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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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Gaelscoil pupils compete in Fleadh for the first time

By Michelle Crean It was their first time entering Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí but Gaelscoil Faithleann pupils proved they’ve got talent as they made it to the next stage of the […]

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By Michelle Crean

It was their first time entering Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí but Gaelscoil Faithleann pupils proved they’ve got talent as they made it to the next stage of the competition.

Muinteoir Treasa Uí Scannláin and Muinteoir Lisa Ni Iarlaithe prepared the children over the last two months on Thursday evenings after school.

For the competition 22 kids were entered in the Under 11 and 13 categories in the Comhra Gaeilge competition in Tralee.

Three of the Under 11s and three of the school’s Under 13s are now going forward to represent Chiarraí the Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan in Newcastle West on July 15.

“The standard was very high and it was our first time entering this competition. All of the children were representing Cill Airne Comhaltas,” Lisa said.

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Kilcummin has strong representation in Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí

Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí may have been absent in the live sense over the previous two years, however it returned over the last two weekends and it delivered with aplomb! The […]

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Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí may have been absent in the live sense over the previous two years, however it returned over the last two weekends and it delivered with aplomb!

The home of Kerry Comhaltas, the Dúchas Centre on the MTU campus in Tralee, was the host venue on the first weekend of the Fleadh, which accommodated the dancing competitions.

“We were spoiled with the spectacle of live dancing of the highest calibre accompanied by live music from accomplished musicians … food for the soul!” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCE PRO, said.

“Much credit and thanks goes to the Moriarty School of Dancing, Mary, John and Adrian who represented Kilcummin CCE and prepared our teams to compete at the highest level.

“We also had such a great weekend in the singing and music competitions over the second weekend of Fleadh Cheoil Charraí, held in the Dúchas Centre and other areas of the MTU campus. All of our competitors performed to the highest standard in robust competition. Well done to all who competed and congratulations to all who go forward to represent Chiarraí the Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan, in Newcastle West, Co. Limerick from July 10 to 16.”

Kilcummin had strong representation throughout the dancing competition during the first weekend of Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí.

U12 Ladies 1st place and County Champions.

“Well done to our second U12 Ladies set who weren’t placed but danced beautifully.”

U12 Mixed 1st place & County Champions.
U12 mixed 2nd place.
15-18 Mixed 2nd place.
15-18 Ladies & Mixed Half set 3rd place
U12-15 Ladies 3rd place
Senior mixed half set 1st place and County Champions
Over 35’s 1st Place & County Champions

Kilcummin also excelled in the music and singing competitions of the second weekend of the Fleadh.

Eoin Foley – Accordion 1st place
Eoin Foley – Melodeon 2nd place
Aisling O’Connor – 1st place – Ladies O18 English Singing
Liam Kerrisk – 1st place – 15-18 Melodeon
Michael Healy – Button accordion (12-15) 1st place
Michael Healy – Melodeon (12-15) 1st place
Sean Butler – Button Accordion (12-15) 2nd place
Colleen Anland and Michael Healy – Duets (12-15) 1st place
Seán Fleming – Kerry Comhaltas U15 History Project 1st place

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