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Killarney sports clubs shocked at sudden passing of Harry Bartlett

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By Sean Moriarty

Tributes have been paid to Dr Crokes and Killarney Celtic stalwart Harry Bartlett who died suddenly on Wednesday morning.

Mr Bartlett (60), from Woodlawn Park and late of Marian Terrace, was a long-time volunteer with both Killarney sports clubs.

He was also a volunteer at Fitzgerald Stadium and rowed competitively for the Workman’s Rowing Club.

Harry’s dedication to Dr Crokes was recognised earlier this year when he was named as the club’s Supporter of the Year – an award he shared with his wife Ann.

His was a former Dr Crokes player, served on the club’s management committee and was a very active referee with the club.

“We are stunned and saddened with the news,” Dr Croke’s PRO John Keogh told the Killarney Advertiser.

“He was always on call for whatever task that needed doing within the club and was willing to perform any task requested of him. He was an exemplary clubman who did an awful lot behind the scenes.”

His role with Killarney Celtic covered everything from being a star player, a title-wining manager and a senior committee member having formally served as Club Chairman.

“He had the reputation of being a hard tackling defender and brought that into management. Everyone loved to play for him,” club PRO Padraig Harnett said. “The club offers its condolences to his family. A great man that will be missed.”

The extended Bartlett family are steeped in Killarney sporting achievements, his sister Ger Nagle is the current chair of Killarney Athletic Football Club.

Harry is survived by his wife Ann (nee Corkery, Killorglin), his daughters Christina, Sandra, and Chloe, and son John.

In accordance with Government and HSE guidelines and in the interest of public health a private funeral will take place for Harry on Monday morning in St Mary’s Cathedral. Harry's Requiem Mass will be live-streamed on www.killarneyparish.com at 10.30am.

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Katie celebrates 20 years in business

If you enjoy what you do, sure it’s not work at all – and that has been the case for Katie Hickey who has been in business locally for two decades. For the past 20 years Katie has been successfully running Sheer Beauty which is now located at 1 Hogans Lane (Hillary’s Lane). 

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If you enjoy what you do, sure it’s not work at all – and that has been the case for Katie Hickey who has been in business locally for two decades.

For the past 20 years Katie has been successfully running Sheer Beauty which is now located at 1 Hogans Lane (Hillary’s Lane).



She said that it was a milestone she felt she may not reach on more than one occasion after coming through a pandemic, a recession, a re-location, and three maternity leaves.

However, she said that the loyalty of her clients over the years have given her great encouragement.

“Sincere thanks to my clients past and present who, without doubt, have been the reason I kept going,” Katie said.

Originally located in Fleming’s Lane for 19 years, Katie then re-located her business to Hogan’s Lane in Norma’s Flair for Hair.

“The beauty industry has evolved so drastically over the past 20 years. For me it is keeping things simple and enjoyable. Realising a client’s needs may not be the treatment itself but the time you give to them. Through the years you get to know your clients so well and some beautiful friendships have developed. I hope my clients have gained from me what I have from them. I have so many people I would like to thank and I will personally, but without doubt my husband Andrew and my family, 20 years in business would not have been achieved.

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She has remained loyal to the brands she has carried over the years including Lycon Waxing, Aviva Tanning, Shellac and Jessica Manicure and Pedicure.

“I was also delighted to bring on board the fabulous facial range that is Killarney Organic. Killarney has been incredibly kind to me. I’m so proud to be part of such a wonderful community. If the past 19 months have proved anything for business it is together we are stronger.”

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County Board open to GAA museum proposals

By Sean Moriarty The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county. There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built […]

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The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county.

There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built in their home town.

Before he retired from politics in April, Michael Gleeson was campaigning to build a GAA and cultural museum on the grounds of Fitzgerald Stadium.

His campaign goes back several years before the recession set in, with a €0.5 million bridging loan secured from Croke Park along with funding from Fáilte Ireland. That funding was lost with the onset of the recession before 2010.

Tim Murphy, the outgoing chairman of the Kerry County Board, has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser that no approaches have been made to the County Board at executive level during his five year stint at the helm.

However, he said the Board would be open to such approaches provided there is sound financial planning behind the project in place.

“The first and most important aspect is the capital funding and my understanding is there needs to be Fáilte Ireland funding in place first,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “If it gets up and running, there needs to be very clear talks with all stakeholders so everyone knows each others expectations. A museum attracts footfall, but it costs a lot of money to run. We would offer an open door policy to all proposals but funding, first from a capital point of view and then from an operational point of view, will need to be in place.”

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