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Breeda’s generous act as she makes 50 blood donations

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DONATION: Breeda O'Donoghue from Rathmore, who has donated blood over 50 times, is calling on others to give the gift of blood.

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By Sean Moriarty

A Rathmore woman who has donated blood over 50 times is calling on more locals to donate.

The Irish Blood Transfusion Board is operating blood donation clinics in the Dromhall Hotel from Monday to Thursday next (September 28 to October 1).

 

Breeda O’Donoghue is preparing for her 51st donation having first donated blood over 30 years ago.

The mother of three donates every three months and is encouraging more to do the same.

“In my 30 years donating it has never once impacted on my life in a negative way,” she told the Killarney Advertiser. “My three sons, the youngest 19, does it and it such an important thing to do.”

One of Breeda’s favourite parts of the whole process is knowing her healthy blood is going to help someone less fortunate.

“The Irish Blood Transfusion Board (IBTB) always ring you and tell you where your blood went to. My last donation went to someone in Wexford, but it could be a hospital too,” she added. “The main point I want to get across is people should be doing this, it does not impact their lives in anyway but it could save someone else.”

New changes introduced as a result of COVID-19 restrictions mean donors must pre-register, via www.giveblood.ie, for each clinic as walk-ins are no longer allowed. All other COVID-19 regulations like social distancing and mask wearing are observed during each clinic. Also, donations are not allowed while pregnant or one year after giving birth.

“Despite COVID-19, the IBTS have continued to provide safe blood for hospitals across the country," Maureen Gill-Emerson, IBTS Donor Services Manager, said.

"To do this, we need to rely on regular and new donors to attend the clinics. Our donors’ safety is a priority and we are so grateful for their support in helping us maintain the blood supply. Our appointment system will allow for social distancing and we’ve added further precautions to ensure their well-being. There is no substitute for blood. Each blood donation can save up to three lives and every donor that comes into a clinic is allowing hospital patients more time with their loved ones.”

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NPWS survey to find out impact of fires

By Michelle Crean The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April. The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find […]

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By Michelle Crean

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April.

The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find out the biological impacts of the fires in the 26,000 acre park.

The fires in April burned from Friday night on April 23 until around 12pm the following Monday when they were finally brought under control.

Parts of the Park were scorched resulting in flora and fauna being wiped out. Some fires came as close as 10 metres to a church and school in the Black Valley area.

Fires raged near Tomies Wood and fire crews from five different districts quenched fires near the properties under threat. A real threat was for The Oak Woods but fire fighters managed to avert danger.

The fire is believed to have begun on the Kenmare Road area escalated by the strong winds.

“The purpose of this tender is to commission a comprehensive survey of the impacts, and the chrono-sequence of fire recovery or otherwise, on lands burned over the past four decades, as well as surveys in unburned areas, in order to assess the biological impacts of the fires, in particular the fire of April 2021, on the biodiversity of Killarney National Park,” an NPWS spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Killarney spin will bring comfort to patients

By Michelle Crean Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town. Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22. This year due to COVID […]

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By Michelle Crean

Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town.

Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22.

This year due to COVID restrictions the 54321 team will run with two teams of five people, all female – who are raising funds for one single charity – Comfort for Chemo Kerry.

Their four day challenge will include a cycle the Ring of Kerry on day one (Thursday 19), a climb up Carrantuohil on day two (Friday 20), a cycle from Killarney to the foot of Cnoc Na Tobair and then climb Cnoc Na Tobair on day three (Saturday 21) finishing off with a cycle of the Skellig Ring on day four (Sunday 22).

In advance of the ninth annual challenge they will first participate in the spinathons at various locations to help raise much needed funds for this year’s chosen charity.

The first of the spinathons will take place on Saturday, July 31 in Listowel, Killorglin, Dingle, Cahersiveen. On the day volunteers will take to the spinning bikes from 10am to 5pm in different locations around these towns.
This will be followed by Killarney on Sunday, August 15, and Tralee on Saturday, August 28.

When choosing this year’s charity, organisers contacted a past participant and a dear friend, Mairead Dunphy from Glencar who is currently on her own journey with cancer.

“We wanted to show our support to Mairead and knowing that she would like to support those who have supported her on her journey so far, she had already being looking at ideas to raise much needed funds for Comfort for Chemo Kerry,” TJ O’Connor said.

“Please support Comfort for Chemo Kerry by giving what you can.”

For more information about the spinathons go to www.54321challenge.org or the Comfort for Chemo Kerry Facebook page for online donation information.

There’s also a GoFundMe page: ‘Comfort for Chemo Kerry – 54321 Challenge 2021’ which has a €20,000 target set up.

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