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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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Killorglin mother and son pen poetry book

By Michelle Crean What do roses, wrens, King Puck, fairies and Santa Claus have in common? Well, all now feature in a new children’s book co-written by a mother and son. The new illustrated poetry collection for children, ‘A Very Kerry Year’, by Killorglin mother and son, Jacinta and Conor Browne, has been published just […]

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By Michelle Crean

What do roses, wrens, King Puck, fairies and Santa Claus have in common? Well, all now feature in a new children’s book co-written by a mother and son.

The new illustrated poetry collection for children, ‘A Very Kerry Year’, by Killorglin mother and son, Jacinta and Conor Browne, has been published just in time for Christmas.

And all proceeds will be donated to Comfort for Chemo, an organisation whose mission it is to build and equip a chemotherapy unit for the people of Kerry.

The charity is close to the young author’s heart as Conor himself was undergoing cancer treatment while writing this book.

With original poetry by the mother and son, the book also has another separate family connection as the talented illustrators are local artists, father-daughter duo Con and Rochelle Lucey, with each page awash with colour and beautiful drawings.

“I know first-hand how important it is to have a comfortable environment while receiving chemotherapy,” Conor said.

‘A Very Kerry Year’ is currently available for €12 from The Crystal Cave and the Reeks District Tourist Office in Killorglin and will soon be available in many more outlets throughout the county.

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