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Tributes flow to talented broadcaster Kevin Casey

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TRIBUTES have been flowing following the tragic death of Glenflesk native Kevin Casey. The popular Waterford-based broadcaster, who celebrated his 40th birthday last year, died yesterday after a short illness.

WLR FM, where Kevin was sports editor, informed listeners of the death today, at the request of his family.

Kevin, who had also worked at Radio Kerry, began working in WLR FM ten years ago and the station’s managing director Des Whelan said: “Kevin is one of the most popular people I’ve worked with over the years and a really great broadcaster. His love of sport was only surpassed by his great love for his family. Our condolences to his wife Marguerite, his sons Paul, Mark and James and his parents Paddy and Mary, sisters Marie and Majella and his brother Martin.”

Kevin was honoured many times for his work in sport with WLR FM, winning a GAA McNamee award in 2010 for his programme which celebrated the jubilee of Waterford’s All-Ireland win in 1959.

Last year he won another McNamee award for his interview with Waterford hurler Maurice Shanahan where he gave an open and honest account of his struggle with depression which made for compelling listening. The programme was enhanced by the compassionate and sensitive style of Kevin’s interviewing. Last October he won a prestigious PPI National Radio Award for the same programme.

WLR FM’s head of news Liz Reddy said: “Kevin was not just a brilliant hardworking broadcaster but a fantastic friend and colleague to everyone in WLR FM. His wonderful easygoing charm brought joy to the News and Sports Department and made everyone he met and interviewed immediately at ease. His contribution to the Sports Department was immense, not just in the major awards he won but also in the way he went about his work every day. Kevin has been inspirational in the dignified way he dealt with his illness over the last year.”

His family thanked his medical team, Dr Paula Colvert, Dr Emmett Wall and Dr Sean Hogan and as well as the oncology unit, oncology liaison nurses and homecare team.

WLR FM programme director Michael Byrne added: “I am going to miss his friendship and Monday analysis of the weekend sporting action. He was so good at what he did and so passionate about sport. He loved his job and we all loved him. Our thoughts today are with his wife Marguerite and sons Paul, Mark and James.”
 


 
Above: The late Kevin Casey.

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Man released without charge in murder case

The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge […]

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The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge in relation to this matter.

Miriam Burns was found in her home on Monday afternoon after family and neighbours became concerned about her welfare.

A file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions and investigations are ongoing under the direction of a Senior Investigating Officer.

Gardaí are continuing to appeal to any persons who were in the Ardshanavooley area between 5pm on Friday and 1pm on Monday and observed any activity which drew their attention, to come forward.

Any road users who were travelling in the area at these times who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) are asked to make this footage available to Gardaí.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Killarney Garda Station on 064 6671160, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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Plenty of music and entertainment to celebrate Kilcummin talent

The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night. The talent within […]

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The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night.

The talent within the branch was clearly evident with a packed trophies table. Indeed some of the successes over the last number of months were replayed in a relaxed, jovial atmosphere that meant that all attending had a great night’s entertainment.

“We had demonstrations of winning sets across all age groups and then we moved onto the musicians who pulled out all the stops to entertain the large crowd, packed into the clubhouse,” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCÉ PRO, told the Killarney Advertiser.

John Moriarty, who has recently retired from his role of Supervisor with Kilcummin Rural Development was acknowledged with a presentation to reflect the outstanding work that he has done to enhance and grow Kilcummin Comhaltas over his 25 years in his role, he added.

“Much thanks and praise was also offered to Mary, Adrian and Conor Moriarty, all involved in the progression of dancing and music within the Kilcummin branch. The music and entertainment continued with Helen Kerins and Denis Crowley late into the night. We’re looking forward to next year already!”

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