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Town honour for the late great Paudie O’Connor

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DEDICATION: On Monday a dedication of the roundabout linking Lewis Road with St Anne's Road was made in the memory of the late Paudie O'Connor. Pictured were: Fidelma O'Connor, Seamie O'Connor, Marcello and Morgan Mauro, Pat and Isabel Somers, Mike O'Connor and Philip O'Connor. Photo: Michelle Crean

 

By Michelle Crean

 

A very special ceremony was held in Killarney on Monday afternoon to remember one of the town’s great contributors.

The late Paudie O’Connor, former Mayor of Killarney and noted sportsman, was fondly remembered during a ceremony at the roundabout linking Lewis Road with St Anne’s Road. Cathaoirleach Cllr John Sheahan, Angela McAllen (Killarney Municipal District Manager) and the elected members of Killarney Municipal District, alongside Paudie’s family members gathered for the special event.

Cathaoirleach Cllr. John Sheahan acknowledged it gave him a great honour to be there as he had proposed the dedication of the roundabout to the late Paudie O’Connor.

He advised that it was significant that the roundabout linking Lewis Road with St Anne’s Road was chosen as it is only up the road from the late Paudie O’Connor’s home in O’Sullivans Place.

Paudie spent over 10 years as a Fine Gael Councillor in Killarney Urban District Council, serving the people of Killarney from 1974 to 1985. During this time he served as Cathaoirleach on four occasions in 1978, 1980, 1982 and 1984. Paudie also served as a member of Kerry County Council from 1979 to 1985.

Cllr Sheahan spoke of the fondness with which Paudie is remembered as one of the greatest players and characters to ever grace the Irish basketball scene.

“The sign erected here today is to mark the memory of the late Paudie O’Connor and his contribution to sport and to the Killarney people,” Cllr Sheahan said.

Paudie captained the senior national team, winning over 100 caps, and in 1977 had the distinction of being the first Irish player to make the All-Star Five of an international qualification tournament. Cllr John Sheahan concluded by stating that the sign erected is to mark the memory of the late Paudie O’Connor and his contribution to sport and Killarney.

Paudie’s brother Seamie also spoke saying it was a huge honour for their family.

“On behalf of the O’Connor family we are very honoured that this honour has been bestowed on Paudie, and we’re very grateful.”

 

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By Michelle Crean

Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year.

Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year.

Rising case numbers, uncertain COVID-19 restrictions, and insurance challenges have been the main drivers behind the decision not to open, according to the company.

As Kerry’s only festive ice rink, the facility has brought much fun and life to the town over the years, attracting thousands of people from all over the county, and indeed the whole country, with many families coming to stay overnight in Killarney and enjoying all that this great town has to offer.

As well as friends and families coming to skate, schools, youth clubs, sports teams and employees of local companies use the group booking discount rate to plan sessions on the ice, and Killarney on Ice would like to thank them all for their continuing loyalty.

“We sincerely hope to be back better and stronger in 2022, and we look forward to welcoming all of our valued customers,” Tim O’Donoghue, the promoter of the rink, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“In the meantime, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.”

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10 new jobs announced for Kerry County Council

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The Government has approved 10 new posts for Kerry County Council to assist with the delivery of their social housing targets.

The news was announced today (Friday) as part of the Government’s new housing plan ‘Housing for All’ which commits to strengthening the capacity of Local Authorities to initiate, design, plan, develop and manage housing projects.

The plan acknowledges that this requires the resourcing of housing delivery teams and the posts being announced include a wide range of positions from engineers to quantity surveyors and architects with provision also made for the necessary administrative resources.

“I welcome this announcement by my Cabinet colleague Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien,” Minister Foley said.

“Housing is a key priority for Government and these new posts are an endorsement of the excellent work carried out by Kerry County Council and a deserved recognition of their continued commitment to providing social housing to all local communities across Kerry.”

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