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Tributes paid to the late Elisabeth Vincent

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By Michelle Crean

There was sadness in town this week to learn of the death of Elisabeth Vincent (nee Tourne), widow of Billy Vincent, whose family donated his childhood home Muckross House and its 11,000 acres of land in the '30s to the State.

Elisabeth died in Monte Carlo, Monaco shortly after celebrating her 100th birthday, and nine years after her husband, former Club Patron with Muckross Rowing Club.

"It is with great sadness that the club has learned of the passing of Elisabeth Vincent," Tim O’Shea, PRO of Muckross Rowing Club, said in tribute.

"The contribution of the Vincent family to Muckross, Killarney and Ireland is nothing short of immense - most notably the gifting of Muckross House and the surrounding estate to the Irish State by Billy’s father, Mr Arthur Rose Vincent, in association with his parents-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. William Bowers Bourn. Today, the Bourn Vincent Memorial Park remains the jewel in the crown of the wider Killarney National Park.

"Billy and Elisabeth were both generous supporters of the club - in 1983, they donated £1,000 towards the purchase of a new gig named in Elisabeth’s honour - the first rowing venture for Muckross that looked beyond the lakes of Killarney and traditional Killarney sixing."

Elisabeth and Billy enjoyed a long life together and Billy’s passing in 2012 was in their 60th year of marriage.

"The Vincent connection with Muckross was long sustained through regular visits by the family to Billy’s native Muckross and the Killarney Regatta - keenly followed and kindly sponsored by the Vincents. The generosity of the Vincent family to Muckross and rowing remains evident in the club’s new boathouse, the Muckross Community Centre and several rowing boats - all of which were funded with the support of the Vincent family, including the late Fleur Melville Gardiner who further extended the patronage of her uncle Billy and Elisabeth. We extend our deepest sympathies to Elisabeth’s son Marc, grandsons Adrien, Antoine and Matthieu Banet-Rivet and extended family. May she rest in peace."

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Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce President, Niall Kelleher, said Killarney will be forever grateful to the Bourn Vincent family for their wonderful gift of Muckross House and what is now Killarney National Park to the people.

“In doing so, they helped establish Killarney and the entire county of Kerry as a major tourist attraction and their generosity will never be forgotten,” he said.

“Our thoughts are with the family of Mrs Elisabeth Vincent at this very sad time but it will be some consolation to her loved ones that she lived a long and wonderful life."

At a meeting of Killarney Municipal District Council on Wednesday, the elected officials passed a vote of sympathy to the relatives of Mrs Vincent.

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Katie celebrates 20 years in business

If you enjoy what you do, sure it’s not work at all – and that has been the case for Katie Hickey who has been in business locally for two decades. For the past 20 years Katie has been successfully running Sheer Beauty which is now located at 1 Hogans Lane (Hillary’s Lane). 

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If you enjoy what you do, sure it’s not work at all – and that has been the case for Katie Hickey who has been in business locally for two decades.

For the past 20 years Katie has been successfully running Sheer Beauty which is now located at 1 Hogans Lane (Hillary’s Lane).



She said that it was a milestone she felt she may not reach on more than one occasion after coming through a pandemic, a recession, a re-location, and three maternity leaves.

However, she said that the loyalty of her clients over the years have given her great encouragement.

“Sincere thanks to my clients past and present who, without doubt, have been the reason I kept going,” Katie said.

Originally located in Fleming’s Lane for 19 years, Katie then re-located her business to Hogan’s Lane in Norma’s Flair for Hair.

“The beauty industry has evolved so drastically over the past 20 years. For me it is keeping things simple and enjoyable. Realising a client’s needs may not be the treatment itself but the time you give to them. Through the years you get to know your clients so well and some beautiful friendships have developed. I hope my clients have gained from me what I have from them. I have so many people I would like to thank and I will personally, but without doubt my husband Andrew and my family, 20 years in business would not have been achieved.

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She has remained loyal to the brands she has carried over the years including Lycon Waxing, Aviva Tanning, Shellac and Jessica Manicure and Pedicure.

“I was also delighted to bring on board the fabulous facial range that is Killarney Organic. Killarney has been incredibly kind to me. I’m so proud to be part of such a wonderful community. If the past 19 months have proved anything for business it is together we are stronger.”

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County Board open to GAA museum proposals

By Sean Moriarty The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county. There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county.

There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built in their home town.

Before he retired from politics in April, Michael Gleeson was campaigning to build a GAA and cultural museum on the grounds of Fitzgerald Stadium.

His campaign goes back several years before the recession set in, with a €0.5 million bridging loan secured from Croke Park along with funding from Fáilte Ireland. That funding was lost with the onset of the recession before 2010.

Tim Murphy, the outgoing chairman of the Kerry County Board, has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser that no approaches have been made to the County Board at executive level during his five year stint at the helm.

However, he said the Board would be open to such approaches provided there is sound financial planning behind the project in place.

“The first and most important aspect is the capital funding and my understanding is there needs to be Fáilte Ireland funding in place first,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “If it gets up and running, there needs to be very clear talks with all stakeholders so everyone knows each others expectations. A museum attracts footfall, but it costs a lot of money to run. We would offer an open door policy to all proposals but funding, first from a capital point of view and then from an operational point of view, will need to be in place.”

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