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Man arrested in connection with fatal Killorglin assault

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By Michelle Crean

A man in his 20s was arrested yesterday (Thursday) in connection with the fatal assault of 32 year-old Glencar man Stephen O’Connor.
Stephen, from Cappantanvally, Glencar, was assaulted after an altercation outside a take away in the Square Killorglin in the early hours of Sunday morning at approximately 2.20am.
Initially Stephen was rushed to University Hospital Kerry in a critical condition with serious head injuries, but sadly died the following afternoon (Monday) in Cork University Hospital, surrounded by his family.
Results from the post-mortem examination are not being released for operational reasons.
Today (Friday), his family, close friends and neighbours gathered to say a final goodbye at 11am Funeral Mass in St Stephen's Church, Glencar, followed by burial in Cummer Cemetery Glencar.
His devastated family this week bravely took the decision to switch off his life support machine and donate six of Stephen’s organs - helping five people.
Local Councillor John Francis Flynn said the whole community is just shocked and deeply saddened by the news.
“I knew Stephen, he was a lovely fella,” Cllr Flynn told the Killarney Advertiser. “He is a big loss to the community. The whole community of Glencar is very close. I sympathise with Stephen’s family and the community as well. Donating Stephen’s organs just shows the kind of kind-hearted people his family are.”
The arrested male is detained under the provisions of Section 4 of The Criminal Justice Act 1984 at Killarney Garda Station.
Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information or anyone who was in The Square, Killorglin at the time to contact Killarney Garda station on 064 6671160, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.
Stephen, a farmer who also worked in construction, is sadly missed by his loving parents Pat and Kathleen, sisters Eibhlin, Marie, Michelle, brothers Cormac and Patrick, brother-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces Mikayla and Alannah, extended family, relatives, neighbours and friends.

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“Avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney” Kerry County Council

County Kerry is now bearing the full brunt of Storm Barra and the Kerry Severe Weather Coordination Team reminds everyone that a Status RED weather warning, the highest such warning, remains in place for Kerry until 9pm. Kerry County Council is advising people to avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney Due to the significant risk […]

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County Kerry is now bearing the full brunt of Storm Barra and the Kerry Severe Weather Coordination Team reminds everyone that a Status RED weather warning, the highest such warning, remains in place for Kerry until 9pm.

Kerry County Council is advising people to avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney

Due to the significant risk to life and property, members of the public should remain indoors and not travel for the rest of the evening. Everyone is advised to follow updates on weather warnings from Met Éireann as well as the local media and social media.

There are an increasing number of roads closed or blocked because of fallen trees, electricity poles and spot flooding. Council crews will respond to issues when it is safe to do so and with the assistance of other agencies where required.

The N71 road at the Suspension Bridge in Kenmare remains closed to traffic as does the N70 Tralee to Castlemaine Road at the hairpin bends. There are a significant number of local and regional and local roads blocked or partially blocked by fallen trees, electricity poles and debris in all parts of the county so travel should be avoided.

The Ballycasheen Road in Killarney and Main Street in Ballybunion (and the surrounding area) should be avoided due to concerns about potential falling debris.

The Council’s emergency contact number is 066 7183588 and it will be operational through this evening and tonight.

Fallen electricity wires/poles and power outages should be reported to ESB Networks on 1800 372 999.

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Muckross Road reopened after fallen tree cleared

By Sean Moriarty Muckross Road was closed earlier today on the approach to the Muckross Park Hotel. A tree had been blown over by Storm Barra and is blocking the road at the Muckross Abbey entrance to the National Park. Killarney Gardai have confirmed that the road is re-open. Kerry County Council and the ESB […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Muckross Road was closed earlier today on the approach to the Muckross Park Hotel.

A tree had been blown over by Storm Barra and is blocking the road at the Muckross Abbey entrance to the National Park.

Killarney Gardai have confirmed that the road is re-open.

Kerry County Council and the ESB are aware of the incident.

“Electricity wires are tangled up in that one so ESB will have to attend,” a Council spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser. “We can only clear these issues when it is safe to do so.”

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