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The unknown solider of the Headford Ambush

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The unknown solider of the Headford Ambush

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By Sean Moriarty

A grand-nephew of the unknown soldier who died during the War of Independence at Headford one hundred years ago today has vowed to get to visit the site as soon as restrictions permit.

Giles Baily left Kerry for Dublin in 1961 to study Dentistry and eventually set up his own practice in Castleknock.

He grew up listening to stories of the ambush, his grandfather was P.J.Baily  was a brother of Lieutenant Jimmy Baily who along with Commandant Dan Allman were killed during the during the Headford Junction Ambush March, 21 1921.

An IRA brigade intercepted a train carrying British troops. The subsequent gunfight left 14 men dead, nine British soldiers, two IRA volunteers and three civilians.

The centenary celebration of the single biggest Irish Republican Army operation in Kerry during the War of Independence was due to take place this Sunday but has been postponed due to crowd-gathering rules connected with COVID-19 restrictions.

Allman was one of the leaders of the ambush. he and his colleague Baily were the two IRA man killed in the attack. However Baily’s identity was never released as locals feared revenge attacks from the British forces.

Contemporary newspaper reports, at the time said: “Over 20 priests were present at the funeral from Killarney Cathedral to Aglish of Daniel Allman and the unknown volunteer who died in the Headford Ambush.

“Growing up we were told about the Ambush with pride in our grand uncle,” Giles told the Killarney Advertiser. “The family history has it that Jimmy was not identified by the British, and was buried with Dan Allman to avoid the family been targeted by the British Crown Forces, and afterwards his body was exhumed and buried in a separate grave.”

Both Giles and his cousin Justin Bailey were looking forward to attending the now postponed event.

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Laura’s new look for Leaving Cert

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NEW LOOK: Laura Cronin, who is currently sitting her Leaving Cert, cut 14 inches off her hair for The Rapunzel Foundation.

By Michelle Crean

Rathmore’s Laura Cronin headed into her Leaving Cert exams this week with a whole new look after transforming her hairstyle for charity.

Laura, daughter of Una and Donal from Rathbeg, cut 14 inches off her hair for The Rapunzel Foundation.

As her long locks didn’t get cut over the last year Laura decided to get a good chop in Katelynn’s Hair Design in Rathmore instead, and use the left over hair to create wigs for sick children.

“I thought, rather than trim it I’d cut a lot off,” Laura, who hopes to study pharmacy in college, told the Killarney Advertiser. “I wanted to cut off a lot of it, I was sick of long hair. I said that if there’d be enough I’d donate it as it’d be a shame to see it on the floor.”

Laura said that hopefully it can make a child happy if it allows them to receive a specially made wig for their First Holy Communion, or a similar occasion.

“I’d encourage anyone who has long hair to think about what they could do with it.”

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€1m upgrade for Killarney store

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INVESTMENT: DV8 have invested €1m to update their store in the Killarney Outlet Centre. Pictured at the reopening were staff members: Clodagh McCarthy (Store Manager), Lorraine McGough (Assistant Manager), Anuka Altanson and Sarah Murphy. Photo: Don MacMonagle

A popular Killarney fashion shop, which reopened last week, securing up to 15 jobs, has had a facelift after a €1 million investment.

Leading fashion retailer DV8, which has a network of over 50 stores across Ireland, reopened its 4,000 square feet store in the Killarney Outlet Centre.

And customers admired the new look.

DV8 sells over 40 top fashion clothing brands as well as footwear and accessories in its stores and online at www.dv8fashion.com. The hip fashion house is well-known for its uber cool shop interiors and has dedicated customers across Ireland and the UK.

“We are delighted to be reopening our new store in Killarney and confident it will compliment the existing retail offering in the town, with DV8’s unique range of male and female clothing and footwear,” David Scott from DV8 said.

“We think local shoppers will enjoy the DV8 experience, including the top fashion brands and excellent customer service.”

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Kodaline to play stripped down Killarney gig

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By Michelle Crean

One of Ireland’s best known bands – who have had their recently released studio album streamed more than 60 million times – as well as reached 100 million YouTube views – are set to come to Killarney.

Kodaline will play their first ever stripped down fully acoustic tour on December 4 in the Gleneagle INEC Arena, which is part of a nationwide tour across the country.

Tickets went on sale yesterday (Friday) from the www.inec.ie.

‘One Day At A Time’ is the band’s fourth album, and adds a new chapter to a career that has already encompassed three number 1 albums in Ireland, two Top 5 albums in the UK, and more than a billion streams at Spotify. Kodaline approached the album with a streamlined process that took them back to their roots. The majority of the sessions revolved around the four band members alone in their modest recording space in Dublin, with bassist Jason Boland leading the production side of things.

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In 2019, Kodaline played some of the biggest shows of their career. At home in Dublin they sold-out two huge outdoor shows at St Anne’s Park, while a 10-date UK tour culminated with a packed show at London’s historic Roundhouse. Further afield, they hit festivals including Lollapalooza, Benicàssim and Open’er before becoming the first Irish band to headline the massive NH7 Weekender in Pune, India. Their extensive touring throughout Asia also included a headline set at Monsoon Music Festival in Vietnam plus dates in China, Japan, South Korea, The Phillippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan and Singapore.

“We’re excited to do our first ever stripped down fully acoustic tour, it’s something we’ve wanted to do for a long time and something that’s gonna be very special for us. Hope to see you guys there,” the band said.

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