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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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Credit Union launch a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd.

Building on recent success the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick have launched a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd. Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd specialise in Photovoltaic (PV) […]

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Building on recent success the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick have launched a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd.

Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd specialise in Photovoltaic (PV) Solar systems that generate electricity, battery storage, air to water heat-pumps and much more.
Gilroy’s work with customers to receive the SEAI once-off grant towards the purchase and installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and heat pumps for your home.
Collaborating with Kerry and West Limerick Credit Union expands the finance options available to Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd customers to help finance new PV Solar Panel installations. Loan rates will be directly linked to the property BER starting from 4.7%(4.89APR) for an “A” rated BER.
Martin Gilroy; CEO with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd said: “We are delighted to officially launch this collaboration with the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick. Customers have already reaped the benefits on recent installation projects after contacting their local Credit Union. Having a direct link to local Credit Unions allows us to guide customers to affordable financing options based on the specific installation quotation we provide at very competitive rates.“
Speaking on behalf of the Kerry and West Limerick Credit Unions, Ashley Fitzgerald added: “We are delighted to have Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd come on board as part of our Greener Homes Loan offering. Home Energy Upgrade have become a prominent concern and talking point among members in recent months, by Credit Unions having a direct link with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd allows both sides to make referrals and seek the best finance option for members. We are working hard building relationships with Green Energy Ltd providers as we want to ensure our members can avail of the best loan rates for all upgrade works.”
Credit Unions across Kerry and West Limerick. Abbeyfeale Credit Union, Cara Credit Union, Killarney Credit Union, Listowel Credit Union and Rathmore and District Credit Union can be reached via: www.creditunion.ie
Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd can be contacted on 066-7115920, email info@gilroys.ie or for more information visit www.gilroys.ie.

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Racegoers Club to host Cheltenham Preview Night

Killarney Racegoers Club will host its annual Cheltenham Preview Night in Corkery’s Bar on March 7. Admission is free and this year’s chosen beneficiary is the Killarney Branch of St […]

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Killarney Racegoers Club will host its annual Cheltenham Preview Night in Corkery’s Bar on March 7.

Admission is free and this year’s chosen beneficiary is the Killarney Branch of St Vincent De Paul Society.
The expert panel includes professional punter Paddy Wilmott, leading jockey Conor McNamara, up-and-coming Kerry-based trainer Eoin McCarthy and local bookmaker Brendan Tyther with Vince Casey acting as the event’s compere.

“There is no admission fee but a raffle on the night for dual membership of Killarney Racegoers Club for the year, which includes 13 days racing and many reciprocal days to other race meetings,” said Mr Casey.

The Cheltenham Festival begins on March 12.

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