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Tributes paid to first casualties of Easter Rising at Ballykissane Pier

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Mayor of Kerry Cllr Pat McCarthy lays a wreath in honour of the first casualties of the Easter Rising as an Army Piper plays a lament. PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

Mayor of Kerry Cllr Pat McCarthy lays a wreath in honour of the first casualties of the Easter Rising as an Army Piper plays a lament. PICTURE: VALERIE O’SULLIVAN
 


 
THREE Irish Volunteers who were the first fatalities of the Easter Rising were commemorated in Killorglin this morning.
Con Keating, Daniel Sheehan and Charlie Monahan drowned when the car they were in went off the pier at Ballykissane pier on Good Friday night 1916.
They were on their way to Caherciveen’s wireless station at Valentia Island with a view to transmitting a series of signals which would fool the Royal Navy into believing that a German attack on Scottish naval bases was imminent.
It was hoped that this would allow the Aud, the German ship carrying arms for the Irish Volunteers, to proceed unmolested through Irish waters.
At the State ceremony the three men were honoured, with invited guests, including relatives of the men, gathering at 8am.
Guest of honour at the event was Cllr Pat McCarthy, cathaoirleach, Kerry County Council.
A Defence Forces National Colour Party was present on the pier for the duration of the ceremony.
Music was performed by the Killorglin Pipe and Drum Band and local harpist Rheidun Schlesinger.
Kay Keating, a grandniece of Con Keating, spoke about the tragedy.
The Cathaoirleach was then invited to lay a wreath, which was presented to him by members of the Defence Force. A minute’s silence followed.
Meanwhile, The arrival of Sir Roger Casement on Kerry shores 100 years ago today is being marked by a State Ceremony now underway which is attended by President Michael D Higgins as part of the centrepiece of Kerry’s marking of the 1916 centenary.
At 12 noon, the only State ceremony to take place outside of Dublin began at Banna Strand to mark 100 years to the day since Sir Roger Casement and his comrades landed in an attempt to arm the volunteers of the Rising.
The keynote address is being given by President Higgins who will lay a wreath at the anchor of the Aud.
The national flag will be raised, the Proclamation read and the Air Corps will perform a flyover.
After the event President Higgins will unveil a bust of Roger Casement in Ardfert Village before visiting the Casement exhibition at the County Museum.

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Fans return to Fitzgerald Stadium after eight months

By Sean Moriarty Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game. Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game.

Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.

Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.

“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”

She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.

“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”

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Garda appeal to park legally at beaches and public amenities

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An Garda Siochana is appealing to the public to park legally in designated car parks and spaces when visiting beaches, beauty spots and other public amenities. 

The good weather has seen an increase in dangerous illegal parking at these locations across the country in recent weeks. An Garda Siochana wants people to enjoy the summer but do so safely.

Parking illegally can lead to unnecessary risk and dangers such as pedestrians being forced to walk along dangerous roads. It can also prevent emergency services from gaining access to these amenities a seaside locations which could lead to the loss of life. 

“We encourage the public to plan their journeys and think safety first when parking your vehicle,” the Gardai said in a statement. 

“The outcome of parking illegally could be far more serious than a FCPN or vehicle towing and puts others and your own life at risk. 

An Garda Siochana reminds and encourages the public to social distance and follow public health guidelines when attending these locations this Summer.

An Garda Siochana is also supporting National Water Safety Awareness Week (June 14th – 20th). Information on this campaign and general water safety can be found on Water Safety Irelands Website – www.watersafety.ie/national-water-safety-awareness-week/

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IFTA nomination for Jessie Buckley

By Michelle Crean  Killarney’s Jessie Buckley is up for an award as the 2021 Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTA) nominations were announced this week. Jessie has been nominated as Best Actress in a Lead Role Film category for her work in Charlie Kaufman’s surreal ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’. Winners will be announced at […]

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Killarney’s Jessie Buckley is up for an award as the 2021 Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTA) nominations were announced this week.

Jessie has been nominated as Best Actress in a Lead Role Film category for her work in Charlie Kaufman’s surreal ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’. Winners will be announced at a virtual IFTA awards ceremony which will be broadcast on Virgin Media One on Sunday, July 4.

Other well-known Irish actors up for awards include Brendan Gleeson for ‘The Comey Rule’, Paul Mescal for ‘Normal People’, Dervla Kirwan ‘Smother’ and Gabriel Byrne for ‘Death of a Ladies Man’.

Over the past few months during lockdown, the Irish Academy Members have been busy viewing, deliberating, and shortlisting the very best work from across great Irish films, performances, and achievements.

Nominations have been shortlisted by Irish Academy members alongside a specialist jury panel of industry experts from around the world.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no physical IFTA Awards Ceremony until March 2022, in keeping with COVID guidelines and best international practice.

Further details about the show and the international guest participants will be announced shortly.

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