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By Sean Moriarty

Cllr Michael Gleeson has expressed his disappointment at not being able to fulfil his final official engagement as Mayor of Killarney.

Mayor Gleeson has been cocooning for the last number of weeks to protect himself and his wife Kathleen from the effects of the Coronavirus.

The elected members of the Killarney Municipal District are to meet today (Friday) to discuss road funding and return to business protocols.

Councillors have been holding online video conference meetings since the outbreak of the virus but as today’s meeting centres on road funding allocation there is a legal requirement for a physical meeting to take place and members of the public and media are allowed attend if they wish.

The Mayor of Killarney is a ceremonial role that lasts for 12 months. Mr Gleeson was elected by his Council colleagues at the first Municipal District meeting following last May’s local elections.

Apart from today’s meeting, all other gatherings are not allowed until further restrictions are lifted – as a result, Mayor Gleeson will bow out as the town’s Mayor with little or no fanfare and a new Mayor will be elected next month.

“I have adhered strictly to the prescribed protocol. I have done so for the protection of Kathleen and myself and also because it is important the elected people would do what is right,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“People cocooning are asked to not enter buildings where there are other people and I intend to adhere to that. I, therefore, will not be attending the roads meeting and I have asked Cllr Brendan Cronin to chair it. I am sorry to not be able to attend and chair what is probably my last outing as Mayor but there is a greater reality and I don't wish to be the cause of discomfort or unease for anybody.”

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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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