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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

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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
 


 
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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Free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer

Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30). The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney. The workshop, which […]

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Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30).

The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney.

The workshop, which takes place via Zoom at 6.30pm, is aimed at children who have been impacted by cancer in any way and will also see Katie read from her debut children’s book, ‘‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’.

Workshop facilitator, Katie, has worked for many years as a child and young people’s therapist with the NHS, before returning to her native Killarney this year. Her background is in fine art and design and she has a Masters degree in Art Psychotherapy.

If you would like to register your child for this free online workshop, please contact Recovery Haven Kerry on 066 7192122 to book your place.

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Not to be for Killarney as Waterford named Best Place to Live in Ireland

While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021. While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, […]

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While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021.

While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, Co Cork, Galway city and the village of Glaslough in Co Monaghan.

Among the things which impressed the judges about Waterford were its beautiful buildings, its liveability, its pedestrian friendly public space, its weather, and its easy access to the Comeragh Mountains and the Copper Coast.

The Chair of the judging panel Conor Goodman congratulated Killarney on its fine showing in the competition.

“Given the level of entries and the extremely high standard of those entries, making it into the Best 5 Places to Live in Ireland really is a wonderful achievement which I’m sure everyone in Killarney and Kerry is really proud of. We were delighted with the level of interest in the competition and would like to thank everyone who nominated a place or who engaged with us on it.”

The Irish Times Best Place to Live in Ireland contest, which is supported by Randox Health, began in June.

In total 470 locations were nominated by more than 2,400 people from all 32 counties for the title of ‘Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021’.

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