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Memorable big day for Claire and Niall

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COLLEGE sweethearts Claire O’Sullivan and Niall O’Mahony tied the knot in Killarney recently. Claire, form Tralee, and Killarney native Niall were wed in St Mary's Cathedral, Killarney, by Fr Joe Begley, and held their reception in The Malton Hotel.

Photographer Padraig Healy captured the big day on camera including a an eye-catching photo-shoot at Killarney Railway Station.

Helping them celebrate were both sets of parents, Brigid and John O’Sullivan and Bridie and Neil O’Mahony. The bride’s brother Brian O’Sullivan and his girlfriend Rebecca Driscoll and Claire’s sister Laura O’Sullivan (maid of honour) were the other immediate family members present.

Claire’s friends Lorraine Counihan and Catriona Maloney were her bridesmaids while Niall’s friends also lent their support, with Hugh O’Donoghue as best man and Mike O’Donoghue and Andrew Garnett as groomsmen.

Claire and Niall are both primary school teachers, with Claire working at St Oliver’s National School, Ballycasheen, and Niall in Kilcummin National School. Their paths first crossed when they were attending Mary Immaculate College in Limerick. “We got engaged in Dromoland Castle on May 29, 2015,” said Claire. “A surprise trip to New York followed for ring shopping.”

Patrice O’Connor and Morgan Pierce provided the church music and at the reception Truly Diverse and DJ Niall “Botty” O’Callaghan entertained into the small hours. “Truly Diverse were amazing and ensured the dance floor was full at all times, and Botty made sure it remained so well into the early hours,” said the bride.

Talented Killarney makeup artist Marilyn McSweeney created the bride and her party’s makeup looks and a childhood neighbour of Claire’s, Tina Goodall of Aspire Hair Salon, Tralee, took care of the bridal hairstyling, The newlyweds, who will reside in Killarney, honeymooned in Australia for three weeks.
 


 
Above: Claire O’Sullivan and Niall O’Mahony with their wedding party. See this and more pictures in Wedding of the Week in the current edition of Killarney Advertiser. PICTURES: PADRAIG HEALY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

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Family to run in memory of the late Linda Eviston

By Sean Moriarty The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory. Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer. Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory.

Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer.

Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of her daughter Alannah, will run a 42.2km course, on the day before her anniversary to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

The route will be based on landmarks that were an important part of Linda’s life. Starting from the family home in Dromkerry, before heading for the town centre and passing the Eviston House Hotel, Linda’s grandmother’s home at Park Road, Linda’s childhood home and national school in Glenflesk, Loreto where Linda attended secondary school, back to Killarney and finishing at Linda’s pride and joy – Brook Lodge Hotel.

“It is tough but we wanted to do something in Linda’s memory and help other people who might find themselves in similar circumstances,” Pat told the Killarney Advertiser. “We originally hoped to do the Dublin City Marathon but that got cancelled. This route is much better, but much tougher as it’s more hilly.”

All proceeds will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society and donations can be made via: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/inhonouroflinda.

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Women bravely bare all for Kerry’s first ‘Dip in the Nip’

By Michelle Crean  It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend. Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend.

Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst the all female grouping were some Killarney ladies who joined in the empowering adventure for what was described as “a special and unforgettable morning” all in aid of Recovery Haven Kerry.

According to Marisa Reidy from Recovery Haven, the women were of all ages and all walks of life who came together for so many personal reasons.

“Some were still on their own cancer journey, some were celebrating coming out the other side and of course, many were there to honour friends and loved ones who they had lost to cancer, but we were all equal on the day – flaws and all,” Marisa, who also took part in the event, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was a truly uplifting and exhilarating experience and we are so, so grateful to each and every lady who joined us for a morning we will never forget. One woman described it as ‘companionship among strangers’ and that really sums it up perfectly. It was emotional, there were some tears, but lots of laughter and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. When the ladies hit the water, they all formed a circle and held hands in a gesture that was totally unplanned – it just happened organically and it was quite overwhelming.”

She added that a very special mention has to be made to Michaela and John Edwards and their team from Wild Water Adventures for their support and expertise in ensuring no stone was left unturned in making it a fabulous, safe event.

“It was an all-female team from beginning to end, from our own volunteers, stewards, registration, Gardai, teas and coffees, lifeguards, sea rescue – girl power at its finest! Now all that’s left to do is start planning for 2022!”

Donations are still being taken via the link on the Recovery Haven Kerry Facebook page.

“So far we are close on €9,000 which is just fabulous.”

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