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Tadg’s generosity was at the heart of his business and community

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This week we learnt of the passing of Tadg O’Donoghue of Barraduff village. Tadg was the well-known proprietor of O’Donoghue’s Foodmarket in Barraduff village.

My first encounter with Tadg was as a teenage cyclist. Tadg had the Raleigh Cycles agency at this time. As a young cyclist in the mid-eighties, Tadg’s shop was a stop off point for refreshments on our route. Ever the salesman, he was always on hand to upsell the latest offerings in the Raleigh Cycles range.

Tadg was always very proud of his cycles business, boasting his status as Kerry’s number one Raleigh agent.

On many an occasion Tadg would have helped a few of us cash-strapped budding cyclists with a puncture repair kit or inner tube to see us home and trusted payment would be returned in due course.

Today I am a customer of O’Donoghue’s Foodmarket and always mindful of Tadg’s generosity in my youth.

As parents, we always like to share with our kids experiences we had as kids, and Tadhg delivered the same generosity to my kids as he delivered to me some 30 years earlier. A visit to Tadg’s for my kids raised the high probability that if the man himself was behind the counter, the ‘penny’ sweet counter was within their grasp. I was powerless over Tadg’s open invitation to the ‘penny’ sweet counter, the bag was full in seconds. I’m confident he never charged the full value of this bulging bag of sweets but he got great satisfaction in seeing the joy in the faces of these sugar fiends.

Tadg was never short of a word even when the shop was busy. He was a hive of information - NOT gossip, mind you. Tadg had the facts. Visiting on quieter occasions we would get stuck into a topic or two and time would disappear. I remember on one occasion I went to Tadg’s to get popcorn for movie night. By the time I got home the movie was over, the kids were asleep in bed and a search party was on the brink of deployment.

His genuine generosity and interest in people was at the heart of his business and community. He will be missed.

Our deepest sympathy to his wife Ursula, daughters Augustine, Maura, Martina, Ave, Julianna, sons Donal and Michael, grandchildren Picabia, Jonathan, Rhiannon, Tadg Óg, Seán and David.

May he rest in peace.

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Applecroft B&B named in Ireland’s Top 10

By Michelle Crean What a better way for a local business to celebrate its silver jubilee than to be named in the Top 10 places to stay in Ireland especially as they prepare to reopen after the pandemic. Owners Kathy and Don Brosnan, who run Applecroft House in Woodlawn, were named number 6 in Ireland’s […]

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By Michelle Crean

What a better way for a local business to celebrate its silver jubilee than to be named in the Top 10 places to stay in Ireland especially as they prepare to reopen after the pandemic.

Owners Kathy and Don Brosnan, who run Applecroft House in Woodlawn, were named number 6 in Ireland’s Top 10 B&Bs for 2022 by the Irish Independent ‘Reader Travel Awards’ while Ireland’s Best B&B was named as Dingle’s Pax House.

The couple began their business in 1997 and are very happy with the feedback from visitors who voted for their B&B, especially after two difficult years.

“I’m thrilled, especially as we’re celebrating our silver jubilee this year,” Kathy told the Killarney Advertiser.

The couple built their house in the early ’80s and aptly named it ‘Applecroft’ as it was built in a field which has an orchard.

In the late ’90s they opened five spacious rooms up, each with its own theme; 
‘Poet’s Corner’, ‘Past Times’, ‘The 19th Green’, ‘The Race-goer’s Club’ and ‘The Kerry Way’, for guests as Kathy, who worked in The Europe Hotel and the Great Southern Killarney for many years, had a passion to bring a great stay experience to guests visiting Killarney. They kept themselves busy planting in their two acre garden during the pandemic.

They have won numerous awards over the years and have had film crews in but this latest award is the icing on the cake for the couple who are looking forward to reopening in late March.

“It’s amazing, and a bonus especially with the two years we’ve had. We’ve never experienced anything like that. It was “wow” – we were preparing to reopen on St Patrick’s Day that year and all of a sudden everything closed down on the 16. It was a big shock.”

Don creates amazing bread and scones which guests rave about, she added.

“I was delighted as we came tenth for breakfast and sixth for the B&B.”

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Tributes paid to life-long Legion supporter

By Sean Moriarty Legion GAA Club has led tributes to one of their most ‘fervent’ supporters who passed away on Tuesday. Described as one of the town’s ‘old stock’, Tim Looney from Coolgraine Park and late of Daltons Avenue, was a central part of Killarney’s rich sporting heritage. As well as a life-long supporter of […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Legion GAA Club has led tributes to one of their most ‘fervent’ supporters who passed away on Tuesday.

Described as one of the town’s ‘old stock’, Tim Looney from Coolgraine Park and late of Daltons Avenue, was a central part of Killarney’s rich sporting heritage.

As well as a life-long supporter of Legion, he played basketball in the famous town leagues of the 1970s and the seven-a-side soccer ‘Wipeouts’ competitions.

“He was a very proud Legion man and always flew the green and white flag out his window whenever the club was playing in a big game,” PRO Enda Walshe told the Killarney Advertiser. “He was a fervent loyal club supporter but was also one of the characters of the winter basketball leagues.”

Tim was also a regular participant in Dart Pub Leagues back in the 1970s and 1980s.

Tim’s funeral took place today (Friday). He was laid to rest at Killarney Burial Ground after 10am Mass St Mary’s Cathedral.

Tim is survived by his wife Nuala, his children Joanne, Paudie and Timmy, and was a much loved grandfather to Stephen, Makaela, Chloe, Padraic, Keelan, Alex and the late Lorna. He will also be sadly missed by his daughters-in-law Margaret and Sharon, son-in-law Tony, sisters Kathleen, Sheila and Ann, brothers Lewis-John and Paddy, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews, relatives, neighbours and many great friends.

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