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Barraduff locals to take on charity spin

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By Michelle Crean

A number of Barraduff locals have set the wheels in motion to raise funds for a very worthy charity.

They are planning to get on their bikes after Christmas for a spinning fundraiser, which takes place on Thursday, December 30 in Barraduff Community Centre in aid of the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust (KBRT). It is being organised by Jenny McCarthy and Declan O'Donoghue of Triumph Coaching, along with the support of the Barraduff Community Field Organisation.

The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust aims to alleviate the financial hardship of bereaved families repatriating the body or bodies of loved ones who have died abroad in sudden or tragic circumstances back to Ireland.

"The event itself will see six 40 minutes spinning classes being held with all donations on the day going towards this wonderful charity," Jenny said.

"The reward for those who wish to participate will not only be supporting a worthy cause but tea, cakes, and lots of treats will be available afterwards."

A coffee morning is also being organised as part of the fundraiser, open to everyone that morning – not just spinners!

"Our key concern is that participants and supporters on the day stay as safe as possible. We will be adhering strictly to Government guidelines and all necessary precautions will be in place throughout the venue," she added.

The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust was founded in 2013 following the tragic death of Kevin Bell, aged 26 years, in New York. Repatriation can cost up to £12,000 depending on the circumstances of the death, local charges, and hospital release costs.

“KBRT have now repatriated 1,195 loved ones to their families in Ireland, with 32 of those being to Kerry alone, from countries worldwide such as Australia, Argentina, South Korea, USA, Canada, Ecuador, Cambodia, India, Uganda to name just a few. The Trust repatriates approximately 15-20 loved ones back to Ireland per month. We are asking as many people as possible to participate in this fun event to help raise funds for this charity which has touched so many people’s lives. If you can’t make the event itself there is an opportunity to donate via the iDonate fundraising page: 'JenniferMcCarthy', and all contributions are gladly welcome."

Spinning sessions are running from 9am to 1.30pm on the day and if you’d like to book please contact Jenny on 086 1037496 or Declan on 087 6945188.

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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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