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Killarney’s tourism trendsetter laid to rest

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By Sean Moriarty

Tributes have been paid to Kathleen Lynch who has been described as one of Killarney’s tourism trendsetters.

Mrs Lynch, who was 92, died on Monday, September 30.

For close on 50 years she ran Lynch’s Farmhouse in Kilcummin, one of the first bed and breakfast style tourist accommodation sites outside the town of Killarney.

She started her thriving business in 1967, at a time when tourism in Killarney was growing in popularity but the town did not have as many hotels as it does now.

Tourism officials in the town put out a call to arms in an effort to get home owners from outside the centre to open their houses to passing tourists. Encouraged by a grant to install a telephone, Kathleen opened her first three-bedroom guesthouse in 1967.

“It was no trouble to her, she opened the guesthouse and it took off from there,” her daughter Carmel told the Killarney Advertiser. “She thrived on it. She was up early every morning baking and sorting out rooms, and when she was finished she was off down the fields with my father.”

Kathleen and her husband John opened up their farm to their many guests. For some it was their first experience of seeing a cow being milked. John offered horse and donkey rides to their guests, showing they were well ahead of their time when it came customer service.

Business was so good they were able to construct a purpose built guesthouse in 1973.

Such was the level of service, guests came back year after year and Kathleen built life-long friendships from all over the world.

“People came back all the time, they would bring presents and the excitement was like someone coming home from America,” added Carmel.

Famous people that stayed at the farmhouse included a first-cousin of US President JF Kennedy.

“She was a great worker,” added Carmel. “When we were young we were never brought to town. Someone had to stay at home at all times in case the phone rang and we missed a booking.”

When Lynch’s Farmhouse first opened Kathleen dealt with Mrs Meehan in the Killarney Tourist office.

“She used keep a big book with all the bookings in it and if you ever got it wrong Mrs Meehan would take the head off you.”

Kathleen Lynch was laid to rest yesterday (Thursday) in Aghadoe Cemetery.

She was predeceased by her husband John and is sadly missed by her four children: Eileen, Maura, Noel and Carmel, son-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and many friends.

 

 

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Life-long supporter to be honoured

By Michelle Crean There’ll be a very special launch tomorrow afternoon (Sunday) as one club dedicate a new boat to a loyal supporter. Muckross Rowing Club are inviting all members, past and present, friends and supporters to the boathouse for the boat launch at 2.30pm. “We are delighted to honour and name our new Janousek Coxed […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’ll be a very special launch tomorrow afternoon (Sunday) as one club dedicate a new boat to a loyal supporter.

Muckross Rowing Club are inviting all members, past and present, friends and supporters to the boathouse for the boat launch at 2.30pm.

“We are delighted to honour and name our new Janousek Coxed Quad, sponsored by the Cahernane House Hotel, after Kathleen Murphy, a dedicated supporter of our club,” Shona O’Sullivan from the club, who is also Kathleen’s granddaughter, said.

“Kathleen is always supportive of our club fundraisers and has been selling the Muckross Lotto tickets since day one. Every year Kathleen’s enthusiasm and love for the club is especially shown from the shore at Killarney Regatta, as she is all decked out in the yellow of Muckross.”

She added that Kathleen’s family are also very active members of the club and she enjoys listening to their stories from the boathouse and regattas.

“We hope to see you all there to honour and thank Kathleen, a life-long supporter of our club.”

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Killarney man wins most-coveted trophy in sheepdog trials

By Sean Moriarty Kilcummin farmer Tom O’Sullivan – one of the main organisers of last month’s Sheep Dog Trials in Fossa – has become the first Kerry man to win the biggest award in the sport. Tom is the chairman of the Killarney sub-committee and was a member of the 15-strong Irish team that participated […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Kilcummin farmer Tom O’Sullivan – one of the main organisers of last month’s Sheep Dog Trials in Fossa – has become the first Kerry man to win the biggest award in the sport.

Tom is the chairman of the Killarney sub-committee and was a member of the 15-strong Irish team that participated in the international sheepdog competition in Aberystwyth in Wales last weekend.

A total of 60 competitors, 15 each from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales, contested the biggest event in sheepdog trials on Friday to Sunday last.

After getting through the qualifiers on Friday and Saturday, Tom and his dog Northhill Tess, fended off the challenges of the other top-15 qualifiers to win the International Supreme Champion award.

Not alone is he the first Kerry man to win the competition, which has been running since 1947, he is just the fifth Irishman to do so and the first from Munster.

“The qualifying course was similar to Killarney,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

However, Sunday’s final was much more difficult. His dog had to round up a flock of sheep at the left hand side of the course. Then Northhill Tess, under the guidance of Tom, had to round up a smaller flock and bring them to the same holding pen. When finished, five of the sheep were wearing red collars and Tom had to instruct his dog to separate them and bring them to a separate holding area.

“It is the biggest trophy in sheep dog trailing,” he added. “Everyone who trains a dog does so for this day. It is mind blowing. My family are very proud, they know the time and the work involved preparing for this.”

The standard at the Killarney event last month was evident in Wales last weekend. The Killarney winner, Peter Morgan and his dog Moss, ran Tom to a very close second.

His son Peter Og won the Young Handlers award and Team Ireland were declared the overall winners based on aggregate scores in the final 15.

Tom arrived home to Kilcummin on Monday night to a traditional homecoming bonfire.

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