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Tributes paid to talented Kilcummin set dancer

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The Kilcummin branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann has paid tribute to Margaret O’Connor, one of its longest serving members, who died this week.

By Sean Moriarty

Margaret, who was late of Kilbrean and Tournanough, was a member of the Kilcummin branch since the 1990s.
She passed away on Sunday last, August 9.

A talented set dancer, she joined the senior set dancing group where, along with her fellow dancers, enjoyed great success at County, Munster and All-Ireland competitions.

While the competitions were taken seriously it was the social aspect of it that she enjoyed most and the craic and banter that the group enjoyed on their trips.

With Margaret’s young family growing up it was only a matter of time before they took up dancing and she was always very proud of their success.

It was a familiar sight to see Margaret and the girls heading off to dance in a competition with her husband Tom providing the transport for Kilcummin Comhaltas.

Her youngest daughter Marguerite also became involved in the administration of the branch and served as secretary for a number of years.

“Margaret will be sadly missed by all who knew her and fond memories of our exploits up and down the country and the trips to Manchester for the dancing competitions will be recalled in the months ahead,” said PRO Derek O’Leary.

Kilcummin Comhaltas extend sincere sympathy to her husband Tom, daughters Karen, Tara, Marguerite and the extended O’Connor and Cronin families on their sad loss. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam uasal.”

She is survived by her husband Tom, her daughters Karen, Tara and Marguerite, sons-in-law Laurence, Graham and John, her grandchildren Ethan, Matthew, Eoin, Aoife and Tommy.
She is also missed by her sisters Sheila (Murphy) and Maryann (Tarrant), and brothers Michael, Connie and Jimmy.

She was predeceased by her grandchildren Rob and Róisín, and her brothers Johnny and Peter.

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Man released without charge in murder case

The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge […]

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The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge in relation to this matter.

Miriam Burns was found in her home on Monday afternoon after family and neighbours became concerned about her welfare.

A file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions and investigations are ongoing under the direction of a Senior Investigating Officer.

Gardaí are continuing to appeal to any persons who were in the Ardshanavooley area between 5pm on Friday and 1pm on Monday and observed any activity which drew their attention, to come forward.

Any road users who were travelling in the area at these times who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) are asked to make this footage available to Gardaí.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Killarney Garda Station on 064 6671160, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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Plenty of music and entertainment to celebrate Kilcummin talent

The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night. The talent within […]

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The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night.

The talent within the branch was clearly evident with a packed trophies table. Indeed some of the successes over the last number of months were replayed in a relaxed, jovial atmosphere that meant that all attending had a great night’s entertainment.

“We had demonstrations of winning sets across all age groups and then we moved onto the musicians who pulled out all the stops to entertain the large crowd, packed into the clubhouse,” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCÉ PRO, told the Killarney Advertiser.

John Moriarty, who has recently retired from his role of Supervisor with Kilcummin Rural Development was acknowledged with a presentation to reflect the outstanding work that he has done to enhance and grow Kilcummin Comhaltas over his 25 years in his role, he added.

“Much thanks and praise was also offered to Mary, Adrian and Conor Moriarty, all involved in the progression of dancing and music within the Kilcummin branch. The music and entertainment continued with Helen Kerins and Denis Crowley late into the night. We’re looking forward to next year already!”

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