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Killorglin man is 67 years on the job!

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A Killorglin man is celebrating 67 years working at London’s Waterloo Station.

Donal Buckley has spent seven decades working in the landmark station in central London.

He was just 14-years-old when he started working as a Messenger Boy at the landmark railway station in 1953. He is the youngest of 12 siblings and ended up working in Waterloo because the taxi driver dropped him off at the wrong station on his first day. Since then he has never missed a day.

Now 82-years-old, he still turns up three days a week and now aids visually impaired and disabled people and helps passengers in need of directions or assistance using his unmatched knowledge of the station.

During his life at the railway station he has met famous people like film director Alfred Hitchcock and James Bond actor Sir Roger Moore. He counted the 'Great Train Robber' Buster Edwards as a friend. Edwards ran a flower shop at the station after he was he released from prison up to his death in 1994.

“The station has changed a lot since I’ve been here. All the gentlemen wore bowler hats in those days, and everyone had an umbrella,” he said. "It was hard back then but I love working here, and it’s still the station I love. I have no plans to retire, despite my wife, children and grandchildren all asking. Waterloo Station is a part of my life and I’m happy," he said in a rare public interview in 2019.

His niece Mary Buckley lives locally.

“He is a character, there is a book in him, all the stories he tells, but he is very modest,” she told the Killarney Advertiser this week.

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Black Valley broadband installation gets underway

Works are under way to install a high-speed fibre broadband network in the remote Black Valley area of Kerry. The Black Valley was one of the last areas of Ireland […]

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Works are under way to install a high-speed fibre broadband network in the remote Black Valley area of Kerry.

The Black Valley was one of the last areas of Ireland to be electrified but broadband in the region is expected to be live in the second half of the year with residents already able to pre-order their connection. 
“It is well known that Black Valley was one of the last locations to get electricity due to its remoteness and challenging terrain, so we are extremely pleased to be commencing the rollout of our high-speed fibre network now with a view to connections being available later this year,” said National Broadband Ireland Deployment CEO, TJ Malone.
  
“We are determined to ensure the rollout is as fast as possible and connection is made easy for Black Valley residents, and we have a plan in place to work around the location’s all-important tourist season.

“Black Valley is a symbol of NBI’s mission that no area will be left behind no matter how rural or remote and we are delighted that this beautiful location moves one step closer to high-speed fibre today, with all the opportunities that will unlock for the local community.” 

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Players of the year don’t duck a challenge

They never duck when faced with a big challenge on the field so it was safe to assume that GAA players of the year David Clifford and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh […]

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They never duck when faced with a big challenge on the field so it was safe to assume that GAA players of the year David Clifford and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh weren’t going to shy away from the latest task on their home patch.

The two top footballers in the country teamed up to launch a charity duck race which will form part of this year’s St Patrick’s Festival in Killarney, where they both live.

When the working day was done, busy secondary school teachers David and Louise had some great quack and they got caught up in the spirit of the occasion along the scenic River Deenagh in Killarney National Park.

The reigning Player of the Year and Ladies Player of the Year award winner demonstrated their competitive streak when they expressed confidence that their own ducks will win The Deenagh Duck Dash on the same river at noon on Monday, March 18.

But, luckily, festival chairman Jason Clifford was there to keep the peace and he even threatened to cry fowl and brandish a card at the star players – with duck yellow deemed the most appropriate colour.

Considered by many to be the greatest players of all time in their respective codes, between them, Fossa hotshot David and Corca Dhuibhne star Louise have an incredible nine All-Star awards.

But they might be tempted to swap one if their duck wins the fun-filled race on the day after St Patrick’s Day.

All proceeds from the event will go to St Francis Special School in Beaufort, Killarney which provides specialist education for young people with learning disabilities.
Festival chairman Jason remarked: “This isn’t just a race – it’s great fun for the whole family.
“Picture the scene with a flotilla of vibrant rubber ducks racing down a winding river, their owners cheering them on and all in the name of a fantastic cause”.
Super prizes await the winners, the cost of a rubber duck to participate in the race is just €5 and they can be bought online at https://stpatricksfestivalkillarney.ie/.

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