Limerick: Willie O’Dea remains a political god in his native city

The former minister is a sure bet to prevail in this election, but the battle for the remaining three seats in this constituency will be a spirited one

26th January, 2020
Limerick: Willie O’Dea remains a political god in his native city
Willie O’Dea of Fianna Fail, chats with Mary Earls “the Queen of Kileely“ during a canvass in Limerick. Picture:Arthur Ellis

Mary Earls, known as “the Queen of Kileely” is the great-grandmother of one of Limerick’s favourite sons, international rugby player Keith Earls. On a cold January afternoon, the 86-year-old is enjoying the comfort of a roaring fire and the company of her daughter Maggie Murphy in the shadow of Thomond Park on Limerick’s northside.

Mrs Earls is in chipper form, gently admonishing the Business Post for not warning her...

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