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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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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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