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€60k funds will be a comfort to Kerry patients

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By Michelle Crean

Seven brave women have raised an astonishing amount for charity - clocking up almost €60k to bring comfort to Kerry cancer patients.

CHEQUE: Mairead Dunphy and TJ O'Connor hand over the cheque to Mary Fitzgerald from Comfort for Chemo. The funds were raised from this year's 54321 Challenge.

Angela O'Connor, Marian Kelly, Helena Hanafin, Mairead Dunphy, Siobhan O'Sullivan, Maryanne Leane and Celine Roche took on the ninth annual 54321 Challenge and raised a total of €58,325 for this year’s selected charity Comfort for Chemo Kerry, which they handed over to the charity this week.

The seven participants undertook the four-day challenge, which took place from Thursday August 19 to Sunday 22 inclusive.

They endured all sorts of weather during the epic challenge.

"Day one saw the team taking on the Ring of Kerry leaving Killarney in the early hours of the morning," TJ O'Connor, who is one of the organisers, said.

"The weather conditions were mixed but this did not dampen the spirits of these amazing ladies. They were met with great support along the route and even danced a polka set in Waterville along the way. Day two saw the team climbing Carrantuohill, despite heavy rainfall over night, the heads were up, and the singing voices were on and a massive thanks to our guide Patricia O'Sullivan on the day who knows the mountain like the back of her hand. The clouds lifted for a while on top of the mountain and they had some of the clearest views to be seen on the Reeks. Day three saw them cycling to Cahersiveen and then climbing Cnoc Na Tobair, where the ladies took to literally rolling down the mountain in an effort to send the message out to keep the donations rolling in. The final day, day four, they took to the Skellig Ring and took in Valentia, Portmagee, St Finians Bay and Ballinaskelligs. Unfortunately again the sun was scare, but the heads were up and the eye was on the finish line."

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A major contributor to this year’s fundraising efforts were a number of Spinathon days where this year's participants, volunteers from Comfort for Chemo, family and friends took to the streets in different locations around the county on spinning bikes, including Killarney town which brought in over €6,000 at one location, he added.

"This brings the total raised to date €300,000 supporting a number of very deserving Kerry charities over the years. On behalf of Comfort for Chemo and the 54321 Challenge team we would like to say thank you to all those who have sponsored and supported us along the way.

“If the last 18 months has thought us anything, it is to be thankful for what we have, our health is our wealth, and the power of people working together can get us through some of the most difficult situations."

Follow them on Facebook: 54321Challenge or visit www.54321challenge.org.

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Man released without charge in murder case

The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge […]

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The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge in relation to this matter.

Miriam Burns was found in her home on Monday afternoon after family and neighbours became concerned about her welfare.

A file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions and investigations are ongoing under the direction of a Senior Investigating Officer.

Gardaí are continuing to appeal to any persons who were in the Ardshanavooley area between 5pm on Friday and 1pm on Monday and observed any activity which drew their attention, to come forward.

Any road users who were travelling in the area at these times who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) are asked to make this footage available to Gardaí.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Killarney Garda Station on 064 6671160, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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Plenty of music and entertainment to celebrate Kilcummin talent

The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night. The talent within […]

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The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night.

The talent within the branch was clearly evident with a packed trophies table. Indeed some of the successes over the last number of months were replayed in a relaxed, jovial atmosphere that meant that all attending had a great night’s entertainment.

“We had demonstrations of winning sets across all age groups and then we moved onto the musicians who pulled out all the stops to entertain the large crowd, packed into the clubhouse,” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCÉ PRO, told the Killarney Advertiser.

John Moriarty, who has recently retired from his role of Supervisor with Kilcummin Rural Development was acknowledged with a presentation to reflect the outstanding work that he has done to enhance and grow Kilcummin Comhaltas over his 25 years in his role, he added.

“Much thanks and praise was also offered to Mary, Adrian and Conor Moriarty, all involved in the progression of dancing and music within the Kilcummin branch. The music and entertainment continued with Helen Kerins and Denis Crowley late into the night. We’re looking forward to next year already!”

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