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Almost €6k raised during Good Friday Hospice Walk

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By Michelle Crean

After an absence of three years there was a huge turnout to the Good Friday Walk which raised almost €6,000 for the Kerry Hospice.

Walkers came out in their droves eager to support the popular event organised by Killarney branch members in memory of Vivien O’Shea and Sheila McGillycuddy who passed away with life-limiting illnesses.

Walkers set off at 10.30am and got to enjoy the choice of two walks in the beautiful surroundings of the National Park, an 8km walk from the Garden Restaurant via Dinis Cottage and a section of Torc Trail and the second shorter route 6kms from the Garden Restaurant to Brickeen Bridge and back.

"We have always been lucky with the weather and last Friday was no exception," Killarney Hospice Branch chairperson, Pat Doolan, told the Killarney Advertiser.

"Our ambassador for the morning was Rathmore lady, Danielle O’Leary, fresh from her exploits with the victorious Kerry ladies football team in Croke Park on the previous Sunday. The fantastic sum of €5,811 was raised on the day for the benefit of Kerry Hospice."

On completion of the walk the participants were able to relax in the pleasant surroundings of The Garden Restaurant, Muckross House where a raffle for some beautiful prizes was held. There were prizes also for junior/adults quiz which had been arranged by quizmaster Padraig O’Sullivan.

The organising committee wish to sincerely thank all who contributed in various ways to the success of the event including people who made donations but were not able to take part in the walk.

“I wish to acknowledge with gratitude the help and support we received from various quarters including the press, parish office, local business community and various individuals in the running of this event. The generosity of our benefactors never ceases to amaze," Pat added.

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Volunteers wanted for street collection

By Michelle Crean October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and local volunteers are keen to not only raise awareness but also funds. Kathrina Breen, Eleanor O’Doherty and Kathleen O’Shea who […]

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By Michelle Crean

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and local volunteers are keen to not only raise awareness but also funds.

Kathrina Breen, Eleanor O’Doherty and Kathleen O’Shea who have been supporting the Irish Cancer Society for many years are delighted to be able to get back to their Pink Ribbon street collection in Killarney town next Friday (October 7).

They are the only group in the country doing the collection as many fundraisers have moved online since the pandemic struck.

“We’re the only town in Ireland doing it this year,” Kathrina, who feels it’s important to keep a street collection going, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We haven’t done it in two years since before COVID. I pushed to do it as it raises a lot of money. People have been supporting this for years, this money goes towards breast detection equipment, information leaflets in doctors surgeries and towards cancer grants.”

In 2021, donations helped 254 breast cancer patients with free transport to and from 2,380 chemotherapy appointments by volunteer drivers, 154 patients received 514 nights of end-of-life care from Night Nurses and 3,430 enquiries were made about breast cancer through the Freephone Support Line 1800 200 700 and at 13 Daffodil Centres across the country.

And she added that they’re looking for a few volunteers to help out on the day.

“If anyone would like to help they can contact me on 087 2612992.”

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Calls for Council to acquire vacant Rock Road properties

By Sean Moriarty There are calls to make two vacant properties on Rock Road available to Kerry County Council’s housing inventory. The two cottages, one either side of the entrance […]

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By Sean Moriarty

There are calls to make two vacant properties on Rock Road available to Kerry County Council’s housing inventory.

The two cottages, one either side of the entrance to St Finan’s Hospital, are vacant for some time.
Cllr Maura Healy-Rae raised the issue at a recent Killarney Municipal District meeting.

“Regarding two vacant houses at the entrance to St Finan’s on Rock Road which appear to be vacant for a significant period of time. One of the properties is in the ownership of the HSE. I requested that Kerry County Council would liaise with the HSE with a view to potentially acquiring this house,” she told the Killarney Advertiser after the meeting.

“I stressed that it is important that the local authority exhaust all possibilities when it comes to providing more houses, particularly properties located within the town of Killarney where the need and demand for housing is critical.”

Kerry County Council said it would get the Vacant Homes Officer to contact the owner of the privately owned bungalow.

“They will inform the property owner that there is funding available under various schemes and grants to aid the return of this property to habitable use. Such schemes include the Repair and Lease Scheme and the recently launched Croí Cónaithe vacant property grant,” said a Council official.

Cllr Healy-Rae added: “I requested that KCC would liaise with the HSE with a view to potentially acquiring this house.”

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