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Tributes paid to charity worker John ‘Noelie’ O’Sullivan

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By Sean Moriarty

Tributes have been paid to one of Killarney’s greatest charity workers who died suddenly on Easter Saturday.

 

John 'Noelie' O’Sullivan (70) from St Brendan’s Terrace in Killarney, and originally from Scart Cross, was laid to rest on Tuesday.

Noelie was very well known in Killarney especially for his charity work, but also gave the best part of 40 years working in the kitchen in St Finan’s Hospital.

Over the years Noelie helped many local charities. As a former cancer patient, he was a great supporter of the Kerry Cork Health Link Bus and The Kerry Hospice Foundation and was a familiar face on the streets of Killarney during each of these charities' annual collections.

Local councillor and neighbour Marie Moloney first got to know Noelie when she was a volunteer for a local Meals on Wheels service and she would collect meals prepared by Noelie in St Finan’s.

“He would always greet you with a smile and would have time for a chat,” she told the Killarney Advertiser. “He could talk about anything, from local news to political debate, but you would never fail to get a smile. He was very proud of his nieces and nephew and always spoke with pride of what they were up to. I extend my condolences to his family.”

He was a regular Mass goer and rarely missed any occasion at the Franciscan Friary where he counted Fr Anthony Jukes as one of his friends.

“He was very devoted to St Anthony and never missed a Tuesday novena,” Fr Jukes told the Killarney Advertiser. “He had a very kind side to him too, he would often drop off cakes and buns to the staff in the Friary.”

Former colleagues were unable to attend his funeral Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral on Tuesday morning, but gathered at a physical distance from the top of High St to the Cleeney Roundabout to applaud the funeral procession as Noelie made his final journey to Aghadoe Cemetery.

“That will tell you how popular he was,” said former St Finan’s Catering Officer, Mike Breen. “He was a pure gentleman.”

Other colleagues paid tribute too.

“He was a very generous man, almost to fault, an all-round good egg,” said Bridie Doherty, who worked alongside him for 34 years and stayed in touch through their retirement years. “He was great fun to be around and treated everyone the same, from management and staff to clients, they were all the same in his eyes.”

Noelie is survived by his sisters Peggy (Harrington) in (Boston) and Kathleen (Galvin) in Castlecove, brothers Dan Joe and Michael, brothers-in-law Dan and Tommy, nieces, nephew, colleagues from the former St Finan’s Hospital, and many friends.

He was predeceased by his parents Michael and Catherine, sister Maureen, brother Patrick and brother-in-law Daniel.

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The coveted KY-1 plate has been allocated to Adams of Tralee for the second year in a row.

The county’s Hyundai dealership secured the coveted plate as a result of the Hyundai Tucson topping the individual model sales charts for 2021.

Available in diesel, petrol and pug-in hybrid, the Tucson offers something for every motorists.

With the switch to full electric not far away, Adams of Tralee’s general manager Marcus O’Shea believes that hybrid offers the perfect transition from fossil fuelled-cars to electric.

“It is a steeping-stone towards full electric,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “It reduces the range anxiety for those not ready for full electric and it gets people used to new ways – plugging in the car at night at home will become normal and hybrid is the first step.”

The Tucson range has a model to suit all tastes and budgets. As well as being available in petrol, diesel or hybrid, each power variant is also available as in entry-level, mid or high specification formats.

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By Sean Moriarty Nicole Coffey of Nicole’s Hair Salon on St Anne’s was inspired to run a fundraiser for a women’s refuge after hearing distressing stories from some of her clients. On Saturday last she offered a wash and blow-dry to clients and rather than charging them for the her services her customers made a […]

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Nicole Coffey of Nicole’s Hair Salon on St Anne’s was inspired to run a fundraiser for a women’s refuge after hearing distressing stories from some of her clients.

On Saturday last she offered a wash and blow-dry to clients and rather than charging them for the her services her customers made a donation to Adapt Women’s Refuge in Tralee.

Nicole was inspired to run the charity day because a lot of her regular clients opened up to her while they were getting their hair done.

The timing of her charity day was poignant as it came just days after Ashling Murphy was murdered while out for a run in her own town of Tullamore.

“People open up while I do their hair, many of them would not know that there is a refuge in Kerry,” she told the Killarney Advertiser. “I have experience with clients who are struggling. I had this idea to create more awareness for Adapt.”

She raised €2,000 for Adapt and the cheque was handed over to the Tralee-based charity on Thursday night this week.

Such was the success of her charity day Nicole worked from 7am to 7pm and as well as cash donations customers also donated vouchers and care packs to the charity.

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