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Moving tribute made to popular Paudie at Garda blitz

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By Michelle Crean

A moving tribute was paid to Garda Paudie Twohig by his former colleagues and his family during a football blitz in town.

TROPHY: Superintendent Flor Murphy presents Samuel Scroope with a trophy for the winner of the overall player of the tournament at the Killarney Garda National School 7-a-side Football Blitz for Kerry national schools in Fitzgerald Stadium. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

SECOND PLACE: In second place at the 16th annual Killarney Garda National School 7-a-side Football Blitz at Fitzgerald Stadium were Fossa NS pictured with organiser Garda Eddie Walsh Teacher Padraig Corcoran and Superintendent Flor Murphy. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

JOINT WINNERS: Joint winners Faye Lynch (left) and Sadbh O'Halloran (Kilcummin NS) winners of the overall female player of the Killarney Garda National School 7-a-side Football Blitz at Fitzgerald Stadium pictured with Superintendent Flor Murphy (left) and organiser Garda Eddie Walsh. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

READY FOR ACTION: Garda Mike Milner leads the 18 national school teams onto the pitch at Fitzgerald Stadium for the Killarney Garda National School 7-a-side Football Blitz where Kenmare won to Fossa 3-5 to 2-7 on Monday. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

WINNERS: Kenmare took home the Tadgh O'Sullivan Memorial Cup as winners of the Killarney Garda National School 7-a-side Football Blitz at Fitzgerald Stadium on Monday. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

THANKS: Garda Diane Collins Twohig together with her eldest daughter Tara Grace thanked the organisers for dedicating the tournament to her late husband Garda Paudie Twohig and shared her memory of Paudie's dedication to the Garda 7 A Side Football Blitz over the years at Fitzgerald Stadium on Monday. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

On Monday, 270 pupils from 18 Kerry schools and one from Cork came together to battle it out in Fitzgerald Stadium for the 16th Killarney Garda National School 7-a-side Football Blitz.

The last blitz was held in 2019 before the pandemic took hold. Last August Paudie, a father of two little girls, passed away following a short battle with cancer, and as one of the organisers of the blitz since it began, his colleagues and family wanted to pay tribute to him.

Garda Eddie Walsh led the tribute followed by Superintendent Flor Murphy. Then Paudie's beloved wife Diane Collins Twohig, who works as a local Garda in Killarney, said a few words. Paudie's daughter's Tara and Olivia, his father John, sister Mairead and brother Tadgh were also present, including club officers from his club in Aghinagh, Chief Superintendent Eileen Foster and members of the Kerry Division and retired members who also helped out on the day.

"All 18 teams were led out by piper Mike Milner who is a Sergeant in Cahersiveen," Eddie told the Killarney Advertiser.

"All 270 players formed a circle and a tribute was paid to Paudie. We had his Kerry Garda GAA jersey and his Aghinagh jersey. After the speeches and before the tournament began his family released blue and white balloons which were his club colours, a blue balloon to signify An Garda Síochána and red and white to signify Cork as he was an avid Cork GAA supporter. Also, John C O'Shea recorded it all on a drone."

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The event began at 10am and ran until 5pm with a total of 52 matches played throughout the day.

"We had three pitches going at the one time with 12 matches an hour."

The winning team was St John's Boys National School Kenmare with a scoreline of 3 goals 5 points beating Fossa by a point.

The Tadhg O'Suilleabháin Memorial Cup was presented to the captain of the team by Sean and Mary O'Sullivan.

The boy's winning Player of the Tournament was Samuel Scroope.

The Joint Overall Winners were Faye Lynch (Fossa NS) and Sadhbh O'Halloran (Kilcummin NS).

Eddie added that he'd like to thank all the sponsors including Liam Brosnan from Irish Drains for their support and to everyone who helped on the day. Also Brian O'Shea and Alex Hennigan and other students from The Sem provided by Vince Cooper to help out on the day.

"It's a great sporting and community event for An Garda Síochána to interact with pupils, parents, teachers and the community. This year we went past the mark of over 3,000 total players since it began. We're looking forward to 2023," he said.

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  Kerry take on Cork in the first round of the Munster Championship at Fitzgerald Stadium on Saturday. This glamour tie always attracts a huge crowd and Cork fans will […]

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Kerry take on Cork in the first round of the Munster Championship at Fitzgerald Stadium on Saturday.

This glamour tie always attracts a huge crowd and Cork fans will travel in their droves from the Rebel County.

As a result there will be parking restrictions and traffic disruptions in the town on Saturday afternoon.

“Please be aware that the town will be bustling with activity, and traffic congestion is expected. Some parking areas may reach capacity, so we recommend allowing extra time for your journey,” said a Garda spokesperson.

Parking will be available in the following areas near the stadium: New Street, The Glebe car park, Fair Hill car park, High Street, Rock Road car park and the Lewis Road car park.

Parking in the vicinity of Fitzgerald Stadium is reserved for residents with parking passes only.

For a full preview of the match turn to our Sports section on page 54

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Win tickets for Taylor Swift and support Palestine

Killarney For Palestine is raffling two tickets to a Taylor Swift concert in Edinburgh. The group is raising funds for the Halaq family who are known to Kerry Friends of […]

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Killarney For Palestine is raffling two tickets to a Taylor Swift concert in Edinburgh.

The group is raising funds for the Halaq family who are known to Kerry Friends of Palestine and who are currently displaced in tents in the Gaza Strip.

Their homes were destroyed in the city of Khan Younis by Israeli airstrikes.

“It currently costs between €5,000 and €6,000 per person to be evacuated from Gaza,” said Susan Larkin of Killarney For Palestine.

To be in with a chance of winning the tickets for the June 8 concert all you have to do is make a donation via the gofundme link below.

A minimum €5.00 donation ensures entry to the draw which will be made on April 24.

Link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/hx5ahx-help-my-children

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