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Relatives of the late Patrick O'Connor who attended the 1916 Story of Captain Patrick O’Connor at Rathmore Community Centre on Saturday night. PICTURE: EAMONN KEOGH
 


 
ALL roads have been leading to Rathmore in recent days as the curtain rose on the moving story of local man Patrick O’Connor. Patrick - The 1916 Story of Captain Patrick O'Connor is written and directed by Aidan O'Connor, Rathmore, and depicts the final weeks of Patrick’s life before he joined the GPO Garrison on Easter Monday, 1916.
The show ran on Saturday and Sunday in Rathmore Community Centre at 8pm. Tickets have been in such keen demand that an extra night (tonight, Monday) has been added.
Up to 20 of Patrick's relatives are made the journey from Dublin and all over the country to see the performance.
A total of 90 actors, singers, musicians and stage crew are involved in the top-class production.
“Patrick lasted a week before being shot down in hail of machine gun fire on Moore Street on Friday, April 28,” said author and journalist Aidan O’Connor.
“He, along with fellow Kerry men The O'Rahilly, Michael Mulvihill and Patrick Shortis died in the Moore
Street charge that day.”
Aidan added: “The dedication and hard work put in by so many people over the past few weeks is testament to the mark Patrick O'Connor has left behind. People are truly moved by his story and sacrifice. Telling history has been a moving and humbling journey.”

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Spa GAA lights up – continues each Wednesday night

By Sean Moriarty Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative. The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative.

The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held a candle-light vigil in memory of Ashling Murphy, the Offaly school-teacher who was murdered while out for a walk two weeks ago.

“Participants can follow the walking track that offers a safe off-road path and this activity is open to everyone in the community. If anyone would be available to help with registration or stewarding any night, all help is greatly appreciated,” said club PRO Deirdre O’Sullivan-Darcy.

Any volunteers that can help any evening or any questions please contact Margaret Doyle on 0879181970.

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Specialists to examine Killarney trees ahead of future storms

By Sean Moriarty Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district. The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district.

The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. 
One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen tree blocked access to the Moll’s Gap road near Muckross.
Both Cllrs John O’Donoghue and Donal Grady raised the issue at a recent Killarney Municipal District meeting.
“In order to mitigate against such events, the Killarney MD Office are in the process of preparing tender documents to procure assessment of specific trees that are in the charge of Kerry County Council.” A council official told the meeting.
“This will allow the MD to make determinations on individual trees in its charge. Individual property owners are responsible for the welfare and maintenance of trees within and along the boundary of their property lines.”

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