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By Sean Moriarty

There were great celebrations on the Ross Road in the early hours of Sunday morning when Kellie Harrington took gold for Ireland at the Tokyo Olympics.

Harrington become the second Irish woman, after Katie Taylor, to win an Olympic gold boxing medal, over the weekend.

The Dubliner’s first coach was a man called Paddy Osborne and his son Paddy Jr, a well-known local GAA coach and Kerry District League soccer referee who has been living in Killarney for years.

“He was just delighted,” Paddy Jr told the Killarney Advertiser. “I remember him telling me years ago about this young girl – he knew then she was going to be good. She was a kick-boxer first and she came to my dad as she wanted to be a boxer. He is the current vice-president of the Irish Amateur Boxing Association and worked with Katie Taylor and others – he gave his whole life to boxing. He told her back then that she would have to pick one or the other and she picked the boxing. She has really lifted the spirits of that area of inner city north Dublin.”

Paddy Jr has also written a book, ‘Baxter’s Boys’ based on an inner city Dublin soccer team.

“The book is based on a team my da formed during the height of the heroin pandemic in inner city Dublin. Sport means a lot to our family,” added Paddy.

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Artists invited to showcase work at Wine and Art night

It’s back – and not before time – the hugely popular Killarney Rotary Club evening of Wine and Art will return this November. The pandemic enforced its absence and now […]

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It’s back – and not before time – the hugely popular Killarney Rotary Club evening of Wine and Art will return this November.

The pandemic enforced its absence and now every effort is being made to make up for lost time.

Widely regarded as one of the social highlights of the year in Killarney, this year’s gathering will take place in the Great Southern Killarney on Wednesday, November 30, commencing at 7.15pm.

Tickets, which will be available at the door, are priced at €20 and all proceeds raised on the night will go to deserving local charities and community organisations.

Over the years the evening of wine and art has raised tens of thousands of Euro for great causes and the 2022 proceeds will be of enormous benefit to the chosen groups.

This year, once again, the event is being held in association with Daly’s SuperValu and supported by Killarney Brewing and Distilling Company.

Rotary Club President, Rayla Tadjimatova, has appealed to all artists who might like to showcase their work on the night to get in touch with club members, as soon as possible, to guarantee inclusion.

“We are reaching out not only to artists who have supported the event in the past but to any new artists who wish to take the opportunity to place their work in front of a very appreciative local audience of up to one thousand people on the night,” she said.

Those interested should email killarneyrotaryclub@gmail.com as soon as possible.

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Gardai seek whereabouts of missing Kerry teen

Gardaí are asking the public for their help in locating a 15-year-old teenager. Nicolas O’Sullivan has been missing from Ballyvelly, Tralee, since Monday (October 3). He is described as being […]

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Gardaí are asking the public for their help in locating a 15-year-old teenager.

Nicolas O’Sullivan has been missing from Ballyvelly, Tralee, since Monday (October 3).

He is described as being approximately 6ft in height, of a slim build with brown hair and green eyes. When last seen Nicolas was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms and a black hoody top. He was also carrying a black bag.

Anyone with information on Nicolas’ whereabouts is asked to contact Tralee Garda Station on 066 710 2300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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