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New York-based Rathmore woman celebrates 95th birthday

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By Sean Moriarty

 

A New York-based Rathmore woman who recently celebrated her 95th birthday can boast American President Joe Biden as one of her many famous acquaintances. Nora Murphy, was born Nora Esther Ryan on March 27, 1926, in a barn in Goulane near Rathmore.

She left Ireland in 1949, aged 23, and took up residence and employment with her uncle Danny who ran a bar in The Bronx.

She lived for a few months with him and he secured a job for her at a Blue Cross Blue Shield (similar to the VHI in Ireland) office in Manhattan.

Shortly after she met Danny Murphy, a NYPD police officer with Cork connections, and they had three children, Peggy, Paddy and Patricia.

Her niece Debbie McGoldrick is the senior editor of the New York based ‘The Irish Voice’ which was founded by her husband Niall O’Dowd in 1987.

Niall’s father Donal was from Dingle but Debbie’s roots are in Rathmore through Nora and her late mother Peg.

They still have cousins and friends there, including Donal and Margaret O’Keeffe and Paddy Crowley who lives next door to the old home place.

“Nora is everybody’s favourite. We all adore her and are so grateful that at 95 years of age she still has the same spirit and love of life that she’s always had,” Debbie told the Killarney Advertiser. “She is forever ready for an adventure, particularly if it relates to Ireland. She cannot wait to get back to Kerry and play games of 31 with the O’Keeffes and Paddy and all of her many friends in nearby Knocknagree.”

In 2013, Nora met Biden at the annual Hall of Fame celebration hosted by the ‘Irish America’ magazine – a sister title to ‘The Irish Echo’.

He was the main honouree, serving as vice president at the time, and was only too happy to meet with guests after his speech.

Some years later family members, including one of her granddaughters was invited to a Christmas party hosted by Biden. She showed the old photograph to Biden who asked why she was not at the party and insisted on getting Nora on the phone.

“Nora has never forgotten where she came from. As soon as we can travel back “home” as she says, we will be there,” added Debbie.

She also met actor James Gandolfini, best known as Tony Soprano from ‘The Sopranos’.

“We met him at a party several years ago. He heard Nora’s Irish accent and was charmed. He was an absolute gentleman”.

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Green light for teen accommodation

By Michelle Crean  Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead. An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment. The teens living within the premises […]

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Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead.

An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment.

The teens living within the premises will be supervised by applicant Eileen O’Brien who will live on the ground floor of the premises.

The two one-bed apartments on the second floor would either be rented out or used for independent living for the teenagers as they reach adulthood.

The two-bed apartment will be on the third floor. There are also plans for balconies at second and third floor levels.

The proposed apartment building is contemporary in design with a mix of stone and render finish on the lower floors and synthetic burned timber finish on the upper floors. The second floor is recessed at the front and the third floor is recessed at the front and the rear with a decorative feature on the front elevation comprising dark grey timber steel poles. The building will also have a flat roof.

Planning permission was granted subject to 14 conditions including a two-metre high boundary wall to be constructed on south, south-western boundaries of the site and there’s to be no overnight commercial guest accommodation.

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Fans return to Fitzgerald Stadium after eight months

By Sean Moriarty Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game. Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the […]

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Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game.

Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.

Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.

“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”

She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.

“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”

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Garda appeal to park legally at beaches and public amenities

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An Garda Siochana is appealing to the public to park legally in designated car parks and spaces when visiting beaches, beauty spots and other public amenities. 

The good weather has seen an increase in dangerous illegal parking at these locations across the country in recent weeks. An Garda Siochana wants people to enjoy the summer but do so safely.

Parking illegally can lead to unnecessary risk and dangers such as pedestrians being forced to walk along dangerous roads. It can also prevent emergency services from gaining access to these amenities a seaside locations which could lead to the loss of life. 

“We encourage the public to plan their journeys and think safety first when parking your vehicle,” the Gardai said in a statement. 

“The outcome of parking illegally could be far more serious than a FCPN or vehicle towing and puts others and your own life at risk. 

An Garda Siochana reminds and encourages the public to social distance and follow public health guidelines when attending these locations this Summer.

An Garda Siochana is also supporting National Water Safety Awareness Week (June 14th – 20th). Information on this campaign and general water safety can be found on Water Safety Irelands Website – www.watersafety.ie/national-water-safety-awareness-week/

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