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Applegreen answer call to help Kerry Cancer Support Group

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FUEL VOUCHERS: Driver with Kerry Cancer Support Group Health Link Transport, John Fleming, was presented with fuel vouchers to the value of €2,000 by Aoife Sheehy CSR Manager with Applegreen Ireland and Ovi Krisciunas, Site Manager at Applegreen in Manor Village Tralee.

 

By Michelle Crean

Next month’s diesel costs are covered for one countywide charity who are struggling during the current crisis.

With donations way down, and increased costs due to the addition of extra buses on the routes to maintain required physical distancing, Kerry Cancer Support Group, opted instead for an online fundraiser and an appeal seeking support from companies that can get behind this much needed and vital service.

And, one such company who came to their rescue, Applegreen, has donated fuel to the value of €2,000 to cover the next month’s diesel costs. The fuel vouchers will be used to keep the Health Link Transport vehicles on the road between visits to hospitals in Cork and Limerick.

“We are delighted that Applegreen have done this,” Breda Dyland, Manager of the Kerry Cancer Support Group, said. “In the midst of what is a very anxious time for everyone this has come as a very welcome boost for the Kerry Cancer Support team and our service users. All of our funding comes from the community and all of our fundraisers have either been cancelled or postponed so this couldn’t have come at a better time.”

Aoife Sheehy, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager at Applegreen added that they are delighted to support Kerry Cancer Support during these unprecedented times and are very grateful to the essential service they provide.

“Applegreen sites across Kerry have come together to deliver this initiative and now, more than ever, are here for their communities”

To donate and support the charity, Kerry Cancer Support has set up a donation page on Facebook: Kerry Cancer Support Group's COVID-19 Appeal, or you can call 066 7195560 or visit the fundraising section on their website www.kerrycancersupport.com.

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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). 

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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.

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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.”

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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 […]

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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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