HELPING: Sisters Janine and Imogen O'Connor, daughters of Rotarian Angela O'Connor, pictured with Anne Alcock (Rotary President), Br Keon and Br Matthias planting crocus corms at the Friary.
By Michelle Crean
Each spring a beautiful purple carpet of crocus blooms in many communities across the world - including Killarney - to raise awareness of the Rotary fight for a polio free world.
Last spring, a magnificent display of purple crocuses bloomed on the lawn of St Mary’s Church of the Sloes, thanks to the purple crocus corm planting, as a visual reminder of the world-wide Rotary Global Polio Eradication Initiative.
Next spring, inspired by the example, a section of lawn of the Franciscan Friary adjacent to the KDYS driveway at Fair Hill, will mark the same message, while spring beauty brings hope and cheers eyes, minds and hearts.
World Polio Day on Saturday, October 24 had to be anticipated slightly ahead of schedule, due to the Level 5 lockdown, and crocus corms had to be quickly planted by Killarney Club President Anne Alcock with the assistance of some the Franciscans and Imogen and Janine O’Connor (Rotary member Angela’s daughters) on Wednesday, October 21.
"They will hopefully all come up purple, because purple has become the symbolic colour in the Rotary fight against polio, inspired by the colour of the dye painted on the finger of a child, to signify that they have received their potentially life-saving polio vaccine," Anne said.
"These are just some of the great ways that supporting Purple4Polio can result in great Rotary projects for outreach into our own local communities."
In August of this year, Rotary and its partners across the world celebrated a significant milestone, as the World Health Organisation (WHO) certified the African region, which includes 47 countries, free from wild polio.
This leaves just Pakistan and Afghanistan as the two remaining polio endemic countries in the world. But despite the momentous progress, more challenging work lies ahead to eradicate the disease for good. Rotary has committed to raising US$50 million each year to support global polio eradication efforts.
To get involved, and make a difference, visit www.rotarygbi.org/join.
The Rotary End Polio Now enthusiasts in Ireland are the Rotary clubs of Killarney, Dingle, Antrim, Athlone, Ballymoney, Carrickfergus, Dublin Central, Dublin North, Dun Laoghaire, Letterkenny, Mallow, Newry, and Newtownabbey.
Katie celebrates 20 years in business
If you enjoy what you do, sure it’s not work at all – and that has been the case for Katie Hickey who has been in business locally for two decades. For the past 20 years Katie has been successfully running Sheer Beauty which is now located at 1 Hogans Lane (Hillary’s Lane). She […]
If you enjoy what you do, sure it’s not work at all – and that has been the case for Katie Hickey who has been in business locally for two decades.
For the past 20 years Katie has been successfully running Sheer Beauty which is now located at 1 Hogans Lane (Hillary’s Lane).
She said that it was a milestone she felt she may not reach on more than one occasion after coming through a pandemic, a recession, a re-location, and three maternity leaves.
However, she said that the loyalty of her clients over the years have given her great encouragement.
“Sincere thanks to my clients past and present who, without doubt, have been the reason I kept going,” Katie said.
Originally located in Fleming’s Lane for 19 years, Katie then re-located her business to Hogan’s Lane in Norma’s Flair for Hair.
“The beauty industry has evolved so drastically over the past 20 years. For me it is keeping things simple and enjoyable. Realising a client’s needs may not be the treatment itself but the time you give to them. Through the years you get to know your clients so well and some beautiful friendships have developed. I hope my clients have gained from me what I have from them. I have so many people I would like to thank and I will personally, but without doubt my husband Andrew and my family, 20 years in business would not have been achieved.
“ She has remained loyal to the brands she has carried over the years including Lycon Waxing, Aviva Tanning, Shellac and Jessica Manicure and Pedicure.
“I was also delighted to bring on board the fabulous facial range that is Killarney Organic. Killarney has been incredibly kind to me. I’m so proud to be part of such a wonderful community. If the past 19 months have proved anything for business it is together we are stronger.”
County Board open to GAA museum proposals
By Sean Moriarty The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county. There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built […]
By Sean Moriarty
The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county.
There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built in their home town.
Before he retired from politics in April, Michael Gleeson was campaigning to build a GAA and cultural museum on the grounds of Fitzgerald Stadium.
His campaign goes back several years before the recession set in, with a €0.5 million bridging loan secured from Croke Park along with funding from Fáilte Ireland. That funding was lost with the onset of the recession before 2010.
Tim Murphy, the outgoing chairman of the Kerry County Board, has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser that no approaches have been made to the County Board at executive level during his five year stint at the helm.
However, he said the Board would be open to such approaches provided there is sound financial planning behind the project in place.
“The first and most important aspect is the capital funding and my understanding is there needs to be Fáilte Ireland funding in place first,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “If it gets up and running, there needs to be very clear talks with all stakeholders so everyone knows each others expectations. A museum attracts footfall, but it costs a lot of money to run. We would offer an open door policy to all proposals but funding, first from a capital point of view and then from an operational point of view, will need to be in place.”
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