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Birthday celebrations in Killarney for former Bond girl

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By Michelle Crean

There was no better place for Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning actress Jane Seymour to celebrate her birthday - as she partied in Killarney on Friday.

SING-SONG: Jane Seymour with the talented Noel O'Sullivan in Hilliards where they had a sing-song together on Friday evening.

The 71-year-old actress - best known for her 1990s American TV series 'Dr Quinn Medicine Woman' - stayed in the Randles Hotel and celebrated in Hillianrds ahead of her birthday which takes place tomorrow (Wednesday).

"Kerry International Film Festival (KIFF) and Randles Hotel Killarney were delighted to host English actress, OBE, Jane Seymour, as she was celebrating her birthday weekend in Killarney on Friday night," KIFF Board Member, Aileen Garvey, said.

The actress is best known as a Bond girl in the 1973 James Bond film ‘Live and Let Die’.

Seymour has starred in an array of films throughout her extensive career, including 'Somewhere In Time', 'Wedding Crashers', 'Love', 'Wedding', 'Marriage', 'Little Italy', 'The War with Grandpa' and 'Friendsgiving' amongst many others.

In addition to her acting career, Seymour is also the founder of the Open Hearts Foundation and she has co-written several children’s books and self help books. She has also created the Jane Seymour Designs label which includes sculptures, jewellery, furniture and fashion.

Jane also met well known local teacher and musican Noel O'Sullivan and even posted a video onto her Instagram which has 281K followers!

"Happy #OpenHeartsSunday! Some of life’s most special moments happen when you least expect them. We met Mr. O’Sullivan here at Hilliard’s in Killarney beautifully playing the piano. Get this, he does it all by ear as he can’t read music!!

"Loved singing ‘Imagine’ together and getting to know him. Today I encourage you to say YES to new experiences outside of your routines, you never know what wonderful moments are just around the corner!"

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Valuable role of Kerry cancer support charity recognised nationally

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Cancer support charity Recovery Haven Kerry has been recognised for its vital role in supporting cancer patients and their families at a national ceremony in Dublin.

The renowned cancer support house was one of 16 such centres across Ireland that were presented with plaques to acknowledge their full membership of the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) Alliance – a group made up of voluntary and charity organisations delivering support services directly to cancer patients and their families. An additional 10 associate member charities were also honoured, including Kerry Cancer Support Group.

The Alliance advocates for, and supports, the development of integrated pathways between the cancer centres, acute hospitals, community cancer support services and primary care services. All members’ development is in line with the values of Sláintecare, seeking to provide assurance to healthcare professionals that these organisations are working to an agreed standard as set out in Best Practice Guidance published by the NCCP. 

Speaking after the ceremony, which was held at Dublin’s Farmleigh Estate, Recovery Haven Kerry Chairman, Tim McSwiney, explained that being compliant with the Best Practice Guidance for Community Cancer Support Centres is a true mark of quality. 

“It offers us a yardstick to measure what we are doing against the standards required. As a result, healthcare professionals have more confidence in referring people to our services. We are very proud to be a member of the Alliance,” he said.

Recovery Haven Kerry was represented at the event by centre manager, Gemma Fort and Client Services Co-Ordinator, Siobhan MacSweeney and were presented with their plaque by NCCP Lead for Cancer Survivorship, Louise Mullen, Clinical Lead for Psycho-Oncology Dr Helen Greally, and Minister of State at the Department of Health, Colm Burke. 

The event was also used as an opportunity to announce funding of €3m for the NCCP’s Alliance of Community Cancer Support Centres and Services through Budget 2024. The NCCP is currently in the process of distributing these funds which will directly and positively impact the delivery of services for patients and families nationally.

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‘More Precious Than Gold’ book launch

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At the official book launch of ‘More Precious Than Gold: My enduring connection with John McShain – the man who built Washington’ by Alice O’Neill-McLoughlin at Killarney House, was Minister of State for Nature, Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan, T.D.

Alice was born the eldest of eleven children into an Irish farming family in Rosbercon, New Ross, County Wexford. In 1978, she was awarded a scholarship from John McShain- the iconic builder, philanthropist, devout Catholic with Derry ancestry, responsible for many famous American landmarks, including the Jefferson Memorial and the Pentagon.

Her book records the lifelong personal correspondence Alice exchanged with ‘The Man Who Built Washington.’ His philanthropy extended to the Irish people in the bequeathing to the State of Killarney House and the surrounding thousands of acres incorporating the Lakes, Ross Castle, and Innisfallen Island. In 2019, Alice had the honour of inducting John McShain into the Irish America Hall of Fame in her home town of New Ross in the presence of his relatives from Philadelphia and Derry. This is a tale of altruism, of gratitude, of faith and of a life lived in the pursuit of excellence.

Alice also donated her treasured correspondence of letters from John McShain for the archive at Killarney House. Also in attendance were Members of the Ignatius A. O’Shaughnessy family, who was founder of The Globe Oil and Refining Company – and part of a consortium of wealthy American businessmen who were going to purchase the lakes of Killarney as a Country Club in the 1950’s.

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