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Shock at the passing of popular local businessman

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By Sean Moriarty

There was widespread sadness across the county on Tuesday when the news became known that popular businessman Seamus O’Connor had passed away following complications from COVID-19.

Last year Seamus opened Kitty O’Se’s on College St with his partner Eileen, a sister operation to a bar in Kinsale by the same name.

Originally from Kilcummin he had ties to Farmer’s Bridge in Tralee, as well as Boolteens, Castlemaine where his extended family run the Anvil Bar.

“We are all in shock,” his brother Neily told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We thought we were over the worst of it – he was moved from intensive care to the recovery stage when he got a heart attack.”

A larger than life character, Seamus was quick with a joke and loved a good sing-song.

“There was nothing Seamus loved more than seeing everyone happy,” Neily added.

“He often went out on a Friday and did not return until Monday, he loved singing and the craic.”

He was also a popular figure in motorsport circles in the county, a former rally co-driver in the 1980s and a champion Hot Rod racers in the early 1990s.

He was a driving force behind the South Coast Hot Rod Club’s All-Ireland Championship events that ran in the county in the late 1980s. He also acted as the club's secretary at this time.

He turned his attention to business in the '90s, was an on-the-road agent for Lee Strand Creamery in Tralee before he took over the Castle Bar in Castlemaine and later the Anvil Bar which is still run by son Stephen and Stephen’s mother Elizabeth.

“He had a great enterprising brain and was unreal at spotting an opportunity and making it work."

Seamus is survived by his partner Eileen, his children Louise, Stephen, Cora and Owen, their mother Elizabeth, and his grandchildren Rhea, Alysha, Lucia and Esme, his mother Brenda, brothers Paddy, Thady, Michael, Peter, Neily and Thomas, sisters Siobhán, Helen and Brenda and wide extended family and a large circle of friends.

He was predeceased by his father Jimmy and brother Joe.

A private memorial Mass took place for Seamus on Wednesday, but a public celebration of his life will take place at a later date once the current crisis is over.

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SURVEY: Locals are reducing their social contacts

It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week. An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their […]

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It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week.

An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their level of contacts with people.

Interestingly, 37.10% of people had made no change to their lifestyle, but they could have been extra cautious already.

A tiny minority – just 1.61% – said they increased their social contacts over the last week.

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Staff and students highlight important message

By Michelle Crean Local students went to great efforts on Friday last to highlight a very important message about inclusion. Staff and students in Killarney Community College came together for ‘Stand Up Awareness Week’ as part of a national campaign where second-level schools take a stand against homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. All staff wore […]

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By Michelle Crean

Local students went to great efforts on Friday last to highlight a very important message about inclusion.

Staff and students in Killarney Community College came together for ‘Stand Up Awareness Week’ as part of a national campaign where second-level schools take a stand against homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying.

All staff wore a rainbow colour and students wore rainbow coloured accessories to show their support for the campaign as Killarney Community College is a diverse, inclusive, accepting, and welcoming safe space for everyone.

The majority of students made a particularly great effort in terms of wearing rainbow coloured accessories were awarded house points.

During the week, the LGBTI+ flag was hanging proudly in the school canteen. Transition Years decorated the General Purpose area with informative posters, and in SPHE classes, students learned about LGBTI+ terminology and history.

“It’s important that school is a safe and inclusive place for anyone attending regardless of their race, sex, religion or sexuality,” Principal, Stella Loughnane, said.

“I’m delighted that our school community marked the occasion and brought great colour while highlighting a very important message. One of the key words of our mission statement is inclusion making this awareness day a very apt one.”

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