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Local gardai are ready to help the community

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ON STANDBY: Killarney Gardai are ready to help the community during the current health crisis.

By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Gardai have adjusted shift patterns and are taking other measures in an effort to confront the COVID-19 crisis.

Superintendent Flor Murphy this week said he and his colleagues have a range of measures in place and have a continuity plan set up should a member of the Force become infected by the virus.

Garda efforts will be ramped up over the coming days as other services like the HSE come under increased strain.
Local gardai are also on hand to help the elderly and more vulnerable in society.

“Our role is to reassure the community,” Supt. Murphy told the Killarney Advertiser. “Our priority is public safety.”

The role of gardai in the community could change in the coming weeks. On Tuesday night Taoiseach Leo Varadkar warned that older and ill members of our community may to have to "cocooned" for months after the initial threats have passed. If this is the case, the gardai will have to assist in delivering much-needed supplies to cut-off households.

“We will optimise our resources, our priority will be to support other agencies should the need arise,” he added.

The Superintendent warned that opportunistic criminals would not be allowed to create civil unrest in the county and that even if resources are deployed elsewhere they will still be able to deal with day-to-day issues.

There are concerns in bigger centres of population that a long-term shut down could lead to looting and other criminal acts.

“I can’t see it being an issue in Killarney,” he added. “The people of the town are respectful and law-abiding. Public safety is our priority and we don’t expect any mass disorder and looting.”

He encouraged people to get out and use the National Park – while observing correct social distancing measures.

“We are very lucky here, we have the parks and the mountains on our doorsteps and other towns don’t have that. It is a sad time for everyone but we must pull through this,” he added.

Killarney Garda Station can be contacted on 064 6631222 and the Garda Confidential Line is 1800-666-111.

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Ian makes his debut as a radio presenter

By Sean Moriarty Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week. The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017. Since the accident he has been a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week.

The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017.

Since the accident he has been a champion for the less fortunate under his mantra: “If you can’t stand up – standout”.

This was the inspiration behind his brand new radio show which aired for the first time on Wednesday evening.

‘Stand Out with Ian O’Connell’ will feature interviews with people who have overcome great adversary to reach even greater heights.

His first guest was fellow Killarney man Jordan Lee. The Paralympian represented Ireland in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

“I was used to being in the studio from people interviewing me, but this time I turned the table,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was great to have Jordan on, two Killarney men! I really enjoyed it, it got a massive reaction and I got loads of emails and messages afterwards and into Thursday morning.”

Ian will reveal his guest for the show on the previous Monday through various social media channels.

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Sinead is queen of the court

By Con Dennehy With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport. Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater […]

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By Con Dennehy

With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport.

Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater Killarney region.

One of the most impressive performances on the night was in the Beginners Category where local star Sinead Moriarty secured a number of electrifying victories to win the overall title.

“This was a very competitive competition. In the opening games Neill Horgan was defeated by Rosin King from Glenbeigh 13-15 with Sinead Moriarty getting the better of exchanges with Bríd Horgan (Spa) 15-8. In the other game Niamh Faulds from Glenflesk lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-10 despite a very brave effort from Niamh,” said Eoin O’Donoghue, secretary of Spa Killarney Handball Club.

In the semi-finals Sheila Kelliher lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-11 with Sinead Moriarty defeating Rosin King 15-12.

“In a pulsating final Sinead saw off the dogged challenge of Elena O’Donoghue 15-11. While Sinead dominated this game, she looked in control and played a brilliant tournament throughout and was a deserving overall winner.”

In the Advanced category there were wins for Evan Enright and Eoin O’Donoghue in the opening games.

In the quarter finals Even Enright saw off the challenge of Brendan O’Donoghue 15-8 while Eoghan Daly defeated Eoin O’Donoghue 15-11, Aoife Walsh (Currow) defeated Maggie Quirke (Glenbeigh) 15-7 and Brian McEvoy beat Michael Clifford 15-6.

Semi-final success for Evan Enright and Eoghan Daly saw them battle it out in a pulsating final with Daly taking the title on a 15-12 scoreline.

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