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Betty’s record Rapunzel donation




By Marie Carroll-O’Sullivan

Not content with a hat-trick, Betty O’Farrell went for four in a row on Thursday last as she once again selflessly donated her hair to charity.



FOUR IN A ROW: Hairdresser Triona O’Shea pictured with Betty O’Farrell who cut her hair for the fourth time for the Rapunzel Foundation. Photo: Marie Carroll-O’Sullivan

Hairdresser Triona O’Shea is ready to cut Betty O’Farrell's hair for the Rapunzel Foundation. Photo: Marie Carroll-O’Sullivan

I was tipped off by restaurant owner Johnny McGuire, husband of the ever giving Betty O’Farrell, who sat next to the equally charitable Triona O’Shea, at Ruby Tuesdays, as they discussed Betty’s 12 inch quota to suffice the partial make up of one child’s wig through the Rapunzel Foundation in Waterford.

Once confirmed, the conversation drifted to Betty and her sister’s recent appearance on TG4 ‘as gaeilge’ ar Cois Mhuire, to that of Triona O’Shea’s daughter Ashten’s up coming appearance on First Dates Ireland in the coming weeks.

Equally supporting the Rapunzel Foundation in Waterford, these ladies are somewhat pros!

Hairdresser at Ruby Tuesdays, Triona, has been offering this service free of charge to the wider community in Killarney for over 20 years now. The requirements are specific in that each plait must be 12 inches between each band, it must be in good condition and not coloured, permed, highlighted, bleached, or dreadlocked. The Rapunzel Foundation gather braids from all over Ireland and ship to New Zealand where the hair is made in to wigs. Depending on the size and density, it will take between five and 25 ponytails to make one hair piece.

“Betty is an amazing lady,” Triona said.

“It’s a new record for me. Betty has now set the bar at four for the number of times she has donated her hair to the Rapunzel Foundation which is truly amazing. Laura Sheehan, Rathmore is a close second, donating her locks three times to date. People are great!

Betty explained that it has taken between two and two and a half years to grow the 12 inches leaving her with a bob hair style each time.

"I love swimming so it needs to be long enough to tie back," she said.

"I have visited Triona twice on High Street and twice at Ruby Tuesdays. The first time on High Street was with my son Frank, who at the time, also donated 12 inches of his hair to the Rapunzel Foundation,”

Dealing with illness down through the years, I could see how important it was to Betty to donate.

“It might be the last time I donate as I believe grey hair is not acceptable,” Betty laughed.



Three Peaks Challenge to raise funds for Down Syndrome Kerry

This year’s Three Peaks Challenge, organised by Killarney Cycling Club will raise funds for Down Syndrome Kerry. The June 15 event,  the only one day cycle event Down Syndrome Kerry […]




This year’s Three Peaks Challenge, organised by Killarney Cycling Club will raise funds for Down Syndrome Kerry.

The June 15 event,  the only one day cycle event Down Syndrome Kerry is associated with this year, promises to be a fabulous day of cycling and fun!.

The 100km route challenges the stronger cyclists and the 75km route gives cyclists the chance to become familiar with Moll’s Gap which is part of the Ring of Kerry route.
The cycle sets out from Killarney, heading out the Cork Road. The 75km route (one peak) turns right at Loo Bridge for Kilgarvan and onto Kenmare, while the 100km route, (three peaks) heads over the county bounds to Ballyvourney, onto The Top of Coom and then Kenmare. Both routes continue on over Moll’s Gap, passing through the picturesque Ladies’ View and back into Killarney, where all participants will be treated to a burger and drink at the finish line.

“We will guarantee plenty of laughs and refreshments along the way, there are two routes available; 100km or 75km, to meet all abilities, covering some of the most beautiful landscapes in Ireland. This is the perfect warm-up for anyone thinking of doing the Ring of Kerry cycle this year or anybody looking for a really well run sportive with great craic compulsory,” Chairperson of Killarney Cycling Club, Kevin Murphy.

All cyclists who register online will be entered into a raffle for some great spot prizes kindly donated by our sponsors, winners collecting their prize at the finish line.

Down Syndrome Kerry’s goal is to help people with down syndrome to make their own futures as bright and independent as possible by providing them with education, support and friendship every step of the way.
Funds raised from this cycle will help Down Syndrome to continue to provide vital services such as speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and job coaching to their members.
As Down Syndrome Kerry do not receive any government funding, they are totally dependent on your support to continue to make these services available to those who need them.
You can register for the cycle which is €40 for Cycling Ireland members, €20 for accompanied under 16’s on event master:-

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BAR 1661 is teaming up with Pig’s Lane for a night of cocktail mastery

BAR 1661, the winners of Ireland’s Bar of the Year 2022, are taking up temporary residency in Killarney’s first underground hotspot, Pig’s Lane for one night only on May 21. […]




BAR 1661, the winners of Ireland’s Bar of the Year 2022, are taking up temporary residency in Killarney’s first underground hotspot, Pig’s Lane for one night only on May 21.

The dynamic team at Dublin’s BAR 1661, who have recently taken their talents to venues in Sweden, London, and the famous Dead Rabbit Bar in New York, are now hitting the road to Killarney for an epic takeover event.

Staunchly Irish and fiercely independent, BAR 1661 have two goals in mind; to introduce the world to Poitín and lift Irish cocktail culture to fresh heights.
Headed up by their founder Dave Mulligan, the Dublin team will transform Pig’s Lane on College Street for one night only. Since opening just a few months ago, Pig’s Lane has been raising the bar in Kerry with its cocktails, whiskey and wine offering. Kicking off at 6pm, experience a curated selection of Poitín-infused cocktails, featuring a bespoke rendition of BAR 1661’s drinks menu.

The crew will also serve up their unique take on the classic Irish Coffee with their Belfast Coffee, steeped with cold brew coffee, top-quality Irish Poitín, and rich demerara syrup. Guests will be able to chat with the team, get some insider knowledge on how to elevate their own cocktail-making skills, as well as learn insider tips on how to blend flavours to satisfy their own palette.

Two-time World Championship Mixologist and Drinks Development Manager for the O’Donoghue Ring Collection and Pig’s Lane, Ariel Sanecki said of the upcoming takeover: 

“We are very excited to welcome one of Ireland’s leading bars, BAR 1661, for an exclusive collaboration with us here at Pig’s Lane. This takeover is a great opportunity for people to meet with innovative mixologists who will be crafting bespoke creations right in front of them! We look forward to welcoming guests on the night, to what promises to be an epic event, featuring premium drink producers and unforgettable flavours.”

Before the takeover starts, drinks aficionados can join Dave for an intimate Poitín Masterclass. Attendees are invited to explore the diverse landscape of Poitín, accompanied by fascinating insights into its vibrant history and contemporary revival.


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