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Tributes to ‘The Boss’ Sean Coyne

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Tributes have been paid to the late Seán Coyne, a very prominent local businessman, who passed away last Friday.

The popular Mr Coyne was best known for his auctioneering and hotel businesses, but he also laid the foundation for what is now known as Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce.

He was also a hugely charitable man and was a founding member of Kerry Parents and Friends.

In sporting circles he was a life long member of Killarney Golf and Fishing Club and served as its captain on two occasions.

“We are heart broken at the loss of our adored Dad and husband, and he has left a gaping hole in our lives as well as our hearts, not to mention the huge boots he has left for us to collectively fill. We will do our best,” his daughter Tracy told the Killarney Advertiser.

Sean’s requiem Mass took place on Bank Holiday Monday and was led by his brother, Fr Joe Coyne and concelebrated by Sean’s lifelong friends Fr Tom Clancy, and Bishop Bill Murphy alongside Frs. Kieran O’Brien, Paddy O’Donoghue, Tom Kearney and Tom Looney.

During the service Fr. Tom talked about Sean’s life achievement: “The connections he made, always in unity with his family, and the gentle and thoughtful space that Sean and Frankie created for their children, grandchildren and others, how Sean’s generosity of spirit and magnanimity were always evident in how he treated people.”

Fr Joe said “He thought big, there is no doubt about that, even from a youngster. I recall a time I received a green pound note, twenty whole shillings, in a letter home from his big brother 60 years ago after Sean left home to take up his first job delivering fruit. That was typical of Sean, a symbol from the very beginning of his working life, of his generosity towards others, the essence of Sean was that he always had the spirit and imagination to make things happen, to draw other people into his plans and projects.

Tony Darmody, former CEO of Kerry Parents and Friends said: “His wonderful leadership skills were so important and his business acumen helped to build the organisation into what it is today. Sean always had a great attitude and if he could ever do something to help then he would do it. He lived by the motto that if you haven’t anything good to say, then say nothing.”

Sean’s particular talent was to galvanise people into action and he was instrumental in the founding of Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce and he successfully convinced Bertie Ahern’s government to hold a Cabinet meeting in Killarney to show that the town was open for business following the Foot and Mouth crisis in 2001,

“To say Sean Coyne did Killarney some service is a huge understatement. He was a larger than life personality with a great business acumen and his passing certainly marks the end of an era for Killarney,” said Niall Kelleher, president of the Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce.

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Sean was a great golfer himself, and as a 14 year old won his first Captain’s Prize in his home club, Ballina

As a member of Killarney Golf and Fishing Club for 60 years, Sean represented Killarney in South, West and East of Ireland Championships, the Irish  Championship and he brought home the All-Ireland Barton Shield in 1980 with team mates Michael Guerin, James Loughnane, Arthur Spring, Brian Mulcahy and Derry Pine.

Having won the Dutch Amateur Open in the early 1990’s and shot no less than eleven Holes-in-One during his lifetime, Sean always considered his greatest golfing achievement was going on to represent Ireland as an International for seven consecutive years.

Sean’s fellow golf club members honoured their fallen colleague with a Guard of Honour which escorted Sean on his final journey from St Mary’s Cathedral as a still silence fell over the streets of his beloved Killarney.

The esteem he was held by employees was evident on Monday as Sean’s remains paused outside the International Hotel where a Guard of Honour comprising over a hundred staff stood in silence, before breaking into a resounding round of applause in a moving and heartfelt tribute to ‘The Boss’.

He will be sorely missed by his wife Frankie, daughters Lynda, Vicki, Tracy and Tanya and grandchildren Conor, Ana, Evie, Seán, Grace, Lucy Jayne, Rory, Max, Brían and Emily.

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Black Valley broadband installation gets underway

Works are under way to install a high-speed fibre broadband network in the remote Black Valley area of Kerry. The Black Valley was one of the last areas of Ireland […]

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Works are under way to install a high-speed fibre broadband network in the remote Black Valley area of Kerry.

The Black Valley was one of the last areas of Ireland to be electrified but broadband in the region is expected to be live in the second half of the year with residents already able to pre-order their connection. 
“It is well known that Black Valley was one of the last locations to get electricity due to its remoteness and challenging terrain, so we are extremely pleased to be commencing the rollout of our high-speed fibre network now with a view to connections being available later this year,” said National Broadband Ireland Deployment CEO, TJ Malone.
  
“We are determined to ensure the rollout is as fast as possible and connection is made easy for Black Valley residents, and we have a plan in place to work around the location’s all-important tourist season.

“Black Valley is a symbol of NBI’s mission that no area will be left behind no matter how rural or remote and we are delighted that this beautiful location moves one step closer to high-speed fibre today, with all the opportunities that will unlock for the local community.” 

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Players of the year don’t duck a challenge

They never duck when faced with a big challenge on the field so it was safe to assume that GAA players of the year David Clifford and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh […]

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They never duck when faced with a big challenge on the field so it was safe to assume that GAA players of the year David Clifford and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh weren’t going to shy away from the latest task on their home patch.

The two top footballers in the country teamed up to launch a charity duck race which will form part of this year’s St Patrick’s Festival in Killarney, where they both live.

When the working day was done, busy secondary school teachers David and Louise had some great quack and they got caught up in the spirit of the occasion along the scenic River Deenagh in Killarney National Park.

The reigning Player of the Year and Ladies Player of the Year award winner demonstrated their competitive streak when they expressed confidence that their own ducks will win The Deenagh Duck Dash on the same river at noon on Monday, March 18.

But, luckily, festival chairman Jason Clifford was there to keep the peace and he even threatened to cry fowl and brandish a card at the star players – with duck yellow deemed the most appropriate colour.

Considered by many to be the greatest players of all time in their respective codes, between them, Fossa hotshot David and Corca Dhuibhne star Louise have an incredible nine All-Star awards.

But they might be tempted to swap one if their duck wins the fun-filled race on the day after St Patrick’s Day.

All proceeds from the event will go to St Francis Special School in Beaufort, Killarney which provides specialist education for young people with learning disabilities.
Festival chairman Jason remarked: “This isn’t just a race – it’s great fun for the whole family.
“Picture the scene with a flotilla of vibrant rubber ducks racing down a winding river, their owners cheering them on and all in the name of a fantastic cause”.
Super prizes await the winners, the cost of a rubber duck to participate in the race is just €5 and they can be bought online at https://stpatricksfestivalkillarney.ie/.

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