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€1,500 donated to Kerry Mountain Rescue

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By Michelle Crean

Wednesday was the day that €1,500 was donated to a very worthy cause as photographer Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan handed the funds over to a local group.

For the past seven years she had chosen the Jack & Jill foundation as a recipient of her annual photoshoot fundraiser but this year, her eighth year, she decided to make a change and keep the funding more local.

However, it was the Kerry Mountain Rescue Team this year as Marie knew they were building a new base in Killarney town and the amazing work that they do.

"Last summer I was sitting outdoors in the sunshine, glass of wine in hand at the stunning Europe Hotel and watched the rescue helicopter fly over and back a few times. Exceptional people I thought, and change is good! I knew the team at Kerry Mountain Rescue were expanding their base camp at Killarney Garda Station and in need of funding. It's a mere drop in the ocean but it's a dent all the same," Marie told the Killarney Advertiser.

"I was delighted my trusted admin personnel, Collette Clifford O'Shea decided to remain on board with me when I changed the beneficiary to Kerry Mountain Rescue. It had always been Jack & Jill which held a special place in Collette's heart having lost her son Sean at just 21 months."

"I think it's good to give back while we are here, no matter now big or small. Each and every family, business, group that walked through the door to have their portrait taken, helped me to help the Kerry Mountain Rescue in some little way. I love that quote "individually we are one drop, together we are an ocean".

"Without Collette and the support of the community and the use of the Christy O'Connor Suite at the beautiful International Hotel, it simply would not be possible. It's not a huge amount, but every little helps. As KMRT's John O'Sullivan said, "we'd be a while collecting at church gates to the tune of €1,500", which meant the world to me."

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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