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Barraduff couple give the gift of over 200 blood donations

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By Sean Moriarty

A Barraduff couple who will hit a staggering 220 donations between them next week are encouraging people to give the gift of blood.

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service, which visits Killarney three times a year, will be in town again on Monday for the first of its four daily clinics at the Dromhall Hotel, and urgently needs donations from the public.

Husband and wife Noel and Eileen Dennehy started donating blood in 1979. Noel has donated blood 118 times over the last 43 years while Eileen will make her 101st donation this coming Monday. Next week's donations will bring the couple to 220 between them.

Noel started donating blood by accident when on a visit to his sister Nora in Rathmore. At the time the Irish Blood Transfusion Service operated clinics in community halls in villages all over the county but these days concentrates on town centre clinics.

“When I was leaving she asked where was I going now,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“When I said I was going to the pub she said why don’t I go to the blood clinic on my way. I walked out the door at that second and I decided to go and give blood.”

Noel, in turn, convinced his wife to donate blood.

“It was the late 1970s, Noel was going and said I should come along too, I try to make them all but that wasn’t always easy with three children,” Eileen said. “They always write to you and tell you what hospital our blood went to so it’s a nice feeling that we know we are helping other people.”

The blood donation clinic will operate for four days at the Dromhall Hotel next week.

On Monday the clinic will be operational from 4.45pm to 8.30pm. It will be open from 2.45pm to 5pm and 6.45pm to 9pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

The clinic will continue between May 3 and 5 when the Irish Blood Transfusion Service will be on site at the Dromhall Hotel between 3.45pm and 7.40pm each day.

Those interested in becoming a donor can register on www.giveblood.ie.

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Leona named PRO of the year

By Sean Moriarty She is best known for promoting the county’s GAA news – and now Leona Twiss has been rewarded for her efforts. The Gaelic Games Writers’ Association named […]

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By Sean Moriarty

She is best known for promoting the county’s GAA news – and now Leona Twiss has been rewarded for her efforts.

The Gaelic Games Writers’ Association named Leona as its Public Relations Officer of the Year at an awards ceremony at Iveagh Gardens in Dublin on Friday night last.

Leona has been the PRO for Kerry GAA for the last five years but will have to step down this year due to County Board rules.

“I was speechless, it was wonderful to get PRO of the Year but I am only as good as the team around me and this success is attributed to the hard work of the entire PR team at Kerry GAA,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

As well as her busy schedule managing the media affairs for the Kerry County Board, Leona is also principal at Cullina National School in Beaufort.

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Any victory for Ukraine is important!

By Natalya Krasnenkova On the eve of the final of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, President Zelensky said “Ukrainians need victory – big and small”. That is why Ukrainians who […]

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By Natalya Krasnenkova

On the eve of the final of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, President Zelensky said “Ukrainians need victory – big and small”.

That is why Ukrainians who gathered around the world on Saturday night were waiting for Ukraine’s win in the song contest, just like the victory in the war.

The Ukrainians from the Innisfallen Hotel were waiting for that too and the overall winner, Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra, caused a real emotional storm in the hall!

“After my country’s victory at Eurovision, I felt proud, cried, laughed and couldn’t believe it. I am also grateful to everyone who voted for us, because this victory shows how much most European countries support us,” Iryna Melnychuk said.

“Voting around the world for Ukraine gives us hope for support from the world community not only in the Eurovision Song Contest,” said Stepan Krasnenkov.

The Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra received the highest number of points from the audience during the entire existence of the competition: 439 points from the audience, 192 points from the professional jury. In the end – 631 points, which brought Ukraine victory.

Also, thanks to the Kalush Orchestra, the whole world now knows about the humanitarian catastrophe in Mariupol and the Azovstal enterprises, where wounded Ukrainian soldiers and civilians are under blockade without food, water and medicine.

After their performance, Kalush Orchestra addressed the audience from around the world with a request to save the defenders of Mariupol, who are at the Azovstal plant.

“Please help Ukraine, Mariupol! Help Azovstal! Right now!” – the band called.

After these words, search queries for Azovstal and Mariupol took off on the Internet as people were looking for what they meant.

Irish Eurovision contestant Brooke also sang it and the whole world sings the song of the winners ‘Stefania’.

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