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Passing of Garda Paudie Twohig is a huge loss

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By Sean Moriarty

The Mayor of Killarney, Cllr Marie Moloney and Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce have led the tributes to Garda Paudie Twohig who lost his battle with cancer on Sunday morning.

Garda Twohig was a hugely popular member of An Garda Síochána and was a much-loved member of the local community since he first arrived here 17 years ago.

Earlier this year, Garda Twohig was diagnosed with a stage four melanoma and he succumbed to the illness on Sunday at Cork University Hospital (CUH).

He leaves his wife Diane (nee Collins) another popular member of An Garda Siochana, and two daughters Tara Grace and baby Olivia Hope who was born on Tuesday last in CUH, just days before Paudie's passing.

“His passing has left a huge void in Killarney where he worked with all the locals in a very fair and professional manner always showing great compassion which made him very popular with the people,” said Mayor Moloney.

“Sadly, his greatest loss will be to his family, to whom on my own behalf and on behalf of the people of Killarney, I extend sincere condolences and sympathy, to his wife Diane, his daughter Tara Grace and his newborn baby Olivia Hope, and to his parents John and Maura, to his brothers and sister, to the Collins family and all Paudie's extended family and to his many many friends.

“While Paudie’s death at such a young age will be a shock to all of us, I am aware that his passing will affect his work colleagues very deeply and it will take time to come to terms with. I extend my heartfelt sympathy to all his colleagues in An Garda Síochána. He will be greatly missed as a friend and colleague by so many people.”

Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce also extended its deep and heartfelt sympathy to his family, friends and colleagues.

“Paudie was a very valued and respected member of An Garda Síochána in Killarney for several years and the high regard in which he was held has been very evident in the palpable sense of loss and upset experienced in the town since the news of his passing filtered through,” said a Chamber statement.

“Paudie played a very important role in the community and he always set about his duties with a great sense of fairness, purpose and responsibility and, when circumstances allowed, with his trademark smile and good humour.”

In addition, Chamber offered its condolences to Superintendent Flor Murphy and Paudie’s colleagues at Killarney Garda Station on the loss of a valued and respected colleague whose work was greatly appreciated in his adopted hometown.

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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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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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