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Tributes to Radio Kerry’s man in Killarney

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By Sean Moriarty

Tributes have been pouring in for legendary Radio Kerry broadcaster Séan Hurley (70) who passed away suddenly on Tuesday.

Mr Hurley was 'Radio Kerry’s man in Killarney’ and worked for the station since it opened in July 1990. Prior to that he worked for the pirate stations Kingdom 102 which was based in New Street and South West Radio on the Cork Road.

He presented Radio Kerry’s ‘Kerrywide’, a collection of stories, songs, music and poems, from all parts of the county, every Sunday night.

The Tralee native but Killarney resident walked everywhere in town and was a regular sight on the streets of Killarney. He was never off duty; his recording equipment was always in hand, and supplied breaking news to the county broadcaster as he had a canny knack of being in the right place at the right time.

His dedication to Radio Kerry went beyond broadcasting and was known to arrive to work in the early hours of the morning preparing studios for the arrival of special guests.

Séan and his colleague Dermot Moriarty shared Radio Kerry’s Killarney studio.

“It would be fair to call him the manager and caretaker of the Killarney studio even if that was not an official title,” Dermot said. “His dedication was unreal.”

Dermot said it was devastated to learn of the news just before he went on air Tuesday night.

“Radio was his life and his life was radio,” Dermot told the Killarney Advertiser. “I went to work on Tuesday night, I sat in the chair and Séan was the last man to sit in it. I unplugged his headset and plugged in my own, all his notes from Sunday night were on the desk - he left Sunday with the full intention of coming back to work.”

Politician Michael Healy-Rae was a personal friend of Séan’s.

“He had such a friendly way about him, he is what you call genuine,” the Kilgarvan TD told the Killarney Advertiser. “I extend my sympathies to his family, his Radio Kerry family and his Kerry family, because each and every one of us owned a piece of Séan.”

He was also an accomplished musician and played in several two-piece bands on the pub scene in Killarney.

Séan was the winner of a PPI Radio Award for his work, and has been nominated on numerous occasions for other awards including on Monday of this week when he was shortlisted for this year’s IMRO Radio Awards for his ‘Kerrywide’ programme.

Séan was a much loved colleague and friend to everyone in Radio Kerry,” a Radio Kerry statement said. “The Board of Radio Kerry and all staff wish to extend their sympathies to all his family at this time. His contribution to Radio Kerry and communities throughout Kerry is immeasurable.”

In accordance with Government and HSE guidelines and in the interest of public health a private funeral will take place for Séan in St Mary's Cathedral. His Requiem Mass will be live streamed on killarneyparish.com at 12.30pm tomorrow (Saturday). Burial will take place in Rath Cemetery, Tralee.

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Family to run in memory of the late Linda Eviston

By Sean Moriarty The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory. Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer. Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory.

Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer.

Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of her daughter Alannah, will run a 42.2km course, on the day before her anniversary to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

The route will be based on landmarks that were an important part of Linda’s life. Starting from the family home in Dromkerry, before heading for the town centre and passing the Eviston House Hotel, Linda’s grandmother’s home at Park Road, Linda’s childhood home and national school in Glenflesk, Loreto where Linda attended secondary school, back to Killarney and finishing at Linda’s pride and joy – Brook Lodge Hotel.

“It is tough but we wanted to do something in Linda’s memory and help other people who might find themselves in similar circumstances,” Pat told the Killarney Advertiser. “We originally hoped to do the Dublin City Marathon but that got cancelled. This route is much better, but much tougher as it’s more hilly.”

All proceeds will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society and donations can be made via: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/inhonouroflinda.

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Women bravely bare all for Kerry’s first ‘Dip in the Nip’

By Michelle Crean  It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend. Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend.

Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst the all female grouping were some Killarney ladies who joined in the empowering adventure for what was described as “a special and unforgettable morning” all in aid of Recovery Haven Kerry.

According to Marisa Reidy from Recovery Haven, the women were of all ages and all walks of life who came together for so many personal reasons.

“Some were still on their own cancer journey, some were celebrating coming out the other side and of course, many were there to honour friends and loved ones who they had lost to cancer, but we were all equal on the day – flaws and all,” Marisa, who also took part in the event, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was a truly uplifting and exhilarating experience and we are so, so grateful to each and every lady who joined us for a morning we will never forget. One woman described it as ‘companionship among strangers’ and that really sums it up perfectly. It was emotional, there were some tears, but lots of laughter and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. When the ladies hit the water, they all formed a circle and held hands in a gesture that was totally unplanned – it just happened organically and it was quite overwhelming.”

She added that a very special mention has to be made to Michaela and John Edwards and their team from Wild Water Adventures for their support and expertise in ensuring no stone was left unturned in making it a fabulous, safe event.

“It was an all-female team from beginning to end, from our own volunteers, stewards, registration, Gardai, teas and coffees, lifeguards, sea rescue – girl power at its finest! Now all that’s left to do is start planning for 2022!”

Donations are still being taken via the link on the Recovery Haven Kerry Facebook page.

“So far we are close on €9,000 which is just fabulous.”

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