Family, friends and colleagues took to the skies recently to celebrate the life of the late Paudie Costello while raising over €10,000 for the Kerry Hospice.
Paudie, who passed away from liver cancer in July 2018, was a respected member of the community in Tralee. Working for Kerry County Council, he was a familiar face in the town.
His passions in life were, above all else, his family and then skydiving which he enjoyed on a professional and personal basis. When he wasn’t working or spending time with his wife Tracey and their four children, Paudie was working with the Defence Forces as a skydiving instructor.
Since his passing, his family, friends and colleagues have been fundraising as they prepared to do a skydive to remember Paudie, and to also raise money for the Kerry Hospice, under whose care Paudie spent the last eight weeks of his life.
John Collins picked up his first saxophone at the age of 14 - now the former school teacher and lecturer has been asked to play at the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival.
A much sought-after gig, John modestly accepted the invitation after being contacted by representatives from the River Lee Hotel who heard him perform at a wedding recently and sought to book him for the renowned festival.
A native of Cahill’s Park, Tralee, John’s late mother Martha, gave him his first sax. He played with local bands in Tralee during the golden age of showbands, in venues like the Brandon Hotel, before he moved to London at the age of 19.