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Killarney remembers the great Dr Norrie Buckley

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The town of Killarney was deeply saddened this past week following the passing of popular local doctor Norrie Buckley (nee Comer). Norrie, who was originally from Louth with roots in Firies and Galway, was one of eight children, six girls and two boys. Remarkably, six of the eight Comer children followed in their father’s footsteps and became doctors.

Norrie was resident doctor at St Mary of the Angels in Beaufort for 25 years and her death came just days after the facility celebrated its Golden Jubilee. Dr Buckley was also well-known within the tourism industry. She and her husband Pat took the reins of the Arbutus Hotel on College Street in 1960 and together they developed the family business into the successful operation it is today.

Norrie was a huge fan of the Kerry team and, as per her requests, she was buried in her beloved Kerry jersey. She was also buried with a packet of cigarettes - she smoked right up to her final days last week.

Predeceased by her husband Pat and their babies Eoghan, Niamh and Ann, Dr Buckley is survived by her children Mary, Tim, Seán and Úna, daughters-in-law Marina and Carol, sons-in-law Mike and Kieran, and grandchildren Pat, Brendan, Jessie, Killian, Julia, Eva, Lily, Emer, Róisín, Ronan, Ciara, Dara and Eamonn.

She is further survived by her sisters Maureen and Dodie, brother Gerry and so many other relatives and friends.

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Motorists urged to be vigilant during deer breeding season

Deer are most active from late September until early November as the breeding season gets underway – but this causes huge problems for drivers especially from dawn and dusk. “While the rut is an amazing experience to witness it is also a time when there is an increased incident of road traffic accidents involving deer […]

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Deer are most active from late September until early November as the breeding season gets underway – but this causes huge problems for drivers especially from dawn and dusk.

“While the rut is an amazing experience to witness it is also a time when there is an increased incident of road traffic accidents involving deer as male deer go in search of females and younger males are ousted by dominant males forcing deer to cross roads and motorways,” Damien Hannigan from the Irish Deer Commission said.

Drivers are being advised to reduce speed, stay alert and dip their headlights as the full beam may cause the deer to freeze.

“If a deer has crossed in front of your vehicle, be aware that others may follow. Do not approach an injured deer. If you are involved in a deer road traffic accident or come across a deer that has been involved in a road traffic accident, immediately contact the local Gardaí.”

The Irish Deer Commission operate a humane deer dispatch scheme with 75 trained volunteers assisting agencies and charities who deal with an increasing number of deer vehicle collisions nationally.

On Sunday October 10 the Irish Deer Commission will hold a Red Deer Rut Watch event in Killarney National
Park. It has taken place in Killarney continuously for over 5,000 years and Killarney National Park is acknowledged as one of the best locations in Europe to observe the red deer rut.
This family friendly event is being hosted by the National Parks and Wildlife Service and is free. There will be talks by a Conservation Rangers and the Irish Deer Commission, along with a display of native red deer antlers.

Booking is available only online via visit www.irishdeercommission.ie.

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Happy Birthday Sham

Well-known Killarney character Seamus ‘Sham’ Courtney celebrated his 75th birthday yesterday (Thursday) at his favourite town centre watering hole. Sham who has entertained countless tourists over the years with his pronounced Kerry accent is one of the town’s best loved characters. One video recorded by RTE’s Today Show around the time of his 71st birthday […]

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Well-known Killarney character Seamus ‘Sham’ Courtney celebrated his 75th birthday yesterday (Thursday) at his favourite town centre watering hole.

Sham who has entertained countless tourists over the years with his pronounced Kerry accent is one of the town’s best loved characters.

One video recorded by RTE’s Today Show around the time of his 71st birthday has amassed 7.5 million viewers.

Yesterday he visited one of his favourite pubs, Jack C O’Shea’s on High St, where proprietors John and Joan O’Shea and their ever-present dog Ginny placed decorative balloons around the bar to mark the occasion.

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