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Brave Killarney boy to appear on national TV

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BRAVE BOY: Thomas Howe (8), who is waiting for a kidney transplant, will feature on Virgin Media news bulletins along with his mother Olivia this evening (Friday). Photo: Michelle Crean

 

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By Sean Moriarty

 

A Killarney boy who needs a kidney transplant is one of several local people who will appear on Virgin Media’s main evening news bulletin tonight (Friday) promoting the Irish Kidney Association’s (IKA) Christmas campaign.

 

Thomas Howe (8), will feature on the Virgin Media news bulletins along with his mother Olivia, as part of a national campaign by the IKA who are encouraging families to discuss organ donation when they gather for the festive season.

 

The Howe family face an anxious New Year as they wait to learn if Olivia is a match for Thomas.

 

“Christmas is a time when families gather and we want people to let their other family members know they are carrying a donor card,” Olivia told the Killarney Advertiser. “By just saying you have a card can spark a whole conversation about organ donation.”

 

Joining Thomas for the report, which was filmed in the IKA house in Muckross yesterday afternoon, is grateful transplant recipient and Transplant Team Ireland member Anna Pokjoska, a Killarney mother of one who underwent a kidney transplant in 2017. Just this summer she won a Silver and Bronze medal at the World Transplant Games. She also did the Ring of Kerry cycle earlier this year.

 

“Anna is such an inspiration,” added Olivia from Barraduff. “Out of her adversity, came true strength of character.”

 

 

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Man released without charge in murder case

The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge […]

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The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge in relation to this matter.

Miriam Burns was found in her home on Monday afternoon after family and neighbours became concerned about her welfare.

A file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions and investigations are ongoing under the direction of a Senior Investigating Officer.

Gardaí are continuing to appeal to any persons who were in the Ardshanavooley area between 5pm on Friday and 1pm on Monday and observed any activity which drew their attention, to come forward.

Any road users who were travelling in the area at these times who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) are asked to make this footage available to Gardaí.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Killarney Garda Station on 064 6671160, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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Plenty of music and entertainment to celebrate Kilcummin talent

The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night. The talent within […]

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The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night.

The talent within the branch was clearly evident with a packed trophies table. Indeed some of the successes over the last number of months were replayed in a relaxed, jovial atmosphere that meant that all attending had a great night’s entertainment.

“We had demonstrations of winning sets across all age groups and then we moved onto the musicians who pulled out all the stops to entertain the large crowd, packed into the clubhouse,” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCÉ PRO, told the Killarney Advertiser.

John Moriarty, who has recently retired from his role of Supervisor with Kilcummin Rural Development was acknowledged with a presentation to reflect the outstanding work that he has done to enhance and grow Kilcummin Comhaltas over his 25 years in his role, he added.

“Much thanks and praise was also offered to Mary, Adrian and Conor Moriarty, all involved in the progression of dancing and music within the Kilcummin branch. The music and entertainment continued with Helen Kerins and Denis Crowley late into the night. We’re looking forward to next year already!”

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