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“She was a woman who gave so much”

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By Michelle Crean and Sean Moriarty

The devastated family of Joanne Downey, who died following a tragic accident near the Cleeney Roundabout, this week paid tribute to their loving mom - who they said “gave so much” to others.

The popular Ballydribben woman, who is originally from Knocknagoshel, was struck by a lorry at around 9am on Friday last. Emergency services rushed to the scene and she was rushed to Cork University Hospital but sadly passed away on Sunday.

The road was closed until late Friday afternoon to allow Killarney Gardai forensically examine the scene and investigating officers are seeking witnesses to the incident.

Her son Chris this week told the Killarney Advertiser that they are “heartbroken” and miss her “terribly”.

“We are heartbroken at the loss of our mom,” Chris said.

“As I said at the funeral, she was a woman who gave so much, and never asked for anything in return. There is a huge hole in our lives without mom and we will miss her terribly.”

Joanne loved her children dearly and did whatever she could to make them happy. She also loved her club Killarney Legion and made life-long friends there, friends that turned out in droves on Wednesday in Dirreen to applaud her commitment to the club.

“She loved caring for others and was so proud to qualify as a care worker last year. Mom went back to work at the age of 50, it was probably the only thing she ever did for herself and we were all so proud of her achievement. Putting on the care uniform gave her so much pride, joy and independence,” he said.

“She was a strong women, she didn’t always have it easy but she managed, raising six children pretty much single handed. I think she did a fairly good job. She raised us to look out for one another and I think if she was looking down on us the past few days she would be very proud of us all, in particular Shane and Cassie who were right by her side all week until she was finally laid to rest on Wednesday.”

He explained that his mom loved Killarney town, the sense of community here, and was always happy to get involved with different committees.

“Mom wouldn’t pass someone without stoping for a chat.”

Killarney Legion also paid tribute to Joanne this week.

“The club was devastated beyond words to hear of the very sad tragic passing of Joanne Downey early this week,” said club PRO Elaine O’Donoghue.

“Behind every club there are good women who work quietly and effectively for the good of the club, Joanne was one of these. Her loss will be immeasurable to the Legion Club. She will always be remembered within the club for her selfless work and kind heart. A true lady, family woman and Legion legend.”

She is survived by her father Joseph, children Mark, Chris, Katriana, Ellie, Shane and Cassie, and granddaughter Éabha.

She was laid to rest on Wednesday in Aghadoe Lawn Cemetery following Requiem Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral.

Meanwhile Killarney Gardai yesterday (Thursday) renewed their appeal for witnesses to the accident to come forward.

"It was at a busy time as people were going to work," Superintendent Flor Murphy told the Killarney Advertiser. "We thank the people who have already come forward but there are many more who may have seen something - it is a busy junction and there are shops and other services nearby."

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NPWS survey to find out impact of fires

By Michelle Crean The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April. The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find […]

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By Michelle Crean

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April.

The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find out the biological impacts of the fires in the 26,000 acre park.

The fires in April burned from Friday night on April 23 until around 12pm the following Monday when they were finally brought under control.

Parts of the Park were scorched resulting in flora and fauna being wiped out. Some fires came as close as 10 metres to a church and school in the Black Valley area.

Fires raged near Tomies Wood and fire crews from five different districts quenched fires near the properties under threat. A real threat was for The Oak Woods but fire fighters managed to avert danger.

The fire is believed to have begun on the Kenmare Road area escalated by the strong winds.

“The purpose of this tender is to commission a comprehensive survey of the impacts, and the chrono-sequence of fire recovery or otherwise, on lands burned over the past four decades, as well as surveys in unburned areas, in order to assess the biological impacts of the fires, in particular the fire of April 2021, on the biodiversity of Killarney National Park,” an NPWS spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Killarney spin will bring comfort to patients

By Michelle Crean Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town. Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22. This year due to COVID […]

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Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town.

Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22.

This year due to COVID restrictions the 54321 team will run with two teams of five people, all female – who are raising funds for one single charity – Comfort for Chemo Kerry.

Their four day challenge will include a cycle the Ring of Kerry on day one (Thursday 19), a climb up Carrantuohil on day two (Friday 20), a cycle from Killarney to the foot of Cnoc Na Tobair and then climb Cnoc Na Tobair on day three (Saturday 21) finishing off with a cycle of the Skellig Ring on day four (Sunday 22).

In advance of the ninth annual challenge they will first participate in the spinathons at various locations to help raise much needed funds for this year’s chosen charity.

The first of the spinathons will take place on Saturday, July 31 in Listowel, Killorglin, Dingle, Cahersiveen. On the day volunteers will take to the spinning bikes from 10am to 5pm in different locations around these towns.
This will be followed by Killarney on Sunday, August 15, and Tralee on Saturday, August 28.

When choosing this year’s charity, organisers contacted a past participant and a dear friend, Mairead Dunphy from Glencar who is currently on her own journey with cancer.

“We wanted to show our support to Mairead and knowing that she would like to support those who have supported her on her journey so far, she had already being looking at ideas to raise much needed funds for Comfort for Chemo Kerry,” TJ O’Connor said.

“Please support Comfort for Chemo Kerry by giving what you can.”

For more information about the spinathons go to www.54321challenge.org or the Comfort for Chemo Kerry Facebook page for online donation information.

There’s also a GoFundMe page: ‘Comfort for Chemo Kerry – 54321 Challenge 2021’ which has a €20,000 target set up.

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