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‘The best advice I’ve ever had? Take things one day at a time’

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Julett Culloty who is one of the team organising the third annual Models in Recovery fashion show which takes place at the INEC, Killarney, this evening, Thursday, September 1.

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THIS time last year Julett Culloty had taken centre stage to represent her county in the Rose of Tralee and the bubbly young Kilcummin lady was delighted to return to the county town to renew friendships and support her successor in this year’s festival.

And the social whirl doesn’t stop there for Julett, who this evening will be joining Majella O’Donnell a host of others who have recovered from cancer as they take to the catwalk in the INEC for the Models in Recovery fashion show in aid of the Killarney branch of the Kerry Hospice Foundation. “It is such a positive event, we’re all in recovery and we all have different stories,” Julett told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We often only hear the negative stories when we think of cancer. It can be so frightening; people think of the worst-case scenario but this fashion show celebrates people getting through the experience so it really is a fantastic cause to be supporting.”

Julett was diagnosed with cervical cancer in April 2014. “I began my treatment in June of that year. I had intensive chemotherapy and radiotherapy,” she said. Fortunately Julette got the all-clear in October 2014.

She is keen to spread the message of positivity and hope to others. “News of diagnosis is obviously a blow. I remember when I was dealing with it, the best advice I got was from my uncle, Dan Reidy, who said: ‘Look, we’ll get through today, and as for what’s coming tomorrow, we’ll deal with that then.’ That concept of taking things day by day was so helpful, particularly when there was so much racing through my head.”

Co-ordinated by Margaret Walsh O’Donoghue, the fashion show will be preceded by a wine reception at 7pm sharp. Tickets, €15, are available from Pat Doolan, chairman, Killarney branch of Kerry Hospice Foundation, 085-1543514, or participating shops.
 


 
Julett Culloty who is one of the team behind the third annual Models in Recovery fashion show which takes place at the INEC, Killarney, this evening, Thursday, September 1.

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Life-long supporter to be honoured

By Michelle Crean There’ll be a very special launch tomorrow afternoon (Sunday) as one club dedicate a new boat to a loyal supporter. Muckross Rowing Club are inviting all members, past and present, friends and supporters to the boathouse for the boat launch at 2.30pm. “We are delighted to honour and name our new Janousek Coxed […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’ll be a very special launch tomorrow afternoon (Sunday) as one club dedicate a new boat to a loyal supporter.

Muckross Rowing Club are inviting all members, past and present, friends and supporters to the boathouse for the boat launch at 2.30pm.

“We are delighted to honour and name our new Janousek Coxed Quad, sponsored by the Cahernane House Hotel, after Kathleen Murphy, a dedicated supporter of our club,” Shona O’Sullivan from the club, who is also Kathleen’s granddaughter, said.

“Kathleen is always supportive of our club fundraisers and has been selling the Muckross Lotto tickets since day one. Every year Kathleen’s enthusiasm and love for the club is especially shown from the shore at Killarney Regatta, as she is all decked out in the yellow of Muckross.”

She added that Kathleen’s family are also very active members of the club and she enjoys listening to their stories from the boathouse and regattas.

“We hope to see you all there to honour and thank Kathleen, a life-long supporter of our club.”

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Killarney man wins most-coveted trophy in sheepdog trials

By Sean Moriarty Kilcummin farmer Tom O’Sullivan – one of the main organisers of last month’s Sheep Dog Trials in Fossa – has become the first Kerry man to win the biggest award in the sport. Tom is the chairman of the Killarney sub-committee and was a member of the 15-strong Irish team that participated […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Kilcummin farmer Tom O’Sullivan – one of the main organisers of last month’s Sheep Dog Trials in Fossa – has become the first Kerry man to win the biggest award in the sport.

Tom is the chairman of the Killarney sub-committee and was a member of the 15-strong Irish team that participated in the international sheepdog competition in Aberystwyth in Wales last weekend.

A total of 60 competitors, 15 each from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales, contested the biggest event in sheepdog trials on Friday to Sunday last.

After getting through the qualifiers on Friday and Saturday, Tom and his dog Northhill Tess, fended off the challenges of the other top-15 qualifiers to win the International Supreme Champion award.

Not alone is he the first Kerry man to win the competition, which has been running since 1947, he is just the fifth Irishman to do so and the first from Munster.

“The qualifying course was similar to Killarney,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

However, Sunday’s final was much more difficult. His dog had to round up a flock of sheep at the left hand side of the course. Then Northhill Tess, under the guidance of Tom, had to round up a smaller flock and bring them to the same holding pen. When finished, five of the sheep were wearing red collars and Tom had to instruct his dog to separate them and bring them to a separate holding area.

“It is the biggest trophy in sheep dog trailing,” he added. “Everyone who trains a dog does so for this day. It is mind blowing. My family are very proud, they know the time and the work involved preparing for this.”

The standard at the Killarney event last month was evident in Wales last weekend. The Killarney winner, Peter Morgan and his dog Moss, ran Tom to a very close second.

His son Peter Og won the Young Handlers award and Team Ireland were declared the overall winners based on aggregate scores in the final 15.

Tom arrived home to Kilcummin on Monday night to a traditional homecoming bonfire.

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