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Beaufort walk gifts €16k to Kerry Hospice

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By Con Dennehy

Walkers who put their best foot forward along the scenic Tomies Wood Trail in Beaufort this summer during an event to commemorate the memory of local man Jamie O’Sullivan were rewarded for their efforts this week when the O’Sullivan family presented €16,295 to the Kerry Hospice Night Nurse Programme.

The late Jamie O'Sullivan who sadly passed away from cancer last year.

More than 400 friends, family and community gathered at the scenic location in June for the 'Remembering Jamie' walk, organised by parents Patricia and Simon and his brother Diarmuid, which was an occasion to reminisce, share stories and remember a young man that made an indelible impact during his short and memorable life. A native of Gerah in Beaufort, Jamie lost his brave and dignified battle with cancer in 2021.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions at the time, many of his friends and wider community were unable to celebrate his life, his many talents and his ability to touch the lives of so many people in a variety of ways.

“Jamie was just 31 when he left us. He lived in London and Dublin, but home at the foot of the MacGillycuddy Reeks was his endearing love, a place he called home and an area that inspired him. We were astounded at the response to the walk which was a fitting tribute to Jamie. The local response was phenomenal with the business community such as Kate Kearney’s and Pat Sheehan coming on board. We will be forever grateful for this outpouring of generosity,” Diarmuid said.

“Jamie’s book, 'The Powerful Nan Nee', was a joyous labour of love, written during his cancer battle. The book is a beautiful work, enjoyed by children and the not so young. It was reprinted for the walk and sold out immediately thanks in part to the amazing art work from pupils attending Cullina and Kilgobnet National Schools.”

Speaking at the presentation of the cheque in the Palliative Care Unit in Tralee this week, Maura O’Sullivan, treasurer of the Kerry Hospice Foundation, expressed delight at the sum raised from the walk.

“This was a phenomenal sum of money which will assist with the Night Nurse Programme, a key element for individuals on their cancer journey to remain at home in the loving care of their family. The walk, organised by Patricia, Simon and Diarmuid, was a lovely and fitting tribute to Jamie and highlights the respect and popularity Jamie and his family have in the greater Beaufort and Mid Kerry area. We thank them for their overwhelming generosity and we will keep them in our prayers and thoughts.”

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Camera Club ready to celebrate its 21st anniversary

Killarney Camera Club is ready for the new season and as well as celebrating their 21st birthday – they’re also looking for new members. Next Thursday night they will be […]

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Killarney Camera Club is ready for the new season and as well as celebrating their 21st birthday – they’re also looking for new members.

Next Thursday night they will be holding an Open Night at 7.30pm in the Plaza Suite at The Brehon Hotel.

The club meets every other Thursday at 7.30pm and is open to everyone with an interest in photography, including a junior membership category for 16 to 17-year-olds.

“Whether you’re a complete beginner, or you already know your way around a camera, everyone is welcome,” Deirdre Donohue from the club said.

The club activities include speaker nights, outings, project nights and competitions. At part of the club’s 21st celebrations they will be mounting an exhibition at Killarney House in late October.

“As well as a warm welcome, including tea and biscuits, the Open Night will feature a presentation, by professional photographer Micheál O’Sullivan, of his wonderful landscapes, so come along for a lovely evening of chat and photography!”

If you have any queries, you can contact the club secretary via email at secretary@killarneycameraclub.ie.

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Dancing classes set to unite communities

By Michelle Crean There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities. KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities.

KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, has teamed up with dance instructor John Moriarty to teach both Ukrainians and multiple cultures living in Kerry Irish set dancing steps from next week.

The first class will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting next week (September 27) at St Mary’s Parish Hall at 6.30pm and all are welcome to join.

The idea is to help Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry to come and have fun and get to know locals better, KASI coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have a women’s group for all ages where we do crochet, sewing and art and crafts, where they can talk which is good. I had the music on and they were dancing. I asked if they would like to do dancing classes so I organised it with John Moriarty who is well known in Killarney.”

She added that the women are very excited to learn set dancing and get to know other people from the area.

“Sometimes when you meet new people the language can be a barrier and when you’re dancing everybody is moving. He will open it to everyone so there’ll be integration, it’s fun as well. They are all very excited.”

To find out more contact John on 086 1579381.

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