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Tributes to Beaufort Garda who died suddenly

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TRIBUTES: Beaufort and Castletownbere are in shock following the sudden passing of Garda Aidan Cremin. Photo: Adrigole GAA

By Sean Moriarty

Beaufort and the wider Killarney area is in mourning following the sudden passing of Garda Aidan Cremin.

Aidan grew up in Beaufort and attended St Brendan’s College in Killarney, and worked in Moriarty's Photographic Store for many years before he became a Garda. He was stationed in Castletownbere Haven in West Cork, where he served as the community Garda for the Adrigole area.

He had been living in West Cork for the last 13 years where he was a popular member of the tight-knit community, especially in GAA circles, where he was an active member of the local Adrigole club.

He was affectionately known as ‘The Sherriff’ to friends and colleagues, while in GAA circles he was known as ‘The Kingdom-Rebel’.

“Anything GAA related Aidan was there. While he was never a man that looked for praise or recognition, he was always quietly working away in the background of many fundraising events or events run by the club. He was an active volunteer in our annual club festival, to which he brought so many ideas to the table when it came to different fun and games events we ran as part of the weekend for young and old,” said a club statement. “His loss is going to be immense to us as a club and a parish and something we will feel for many years to come. He has, however, left a huge legacy for which we will be eternally grateful to him for.”

Local GP Fiona Kelly, who is also well-known in Killarney for her role as Chief Medical Officer for the annual Rally of the Lakes, said he would be a huge loss to the Beara Peninsula area and beyond. She knew him both professionally and personally as they have been friends since he arrived in Beara in 2008.

“He immersed himself in the community, he was one of us and was loved by everyone,” she told the Killarney Advertiser. “The GAA was his passion and he ate, slept and breathed it. He did trojan work for the community and could be found training young lads in hail, rain or sunshine. He was never a man who looked for the limelight and did incredible work behind the scenes, fundraising and organising club activities.”

A book of condolence is open at the Garda Station in Castletownbere. Aidan is survived by his mother Eileen and brothers Séan, Michael, Brian and Padraig.

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Coveted KY-1 plate goes to Hyundai for 2022

  The coveted KY-1 plate has been allocated to Adams of Tralee for the second year in a row. The county’s Hyundai dealership secured the coveted plate as a result of the Hyundai Tucson topping the individual model sales charts for 2021. Available in diesel, petrol and pug-in hybrid, the Tucson offers something for every motorists. […]

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The coveted KY-1 plate has been allocated to Adams of Tralee for the second year in a row.

The county’s Hyundai dealership secured the coveted plate as a result of the Hyundai Tucson topping the individual model sales charts for 2021.

Available in diesel, petrol and pug-in hybrid, the Tucson offers something for every motorists.

With the switch to full electric not far away, Adams of Tralee’s general manager Marcus O’Shea believes that hybrid offers the perfect transition from fossil fuelled-cars to electric.

“It is a steeping-stone towards full electric,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “It reduces the range anxiety for those not ready for full electric and it gets people used to new ways – plugging in the car at night at home will become normal and hybrid is the first step.”

The Tucson range has a model to suit all tastes and budgets. As well as being available in petrol, diesel or hybrid, each power variant is also available as in entry-level, mid or high specification formats.

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Hairdresser reveals women “open up” on safety while getting their hair done

By Sean Moriarty Nicole Coffey of Nicole’s Hair Salon on St Anne’s was inspired to run a fundraiser for a women’s refuge after hearing distressing stories from some of her clients. On Saturday last she offered a wash and blow-dry to clients and rather than charging them for the her services her customers made a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Nicole Coffey of Nicole’s Hair Salon on St Anne’s was inspired to run a fundraiser for a women’s refuge after hearing distressing stories from some of her clients.

On Saturday last she offered a wash and blow-dry to clients and rather than charging them for the her services her customers made a donation to Adapt Women’s Refuge in Tralee.

Nicole was inspired to run the charity day because a lot of her regular clients opened up to her while they were getting their hair done.

The timing of her charity day was poignant as it came just days after Ashling Murphy was murdered while out for a run in her own town of Tullamore.

“People open up while I do their hair, many of them would not know that there is a refuge in Kerry,” she told the Killarney Advertiser. “I have experience with clients who are struggling. I had this idea to create more awareness for Adapt.”

She raised €2,000 for Adapt and the cheque was handed over to the Tralee-based charity on Thursday night this week.

Such was the success of her charity day Nicole worked from 7am to 7pm and as well as cash donations customers also donated vouchers and care packs to the charity.

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