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 worked on many projects including the building of Killeentierna Church. In the 60’s he also worked on the Torc Hotel,
Killarney which involves his son Kevin, daughter Deirdre and Paul ‘Cookie’ Doyle.
go are the refurbishment of an old woodworking machine and restoring the latest VW minibus! Young at heart, the octogenarian has no intention of easing off. He loves all kinds
Three Lakes Hotel, The Killarney Grand Hotel and St. Mary’s of the Angels in Beaufort. From 1971-1988 he worked in The Gleneagle Hotel as
Neily met his wife MaryAnne who hailed from just down the road in Currow at a dance in Hegarty’s Ballroom on the Park Road during the Killarney Races in July 1962 and they were
of music but especially jazz and when driving his vintage VW minibus, his 12th in 60 years, Turk Murphy and his
a carpenter and where once again he would be involved in the sound business. His boss, the late hotelier Maurice O’Donoghue set up ‘The Swinging Jarveys’ in the early 1970’s in Killarney featuring local musicians and singers, including Mike Neeson, Mike Sexton, Pat Doody, Anne Hayes, John Lynch and Rory O’Flaherty. This band changed singers
and musicians over the years while Neily would road manage the group locally. They had a great following and travelled internationally too. It was during this era that Neily became more involved in sound amplification. After a time teaching woodwork with ANCO, he took a leap of faith into the next chapter of his life and chose to work full time in the sound business. From dabbling in sound systems for a while he went pro and set up ‘O’Sullivan Sound Systems’ on the Tralee Road outside
Neily with his first VW minibus in 1962
San Francisco Jazz band are booming through the speakers.
Polishing his trombone till the brass is clear, brushing down his old band jacket and straightening his dickie bow tie for the photocall, while recalling the halcyon days of the dancehall, Neily is truly a sound man after all.
  married in Killeentierna Church in 1970. They went on to have three children, Eileen, Deirdre and Kevin. Although
the children are to the forefront of the business now Neily has no intention of easing back and enjoys the buzz of working at and attending many different events. Chores currently on the

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