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Tributes to great community man Connie Brosnan

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By Eamonn Keogh

Huge crowds turned out in force to bid a fond farewell to popular Killarney man Connie Brosnan who passed away last weekend after a brave battle with illness.

Connie, from Ross Road, Killarney, was a familiar face in Killarney town through his long association with local sports clubs and charity organisations and his dedicated work in Killarney National Park.

A great sense of sadness descended over Killarney with the news of Connie's death on Sunday and the large turnout at his removal on Monday evening and his funeral on Tuesday morning at St Mary's Cathedral was testament to his huge popularity and the respect he earned throughout his life.

St Paul's Basketball Club was just one Killarney sporting club privileged to have Connie as an active and committed member for many years and he was instrumental in spearheading a number of fundraising initiatives for the club. Connie was a keen golfer and his notoriety with the small ball grew even further when he was the first golfer to shoot a hole-in-one on the newly opened Ross Golf Course in 1994.

His success and popularity on the golf course paved the way for the annual St Paul's Golf Classic at Ross Golf Course. It was affectionately known as the 'Connie Brosnan' golf classic and proved to be a great fundraiser for the club for several years with Connie as the main driving force.

His interest and enthusiasm for the progress of Killarney Basketball never waned and he was delighted to welcome the return of national league basketball to Killarney in 2017. He was a familiar and popular figure and his gentleman-like and courteous approach meant that everything always ran smoothly.

Connie was a kidney transplant recipient in 2007 and went on to represent Team Ireland in golf in the World Transplant Games. His tireless work and volunteering with the Irish Kidney Association (IKA) has been well documented over the years and he was an outstanding Chairperson of the local IKA branch until recently.

At his Funeral Mass Connie's son Sean recalled his fond memories in a moving eulogy and described him as "a great father, husband, grandfather and family man" and spoke of his father's passion for golf, St Paul's Basketball Club and Scotts Lakers, his lifelong support for Dr Crokes GAA Club, love of music and dedicated work with the Irish Kidney Association.

Guards of honour from St Paul's Basketball Club and The Irish Kidney Association were provided on Monday evening and Tuesday morning, while the Dr Crokes GAA flag was draped on his coffin for his final journey through Killarney town to Aghadoe Cemetery.

Connie's beloved wife Margaret died in December 2011. He was the adored father of Seán and Jeannette and dear granddad to Ross and Harry. He will also be sadly missed by his  son-in-law Brian Holden, daughter-in-law Mary, sister Doreen, brothers Timmy, Seán and Ger, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, relatives, neighbours and many great friends.

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Ian makes his debut as a radio presenter

By Sean Moriarty Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week. The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017. Since the accident he has been a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week.

The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017.

Since the accident he has been a champion for the less fortunate under his mantra: “If you can’t stand up – standout”.

This was the inspiration behind his brand new radio show which aired for the first time on Wednesday evening.

‘Stand Out with Ian O’Connell’ will feature interviews with people who have overcome great adversary to reach even greater heights.

His first guest was fellow Killarney man Jordan Lee. The Paralympian represented Ireland in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

“I was used to being in the studio from people interviewing me, but this time I turned the table,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was great to have Jordan on, two Killarney men! I really enjoyed it, it got a massive reaction and I got loads of emails and messages afterwards and into Thursday morning.”

Ian will reveal his guest for the show on the previous Monday through various social media channels.

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Sinead is queen of the court

By Con Dennehy With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport. Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater […]

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By Con Dennehy

With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport.

Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater Killarney region.

One of the most impressive performances on the night was in the Beginners Category where local star Sinead Moriarty secured a number of electrifying victories to win the overall title.

“This was a very competitive competition. In the opening games Neill Horgan was defeated by Rosin King from Glenbeigh 13-15 with Sinead Moriarty getting the better of exchanges with Bríd Horgan (Spa) 15-8. In the other game Niamh Faulds from Glenflesk lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-10 despite a very brave effort from Niamh,” said Eoin O’Donoghue, secretary of Spa Killarney Handball Club.

In the semi-finals Sheila Kelliher lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-11 with Sinead Moriarty defeating Rosin King 15-12.

“In a pulsating final Sinead saw off the dogged challenge of Elena O’Donoghue 15-11. While Sinead dominated this game, she looked in control and played a brilliant tournament throughout and was a deserving overall winner.”

In the Advanced category there were wins for Evan Enright and Eoin O’Donoghue in the opening games.

In the quarter finals Even Enright saw off the challenge of Brendan O’Donoghue 15-8 while Eoghan Daly defeated Eoin O’Donoghue 15-11, Aoife Walsh (Currow) defeated Maggie Quirke (Glenbeigh) 15-7 and Brian McEvoy beat Michael Clifford 15-6.

Semi-final success for Evan Enright and Eoghan Daly saw them battle it out in a pulsating final with Daly taking the title on a 15-12 scoreline.

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