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A Heartfelt message from a Ukrainian migrant in Killarney

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By Natalia Krasnenkova As a migrant in Killarney in 2023, I reflect on the significance of the International Day of Migrants initiated by the UN General Assembly in 2000. Little did I expect this day to personally touch my life, but due to the ongoing war in Ukraine, I increasingly find myself feeling like a forced migrant.

Natalia Krasnenkova was one of the first Ukrainian war refugees to arrive in Killarney

Amid the festive spirit of Christmas, reminiscent of the biblical story where Joseph and Mary fled to Egypt with baby Jesus, I can't help but draw parallels to the 8,000 Ukrainians in Kerry today who resonate with the pages of the Bible as forced migrants.

Like the family of Joseph and Mary with the baby Jesus in their arms 2,000 years ago, Ukrainian families have become a forced-migrant nowadays.
What is it like being a migrant? It means a complete loss of control over life's basics. Living in a hotel without cooking facilities, we can't control even the simplest things like food. Zero absence protocol means we're not allowed to leave the hotel, marking our presence there every day. Starting anew as a migrant involves learning a new language, searching for jobs, mastering new professions, and adapting to unfamiliar rules. Often, it feels like being a failure, struggling to comprehend half of what is said around you.

Living as a forced migrant means navigating two parallel realities. While physically in Killarney, attempting to forge a new life, thoughts and emotions frequently return to Ukraine, where the war persists and loved ones endure. Constantly checking the news and calling home is a ritual, reassuring ourselves that our dear ones are still alive.

However, our migrant experience in Killarney is also adorned with bright moments. Grateful for the support of local families in Fossa and Killarney from the early days, we, the first Ukrainians at the Innishfallen Hotel, received immediate assistance, clothes, toys, bicycles. The kindness of Sean Sweeney from the local scout organisation, Nicola Lynch uniting mums from Fossa School to raise funds for vouchers, and Maria Carol O'Sullivan's thoughtful gestures made our days brighter.

The O'Raw family sheltered a Ukrainian family, and the Killarney Immigrant Support Center (KASI), NEWKD, SKDP, and Kerry County Council have been a significant support. While I may not name everyone, the warmth and hospitality received are deeply appreciated.

Eager to contribute to the close-knit community, we participate in local events like the St. Patrick's Day parade, Christmas celebrations, and organise concerts, film screenings, and volunteer projects. Symbolically, we brought and planted 20 viburnum bushes along the Killarney municipal area, expressing our gratitude to this community that has embraced us.

Being a migrant is challenging, but the local Killarney community makes our stay a bit easier. I extend my heartfelt thanks to every local resident, family, and organisation that supports us.
In the spirit of the season, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Personally, I dream of meeting the next day's migrants at home, in Kyiv, in a peaceful Ukraine.

Natalia Krasnenkova

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Gleeson Dental now offering facial aesthetics

Gleeson Dental, located on St Anthony’s Place, is now offering facial aesthetics. It is the latest offering from the town centre practice. Dr Susan Gleeson graduated as a general dental […]

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Gleeson Dental, located on St Anthony’s Place, is now offering facial aesthetics.

It is the latest offering from the town centre practice.

Dr Susan Gleeson graduated as a general dental surgeon 27 years ago.

She previously worked in England and Cork before returning home to Killarney in 2009 to take over her father’s dental practice with her sister Katie.

“More recently, I decided to pursue my keen interest in facial aesthetics. Hence, I embarked on an intensive training course,” she told the Killareny Advertiser.
“This mentorship is under the guidance of Dr Sheila Li, a Harley Street based dentist with over 10 years’ experience in facial aesthetics. Every year following an interview process, Sheila takes on six trainees and I was lucky enough to get this amazing training opportunity.”
The course is a year-long process involving in-depth learning and hands-on clinical training days in Dr Sheila’s Harley Street clinic.
The course, also, extends to treatment planning cases with Dr Sheila, thus allowing access to her vast knowledge when planning treatments for Dr Gleeson’s patients.
“Therefore, I am now able to offer a vast array of facial aesthetic treatments at Gleeson Dental. These treatments include the use of Botox to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In addition to this, Botox has a wide range of additional applications, including the treatment of tooth grinding, headaches, gummy smiles, neck bands and excessive underarm sweating,” she added.
Dermal filler treatments are, also, available to treat issues related to volume loss while skin booster treatments such as Sunekos and Profhilo can be used to regenerate and rehydrate tired looking skin.
Facial aesthetics may conjure up images of over-filled expressionless people but Susan hopes to change people’s view of it.

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Killarney postcode V93 home to the county’s most-expensive properties

With properties both for rent and for sale in short supply, prices in the Killarney area have remained strong. In fact, houses with the V93 eircode were, once again, the […]

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With properties both for rent and for sale in short supply, prices in the Killarney area have remained strong.

In fact, houses with the V93 eircode were, once again, the most expensive homes in Kerry over the past 12 months according to data published by the CSO Residential Property Price Index. The report shows that in the year to December 2023, the average cost of buying a home in Kerry was €242,000 up 5% from the previous year’s figure of €230,000
Nationally that figure now stands at €327,000.
The average house price within the V93 eircode region was €284,000, 17% approx. above the average price for a home within the county.
With supply levels at an all time low and with very little new construction in the pipeline, there is little sign of this changing in the immediate term.

Commenting on the market, Ted Healy of DNG, has expressed concern with the low volume of properties available for sale at present.
‘We have lots of interested buyers seeking property in the Killarney area but unfortunately, we cannot satisfy the demand at present. The past 12 months has seen us securing sales in record time for record levels.”

DNG Ted Healy will be launching a new development of townhouses in the Woodlawn area to the market in the coming months and report that demand is exceptionally high.
The expect these properties to sell out in record time.
And with construction due to commence shortly on another scheme of detached houses on Muckross Road, it is looking like a busy year ahead.
However, this will not be enough to satisfy the demand at present. Properties within the V93 area are highly sought after and in very short supply, resulting in strong prices being achieved.
So is now a good time to sell your property? Yes, according to DNG Ted Healy who is actively seeking properties for sale to satisfy their ever expanding list of buyers.

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