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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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Kathleen honoured as new boat is launched

It was a very special and momentous day for Muckross Rowing Club on Sunday – as not only did they launch a new boat – but did so to honour a life-long supporter. Members and supporters gathered at the club’s boathouse as the club’s newest racing boat, a Janousek coxed four, was officially launched in […]

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It was a very special and momentous day for Muckross Rowing Club on Sunday – as not only did they launch a new boat – but did so to honour a life-long supporter.

Members and supporters gathered at the club’s boathouse as the club’s newest racing boat, a Janousek coxed four, was officially launched in honour of Kathleen Murphy. The event was made all the more special as it had been so long awaited by the club. While the boat was purchased prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, a launch event at the club was not possible until the recent easing of public health restrictions.

Among the crowd gathered were members of the extended Murphy and Kenny families as well as many of Kathleen’s neighbours and friends from Mangerton Road and beyond.

Kathleen (nee Kenny) was born and raised in Muckross and has enjoyed close family ties with the rowing club from childhood to the present day. The Kennys of Muckross and their extended family have long played a central role in the club extending to over a century, reflected in the names of boats named and launched before in honour of other family members including Micheal Kenny and Jack O’Shea. Kathleen has long been among the most prominent and recognised club’s supporters at the annual Killarney Regatta, proudly sporting the club’s yellow colours while cheering on crews at all levels from Juvenile to Senior and Veteran. Together with her late husband Jerry, Kathleen has also played a central role in fundraising for the club with countless tickets sold weekly for the local Muckross Lottery since its launch in early 1990s. Both Kathleen and Jerry were previously recognised for their contribution to the club and both named as Vice Presidents. Kathleen and Jerry’s children and grandchildren continue the family tradition both on the lake and onshore, contributing to the club’s success and development as active rowers, coaches and committee members.

Presiding over the launch was Club Chairman Sean Daly and the blessing of the boat was carried out by Fr Kieran O’Brien.

The club was also delighted to welcome Emer Corridan, General Manager of the Cahernane House Hotel – whose sponsorship of the club supported the boat’s purchase.

The ceremonial popping of the champagne cork was carried out by Kathleen’s granddaughter Áine, and after a sprinkling of the bow, the boat was formally launched on the water by five of Kathleen’s grandchildren – Áine and Shona O’Sullivan, Daniel, Jack and Katie Murphy. The special launch event was an emotional day for the family and club with many memories of Kathleen’s late husband Jerry, whose anniversary was recently observed, in addition to family members gone before. Speaking on behalf of Kathleen, her son Kieran spoke of the great honour for Kathleen and her family to have one of the club’s racing boats named in her honour. Kieran expressed the family’s gratitude to the club, its committee and Chairman Sean Daly, President Maurice Coffey and Vice Presidents and to all the members, supporters and friends in attendance. The ceremonial proceedings were followed by refreshments outside the club’s new boathouse.

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Stylish Miriam wows at the races

When it comes to the style stakes, one local lady proved she’s got it after winning the female Most Stylish Racegoer this week. Miriam Prendergast from Killarney was selected by fashion blogger and judge Emily O’Donoghue aka @fashionablyfortyish on Sunday, the opening day of the Listowel Harvest Racing Festival. Benny O’Keeffe from County Meath was […]

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When it comes to the style stakes, one local lady proved she’s got it after winning the female Most Stylish Racegoer this week.

Miriam Prendergast from Killarney was selected by fashion blogger and judge Emily O’Donoghue aka @fashionablyfortyish on Sunday, the opening day of the Listowel Harvest Racing Festival.

Benny O’Keeffe from County Meath was also selected for his style and both winners each received a €400 cash prize, sponsored by McElligotts Tralee and Honda Ireland.

Miriam wore a black bustier wide legged jumpsuit with belt, styled with a very feminine one sleeve off white blouse with ruched details. She both designed and made the outfit herself and paired it with a headpiece she borrowed from a friend who got it in MacBees Killarney. She finished her look with a pretty vintage bag.

Benny wore a sky blue suit he purchased in Burtons, paired with a merl grey waistcoat, set off with a soft pink shirt cleverly coordinated with a pink and grey check tie. He purchased his very dapper hat in the Ukraine.

The runners-up in the ladies category each received a generous hamper from McElligotts Tralee with special thanks to McGuires Pharmacy Listowel. The runners-up in the gents category received tickets to the Sunday of the June Bank Holiday race meeting in Listowel in 2022.

Of course, there is more to come in the style stakes with one of Ireland’s most prestigious best dressed events – the McElligotts Honda Ladies Day – making a most welcome return this year to the racecourse today (Friday), judged by style icon Celia Holman Lee, it has an overall cash prize fund of €1,000 and the winner will also receive the most amazing beauty hamper sponsored by McGuire’s Pharmacy.

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