Norma’s hens in black flutter around Kinsale

Whether it was girl power or bird power, Norma O’Sullivan, Ballyhar, and her flock of hens showed unbelievable stamina last weekend on their flight to and from Kinsale and their round of the town back home in Killarney.

Norma and a small family group met up in Brown Sugar Café early on Saturday morning to build up their reserves prior to the rallying of the hens at Reidy’s Bar at noon. The bride-to-be’s mother, Claire, and her aunt, Eithne Reen, called down to Main Street to wave off the hens who were all dressed in black except for Norma in white.

Twenty hens in total met up in Reidy’s but five of the friends didn’t join the Kinsale flight because they’re anticipating the arrival of tiny chicks. The 15 hens who fluttered over the county bounds included Norma’s sister and bridesmaid, Carmel, who singlehandedly planned the entire expedition.

Catherine retires to savour some of the good life

Every good wish to Catherine Kelly from Beaufort Village who has retired early from her post as a HSE public health nurse in Killarney to ensure that she has plenty of time and energy to savour the good things in life.

Catherine, who originally trained at St Finbarr’s Hospital in Cork, had 20 years service in her public health role covering Killarney, Killorglin and Milltown. She spent the last nine years as schools’ public health nurse in Killarney.

Her colleagues Mary Daly and Dolores Moriarty organised her retirement party at Kate Kearney’s Cottage last Friday night.

Among the 40 well-wishers who turned out to toast the beginning of Catherine’s new stage in life were many of her colleagues, her husband Colm, her daughters and sons-in-law Niamh and Tim Corcoran, Caitriona Kelly and Bernard Sweeney, and her son and daughter-in-law Padraig and Norma Kelly.