Echo Year in Review: February 2022
In February, The Echo spoke with Una Coates from Clondalkin – who was the first Special Olympics athlete and person with an intellectual disability to appear on RTÉ’s Operation Transformation.

Echo Year in Review: February 2022

FEBRUARY was a month to remember, with the first month of Spring came the news that everybody had been waiting for the last two years.

From February 28, the majority of Covid-19 restrictions were officially removed.

Once again, we saw incredible gestures of generosity and kindness from those in our communities with fundraisers for important charities and causes.

In early February, a celebration was held to mark the 10th anniversary of the death of Ciarán Carr, a former Round Towers GAA footballer who died of adult sudden death syndrome at just 20 years of age.

Ciaran Carr

To mark the anniversary, a former teammate of Ciarán’s – Conor McGrath – performed a song in his memory at Towers clubhouse and, over Christmas, another former teammate of Ciarán – Colm Gavin – organised the annual busk in Clondalkin village, which featured loads of local residents and raised over € 1,370 for the foundation.

Teachers Conor, James, Anthony and Liam

A brilliant story of solidarity in February as four teachers – Conor McGrath, James McDonald, Anthony Blair and Liam Murphy – at Mary Queen of Angels school in Ballyfermot shaved their heads to support two pupils, Caiden Molly and Keilan O’Shea, who were battling acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.

Their fellow students and local community rallied to help them out during that challenging time

Residents called a meeting in Sean Walsh Park

Following reports of assaults, attacks and anti-social behaviour in Sean Walsh Park in Tallaght, residents called a meeting on Saturday, February 19, to come up with a plan of action to reclaim the park.

The meeting was attended by local TDs John Lahart and Paul Murphy and Tallaght councillor Teresa Costello.

Residents were assured that something would be done to provide safety in the park.

Gardai at the scene of a shooting in Hazel Grove

The community in Jobstown, Tallaght, was shocked at the shooting of 36-year-old Keith Conlon on Tuesday, February 22.

Mr Conlon, from Kiltalown Park, was shot in the head in a field in the Hazel Grove area of Tallaght by barrister Diarmuid Phelan, who was later charged.

The incident happened in broad daylight at around 1pm – Mr Conlon and his dog were out hunting with two other people at the time of the shooting.

Pick up the January 5th edition of The Echo Newspaper to read our full Year in Review 2022.

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