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By Sean Moriarty

The family of the late Seamus O’Shea of Jack C’s Bar on High Street have thanked the people of Killarney for the support they have received following his sad passing on Sunday night.

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LEGENDARY: Seamus O’Shea on the day he took over Jack C’s in 1970

The legendary and popular publican passed away on Sunday just four days after his 86th birthday.

The pub was opened by his family in 1901 and is still run by his wife Joan and son John C.

“We have been hearing great stories and recollections every day,” John C said. “We are just taking them all in. Thanks to the people of Killarney, Dr Crokes GAA Club and local publicans who provided a guard of honour and the staff of Killarney Nursing Home.”

While best known for his love of the GAA, his interests were widespread. A champion snooker player, he twice won the Bishop Moynihan Cup (the county championship for snooker) in the 1960s.

He was also a regular contender in the legendary Pub Quiz leagues of the 1980s and up to very recently the only two programmes that he would allow to be shown on his pub’s television were championship snooker matches and ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’.

Old school to the core, his early education days as a student at St Brendan’s College saw him learn Greek, Latin and Maths through Irish.

In his early working days he lived and worked in Coventry and became a life-long fan of the city’s soccer team. One of his proudest moments was being present in Wembley Stadium in London in 1987 when ‘The Blues’ won the FA Cup Final.

John Sillett, who guided the club to FA Cup victory in 1987, died on Wednesday of this week – two of the world’s greatest Coventry FC supporters reunited.

Seamus was a proud Dr Crokes man and his eulogy was read at St Mary’s Cathedral by Fr Jim Lenihan – a proud Legion man.

“He would have knocked a kick out of that,” John added.

Born above the High St pub in 1935, apart from his years in Coventry, Seamus never lived anywhere else.

“When we were making arrangements with Mackey’s [O’Shea’s Funeral Directors], they asked that question and there was no answer – he was born over the pub and he lived nowhere else.”

Seamus passed away peacefully in the company of his loving family on Sunday night.

He is survived and sadly missed by his beloved wife Joan (King), son John C and and daughter Brigitte, son-in-law Richard Whelan, grandchildren James and Ellie Kate, his sisters Marion (O'Riordan, Millstreet) and Eileen, sister-in-law Noreen (Kearney), nephews, nieces, grand-nephews grand-nieces, relatives, neighbours, his many great friends and his customers at Jack C's Bar.

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Man released without charge in murder case

The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge […]

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The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge in relation to this matter.

Miriam Burns was found in her home on Monday afternoon after family and neighbours became concerned about her welfare.

A file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions and investigations are ongoing under the direction of a Senior Investigating Officer.

Gardaí are continuing to appeal to any persons who were in the Ardshanavooley area between 5pm on Friday and 1pm on Monday and observed any activity which drew their attention, to come forward.

Any road users who were travelling in the area at these times who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) are asked to make this footage available to Gardaí.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Killarney Garda Station on 064 6671160, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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Plenty of music and entertainment to celebrate Kilcummin talent

The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night. The talent within […]

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The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night.

The talent within the branch was clearly evident with a packed trophies table. Indeed some of the successes over the last number of months were replayed in a relaxed, jovial atmosphere that meant that all attending had a great night’s entertainment.

“We had demonstrations of winning sets across all age groups and then we moved onto the musicians who pulled out all the stops to entertain the large crowd, packed into the clubhouse,” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCÉ PRO, told the Killarney Advertiser.

John Moriarty, who has recently retired from his role of Supervisor with Kilcummin Rural Development was acknowledged with a presentation to reflect the outstanding work that he has done to enhance and grow Kilcummin Comhaltas over his 25 years in his role, he added.

“Much thanks and praise was also offered to Mary, Adrian and Conor Moriarty, all involved in the progression of dancing and music within the Kilcummin branch. The music and entertainment continued with Helen Kerins and Denis Crowley late into the night. We’re looking forward to next year already!”

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