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Shock at sudden passing of much loved Derek Twomey

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SADNESS: Derek Twomey (centre) was a respected member of Killarney Legion. Photo: Maria O'Sullivan/Killarney Legion

 

By Sean Moriarty

Killarney is in shock this week following the sudden passing of Derek Twomey on Wednesday afternoon.

The 31-year-old had taken ill at the Dungeon Bookshop on College St where he worked, and despite the attendance of emergency services, he died at the scene.

Derek was very popular in sporting circles in the town. He was a member of both the Legion GAA and Killarney Celtic Football clubs and represented both clubs at senior level.

“Killarney Celtic was shocked and saddened to learn of the untimely passing of Derek. Derek played both underage and senior with Killarney Celtic and was an active member of our near neighbours Killarney Legion. He was a much valued member of the team at The Dungeon Book Shop in Killarney where he will be sadly missed by all his co-workers and colleagues. The club wishes to extend its condolences at this very difficult time to all of Derek’s family, relatives and friends. Derek will be fondly remembered by all those at Killarney Celtic who encountered his gentle and friendly nature,” a club statement said.

Enda Walshe was the Legion Football Club's vice-chair and chair between 2012 and 2018 and is also one of the current selectors with the club’s senior team.

“I knew Derek all his adult playing life. It was a huge shock to hear the news,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “He was great fun to be around and great for the banter. He was also a great footballer and had a brilliant right leg.”

Derek also gave a spell in London where he played with the Kingdom Kerry Gaels GAA Club.

The Killarney man is survived by his parents Gerard and Mary and his older siblings Darren and Deirdre.

The Dungeon Bookshop was closed all day yesterday (Thursday) and for much of today (Friday) as a mark of respect for their colleague.

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Relief as indoor dining finally resumes

By Michelle Crean After almost 500 days of closures the sense of relief was evident this week as restaurants, cafés and bars were finally allowed to welcome customers back in. Some had reopened for outdoor dining previously to help keep their businesses afloat but it was back to normal on Monday. According to the new […]

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By Michelle Crean

After almost 500 days of closures the sense of relief was evident this week as restaurants, cafés and bars were finally allowed to welcome customers back in.

Some had reopened for outdoor dining previously to help keep their businesses afloat but it was back to normal on Monday.

According to the new rules as set out by Fáilte Ireland and the Government, in order for customers to access indoor service, they must show proof that they are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months. Those who are not yet vaccinated can only be served outside.

A maximum of six people aged 13 and over are allowed per table and it’s advised that face coverings be worn when not at the table, there is no time limit, customers can only eat or drink at a table and not at the bar or counter, and one person must give their details for contract tracing purposes. Live music and dancing is not allowed.

The Killarney Advertiser spoke to a number of businesses this week and overall the feeling was relief that they can finally get back to normal service but the issue of staffing still remains.

Brian Murphy from Courtney’s Bar said he was feeling nervous.

“I’m feeling nervous as we don’t have enough staff,” he said. “It’s a Monday so hopefully we can cope. Things will settle down and we’ll find a level we are all happy with.”

At the Porterhouse Restaurant Lee O’Callaghan said “It’s great to be back open and have people coming into the restaurant”.

“Hopefully we have a long season after being closed for so long.”

Staff at Reidy’s, Ellen Shannon, Rory Carroll and Jack Sweeney, added that they’re delighted to return to indoor dining.

“Hopefully we get back to normal soon and to brighter days ahead.”

At Jimmy Brien’s Bar in Fair Hill, customers echoed the same sentiments about being finally open.

“We are delighted to be back,” Danjoe Aherne said.

“We appreciate everything Alan Breen has done for us. We’re glad to be back home again!” Charlie Buckingham said.

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Time to get your skates on!

By Sean Moriarty People of Killarney are being urged to have their say on a new skateboard park before next week’s deadline. A public consultation on the project has been launched by Kerry County Council. Cllr Donal Grady, who first put forward the idea of a Killarney skateboard park in 2018, is urging the people […]

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By Sean Moriarty

People of Killarney are being urged to have their say on a new skateboard park before next week’s deadline.

A public consultation on the project has been launched by Kerry County Council.

Cllr Donal Grady, who first put forward the idea of a Killarney skateboard park in 2018, is urging the people of the town to have their say.

It is proposed to build the park on land adjacent to the Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre with help and support from the KDYS.

“In 2017 a group of skateboard enthusiasts approached me, they had no designated safe area to enjoy their sport. Sport is vital for youths, stakeboarding increases metabolism, improves balance and enhances coordination use,” Cllr Grady told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Skateboarding is now an Olympic sport. I commend Kerry County Council, management, engineers and the planning team for getting the project to this stage, it’s now up to the people of Killarney to have their say. It’s vital positive submissions are lodged by Wednesday, August 25,”

Submissions can be lodged to the Playground Unit, Finance Dept, Kerry County Council.

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