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By Sean Moriarty

The Killarney Advertiser has been described as "pioneers of the Irish media" after launching a dual-language news column to help Ukrainian families integrate into the local community.

From next week’s issue Kyiv journalist Natalia Krasnenkova will write a weekly column in both English and Ukrainian for the Killarney Advertiser.

Natalia worked as a television news broadcaster for STB Channel and 5 Channel in her home country, but is now living in the Innisfallen Hotel in Fossa with her two teenage children who are attending local schools.

Her English column will tell the people of Killarney about how she and her country people are settling into life in Kerry.

Her Ukrainian language column will tell those recently arrived from the war torn country about what is happening in Killarney. It will serve as an event noticeboard and encourage the war refugees to attend local events and how they can get involved in local clubs and activities.

“Our first priority was safety, then it was to continue the education for the children, the Ukrainians want to integrate into life in Killarney and now that the children have found schools the women have started work in the hotels and tourism industry,” Natalia explained.

She also ran her own PR company in Kyiv while her journalist husband Dmytro remains in their home city and continues to broadcast the latest news on the conflict.

Speaking of her new role with the Killarney Advertiser she said that “this is an example to other media in Ireland".

"This is the first media to notice this, you are pioneers in Ireland.”

The Killarney Advertiser is inviting clubs and societies in Killarney to submit suitable events to sean@killarneyadvertiser.ie for translation into Ukrainian.

Look out for next Friday's issue for Natalia’s first column.

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Leona named PRO of the year

By Sean Moriarty She is best known for promoting the county’s GAA news – and now Leona Twiss has been rewarded for her efforts. The Gaelic Games Writers’ Association named […]

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By Sean Moriarty

She is best known for promoting the county’s GAA news – and now Leona Twiss has been rewarded for her efforts.

The Gaelic Games Writers’ Association named Leona as its Public Relations Officer of the Year at an awards ceremony at Iveagh Gardens in Dublin on Friday night last.

Leona has been the PRO for Kerry GAA for the last five years but will have to step down this year due to County Board rules.

“I was speechless, it was wonderful to get PRO of the Year but I am only as good as the team around me and this success is attributed to the hard work of the entire PR team at Kerry GAA,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

As well as her busy schedule managing the media affairs for the Kerry County Board, Leona is also principal at Cullina National School in Beaufort.

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Any victory for Ukraine is important!

By Natalya Krasnenkova On the eve of the final of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, President Zelensky said “Ukrainians need victory – big and small”. That is why Ukrainians who […]

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By Natalya Krasnenkova

On the eve of the final of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, President Zelensky said “Ukrainians need victory – big and small”.

That is why Ukrainians who gathered around the world on Saturday night were waiting for Ukraine’s win in the song contest, just like the victory in the war.

The Ukrainians from the Innisfallen Hotel were waiting for that too and the overall winner, Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra, caused a real emotional storm in the hall!

“After my country’s victory at Eurovision, I felt proud, cried, laughed and couldn’t believe it. I am also grateful to everyone who voted for us, because this victory shows how much most European countries support us,” Iryna Melnychuk said.

“Voting around the world for Ukraine gives us hope for support from the world community not only in the Eurovision Song Contest,” said Stepan Krasnenkov.

The Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra received the highest number of points from the audience during the entire existence of the competition: 439 points from the audience, 192 points from the professional jury. In the end – 631 points, which brought Ukraine victory.

Also, thanks to the Kalush Orchestra, the whole world now knows about the humanitarian catastrophe in Mariupol and the Azovstal enterprises, where wounded Ukrainian soldiers and civilians are under blockade without food, water and medicine.

After their performance, Kalush Orchestra addressed the audience from around the world with a request to save the defenders of Mariupol, who are at the Azovstal plant.

“Please help Ukraine, Mariupol! Help Azovstal! Right now!” – the band called.

After these words, search queries for Azovstal and Mariupol took off on the Internet as people were looking for what they meant.

Irish Eurovision contestant Brooke also sang it and the whole world sings the song of the winners ‘Stefania’.

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