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Special visit as Nell turns 99-years-old

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SPECIAL VISIT: Nell O'Mahony, pictured with staff from St Columbanus Nursing Home, had special visitors on Tuesday as her great-grandchildren called to celebrate her 99th birthday.

By Michelle Crean

Celebrations have been turned on their head in recent times with the limited social interactions possible – but that didn’t stop one Headford lady from spending time with family – as she marked her 99th birthday.

On Tuesday, Nell O'Mahony (nee Moynihan) was delighted to have visitors at lunchtime to St Columbanus Nursing Home where she resides, which included her eldest granddaughter Elaine Foley, and four of her five great-grandchildren, Elaine’s children, Ella (6), Callum (5), Nathan (3) and nine-month-old Clodagh.

However, due to the current COVID-19 restrictions they all had to look on from the outside as they wished her a happy birthday through the window.
And later in the evening other visitors brought cake and candles which were given to staff as they looked on from the outside.

“It’s tough that we couldn’t go in properly,” Elaine told the Killarney Advertiser.
“For family it was hard not to be able to go into see her, but what made it easier is that she is being so well looked after by the wonderful staff in there. She was in good form and is fully aware of the virus and the restrictions. She was recently moved to the window due to social distancing in the nursing home. When they visit, the children really perk her up.”

Nell was married to Denis O'Mahony and the couple resided in Mountrodger. Nell is a native of Headford and sister to the late John, Dan, and Labour TD Michael Moynihan. Nell is an avid Kerry supporter and looks forward to the GAA games returning and loves to listen to all the games on the radio.

“She has resided at St Columbanus for nearly four years where she is very well looked after by the excellent staff there and the family look forward to visiting her again in the home when it is safe to do so.”

Nell was asked on her birthday had she any advice to give her family and she replied to ‘go away home and be good', Elaine added.

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Gaelscoil pupils compete in Fleadh for the first time

By Michelle Crean It was their first time entering Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí but Gaelscoil Faithleann pupils proved they’ve got talent as they made it to the next stage of the […]

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By Michelle Crean

It was their first time entering Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí but Gaelscoil Faithleann pupils proved they’ve got talent as they made it to the next stage of the competition.

Muinteoir Treasa Uí Scannláin and Muinteoir Lisa Ni Iarlaithe prepared the children over the last two months on Thursday evenings after school.

For the competition 22 kids were entered in the Under 11 and 13 categories in the Comhra Gaeilge competition in Tralee.

Three of the Under 11s and three of the school’s Under 13s are now going forward to represent Chiarraí the Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan in Newcastle West on July 15.

“The standard was very high and it was our first time entering this competition. All of the children were representing Cill Airne Comhaltas,” Lisa said.

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Kilcummin has strong representation in Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí

Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí may have been absent in the live sense over the previous two years, however it returned over the last two weekends and it delivered with aplomb! The […]

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Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí may have been absent in the live sense over the previous two years, however it returned over the last two weekends and it delivered with aplomb!

The home of Kerry Comhaltas, the Dúchas Centre on the MTU campus in Tralee, was the host venue on the first weekend of the Fleadh, which accommodated the dancing competitions.

“We were spoiled with the spectacle of live dancing of the highest calibre accompanied by live music from accomplished musicians … food for the soul!” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCE PRO, said.

“Much credit and thanks goes to the Moriarty School of Dancing, Mary, John and Adrian who represented Kilcummin CCE and prepared our teams to compete at the highest level.

“We also had such a great weekend in the singing and music competitions over the second weekend of Fleadh Cheoil Charraí, held in the Dúchas Centre and other areas of the MTU campus. All of our competitors performed to the highest standard in robust competition. Well done to all who competed and congratulations to all who go forward to represent Chiarraí the Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan, in Newcastle West, Co. Limerick from July 10 to 16.”

Kilcummin had strong representation throughout the dancing competition during the first weekend of Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí.

U12 Ladies 1st place and County Champions.

“Well done to our second U12 Ladies set who weren’t placed but danced beautifully.”

U12 Mixed 1st place & County Champions.
U12 mixed 2nd place.
15-18 Mixed 2nd place.
15-18 Ladies & Mixed Half set 3rd place
U12-15 Ladies 3rd place
Senior mixed half set 1st place and County Champions
Over 35’s 1st Place & County Champions

Kilcummin also excelled in the music and singing competitions of the second weekend of the Fleadh.

Eoin Foley – Accordion 1st place
Eoin Foley – Melodeon 2nd place
Aisling O’Connor – 1st place – Ladies O18 English Singing
Liam Kerrisk – 1st place – 15-18 Melodeon
Michael Healy – Button accordion (12-15) 1st place
Michael Healy – Melodeon (12-15) 1st place
Sean Butler – Button Accordion (12-15) 2nd place
Colleen Anland and Michael Healy – Duets (12-15) 1st place
Seán Fleming – Kerry Comhaltas U15 History Project 1st place

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