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Tributes paid to tourism advocate Vincent Counihan

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Vincent Counihan and Sean O'Keeffe (Trustees of Muckross House) with President Hillary in 1980.

 

By Sean Moriarty

Tributes have been paid to former Killarney travel agent Vincent Counihan who died this week.

Mr Counihan, who died on Monday, was well-known in town, aside from his business interests he was heavily involved in community organisations like the Killarney Town Twinning Association, the Killarney-London Reunion and the early years of the Tops of the Town variety shows that were common place across Ireland in the 1970s and 1980s.

In the early years of the Killarney-London Reunion Mr Counihan would have arranged travel for local members heading to the British capital.

Current Reunion Chairman Noel O’Sullivan said Mr Counihan was involved since the first reunion in 1969.

“It was with great sadness we learned of the passing of Vincent,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“He was involved, right from the very beginning, up until the late 1980s, and would provide the travel arrangements on the Killarney side. We pass on our sincere sympathies to his family and friends.”

Travel industry pioneer

Born into the family business, Counihan Travel Agency on High Street, Vincent continued the family tradition of making holiday memories for generations of locals, as well as making local memories for visitors to Killarney through the Counihan family jarvey business.

In the mid 1970s he led a contingent from the local Junior Chamber of Commerce to Finland and Sweden to forge relationships with business communities there. The group included well-known business people like Kay Randles, Liam Kelly, Michael Larkin, Sean Coyne and the late Ned Myers who successfully won a major convention for Killarney which resulted in hundreds of delegates travelling to the town two years later.

“Vincent was a giant of a man, both in physical stature and in personality as a well-known businessman around Killarney where he was a great proponent of tourism and Killarney generally,” hotelier Tracy Coyne who was speaking on behalf of the Kerry branch of the Irish Hotel Federation, said. “A larger than life figure around Killarney, Vincent always had a funny story or an inciteful observation to share with those whom he met during his day. The Irish Hotel Federation would like to extend their deepest sympathies at this sad time.”

Vincent, who passed away in Ashborough Lodge Nursing Home in Milltown, was predeceased by his wife, Betty (nee Coghlan, from Beaufort).

He is survived by his children of Ivan, Peter, Vincent and Sarah, grandchildren, Stephen, Charlie and Kitty, brother Denis, sister-in-law Joan, nephews and nieces, extended family and many friends.

Requiem Mass took place yesterday (Thursday)  after which he was laid to rest at Aghadoe Lawn Cemetery.

 

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NPWS survey to find out impact of fires

By Michelle Crean The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April. The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find […]

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By Michelle Crean

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April.

The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find out the biological impacts of the fires in the 26,000 acre park.

The fires in April burned from Friday night on April 23 until around 12pm the following Monday when they were finally brought under control.

Parts of the Park were scorched resulting in flora and fauna being wiped out. Some fires came as close as 10 metres to a church and school in the Black Valley area.

Fires raged near Tomies Wood and fire crews from five different districts quenched fires near the properties under threat. A real threat was for The Oak Woods but fire fighters managed to avert danger.

The fire is believed to have begun on the Kenmare Road area escalated by the strong winds.

“The purpose of this tender is to commission a comprehensive survey of the impacts, and the chrono-sequence of fire recovery or otherwise, on lands burned over the past four decades, as well as surveys in unburned areas, in order to assess the biological impacts of the fires, in particular the fire of April 2021, on the biodiversity of Killarney National Park,” an NPWS spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Killarney spin will bring comfort to patients

By Michelle Crean Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town. Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22. This year due to COVID […]

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By Michelle Crean

Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town.

Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22.

This year due to COVID restrictions the 54321 team will run with two teams of five people, all female – who are raising funds for one single charity – Comfort for Chemo Kerry.

Their four day challenge will include a cycle the Ring of Kerry on day one (Thursday 19), a climb up Carrantuohil on day two (Friday 20), a cycle from Killarney to the foot of Cnoc Na Tobair and then climb Cnoc Na Tobair on day three (Saturday 21) finishing off with a cycle of the Skellig Ring on day four (Sunday 22).

In advance of the ninth annual challenge they will first participate in the spinathons at various locations to help raise much needed funds for this year’s chosen charity.

The first of the spinathons will take place on Saturday, July 31 in Listowel, Killorglin, Dingle, Cahersiveen. On the day volunteers will take to the spinning bikes from 10am to 5pm in different locations around these towns.
This will be followed by Killarney on Sunday, August 15, and Tralee on Saturday, August 28.

When choosing this year’s charity, organisers contacted a past participant and a dear friend, Mairead Dunphy from Glencar who is currently on her own journey with cancer.

“We wanted to show our support to Mairead and knowing that she would like to support those who have supported her on her journey so far, she had already being looking at ideas to raise much needed funds for Comfort for Chemo Kerry,” TJ O’Connor said.

“Please support Comfort for Chemo Kerry by giving what you can.”

For more information about the spinathons go to www.54321challenge.org or the Comfort for Chemo Kerry Facebook page for online donation information.

There’s also a GoFundMe page: ‘Comfort for Chemo Kerry – 54321 Challenge 2021’ which has a €20,000 target set up.

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