow, with some customers potentially without power beyond that. It is very important that any customers who use electrically powered medical devices should contact their healthcare professional to make alternative arrangements if necessary.

In addition to safety procedures associated with power restoration, crews continue to work under all national Covid-19 protocols with respect to hygiene, social distancing and PPE.

Customers without power can check for updates on when their fault is expected to be repaired at www.powercheck.ie

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“Avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney” Kerry County Council

County Kerry is now bearing the full brunt of Storm Barra and the Kerry Severe Weather Coordination Team reminds everyone that a Status RED weather warning, the highest such warning, remains in place for Kerry until 9pm. Kerry County Council is advising people to avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney Due to the significant risk […]

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County Kerry is now bearing the full brunt of Storm Barra and the Kerry Severe Weather Coordination Team reminds everyone that a Status RED weather warning, the highest such warning, remains in place for Kerry until 9pm.

Kerry County Council is advising people to avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney

Due to the significant risk to life and property, members of the public should remain indoors and not travel for the rest of the evening. Everyone is advised to follow updates on weather warnings from Met Éireann as well as the local media and social media.

There are an increasing number of roads closed or blocked because of fallen trees, electricity poles and spot flooding. Council crews will respond to issues when it is safe to do so and with the assistance of other agencies where required.

The N71 road at the Suspension Bridge in Kenmare remains closed to traffic as does the N70 Tralee to Castlemaine Road at the hairpin bends. There are a significant number of local and regional and local roads blocked or partially blocked by fallen trees, electricity poles and debris in all parts of the county so travel should be avoided.

The Ballycasheen Road in Killarney and Main Street in Ballybunion (and the surrounding area) should be avoided due to concerns about potential falling debris.

The Council’s emergency contact number is 066 7183588 and it will be operational through this evening and tonight.

Fallen electricity wires/poles and power outages should be reported to ESB Networks on 1800 372 999.

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