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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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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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Corcoran’s Furniture walk raises €12k for autism charity

Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland There were 37 participants in the event, which included […]

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Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland

There were 37 participants in the event, which included AADI families, dogs, and representatives, as well as fundraisers, supporters, and members of the Corcoran’s team. The stars of the day were the three life-changing super-hero dogs, Buzz, Baron and Hank.

Former Kerry Footballer, James O’ Donoghue, was the ambassador for the event
Those taking part left Ross Castle and were treated to a phenomenal boat ride in the expert hands of Diarmuid ‘Dux’ O’Donoghue of Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours. The O’Donoghue family entertained the entire group with a range of fascinating stories outlining the history of the lakes of Killarney and Killarney National Park.

The group set out from Lord Brandon’s Cottage and walked the 11K through the iconic Gap of Dunloe, with two AADI families and their dogs taking part in the full walk. This was followed by a well-deserved meal and some rest and relaxation at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. Flemings Taxi’s Killarney brought the group back to Ross Castle, Killarney upon completion of the event.

“On behalf of everybody at Corcoran’s Furniture, we would like to thank everybody who participated in our Gap of Dunloe charity event on behalf of AADI,” said Shane O’ Callaghan, Financial Controller atCorcoran’s.

“Collectively we have raised almost €12,000 for this incredible charity and monies are still coming in. We are extremely grateful to all who supported our walk, and also to James O’ Donoghue, Christina Tagney, the Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours, the fantastic support of Noel Lucey and Donal McCarthy from the Order Of Malta, Killarney branch, and to Killarney National Park, Kate Kearney’s Cottage and Fleming’s Taxi’s. All funds raised will go toward the expert training and maintenance of the upcoming AADI dogs who will make a dramatic difference to so many children with Autism and their families.”

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