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Sadness at the passing of popular Franciscan Father

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By Sean Moriarty

Tributes have been paid to Fr Colm ‘Chris’ Connolly OFM, a popular member of the local Franciscan order, who died on Monday of this week.

Fr Connolly served the people of Killarney for the last 26 years and was described by colleagues as “a beloved institution in the town”.

He was born Colm in Violet Hill, Drumconrath County Meath, but was affectionately known as Fr Chris on the streets of Killarney.
Retired teacher Maureen O’Reilly from St Anne’s Road has a life-long connection with the Franciscan Order in Killarney. Her late brother David was a member of the order and she was a close friend of Fr Chris.
“As a young man in his 70s he walked around town, calling on and praying with the sick and housebound,” she said.
“He visited the hospitals when not on duty in the Friary. Fr Chris was always happy and smiling even though he was going through much personal pain and illness himself. He loved jokes.
“Fr Chris was a deeply spiritual man. Killarney will be the poorer for his passing. Beannacht Dé go raibh a anam.”

Chris joined the Franciscans in 1955, made his First Profession in 1956 and was ordained a priest in 1963.
He served in the Irish Franciscan Mission in Zimbabwe for many years.
Returning to Ireland in 1984, he ministered first in Waterford, and moved to the local friary in Killarney in 1993.
He will missed by his Confreres in the Franciscan Friary, his brother PJ, sister-in-law Nora, nieces Eithne, Maeve, Aoife, Sinead and Fiona, grand-nephews, cousins and his many friends.

Requiem Mass will be celebrated at noon today (Friday), followed by burial in the Friary graveyard.

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Hike up Strickeen Mountain for air ambulance

  Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance. The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab. It […]

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Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance.

The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab.

It is expected that the 7.5km hike will take around three hours to complete and participants will benefit from the expertise of Krzysztof for a minimum donation €10 per person or €20 per family.

Strickeen Mountain is the eastern most peak of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and the hike will start from the Gap of Dunloe at 11am on the day.

As an added bonus fruit and water, donated by local supermarkets including Lidl, Aldi and Daly’s SuperValu, will be provided. The first 20 to register will receive a limited edition Irish Community Air Ambulance face covering snood.

“This is an ideal opportunity for someone who has never climbed this mountain, but wants to do it with the help of an experienced guide,” Donie Lucey, who is one of the Irish Community Air Ambulance’s chief fundraisers, said.

Further details are available from Donie on 086 854 5873 or from Krzysztof on 087 7589697 after 6pm.

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Golf club launches Summer Series competition

By Sean Moriarty Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality. The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer. Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality.

The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer.

Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at the famed Killeen course this coming Wednesday (June 23). This series will continue every Wednesday for eight weeks and top five scorers on each date will qualify for a Grand Final which is scheduled for Sunday, August 22.

“We are delighted to launch the ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series. This is a singles stableford event taking place on the Irish Open course, Killeen,” said the club’s marketing manager Meg Dalton. “With over €8,000 worth of prizes to be won, this is an event not to be missed. The first opportunity to qualify for the grand final is Wednesday.”

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Investigation continues into New St fire

  Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week. The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7). It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting […]

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Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week.

The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7).

It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting and ducting on the first, second and third floors. There was heavy smoke throughout the hotel but all guests were evacuated safely.

The landmark hotel, which also houses the famous Danny Mann pub, has not yet reopened, and local Gardai are still investigating its cause.

“The investigation is ongoing,” a Killarney Gardai Station spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser. “We are establishing the full facts in relation to the fire.”

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