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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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Better late than never Christmas present for St Francis Special School

By Sean Moriarty St Francis Special School received a very late Christmas present this week – a specially adapted bike for the pupils to use. Husband and wife team Ciaran […]

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By Sean Moriarty

St Francis Special School received a very late Christmas present this week – a specially adapted bike for the pupils to use.

Husband and wife team Ciaran and Karen Dwyer, directors of Guerin Engineering and Pumps Ltd in Kilcummin, presented the special adapted bicycle to the staff and pupils at the Beaufort school on Tuesday.

After seeing an online request last December that the school needed the bike, they decided to gift one.

They contacted Glencar Medical, a Dublin-based firm that specialises in the supply of equipment to schools like St Francis, and ordered the bicycle.

However, nothing is straightforward in the current climate, Brexit, COVID and war all contributed to a delay in getting the bike to Ireland. Once it was in Dublin there were further delays in sourcing the special straps that St Francis’ children need to ride the bike safely.

It all came to a happy ending this week when the Dwyers were finally able to present their Christmas present to the school.

“We saw this request and we contacted the school and said we wanted to buy one, they told us where to get one, and we ordered it,” Karen told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We had it paid for by the end of the year but then it took three months to get it into the country. It took more time to import the specialist parts. The costs were increasing but we did not mind at all.”

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Jordan Lee to tell his story to the county’s schools

Paralympian Jordan Lee will share his experiences with schools all over Kerry. The Killarney man has embarked on a countywide tour ‘Jordan’s Drive’ in association with Kelliher’s Garage, a series […]

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Paralympian Jordan Lee will share his experiences with schools all over Kerry.

The Killarney man has embarked on a countywide tour ‘Jordan’s Drive’ in association with Kelliher’s Garage, a series of informal talks on his achievements and how he overcame his disability to reach the top of his chosen sport.

The 21-year-old was born with a foreshortened left arm known as amniotic band syndrome but has enjoyed a successful sports career which included representing Ireland at the Tokyo Olympics last summer.

Now he wants to share his story and inspire other students to follow their dreams.

His tour started last week at Colaiste na Sceilge in Cahersiveen and over the next few weeks, depending on his training schedule, will visit schools in Firies, Milltown, and Killarney.

“Don’t be afraid of people with disabilities or different backgrounds,” he said. “A few years ago there was only typical people in classrooms – you never came across people with disabilities or from various different countries. It is a lot more mixed now. I want to inspire people to treat everyone on the same level.”

‘Jordan’s Drive’ is made possible thanks to his role as a brand ambassador for Kelliher’s Garage, dealer principal, Tim Kelliher explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“Having got to know Jordan so well over the last couple of years we have come to realise how much of an inspiration he is so we decided to ask him to hop into his Toyota CHR Hybrid and bring his story out into the highways and byways of the Kingdom,” he said.

“Headlined ‘Jordans Drive’ and organised by my marketing team headed by Yvonne McMahon they have travelled to many of the schools around Kerry from Cahersiveen to Beaufort, Killorglin and with other dates planned for Firies and Milltown to name but a few. He has spoken his many words of wisdom to the children who have been in awe of the journey and his achievements, and we at Kelliher’s Garage are delighted and proud to have him as our brand ambassador.”

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