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Sadness at death of ‘Fr Tidy’

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FR TIDY: Archdeacon Michael Murphy who passed away in Killarney Nursing Home on Saturday. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

 

By Michelle Crean

There was a huge outpouring of sadness this week when news of the death of Archdeacon Michael Murphy became known.

Fr Michael, of Cathedral Place, Killarney and late of Annaghmore, Headford, was known locally as ‘Fr Tidy’. He passed away in Killarney Nursing Home on Saturday, aged in his nineties.

He became an integral part of the community and was known to get his hands dirty as he mucked in with volunteers in Killarney’s clean-up efforts for the annual Tidy Towns competition.

There was a large attendance at his removal in O’Shea’s Funeral Home on Monday evening and again at his Funeral Mass in St Mary’s Cathedral on Tuesday morning.

“He retired to Killarney in 2005,” Mayor Michael Gleeson, a member of Killarney Looking Good (KLG) told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Shortly thereafter he became a member of KLG and brought with him years of experience of Tidy Towns involvement as he had been central to the success of Sneem and Kenmare. His motto which he proclaimed to one and all was ‘Just Do It’. That’s how he lived and worked with KLG and the Meitheal. He was seen regularly with his bare hands picking up rubbish here there and everywhere.”

He was laid to rest in the church grounds, Holy Cross Church, Kenmare.

Books of Condolence were opened at Kerry County Council offices in Killarney and Kenmare this week.

BOOK OF CONDOLENCE: Mayor of Killarney, Cllr Michael Gleeson, pictured signing the Book of Condolence for Fr Michael Murphy in the town hall. Photo: Grigoriy Geniyevskiy

 

 

 

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Laura’s new look for Leaving Cert

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NEW LOOK: Laura Cronin, who is currently sitting her Leaving Cert, cut 14 inches off her hair for The Rapunzel Foundation.

By Michelle Crean

Rathmore’s Laura Cronin headed into her Leaving Cert exams this week with a whole new look after transforming her hairstyle for charity.

Laura, daughter of Una and Donal from Rathbeg, cut 14 inches off her hair for The Rapunzel Foundation.

As her long locks didn’t get cut over the last year Laura decided to get a good chop in Katelynn’s Hair Design in Rathmore instead, and use the left over hair to create wigs for sick children.

“I thought, rather than trim it I’d cut a lot off,” Laura, who hopes to study pharmacy in college, told the Killarney Advertiser. “I wanted to cut off a lot of it, I was sick of long hair. I said that if there’d be enough I’d donate it as it’d be a shame to see it on the floor.”

Laura said that hopefully it can make a child happy if it allows them to receive a specially made wig for their First Holy Communion, or a similar occasion.

“I’d encourage anyone who has long hair to think about what they could do with it.”

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€1m upgrade for Killarney store

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INVESTMENT: DV8 have invested €1m to update their store in the Killarney Outlet Centre. Pictured at the reopening were staff members: Clodagh McCarthy (Store Manager), Lorraine McGough (Assistant Manager), Anuka Altanson and Sarah Murphy. Photo: Don MacMonagle

A popular Killarney fashion shop, which reopened last week, securing up to 15 jobs, has had a facelift after a €1 million investment.

Leading fashion retailer DV8, which has a network of over 50 stores across Ireland, reopened its 4,000 square feet store in the Killarney Outlet Centre.

And customers admired the new look.

DV8 sells over 40 top fashion clothing brands as well as footwear and accessories in its stores and online at www.dv8fashion.com. The hip fashion house is well-known for its uber cool shop interiors and has dedicated customers across Ireland and the UK.

“We are delighted to be reopening our new store in Killarney and confident it will compliment the existing retail offering in the town, with DV8’s unique range of male and female clothing and footwear,” David Scott from DV8 said.

“We think local shoppers will enjoy the DV8 experience, including the top fashion brands and excellent customer service.”

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Kodaline to play stripped down Killarney gig

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By Michelle Crean

One of Ireland’s best known bands – who have had their recently released studio album streamed more than 60 million times – as well as reached 100 million YouTube views – are set to come to Killarney.

Kodaline will play their first ever stripped down fully acoustic tour on December 4 in the Gleneagle INEC Arena, which is part of a nationwide tour across the country.

Tickets went on sale yesterday (Friday) from the www.inec.ie.

‘One Day At A Time’ is the band’s fourth album, and adds a new chapter to a career that has already encompassed three number 1 albums in Ireland, two Top 5 albums in the UK, and more than a billion streams at Spotify. Kodaline approached the album with a streamlined process that took them back to their roots. The majority of the sessions revolved around the four band members alone in their modest recording space in Dublin, with bassist Jason Boland leading the production side of things.

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In 2019, Kodaline played some of the biggest shows of their career. At home in Dublin they sold-out two huge outdoor shows at St Anne’s Park, while a 10-date UK tour culminated with a packed show at London’s historic Roundhouse. Further afield, they hit festivals including Lollapalooza, Benicàssim and Open’er before becoming the first Irish band to headline the massive NH7 Weekender in Pune, India. Their extensive touring throughout Asia also included a headline set at Monsoon Music Festival in Vietnam plus dates in China, Japan, South Korea, The Phillippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan and Singapore.

“We’re excited to do our first ever stripped down fully acoustic tour, it’s something we’ve wanted to do for a long time and something that’s gonna be very special for us. Hope to see you guys there,” the band said.

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