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Ava’s big-hearted gesture to benefit sick children

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By Michelle Crean

It took a long time to grow but only minutes for Ava O’Sullivan's hair to be cut - but the lasting impact will be felt by sick children for a long time to come.

DONE: Ava O’Sullivan pictured after 14 inches was cut off her hair.

Hairdresser Mary O’Sullivan took the scissors to 11-year-old Ava's hair which she has now donated to much loved Irish charity LauraLynn Ireland's Children's Hospice.

Ava, a big-hearted pupil in Firies NS, had 14 inches cut off of her long, flowing locks and she couldn’t be happier with her new hairstyle.

Her ‘Locks of Love’ donation will go towards raising funds for children with life-limiting conditions in LauraLynn, while also creating a wig for a child in need through The Rapunzel Foundation.

Ava set up an iDonate page for her fundraiser, with all contributions going directly to LauraLynn Ireland’s Children’s Hospice. To date she has raised nearly €1,700.

"It was just something we talked about last year; she’d lovely thick hair and I explained that the hair goes to help them make wigs for children," Ava’s mum, Olivia O’Sullivan, said.

"She looked up about what LauraLynn does for sick children and the services they provide and couldn’t be happier to help them out."

Ava is a busy beaver who loves Irish dancing with the Chamber's School of Irish Dance, soccer with MEK’s, taking part in the Siamsa Training Academy in Tralee and also taking part in the Killarney Musical Society variety show next week.

People can still donate by using the link www.idonate.ie/fundraiser/OliviaOsullivan524.

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Retiring Garda Sergeant began career in Killarney

Antoinette Cunningham who retired last week from An Garda Síochána and the Association of Garda Sergeant’s and Inspector’s as their General Secretary started her career 33 years ago in Killarney. […]

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Antoinette Cunningham who retired last week from An Garda Síochána and the Association of Garda Sergeant’s and Inspector’s as their General Secretary started her career 33 years ago in Killarney.

Sergeant In charge at Killarney Garda Station Dermot O’Connell paid tribute to her achievements and her unrelenting commitment to improving the policing environment.

As a former Chairman, Secretary and delegate of the Kerry Branch, Sergeant Dermot O’Connell worked closely with Antoinette in AGSI for many years.

“Her support for members of the Association was second to none. Antoinette always pursued what was right and just. Her ability, knowledge and professionalism was acknowledged both internally and externally by other representative bodies and also professional bodies,” he said.

“When Antoinette arrived here at her first station, the late Jack McGrath was the Sergeant In Charge.”
“As many know Sergeant Jack McGrath frequently walked the beat. During this time Jack shared much of his experience with Antoinette who proved her ability as a competent Garda to Sergeant Jack McGrath. “
“Jack was very impressed by her ability even at that early stage, he always spoke highly of Antoinette and followed her career path with great interest.”

Antoinette subsequently transferred to Limerick (Roxboro Road and Mayorstone Garda Stations). As a Sergeant she moved to the Garda College and completed a Master’s Degree in Adult Learning and a BA in Training and Education.
In 2021 Antoinette was honoured by University Galway with an Alumni Award for her significant contribution in the field of policing.

She became the first female member to serve with the Association of Sergeants and Inspectors at Branch level, National Executive level, President, Deputy General Secretary and finally General Secretary.

“On behalf of the Kerry Branch of AGSI I wish Antoinette the very best in whatever the future holds for her and her family,” added Sergeant O’Connell.

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‘The Bumblebee1000’ Supercar event arriving in Killarney on Saturday

The ‘Bumblebee1000’ supercar run will arrive in Killarney around 5pm on Saturday. Around 40 supercars will leave Barberstown Castle in County Kildare on Saturday morning.After stops at Portlaoise Plaza (11am) […]

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The ‘Bumblebee1000’ supercar run will arrive in Killarney around 5pm on Saturday.

Around 40 supercars will leave Barberstown Castle in County Kildare on Saturday morning.
After stops at Portlaoise Plaza (11am) and Cashel Palace Hotel (1pm) the convoy will arrive the Europe Hotel and Resort at 5pm.
“’The Bumblebee1000’ is not just about horsepower and adrenaline rushes; it’s about making a difference. As participants roar through the countryside, they’ll also be driving towards a noble cause. This event is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for The Little Blues Heroes charity, supporting the children of the Little Blue Heroes, and making a positive impact on their lives,” said an event spokesperson.
“The Bumblebee1000” is not just a journey; it’s an experience that blends luxury, adventure, and philanthropy in a seamless fusion. Whether behind the wheel of a sleek supercar or a supporter cheering from the sidelines, everyone is invited to be part of this remarkable event.
The cars will depart the Europe Hotel and Resort at 10am on Sunday and will stop off at a charity cars and coffee event in Tarbert at 11am before finishing in Adare at around 2pm.

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