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Senator Coghlan calls time on political career

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CALLING TIME: Killarney-based Senator Paul Coghlan won't be seeking re-election. Photo: Michelle Crean

 

By Sean Moriarty

Killarney-based Senator Paul Coghlan has revealed that he will not be standing for re-election when voting for the Upper House membership takes place in the coming weeks.

An election for the Seanad must occur not later than 90 days after the dissolution of Dáil Éireann and with the General Election called on January 14, the Senate election must take place on or before April 14.

The long-standing Fine Gael representative, who was first elected to the Seanad in 1997, has announced his retirement from politics.

He was a member of Kerry County Council between 1991-1999 and Killarney Urban District Council from 1985-1999, while he also contested the General Election in Kerry South in 1992.

The 75-year-old also served two terms as Mayor of Killarney.

He was one of the main political drivers behind the reopening of Killarney House as a public visitor centre, a town-wide dream that was realised in June 2017.

“I have been in the Senate for more than 20 years, it is time to hand over the baton to someone younger,” he told the Killarney Advertiser this week. “Will I miss it, I will and I won’t. I was devoted to the job every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for the last 20 years and I did love it.”

The Killarney-based businessman, a founding director of Radio Kerry and a current director and a trustee of Muckross House, will concentrate on these interests and his family auctioneering firm, Sherry FitzGerald Coghlan on New Street.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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