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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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Rodeo lasso demo to kickstart 4th of July Festival on Friday

Killarney’s 4th of July celebrations will get underway today (Friday) when the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus put on an unusual show at St Mary’s Church of the Sloes. The choir […]

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Killarney’s 4th of July celebrations will get underway today (Friday) when the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus put on an unusual show at St Mary’s Church of the Sloes.

The choir is due to perform a concert in the town centre church on Friday evening..

However part of their act is a demonstration in the art of lasso ropes – a tradition that stems from the early farming days of the Wild West – and there isn’t enough room in the church for that element of their act.

Instead they will give a lasso demonstration on the grounds of St Mary’s from 5pm Friday.

“They are showcasing on the green space outside our church at 5pm,” the Venerable Simon J Lumby the Rector of Killarney said.

“They will perform rodeo lasso stunts as part of their act. We couldn’t accommodate that during the concert so we’ve got them to do it earlier outside.”

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GAA stars set to gather for A Night With Legends

By Sean Moriarty Over 1,500 people are expected to attend Fossa GAA Club’s ‘A Night With Legends’ on Tuesday night. GAA royalty will grace the INEC stage as part of […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Over 1,500 people are expected to attend Fossa GAA Club’s ‘A Night With Legends’ on Tuesday night.

GAA royalty will grace the INEC stage as part of an ambitious fundraiser by the club.

The event will be styled on RTÉ’s popular pre All-Ireland Final show ‘Up for the Match’ where footballing legends will tell some of their life stories in between music and songs.

It will be hosted by author and raconteur Billy Keane and horseracing photographer Pat Healy. The event is one of the key fundraisers for the expanding Fossa GAA Club.

Coming just days before Kerry’s All-Ireland semi-final with Dublin, ‘A Night With Legends’ will also serve as a light-hearted preview to the important game.

Kerry greats like Pat Spillane, Mike Frank Russell, Paul Galvin and Eamon Fitzmaurice will be joined on stage by Dublin hero Bernard Brogan Sr. Killarney greats Colm ‘Gooch’ Cooper and Ambrose O’Donovan will also be there.

“This is not going to be a boring night, it is going to be filled with fun and banter, music and craic,” Fossa GAA chairman, Dermot Clifford, told the Killarney Advertiser.

Several raffle and auction prizes are up for grabs on the night too, the most unusual being a chance to bid on a racing greyhound, donated by the Murphy Family from Brosna.

The fundraiser has already raised €10,000 thanks to a recent auction organised by Paul Nagle. The local rally star sold one of his world championship helmets for €25,000 with the balance going to Recovery Haven in Tralee.

Limited tickets are still available at a cost of €25 per person or groups can buy a table of 12 for €250.

Ticket enquires: nightoflegends2022@gmail.com.

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