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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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Family to run in memory of the late Linda Eviston

By Sean Moriarty The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory. Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer. Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of […]

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The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory.

Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer.

Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of her daughter Alannah, will run a 42.2km course, on the day before her anniversary to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

The route will be based on landmarks that were an important part of Linda’s life. Starting from the family home in Dromkerry, before heading for the town centre and passing the Eviston House Hotel, Linda’s grandmother’s home at Park Road, Linda’s childhood home and national school in Glenflesk, Loreto where Linda attended secondary school, back to Killarney and finishing at Linda’s pride and joy – Brook Lodge Hotel.

“It is tough but we wanted to do something in Linda’s memory and help other people who might find themselves in similar circumstances,” Pat told the Killarney Advertiser. “We originally hoped to do the Dublin City Marathon but that got cancelled. This route is much better, but much tougher as it’s more hilly.”

All proceeds will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society and donations can be made via: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/inhonouroflinda.

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Women bravely bare all for Kerry’s first ‘Dip in the Nip’

By Michelle Crean  It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend. Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend.

Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst the all female grouping were some Killarney ladies who joined in the empowering adventure for what was described as “a special and unforgettable morning” all in aid of Recovery Haven Kerry.

According to Marisa Reidy from Recovery Haven, the women were of all ages and all walks of life who came together for so many personal reasons.

“Some were still on their own cancer journey, some were celebrating coming out the other side and of course, many were there to honour friends and loved ones who they had lost to cancer, but we were all equal on the day – flaws and all,” Marisa, who also took part in the event, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was a truly uplifting and exhilarating experience and we are so, so grateful to each and every lady who joined us for a morning we will never forget. One woman described it as ‘companionship among strangers’ and that really sums it up perfectly. It was emotional, there were some tears, but lots of laughter and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. When the ladies hit the water, they all formed a circle and held hands in a gesture that was totally unplanned – it just happened organically and it was quite overwhelming.”

She added that a very special mention has to be made to Michaela and John Edwards and their team from Wild Water Adventures for their support and expertise in ensuring no stone was left unturned in making it a fabulous, safe event.

“It was an all-female team from beginning to end, from our own volunteers, stewards, registration, Gardai, teas and coffees, lifeguards, sea rescue – girl power at its finest! Now all that’s left to do is start planning for 2022!”

Donations are still being taken via the link on the Recovery Haven Kerry Facebook page.

“So far we are close on €9,000 which is just fabulous.”

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