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Big day as baby Odhran is christened

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BABY'S DAY OUT: Martina Breen Long and David Long pictured with baby Odhran during his christening in St Mary's Cathedral on Saturday last.

By Michelle Crean

Friends may not have been able to join the celebrations due to current restrictions but that didn't stop baby Odhran Long's big day going ahead in St Mary's Cathedral on Saturday last.

The little tot from The Park, who is now eight-weeks-old, was christened by Fr Jim Lenihan, surrounded by his parents Martina Breen Long and David Long, grandparents John Breen, Ann Galvin and Charlie Long.

Godparents were Martina's nephew Quentin Breen and David's sister Marissa Long.

"Marissa currently lives in Australia so she wasn't able to travel over," Martina told the Killarney Advertiser this week. "I'd say that if it wasn't for COVID she would have been there as she is due a visit home. David's mom Ann stood in for her."

The couple were joined by 17 family members for the very special occasion. In what would normally be a bigger occasion with friends joining the celebrations, Martina told the Killarney Advertiser that it would have been nice for them to be able to come but with current restrictions it just wasn't possible.

And Martina's sister-in-law Breda was busy on the day capturing it all on camera to share with friends and family afterwards.

"I wanted to get it done in case there was a second lockdown," Martina, who is originally from Pinewood, said.

"It was a lovely ceremony. We all enjoyed a fabulous meal in the Dromhall Hotel afterwards and I have to thank Michael Talbot who is one of the managers there."

Two very important people in her life were very much missed on the day, her mom Peggy and her sister Jacqueline, who have sadly passed away, she added.

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Hairdresser reveals women “open up” on safety while getting their hair done

By Sean Moriarty Nicole Coffey of Nicole’s Hair Salon on St Anne’s was inspired to run a fundraiser for a women’s refuge after hearing distressing stories from some of her clients. On Saturday last she offered a wash and blow-dry to clients and rather than charging them for the her services her customers made a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Nicole Coffey of Nicole’s Hair Salon on St Anne’s was inspired to run a fundraiser for a women’s refuge after hearing distressing stories from some of her clients.

On Saturday last she offered a wash and blow-dry to clients and rather than charging them for the her services her customers made a donation to Adapt Women’s Refuge in Tralee.

Nicole was inspired to run the charity day because a lot of her regular clients opened up to her while they were getting their hair done.

The timing of her charity day was poignant as it came just days after Ashling Murphy was murdered while out for a run in her own town of Tullamore.

“People open up while I do their hair, many of them would not know that there is a refuge in Kerry,” she told the Killarney Advertiser. “I have experience with clients who are struggling. I had this idea to create more awareness for Adapt.”

She raised €2,000 for Adapt and the cheque was handed over to the Tralee-based charity on Thursday night this week.

Such was the success of her charity day Nicole worked from 7am to 7pm and as well as cash donations customers also donated vouchers and care packs to the charity.

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Traffic calming on the approach to Killarney Athletic

By Sean Moriarty Killarney Municipal District is preparing plans to place traffic calming measures on the approach to Killarney Athletic Football Club’s grounds on Woodlawn Road. Cllr Maura Healy-Rae asked for measures to be implemented to improve pedestrian safety and access at the club. “We are currently preparing documentation required for the provision of Traffic […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Municipal District is preparing plans to place traffic calming measures on the approach to Killarney Athletic Football Club’s grounds on Woodlawn Road.

Cllr Maura Healy-Rae asked for measures to be implemented to improve pedestrian safety and access at the club.
“We are currently preparing documentation required for the provision of Traffic Calming at this location,” a council spokesperson told a recent Municipal District meeting. “
It is expected to brief the members at the next Municipal Meeting [in March]. From the records of the Road Safety Authority, no incidents have been recorded at this location.”

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