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Annual Kilcummin ‘Spooky Sprint’ fun run planned

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SPOOKY FUNDRAISER: Launching the Kilcummin Halloween 'Spooky Sprint' were Alison Pigott and Sadbh O'Halloran (front), Ciara O'Leary, Treasa O'Donoghue and Ava O'Sullivan (centre) and Ella Kate Pigott and Sean O'Leary (back). Picture: Eamonn Keogh

 

By Sean Moriarty

 

Kilcummin National School will celebrate Halloween with the third running of its ‘Spooky Sprint’ fun-run on October 27.

 

The event is organised in association with Kilcummin National School Parents Association and will raise funds for the school itself, and for the Fuchsia Ward at St Columbanus Community Hospital that cares for people with dementia.

 

“The fundraising part of the day is really important, and it is great the event will be supporting two organisations this year - the local school but also the Fuchsia Ward in St Columbanus Ward,” School Parents Association Chairperson, Derek O’Leary said.

 

 

“We also want to make sure that it’s a great family event where everyone can really enjoy all aspects of the Halloween season, so we’re encouraging everyone, children and adults to come out in costume and make the most of the day.”

 

The party continues in the Kilcummin Recreational Hall after the walk where traditional Halloween games will be played alongside a competition for the best costume.

“We had such a great day last year and everyone enjoyed the fun run/walk and also the after party. This year we have also introduced The Best Carved Pumpkin Competition where we hope all the boys and girls will come on the day with their pumpkins carved creatively,” added organiser Anne Marie O’Leary.

 

To date the event has raised €3,500 and it’s hoped that this year’s event will be just as successful as previous years.

 

“We are so delighted to be chosen as a beneficiary of this exciting event. We will be putting the funds raised to good use and the money will be applied to enhance our facility in the Fuchsia Ward,” Maura Flynn, Director of Killarney Community Hospital, said.

 

Registration for the fun run will commence at 11.30am in Kilcummin Recreational Hall which is located just across the road from Kilcummin Church.

 

 

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No spare change – no problem, as charity embraces new technology

By Sean Moriarty With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier. For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank […]

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By Sean Moriarty

With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier.

For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank card to make a donation.

The Society’s annual churchgate collection will be held on the weekend of December 11/12 at places of worship in the town and surrounding areas. This year’s collection has be renamed as ‘Giving Sunday’ and makes a return after the pandemic forced the cancellation of last year’s fundraiser.

“We are moving towards a cashless society,” explained Killarney Conference President Breda O’Dwyer. “You can tap and swipe your card to make a donation.”

Breda added that they are hoping to have the buckets ready by next week in time for the collection.

She said the local conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society has seen a marked increase in the number of families it is helping mainly caused by the increase in the cost of fuel and home heating products.

The annual St Vincent De Paul Society’s Christmas Jumper Day, in association with Radio Kerry is scheduled for December 10.

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SURVEY: Locals are reducing their social contacts

It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week. An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their […]

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It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week.

An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their level of contacts with people.

Interestingly, 37.10% of people had made no change to their lifestyle, but they could have been extra cautious already.

A tiny minority – just 1.61% – said they increased their social contacts over the last week.

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