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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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Family to run in memory of the late Linda Eviston

By Sean Moriarty The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory. Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer. Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory.

Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer.

Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of her daughter Alannah, will run a 42.2km course, on the day before her anniversary to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

The route will be based on landmarks that were an important part of Linda’s life. Starting from the family home in Dromkerry, before heading for the town centre and passing the Eviston House Hotel, Linda’s grandmother’s home at Park Road, Linda’s childhood home and national school in Glenflesk, Loreto where Linda attended secondary school, back to Killarney and finishing at Linda’s pride and joy – Brook Lodge Hotel.

“It is tough but we wanted to do something in Linda’s memory and help other people who might find themselves in similar circumstances,” Pat told the Killarney Advertiser. “We originally hoped to do the Dublin City Marathon but that got cancelled. This route is much better, but much tougher as it’s more hilly.”

All proceeds will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society and donations can be made via: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/inhonouroflinda.

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Women bravely bare all for Kerry’s first ‘Dip in the Nip’

By Michelle Crean  It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend. Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend.

Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst the all female grouping were some Killarney ladies who joined in the empowering adventure for what was described as “a special and unforgettable morning” all in aid of Recovery Haven Kerry.

According to Marisa Reidy from Recovery Haven, the women were of all ages and all walks of life who came together for so many personal reasons.

“Some were still on their own cancer journey, some were celebrating coming out the other side and of course, many were there to honour friends and loved ones who they had lost to cancer, but we were all equal on the day – flaws and all,” Marisa, who also took part in the event, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was a truly uplifting and exhilarating experience and we are so, so grateful to each and every lady who joined us for a morning we will never forget. One woman described it as ‘companionship among strangers’ and that really sums it up perfectly. It was emotional, there were some tears, but lots of laughter and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. When the ladies hit the water, they all formed a circle and held hands in a gesture that was totally unplanned – it just happened organically and it was quite overwhelming.”

She added that a very special mention has to be made to Michaela and John Edwards and their team from Wild Water Adventures for their support and expertise in ensuring no stone was left unturned in making it a fabulous, safe event.

“It was an all-female team from beginning to end, from our own volunteers, stewards, registration, Gardai, teas and coffees, lifeguards, sea rescue – girl power at its finest! Now all that’s left to do is start planning for 2022!”

Donations are still being taken via the link on the Recovery Haven Kerry Facebook page.

“So far we are close on €9,000 which is just fabulous.”

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