Gifted Liam hits the high notes for a great pal

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Top class musician Liam O’Connor had Killarney feet stomping and hands clapping when he played a very special gig in memory of a great friend.

Noreen O’Connor, Cillian O’Connor, Edel Harnett and Oisin O’Connor with, seated in centre, Saoirse O’Connor, Maura Daly Harnett, Liam O’Connor and Brendan Harnett and, at back from left, John Don O’Donoghue, Sean Daly, David Harnett, Kathleen Harnett, Mark Harnett, Mary Lyne, Jane O’Donoghue, Paul Sherry, Robbie Harnett and Michelle Hurley.
Pictures: Eamonn Keogh

He packed The Fáilte Bar on Friday night for a memorial concert for the late Pádraig Harnett who passed away, following a very brief illness, in October.

Pádraig worked with Liam for a number of years and they toured together on many occasions, striking up a firm friendship in the process.

The late Pádraig Harnet

A soccer stalwart and sports reporter Pádraig was previously honoured posthumously by the club to which he devoted much of his life.

He was posthumously named club person of the year by Kerry soccer kingpins Killarney Celtic FC at their annual awards ceremony to a mark outstanding contributions and achievements.

Liz Moloney, Edel Harnett, Oisin Doherty and Zara Blackwell

Proceeds from the Liam O’Connor concert will go to Celtic’s Football for All project which ensures that people of all capabilities get to play the game, irrespective of any difficulties they might encounter.

Killarney turned out in force for the event and the attendance included Pádraig’s wife and family as well as many friends and Celtic supporters.

Liam was joined on the night by his daughter Saoirse and sons Oisin and Cillian and a number of guest performers took to the stage during the course of the lively evening of high quality entertainment.

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