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Local drama teacher inspired to help grieving family

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By Michelle Crean

A local drama teacher - who was so inspired by the strength of a mother who lost her little daughter - has offered her services to help arrange an anniversary concert in her honour.

Paula Gleeson, originally from Cork but living in Arteegallivan was devastated to learn of the death of nine-year-old Béibhinn O'Connor who passed away from a rare heart condition on September 16 last year.

As her anniversary occurs this week a team of talented people, including drama teacher Paula, came together to organise 'Heart Angel - the Concert' in her memory.

Paula said Béibhinn's parents Irene and Eoin O'Connor, although still grieving, "are the most amazing, inspiring people".

"A month after she passed her parents set up a charity called the 'Heart Angel'," Paula told the Killarney Advertiser. "They have channelled their grief into creating a legacy for their daughter, and spreading positivity and kindness in her name. They have done amazing things thus far. To mark her first anniversary the city of Cork Symphony Orchestra and a host of stars have come together to create the most magical concert. It is a real feel good event for all the family! We shot it recently, it was amazing. I was involved singing, playing violin, script writing, drama coach - a bit of a everything!”

It was produced and shot by Riverside Productions who make Ireland’s Fittest Family and Operation Transformation, she added.

"It goes out live at 7.30pm tomorrow (Saturday) free to watch on YouTube by searching 'Heart Angel - The Concert'. However, we are asking people if at all possible to donate on www.theheartangel.ie, it would be so appreciated, and will go towards making sick children’s wishes coming true," she said.

"The aim is to get this concert out to schools all over Ireland in conjunction with a kindness programme they have put together. We are looking to push it all over Ireland and beyond!"

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Man released without charge in murder case

The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge […]

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The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge in relation to this matter.

Miriam Burns was found in her home on Monday afternoon after family and neighbours became concerned about her welfare.

A file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions and investigations are ongoing under the direction of a Senior Investigating Officer.

Gardaí are continuing to appeal to any persons who were in the Ardshanavooley area between 5pm on Friday and 1pm on Monday and observed any activity which drew their attention, to come forward.

Any road users who were travelling in the area at these times who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) are asked to make this footage available to Gardaí.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Killarney Garda Station on 064 6671160, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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Plenty of music and entertainment to celebrate Kilcummin talent

The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night. The talent within […]

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The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night.

The talent within the branch was clearly evident with a packed trophies table. Indeed some of the successes over the last number of months were replayed in a relaxed, jovial atmosphere that meant that all attending had a great night’s entertainment.

“We had demonstrations of winning sets across all age groups and then we moved onto the musicians who pulled out all the stops to entertain the large crowd, packed into the clubhouse,” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCÉ PRO, told the Killarney Advertiser.

John Moriarty, who has recently retired from his role of Supervisor with Kilcummin Rural Development was acknowledged with a presentation to reflect the outstanding work that he has done to enhance and grow Kilcummin Comhaltas over his 25 years in his role, he added.

“Much thanks and praise was also offered to Mary, Adrian and Conor Moriarty, all involved in the progression of dancing and music within the Kilcummin branch. The music and entertainment continued with Helen Kerins and Denis Crowley late into the night. We’re looking forward to next year already!”

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