Deerpark Pitch & Putt Club is hosting the Ricky Kelly Memorial Tournament for a cause close to its heart the weekend after next when it will donate all the proceeds to help Woodlawn mechanic John ‘Sully’ O’Sullivan recover from sepsis.
John, a great supporter of the event, was hospitalised due to the illness in October 2018, and the long battle continues. He was confined to bed for almost five months between University Hospital Kerry and the Mater in Dublin. He has also spent three-and-a-half months in the National Rehabilitation Centre.
I gave John a ring last Tuesday at University Hospital Kerry and I’m glad to report that, true to form, he’s in good spirits despite all he’s going through. He can’t put any pressure on his right leg because his hip is broken. The hip can’t be operated on until the sepsis is cleared completely.
The oak bench placed at Governor’s Rock near Ross Castle in memory of Pádraig O’Donoghue, late of Kilbrean, is sheltered by varieties of the trees he loved so well and looks out over Lough Léin and the mountains.
Arbutus, alder, oak, yew, mountain ash and holly form a bower in which the beautifully-carved bench has been placed by the family of Pádraig, who passed away in 2015 at the age of 52 years following a battle with cancer.
Pádraig, who grew up at ‘Weston’ on Lewis Road, studied Forestry and Wildlife at Kinnity College near Roscrea. He worked with Killarney National Park before becoming a trails inspector. One of his work projects would have been the inspection of the Kerry Way. He was married to Fiona. Their three children are Tomás, Clíodhna and Feargal.