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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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Kerry v Cork match day parking

  Kerry take on Cork in the first round of the Munster Championship at Fitzgerald Stadium on Saturday. This glamour tie always attracts a huge crowd and Cork fans will […]

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Kerry take on Cork in the first round of the Munster Championship at Fitzgerald Stadium on Saturday.

This glamour tie always attracts a huge crowd and Cork fans will travel in their droves from the Rebel County.

As a result there will be parking restrictions and traffic disruptions in the town on Saturday afternoon.

“Please be aware that the town will be bustling with activity, and traffic congestion is expected. Some parking areas may reach capacity, so we recommend allowing extra time for your journey,” said a Garda spokesperson.

Parking will be available in the following areas near the stadium: New Street, The Glebe car park, Fair Hill car park, High Street, Rock Road car park and the Lewis Road car park.

Parking in the vicinity of Fitzgerald Stadium is reserved for residents with parking passes only.

For a full preview of the match turn to our Sports section on page 54

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Win tickets for Taylor Swift and support Palestine

Killarney For Palestine is raffling two tickets to a Taylor Swift concert in Edinburgh. The group is raising funds for the Halaq family who are known to Kerry Friends of […]

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Killarney For Palestine is raffling two tickets to a Taylor Swift concert in Edinburgh.

The group is raising funds for the Halaq family who are known to Kerry Friends of Palestine and who are currently displaced in tents in the Gaza Strip.

Their homes were destroyed in the city of Khan Younis by Israeli airstrikes.

“It currently costs between €5,000 and €6,000 per person to be evacuated from Gaza,” said Susan Larkin of Killarney For Palestine.

To be in with a chance of winning the tickets for the June 8 concert all you have to do is make a donation via the gofundme link below.

A minimum €5.00 donation ensures entry to the draw which will be made on April 24.

Link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/hx5ahx-help-my-children

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