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Tributes paid to Johnny ‘Batt’ Cronin

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Tributes paid to Johnny ‘Batt’ Cronin

By Sean Moriarty

Tributes have been paid to the much loved St Brendan’s College caretaker Johnny ‘Bat’ Cronin who passed away on Monday.

He was also a star wing back and played with Spa GAA during its glory days of the early 1970s.

Johnny won seven O’Donoghue Cup medals with Spa as well as a county intermediate medal in 1974 and was member of the East Kerry divisional side that won the first  All-Ireland Club Championship in 1971.

Current mayor of Killarney Michael Gleeson was a  Spa GAA teammate  of Johnny’s through the 1960s and 1970s.

“We were great friends and he was a loyal friend to many people,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “He was an outstanding Spa club man. Johnny was revered in the club and he will be irreplaceable to his family and wider Spa community.”

Johnny ,who was originally from the  Tiernaboul area but lived in Coolcorcoran, was laid to rest on Thursday in Aghadoe Cemetery, following his funeral mass in St Mary's Cathedral.\

His working life took him from Pretty Polly, to the Torc Hotel and finally to St Brendan’s college. He was acknowledged as an outstanding tradesman was the go-to-man when homes or business needed emergency repairs.

“Such was his loyalty, that even during his illness made sure he cut the grass on the Sem playing fields and did so up to a couple of weeks ago,” added Mayor Gleeson.  “He was a gifted all round trades person and had a great sense of fun, enjoyment and mimicry.”

Spa GAA club presented him witha lifetime achievement award four years ago – the highest honour possible within the club.

Spa GAA formed a guard of honour at the funeral and funeral gifts were offered by Mayor Gleeson and his life-long friend Brian Fenton, father of the current Dublin All Ireland winner of the same name.

He is survived by his wife Margaret and sons Donagh, Colm, Eoin, Cormac.

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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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