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GIVE CHILDREN A GIFT: Margaret Scully from Beaufort and Josie Real from Park Road, are the faces behind organising the south Kerry collections for charity Team Hope. Photo: Michelle Crean

 

By Michelle Crean

Thousands of vulnerable children will have a wonderful Christmas thanks to two kind-hearted Killarney ladies who are organising this year’s shoebox appeal.

Margaret Scully from Beaufort and Josie Real from Park Road, are the faces behind organising the south Kerry collections for charity Team Hope. And because of their good work and the generosity of people in Killarney and south Kerry – thousands who wouldn’t have had a Christmas present – will receive gifts this year.

With the November 8 deadline approaching, the ladies are hoping to exceed last year’s collection of 4,100 boxes.

They have drop off points here at the Killarney Advertiser office on High Street, Dealz also on High Street and also at their Deerpark Store, Joe O’Sheas Toymaster in Killorglin and the Youth Resource Centre in Cahersiveen.

“People are always welcome to drop boxes into any of these locations,” Margaret told the Killarney Advertiser this week.

“We are appealing to parents, children, everybody really to give the gift of a shoebox for a vulnerable child abroad.”

Team Hope is an Irish, Christian international development organisation working to help children affected by poverty in Africa and Eastern Europe.

All you do is get a simple shoebox, cover it with paper and put in items for writing, washing, wear and wow. Do not include large clothing items, liquids, sharp objects, breakables, war related toys or medicines.

She added that many of these families are trying to survive on less than €1 a day.

“For every shoebox it means that one needy child will get a gift. They might never have gotten a gift in their life.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Black Valley broadband installation gets underway

Works are under way to install a high-speed fibre broadband network in the remote Black Valley area of Kerry. The Black Valley was one of the last areas of Ireland […]

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Works are under way to install a high-speed fibre broadband network in the remote Black Valley area of Kerry.

The Black Valley was one of the last areas of Ireland to be electrified but broadband in the region is expected to be live in the second half of the year with residents already able to pre-order their connection. 
“It is well known that Black Valley was one of the last locations to get electricity due to its remoteness and challenging terrain, so we are extremely pleased to be commencing the rollout of our high-speed fibre network now with a view to connections being available later this year,” said National Broadband Ireland Deployment CEO, TJ Malone.
  
“We are determined to ensure the rollout is as fast as possible and connection is made easy for Black Valley residents, and we have a plan in place to work around the location’s all-important tourist season.

“Black Valley is a symbol of NBI’s mission that no area will be left behind no matter how rural or remote and we are delighted that this beautiful location moves one step closer to high-speed fibre today, with all the opportunities that will unlock for the local community.” 

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Players of the year don’t duck a challenge

They never duck when faced with a big challenge on the field so it was safe to assume that GAA players of the year David Clifford and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh […]

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They never duck when faced with a big challenge on the field so it was safe to assume that GAA players of the year David Clifford and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh weren’t going to shy away from the latest task on their home patch.

The two top footballers in the country teamed up to launch a charity duck race which will form part of this year’s St Patrick’s Festival in Killarney, where they both live.

When the working day was done, busy secondary school teachers David and Louise had some great quack and they got caught up in the spirit of the occasion along the scenic River Deenagh in Killarney National Park.

The reigning Player of the Year and Ladies Player of the Year award winner demonstrated their competitive streak when they expressed confidence that their own ducks will win The Deenagh Duck Dash on the same river at noon on Monday, March 18.

But, luckily, festival chairman Jason Clifford was there to keep the peace and he even threatened to cry fowl and brandish a card at the star players – with duck yellow deemed the most appropriate colour.

Considered by many to be the greatest players of all time in their respective codes, between them, Fossa hotshot David and Corca Dhuibhne star Louise have an incredible nine All-Star awards.

But they might be tempted to swap one if their duck wins the fun-filled race on the day after St Patrick’s Day.

All proceeds from the event will go to St Francis Special School in Beaufort, Killarney which provides specialist education for young people with learning disabilities.
Festival chairman Jason remarked: “This isn’t just a race – it’s great fun for the whole family.
“Picture the scene with a flotilla of vibrant rubber ducks racing down a winding river, their owners cheering them on and all in the name of a fantastic cause”.
Super prizes await the winners, the cost of a rubber duck to participate in the race is just €5 and they can be bought online at https://stpatricksfestivalkillarney.ie/.

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