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THE last Thursday in November has become a byword for a fun, social night out for all ages as Killarney Rotary Club hosts it annual Evening of Wine & Art in The Malton Hotel.

The event was as always incredibly popular and on Wednesday the club returned to the venue to present cheques to the deserving beneficiaries.

Killarney Rotary president Angela O’Connor welcomed Lotte Lyne of the Stefan Lyne Foundation (the Barnardos Roots of Empathy Programme for local schools), St Brigid’s Secondary School Music Project, the Killarney Cardiac Response Unit, Tiernaboul and Coolick National Schools, Killarney Football for All, Killarney Swimming Club and Gaelscoil Faithleann. “We had a great night last November in The Malton,” said Angela. “The artists came out again in great numbers to showcase and sell their art."

Angela paid tribute to event sponsor Daly’s SuperValu. "The team, including Denis Tucker and John Daly, do so much for this event every year," said Angela. "They provide the food, pastries and artisan breads to taste the cheese, and sponsor a wide range of wines.

"This year we tasted the very popular San Valentino Pinot Grigio and there was lots of positive feedback about the Graham Norton Sauvignon Blanc. The Daly’s SuperValu staff were on hand on the night to give their expertise in choosing wines. Thanks also to Barry of the Killarney Brewing Company and welcome to their new master brewer Michael Bank."

Killarney Rotary Club was also delighted to host the Killarney branch of the Kerry Hospice Foundation, which sold Christmas cards on the night. The raffle was co-ordinated by the Irish Pilgrimage Trust and the cloakroom was looked after the Kerry Stars Special Olympics Club.
 


 
Above: Killarney Rotary Club President Angela O'Connor with some of the benefiting charities from the Rotary Club Evening of Wine & Art at the cheques presentation in The Malton Hotel. In front are Angela O'Connor, Ciara Irwin Foley and Lotte Lyne (Stephen Lyne Foundation). Back from left are Grace O'Neill, Eduard Schmidt-Zorner, Paul Sherry (Gaelscoil Faithleann) and Mairead Lucey (St Brigid's Secondary School). PICTURE: EAMONN KEOGH

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Family to run in memory of the late Linda Eviston

By Sean Moriarty The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory. Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer. Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory.

Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer.

Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of her daughter Alannah, will run a 42.2km course, on the day before her anniversary to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

The route will be based on landmarks that were an important part of Linda’s life. Starting from the family home in Dromkerry, before heading for the town centre and passing the Eviston House Hotel, Linda’s grandmother’s home at Park Road, Linda’s childhood home and national school in Glenflesk, Loreto where Linda attended secondary school, back to Killarney and finishing at Linda’s pride and joy – Brook Lodge Hotel.

“It is tough but we wanted to do something in Linda’s memory and help other people who might find themselves in similar circumstances,” Pat told the Killarney Advertiser. “We originally hoped to do the Dublin City Marathon but that got cancelled. This route is much better, but much tougher as it’s more hilly.”

All proceeds will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society and donations can be made via: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/inhonouroflinda.

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Women bravely bare all for Kerry’s first ‘Dip in the Nip’

By Michelle Crean  It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend. Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend.

Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst the all female grouping were some Killarney ladies who joined in the empowering adventure for what was described as “a special and unforgettable morning” all in aid of Recovery Haven Kerry.

According to Marisa Reidy from Recovery Haven, the women were of all ages and all walks of life who came together for so many personal reasons.

“Some were still on their own cancer journey, some were celebrating coming out the other side and of course, many were there to honour friends and loved ones who they had lost to cancer, but we were all equal on the day – flaws and all,” Marisa, who also took part in the event, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was a truly uplifting and exhilarating experience and we are so, so grateful to each and every lady who joined us for a morning we will never forget. One woman described it as ‘companionship among strangers’ and that really sums it up perfectly. It was emotional, there were some tears, but lots of laughter and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. When the ladies hit the water, they all formed a circle and held hands in a gesture that was totally unplanned – it just happened organically and it was quite overwhelming.”

She added that a very special mention has to be made to Michaela and John Edwards and their team from Wild Water Adventures for their support and expertise in ensuring no stone was left unturned in making it a fabulous, safe event.

“It was an all-female team from beginning to end, from our own volunteers, stewards, registration, Gardai, teas and coffees, lifeguards, sea rescue – girl power at its finest! Now all that’s left to do is start planning for 2022!”

Donations are still being taken via the link on the Recovery Haven Kerry Facebook page.

“So far we are close on €9,000 which is just fabulous.”

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