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Shock and sadness at the passing of Pádraig Harnett  

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By Sean Moriarty

There was widespread shock and sadness across the town on Friday morning when the news broke that Pádraig Harnett had passed away suddenly the previous evening.

TRIBUTE: A Killarney Celtic flag draped over the coffin for the late Pádraig Harnett for his final journey through Killarney town on Sunday evening. Photo: Eamonn Keogh

GUARD OF HONOUR: Past and present officers players and members of Killarney Celtic provided a guard of honour for the late Pádraig Harnett for the funeral cortege through Killarney town on Sunday evening. Photo: Eamonn Keogh

GUARD OF HONOUR: Past and present officers players and members of Killarney Celtic providing a guard of honour for the late Pádraig Harnett for the funeral cortege through Killarney town on Sunday evening. Photo: Eamonn Keogh

SUPPORTER'S CLUB: Pádraig Harnett at the first ever Munster Nottingham Forest Supporter's Club meeting in 2016. The photo also features the late Weeshie Fogarty.

The popular club official and sports journalist died on Thursday evening after a short illness.

There was no aspect of Killarney sporting life that did not have Pádraig’s fingerprints on them.

While best known for his role in soccer throughout the county, he was also heavily involved in basketball, cycling and motorsport.

He held almost every role possible within the ranks of Killarney Celtic FC, including chairman.

Nationally, he represented Kerry at the Football Association of Ireland’s General Assembly and was one of the driving forces behind the foundation of Kerry Football Club which will play League of Ireland football next season – the first Kerry team do so.

Locally Pádraig was Press Officer for the Kerry Schoolboys and Girls League.

“We lost a friend, a companion, a mentor, and a big brother to us all,” said Aidan Murnane, Chairperson of the Kerry Schoolboys/Girls League.

Pádraig was also popular in basketball circles and Scotts Lakers (St Paul's) held a minute's silence ahead of its game on Saturday night.

He was also the Kerry Area Basketball Board PRO.

Without doubt, he was the county’s cycling expert and a familiar face at all the big events like the Rás Tailteann and Ras Mumhan when they passed through the county.

As a sports journalist he worked for Radio Kerry, the Tralee Advertiser and Kerry’s Eye, and was a frequent contributor to the Killarney Advertiser.

Outside of sport, he was a dedicated charity worker and only recently, through his contacts with Nottingham Forest Football Club in Britain, organised a charity fundraiser in Killorglin with former players of that club.

A native of Park Road in Killarney, he lived in Currans with his wife Maura.

His popularity was evident on Sunday evening after a large crowd turned out for his removal service in O'Shea's Funeral Home Killarney.

A Killarney Celtic flag was draped over his coffin as he made his final journey through the town he loved so well.

Past and present officers, players and members of Killarney Celtic provided a guard of honour on Sunday evening and again after his Requiem Mass yesterday morning (Monday) in The Church of the Immaculate Conception, Currow. He was laid to rest in Ardcrone Cemetery.

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Festive jumpers and a Kerry jersey brings fundraiser to €10k

By Michelle Crean Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up! A Kerry football […]

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By Michelle Crean

Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up!

A Kerry football jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team is up for grabs via a fundraising link once a donation is made to the Presents for Palliative fundraiser.

On Friday eight local schools including Holy Cross Mercy, Killarney Community College, Presentation Monastery, Lissivigeen, St Brendan’s College, St Brigid’s, St Francis Special School, and St Oliver’s
swapped their uniforms for their most colourful festive gear with funds going to help the amazing services in the Palliative Care Unit/Kerry Hospice Foundation.

“The day took place across the schools involved last Friday (December 2) and looks like it has been a success,” teacher Elaine Moynihan from St Brendan’s College told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The donations from the schools are still being counted but students look to be on their way towards making their goal of €10k.”

The iDonate ‘Fundraising For Kerry Hospice Foundation’ has been very helpful in this regard, she added.

“Anyone who donates via the link and leaves their name will be in with a chance to win a Kerry jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team which will be presented to them before Christmas by a couple of members of the team.

“This was organised by the students involved in the fundraiser as a way to say thanks, and give back, to the members of the community who have gotten involved in the event – the link is live until December 18 and the draw will be made the following day.”

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Killarney punter secures €50,000 in EuroMillions draw

A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’. The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was […]

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A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’.

The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was valid for Tuesday night’s special draw.

The Killarney winner was one of 10 who each secured the €50,000 windfall.

“The National Lottery can reveal that three players in Dublin, three players in Cork and one player in Kerry, Roscommon, Kildare and Wexford all scooped the special raffle prize which was the seventh of 12 draws in the National Lottery’s ’12 Draws of Christmas’ promotion,” said a National Lottery statement.

The eighth draw will take place tonight (December 9) where 10 more players are guaranteed to win the amazing prizes.

Meanwhile, a player in Belgium scooped the EuroMillions Jackpot prize worth an astonishing €142,897,164.

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