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Moving tributes on Paudie's final journey

By Michelle Crean

Eight Gardai gently shouldered their beloved friend and colleague on his final journey into St John The Baptist Church, Ballinagree on Wednesday afternoon.

Escorted by his garda family, his wife Diane and family, the tricolour and his garda hat and gloves were respectfully placed over the coffin of father of two, Paudie Twohig (44), before he was shouldered into the church.

At the doorway, his friend Fr Kieran O'Brien, who is Parish Administrator at St Mary's Church in Killarney, blessed his coffin before beginning funeral Mass at 2pm.

In an emotional tribute, Fr Kieran who concelebrated the Mass with Canon Donal Roberts, Fr Joe O'Mahony and Fr Francis, who he described as a great friend of the Twohig family, said Paudie had made many great friends with people in Killarney where he lived and worked as a Garda for the past 17 years.

It was there that he met his wife Diane, also a Garda, during her first day on the beat. From there the couple married in St Mary's Cathedral three and a half years ago. Their first daughter Tara Grace (2) followed with the arrival of baby Olivia Hope born just five days before he passed away from stage four melanoma which he was diagnosed with just four months ago.

"What you saw yesterday in Killarney was only a beginning but it was a perfect statement. All of us are in solidarity with Diane, with the Twohig and the Collins families," Fr Kieran said.

Just last Sunday morning, hours before he passed away, Paudie and Diane once again renewed their vows.

"His gift to this world and to Diane is Tara Grace and Olivia Hope," Fr Kieran said.

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His wife of just three and a half years described how her heart is broken "for you, for us and for our girls".

"I have heard so many beautiful and heartfelt words and stories about you over the last few days," Diane said in a loving tribute.

"You have been repeatedly described as a gentleman, kind soul and a good person. You were truly amazing Paud."

Speaking of their two beautiful girls she made a promise to him that he will never be forgotten.

"I promise you I will raise our two precious girls to the very best of my ability. They will know what a warm, kind, loving person you are. I will tell them each and every day how proud you are to be their daddy."

She paid tribute to Paudie's colleagues in Unit C at Killarney Garda Station.

"Your colleagues visited you on Tuesday, followed by Sergeant-in-Charge Dermot O'Connell on Wednesday, culminated by a visit from Superintendent Murphy and Chief Superintendent Foster on Thursday. You really shot up the ranks that week Paud. We joked that if you hadn't had to go for bloods on Friday the next person through the door may have been Drew himself."

His brother Tadhg finished by saying Paud was a rogue growing up and "always had a glint in his eye", and he thanked the community for their support.

"Paudie has left a great legacy in Killarney and more so in Tara Grace and Olivia Hope and he will live on in them."
 

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Vaccination centre leaves basketball club homeless

By Sean Moriarty With the National Basketball League set to get underway in two weeks’ time, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club are still unsure where they will play their homes games this season as their usual venue is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre. The local side play Limerick Celtic away on […]

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By Sean Moriarty

With the National Basketball League set to get underway in two weeks’ time, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club are still unsure where they will play their homes games this season as their usual venue is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre.

The local side play Limerick Celtic away on the weekend of October 8 and 9 and their first home game is set for October 16.

Currently their home venue at Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre is unavailable as it is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre and according to the Health Service Executive (HSE) this week, there are no plans in place, as of yet, to move out.

Killarney Cougars, the town’s newest addition to the National League, has secured the use of the gym at St Brigid’s Secondary School in the town centre but, as it stands, St Paul’s remain homeless as the season opener looms.

“It is ridiculous at this stage,” said head coach Jarlath Lee. “If you look at what is happening at the Sports Centre, there are very few people in and out of there now compared to the start [of the vaccination roll-out].”

The HSE when contacted by the Killarney Advertiser this week said that they would not be adding to a previous statement issued earlier this month, which said: “In relation to Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre, we are very grateful to staff and management for the use of their facility as a vaccination centre.

“Planning work is well underway for the next phase of the vaccination programme, locally and nationally. This includes a review of where vaccinations are administered in future, but we cannot confirm any decisions in relation to any particular location at this point in time.”

However, the HSE did confirm this week, that the Tralee Vaccination Centre, located at the Munster Technology University, will re-locate to the recently vacated Borg Warner factory in the town. The move is expected to be completed within the next week to 10 days.

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Triple treat for car lovers this weekend

Killarney car fans are in for a triple treat this weekend with three different events to look forward to over two days. Tomorrow (Saturday), Cannonball will blast through the town. Over one hundred supercars, ranging from firm favourites like McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley are expected to take part […]

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Killarney car fans are in for a triple treat this weekend with three different events to look forward to over two days.

Tomorrow (Saturday), Cannonball will blast through the town.

Over one hundred supercars, ranging from firm favourites like McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley are expected to take part while raising funds for the HOPE Foundation.

The cars will leave Kenmare at around 11.30am and will travel via Moll’s Gap to Killarney and onwards to Farranfore and Tralee.

“The cars will not be stopping in towns this year to avoid gatherings,” said an event spokesperson, but the Killarney Advertiser understands that the high-powered convoy will be stopping in Tralee for a lunch halt before making their way to Tarbert and the Shannon Ferry.

On Sunday, and as revealed by the Killarney Advertiser last week, the Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club will host its annual classic motorshow at the racecourse from 11am. This event will raise funds for St Francis’s Special School in Beaufort.

Cars n’Coffee Killarney will join the vintage club on Sunday. After a successful 2019 season at KC Print, Cars n’Coffee is looking for a new home in Killarney, and Sunday’s collaboration with the vintage club could pave the way for further events at the racecourse.

“Having events of this quality in Killarney shows that the town could soon become the car culture capital of Ireland,” said Cars n’Coffee organiser Ger Neeson.

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