Denis and Mary put a gleam in their 50 years

A gleam of gold lit up a February day for Denis and Mary McCarthy, Park Drive, Killarney, when they gathered with their family at Clonkeen Church and the Aghadoe Heights Hotel to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.

The couple married in Our Lady of the Wayside Church, Clonkeen, on January 31, 1970, and held their wedding reception in the Ross Hotel.

Mary is originally from Curreal, Glenflesk, and Denis started out in life not very far away in the Clydagh Valley, Clonkeen. The childhood sweethearts returned to their roots to mark the golden milestone on February 1 with a family Mass celebrated by Fr George Hayes in Clonkeen Church, followed by photos with Ian Cronin, and lunch in the Aghadoe Heights Hotel.

Patrick’s book a rowdy stomp through Sunday League pub football

‘A rowdy stomp through the world of Sunday League pub football’ sums up the debut novel ‘Baxter’s Boys’ launched this week by Patrick Osborne. The work of fiction revolving around a Dublin team of misfits is a black comedy with a sensitive take on big issues including alcoholism, homelessness and drug abuse.

Patrick, a Dub, is best known as Paddy in his adopted Killarney. He has a day job as a gardener in Tralee Town Park and writes drama and fiction in his spare time. He is well known in Kerry soccer circles as a referee and is a coach with Killarney Legion GAA.

‘Baxter’s Boys’ was launched in the Killarney Brewery yesterday (Wednesday). It’s for sale in Easons, Killarney, and is also available in paperback from Amazon and to download on Kindle.