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80 reasons for Joe to celebrate with family

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By Michelle Crean

It was a wonderful occasion for Headford man Joe Donovan, who celebrated a milestone birthday surrounded by his close family and friends.

SPECIAL OCCASION: Joe Donovan Headford celebrated turning 80 with his family at The Brehon Hotel.

HAPPY COUPLE: ​​​​​​​Joe Donovan Headford celebrated turning 80 at The Brehon Hotel. He is pictured with his wife Maureen.

80 YEARS YOUNG: Joe Donovan Headford celebrated turning 80 at The Brehon Hotel. He is pictured with his wife Maureen and his seven children; Mary Margaret Patricia Doreen Vincent Joseph and Kevin.

Well-known as the owner of Donovan Coaches, Joe, turned 80 on January 29.

A native of Shronedraugh, Headford, he was joined by his wife of 53 years Maureen (O'Brien from Keel), his seven children, Mary, Margaret, Patricia, Doreen, Vincent, Joseph and Kevin, and 13 grandchildren at The Brehon Hotel to mark the occasion.

In his younger days Joe went to primary school in the local Barraduff National School, followed by The Tech in Killarney.

He served his time in Liebherr as an apprentice welder and worked as a welding instructor helping new apprentices there until 1970.

In the late 1960s Joe saw the need for public transport in the local area and started his own business Donovan Coaches and it's still going strong today as his buses are a common sight on the roads of Killarney and Kerry.

"We had a lovely family get together at The Brehon Hotel to celebrate," his daughter Mary McCarrick told the Killarney Advertiser.

She added that they all wish Joe a very happy 80th birthday with many more years of health and happiness.

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Festive jumpers and a Kerry jersey brings fundraiser to €10k

By Michelle Crean Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up! A Kerry football […]

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By Michelle Crean

Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up!

A Kerry football jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team is up for grabs via a fundraising link once a donation is made to the Presents for Palliative fundraiser.

On Friday eight local schools including Holy Cross Mercy, Killarney Community College, Presentation Monastery, Lissivigeen, St Brendan’s College, St Brigid’s, St Francis Special School, and St Oliver’s
swapped their uniforms for their most colourful festive gear with funds going to help the amazing services in the Palliative Care Unit/Kerry Hospice Foundation.

“The day took place across the schools involved last Friday (December 2) and looks like it has been a success,” teacher Elaine Moynihan from St Brendan’s College told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The donations from the schools are still being counted but students look to be on their way towards making their goal of €10k.”

The iDonate ‘Fundraising For Kerry Hospice Foundation’ has been very helpful in this regard, she added.

“Anyone who donates via the link and leaves their name will be in with a chance to win a Kerry jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team which will be presented to them before Christmas by a couple of members of the team.

“This was organised by the students involved in the fundraiser as a way to say thanks, and give back, to the members of the community who have gotten involved in the event – the link is live until December 18 and the draw will be made the following day.”

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Killarney punter secures €50,000 in EuroMillions draw

A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’. The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was […]

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A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’.

The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was valid for Tuesday night’s special draw.

The Killarney winner was one of 10 who each secured the €50,000 windfall.

“The National Lottery can reveal that three players in Dublin, three players in Cork and one player in Kerry, Roscommon, Kildare and Wexford all scooped the special raffle prize which was the seventh of 12 draws in the National Lottery’s ’12 Draws of Christmas’ promotion,” said a National Lottery statement.

The eighth draw will take place tonight (December 9) where 10 more players are guaranteed to win the amazing prizes.

Meanwhile, a player in Belgium scooped the EuroMillions Jackpot prize worth an astonishing €142,897,164.

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