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A fitting honour for a true Killarney legend

Friends of Weeshie: At the roundabout earmarked for the project, outside Fitzgerald Stadium, are Fiona Stack, General Manager, Radio Kerry, Enda Walshe, Jimmy Reen, Jerome O’Regan and Fergal Moynihan, Chairman, Killarney Legion GAA Club

THE official approval to dedicate a roundabout to the late great Weeshie Fogarty in his native town has been welcomed by the club to which he devoted much of his life.

Killarney Legion has welcomed confirmation from Killarney Municipal District Council that the small roundabout directly outside Fitzgerald Stadium, at the junction of St Brendan’s Terrace, Marian Terrace and Dalton’s Avenue, is to be dedicated to the memory of the legendary GAA personality.

KillarneyToday.com first revealed on September 8 that friends of Weeshie had brought the roundabout dedication proposal to the council and, this week, they expressed delight that it was unanimously supported by the elected members.

Chairman, Fergal Moynihan, acknowledged the efforts of club members Jerome O’Regan, Jimmy Reen and Enda Walshe who proposed the fitting tribute to Weeshie and they worked closely with the Fogarty family, Killarney Municipal District Council and Radio Kerry to see the proposal become a reality.

The late great Weeshie Fogarty

“It is a fitting tribute to man who gave his all for his club, town and county,” said Fergal.

Weeshie, who won an All-Ireland senior medal in 1969, later turned his attention to refereeing and he officiated at the very highest level.

Outside of the playing arena, he excelled in his role as a broadcaster for over 20 years on Radio Kerry and his work earned him McNamee and PPI Radio awards

Fittingly, the location chosen to honour Weeshie – who passed away, at the age of 77, in November 2018 – is directly outside the main entrance to Fitzgerald Stadium, in the shadow of the O’Sullivan Stand, which was a landmark so familiar to him.

A number of other roundabouts in Killarney are dedicated to local people who contributed enormously to the town over the years. They include former TD and Minister Michael Moynihan, entrepreneur Michael D (Mackey) O’Shea, Olympian Gillian O’Sullivan and basketball legend and former mayor Paudie O’Connor.

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