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Killarney falls silent to remember a true friend of the town

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By Sean Moriarty

An eerie silence swept across the streets of Killarney on Tuesday afternoon as Paudie Twohig made his final journey through his adopted town.

The popular Community Garda lost his battle with cancer on Sunday morning and the Ballinagree native passed away peacefully at Cork University Hospital.

Paudie was many things, a husband, a father, a brother, a friend, a colleague, a respected Garda, a footballer and a community activist but there was one common phrase on the lips of the people of Killarney on Tuesday morning.

“Paudie was a gentleman,” said one and all.

The news of his passing devastated the town and he will be sorely missed by all who crossed his path over the 17 years he spent in Killarney.

His cortege passed Killarney Garda Station, where colleagues paid an emotional tribute to their fallen brother. A tricolour was draped over his coffin and his wife Diane put his garda hat on top.

As the cortege made its way up New St and High St, the people of Killarney came out in force to see off a man that was a friend to many.

They respectfully applauded the procession as Paudie made his way through the town one final time.

As a fitting mark of respect, local emergency services paid their own tribute to one of their own.

Staff and crew from Killarney Fire and Rescue lined the entrance to Killarney Fire Station, flanked by fire trucks and tender vehicles as the cortege made its journey its to St John the Baptist Church, Ballinagree, for Paudie's funeral Mass on Wednesday afternoon.

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Christmas magic begins as Santa arrives in Killarney

He came dashing through the town on Saturday night and packed streets greeted him with huge excitement. Yes, that’s right – Santa Claus took some time out of his very […]

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He came dashing through the town on Saturday night and packed streets greeted him with huge excitement.

Yes, that’s right – Santa Claus took some time out of his very busy schedule and arrived to town for the annual switching on of the Christmas lights and magic parade.

The streets were lined with children and their families and they’d huge smiles on their faces when they spotted the man in the red coat making his way around the town on the colourful float.

Grace O’Hare was pictured with her dad Conor – she had the best seat in the town to watch Santa Claus as she was perched high on her dad’s shoulders.

It was the same for the Patterson family, Alex, Irene, Catherine and Robert, while Parade safety steward, Marie Brosnan-Leahy, was on hand to make sure everything went off OK.

Killarney Municipal District Councillors, Cllr Niall ‘Botty’ O’Callaghan, Cllr Donal Grady, Cathaoirleach Killarney Municipal District Cllr John O’Donoghue, Cllr Brendan Cronin, Cllr Marie Moloney, also enjoyed the occasion while the Sam Maguire took pride of place and centre stage in Killarney for the annual fun filled event.

And while he was in town Santa took some time off to have a chat with Killarney Advertiser columnist Marie Carroll-O’Sullivan – check it out on page 14 of this week’s edition.

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Women’s health the focus of HeartBeat meeting

By Sean Moriarty HeartBeat Killarney will present a special meeting dedicated to women’s health next week. Hosted by HeartBeat nurse Anna O’Donoghue, the meeting tomorrow evening (Tuesday) will feature specific […]

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By Sean Moriarty

HeartBeat Killarney will present a special meeting dedicated to women’s health next week.

Hosted by HeartBeat nurse Anna O’Donoghue, the meeting tomorrow evening (Tuesday) will feature specific discussions on every decade of women’s lives.

Special guest on the evening will be Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Dr Mary McCaffrey.

“Topics will include hormones and how they affect health from puberty, the importance of bone health, a cameo on female cardiac symptoms, heart health and mid-life, as well as common health symptoms specific to women’s well-being,” said HeartBeat chairman Billy O’Sullivan.

“We welcome women of all ages to this important meeting which is an opportunity not to be missed, especially if you have health worries.”

The meeting will take place at 8pm at the Parish Centre on Park Road.

It will be followed by a Q&A session and there is an optional blood pressure and pulse clinic from 7.30pm.

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