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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.

HEARTBROKEN

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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Artists invited to showcase work at Wine and Art night

It’s back – and not before time – the hugely popular Killarney Rotary Club evening of Wine and Art will return this November. The pandemic enforced its absence and now […]

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It’s back – and not before time – the hugely popular Killarney Rotary Club evening of Wine and Art will return this November.

The pandemic enforced its absence and now every effort is being made to make up for lost time.

Widely regarded as one of the social highlights of the year in Killarney, this year’s gathering will take place in the Great Southern Killarney on Wednesday, November 30, commencing at 7.15pm.

Tickets, which will be available at the door, are priced at €20 and all proceeds raised on the night will go to deserving local charities and community organisations.

Over the years the evening of wine and art has raised tens of thousands of Euro for great causes and the 2022 proceeds will be of enormous benefit to the chosen groups.

This year, once again, the event is being held in association with Daly’s SuperValu and supported by Killarney Brewing and Distilling Company.

Rotary Club President, Rayla Tadjimatova, has appealed to all artists who might like to showcase their work on the night to get in touch with club members, as soon as possible, to guarantee inclusion.

“We are reaching out not only to artists who have supported the event in the past but to any new artists who wish to take the opportunity to place their work in front of a very appreciative local audience of up to one thousand people on the night,” she said.

Those interested should email killarneyrotaryclub@gmail.com as soon as possible.

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Gardai seek whereabouts of missing Kerry teen

Gardaí are asking the public for their help in locating a 15-year-old teenager. Nicolas O’Sullivan has been missing from Ballyvelly, Tralee, since Monday (October 3). He is described as being […]

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Gardaí are asking the public for their help in locating a 15-year-old teenager.

Nicolas O’Sullivan has been missing from Ballyvelly, Tralee, since Monday (October 3).

He is described as being approximately 6ft in height, of a slim build with brown hair and green eyes. When last seen Nicolas was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms and a black hoody top. He was also carrying a black bag.

Anyone with information on Nicolas’ whereabouts is asked to contact Tralee Garda Station on 066 710 2300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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