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“Because it’s April Fool’s Day, nobody believed me at first!” says Glenbeigh shop owner  

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PHOTO OF PREVIOUS WIN: Pictured are: Kieran Murphy opening a bottle of champagne to celebrate the €500,000 ticket sold at Sheahan’s Centra Glenbeigh with some staff members and customers Angela Teahan, Josephine Foley, Etain O’Meara, Maureen Griffin and Nadja Konig. Photo: Michelle Cooper Galvin

 

Lottery lightning strikes twice!

Lucky Kerry store sells winning EuroMillions Plus top prize of €500,000 for the second time in five weeks!

 

A lucky store in Glenbeigh, which is described as the ‘Jewel in the Ring of Kerry’ is today toasting their second EuroMillions Plus top prize win of €500,000 in the space of five weeks, after they sold another winning ticket in last night’s (Tuesday) draw.

Sheahan’s Centra store in Glenbeigh, previously sold the winning ticket for the EuroMillions Plus draw on Friday, February 28, and store owner, Aisling Sheahan said that excitement in the picturesque village is starting to grow as she convinces her customers that this latest win isn’t an elaborate April’s Fool prank.

“Because it’s April Fool’s Day, nobody believed me at first!” she said.

“To sell one EuroMillions Plus prize worth €500,000 is amazing, but to sell another one a matter of weeks later is just truly unbelievable. In the space of five weeks, we have sold two prizes worth a combined €1 million. That is just magical stuff for a small village like Glenbeigh.”

The winning EuroMillions Plus numbers for last night’s draw were: 08, 15, 23, 41, 42. The winning Quick Pick ticket was sold yesterday (Tuesday).

This is the third major National Lottery win in two years for Sheahan’s Centra in Glenbeigh, who also sold a winning Lotto Plus 2 ticket worth €250,000 in February 2018.

“We’re a local shop and given the restrictions in place at the moment, the vast majority of our customers are people from the village. We’re absolutely thrilled that one of these people have become a half a million euro richer overnight. Above all, we wish them good health and we hope that they can enjoy the prize once life returns to normality,” added the lucky store owner.

The National Lottery has confirmed that it is still waiting from the previous Glenbeigh winner of the EuroMillions Plus top prize of €500,000 from Friday, February 28.

 

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County Board open to GAA museum proposals

By Sean Moriarty The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county. There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county.

There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built in their home town.

Before he retired from politics in April, Michael Gleeson was campaigning to build a GAA and cultural museum on the grounds of Fitzgerald Stadium.

His campaign goes back several years before the recession set in, with a €0.5 million bridging loan secured from Croke Park along with funding from Fáilte Ireland. That funding was lost with the onset of the recession before 2010.

Tim Murphy, the outgoing chairman of the Kerry County Board, has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser that no approaches have been made to the County Board at executive level during his five year stint at the helm.

However, he said the Board would be open to such approaches provided there is sound financial planning behind the project in place.

“The first and most important aspect is the capital funding and my understanding is there needs to be Fáilte Ireland funding in place first,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “If it gets up and running, there needs to be very clear talks with all stakeholders so everyone knows each others expectations. A museum attracts footfall, but it costs a lot of money to run. We would offer an open door policy to all proposals but funding, first from a capital point of view and then from an operational point of view, will need to be in place.”

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Loreto pupils are happy to help save the planet

By Michelle Crean School pupils are fast becoming the next generation of environmentalists thanks to a brand new litter-picking campaign. Happy to help save the planet one bit of litter at a time are the children from Scoil Bhríde, Loreto NS, who are currently partaking in the Picker Pal Programme. It’s all about taking on […]

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By Michelle Crean

School pupils are fast becoming the next generation of environmentalists thanks to a brand new litter-picking campaign.

Happy to help save the planet one bit of litter at a time are the children from Scoil Bhríde, Loreto NS, who are currently partaking in the Picker Pal Programme.

It’s all about taking on a litter-picking adventure in their local area as well as learning songs, reading storybooks, filling in activity books while witnessing that their real-world actions are making a positive difference and inspiring others to join the movement.

Picker Pals is a unique primary school programme that gives children the tools and motivation to become the next generation of environmentalists, teacher Claire O’Meara explained.

“The Picker Pal Programme is a fantastic initiative and will go a long way to raise awareness of the impact litter has on our environment,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

Real litter-picking is motivated by a Picker Pack made from upcycled dinghy sails and containing adult and child litter-picking tools, gloves, hi-vis vests and safety information.

“This pack is then taken home by a different pupil every week. That child takes their adult on a litter-picking adventure. The children then tell the story of their litter-picking adventures through art and writing. Raising awareness is an essential part of the solution to littering. Picker Pals gives young people the tools and positive motivation to steward their local environment and make the world a better place.”

The programme, run by environmental NGO VOICE Ireland, is funded by the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications and various local authorities across Ireland.

Now in its third year of operation, over one thousand schools all across Ireland will be taking part in the Picker Pals programme this year. In Kerry, 29 schools are taking part, and Scoil Bhríde, Loreto is delighted to be included, she added.

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