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Sadness as young Jack laid to rest

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By Sean Moriarty

There was widespread sadness within the St Francis Special School community when news spread of Jake Leane's passing.

The 14-year-old was a long time student at the school and was much loved by fellow pupils and staff there.

He died at his Lawlor’s Cross home on Thursday last (December 15) surrounded by family.

“Jack had a significant impact on everyone who knew him. He was the sweetest soul with a beautiful smile and a mischievous glint in his eye,” said school principal Keith Ó Brolacháin.

“Jack’s was a life lived entirely with love and he shall be remembered with love always. Our hearts are with his devoted family, [best friend] Liz and all who were blessed to know him. Jack bestowed the gift of his smile on us all, even through his struggles."

That famous smile was remembered by staff and pupils this week when they all wore a “Smile for Jack” pin badge.

Jack was laid to rest at Aghadoe Lawn Cemetery on Sunday morning.

He is sadly missed by his mom Annette, dad Padraig, his brothers Gary, Ryan and Rory, grandparents Paddy Leane and Chris and Maura Kissane, aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family, neighbours, his best friends Liz and Fr Derek and his many friends in St Francis Special School.

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Massive increase in numbers using local bus services

Passenger numbers on local link buses across Kerry have increased by 1727% from 2020 to 2023 according to local Green Party Candidate for Killarney Diarmaid Griffin. This is the highest […]

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Passenger numbers on local link buses across Kerry have increased by 1727% from 2020 to 2023 according to local Green Party Candidate for Killarney Diarmaid Griffin.

This is the highest increase nationally and is due to the investment by the Department of Transport during this government term.

“This service was lacking in former times, especially in rural areas and is a welcome addition to the countryside and villages of Kerry.’ says Green Party Candidate for Killarney,” said Griffin.

“While in the past, a taxi was the only option for those not cycling or driving. Now a service to Killarney is available every Friday morning from my townland of Barleymount. This is just one example of the network of bus routes criss-crossing the county thanks to local link.”

“This project is a notable success as the figures show. Investment in public transport helps alleviate congestion, increases community cohesion and reduces rural isolation. This is all welcome news for the locality,”

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Two weeks to go to Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’There is less than two weeks to show time for the cast of Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’

Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena. The launch was […]

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Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena.

The launch was followed by a full rehearsal and director Oliver Hurley was also there to lend a hand.

“We were delighted to introduce our lead characters to you. We had Abbey Theatre players Brigid Delia and Michael, who are the narrators throughout the musical drama. Eamonn De Valera , Harry Boland, Joe Emmett, Arthur Griffith, Cathal Brugha, volunteers and of course the beautiful Kitty Kieran were in full costume,” said KMS PRO Linda O’Donoghue.

“Mother Ireland and her five graceful dancers were fabulous. Our director and choreographer Oliver, our musical director Michael Young and the full cast of 64 were there. The singing was powerful. The music in ‘Michael Collins – A Musical Drama’ is distinctly Irish. People will definitely enjoy it.”

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Get your tickets in the INEC box office, online at universe.com or at the pop-up ticket office in the Laurel’s Pub, Market Cross from 12 pm to 4 pm between February 29 and March 2.

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