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Buckley’s star to shine even brighter in the future

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By Sean Moriarty

Jessie Buckley’s Hollywood career is only starting according to those who know her best.

Orna Cleary of Killarney Musical Society, who nurtured a young Jessie as a child actor in Killarney, said she is “only in the infancy of her career".

Jessie missed out on her first Oscar at last weekend’s Academy Awards. She was nominated for her role in the 2021 psychological Netflix drama 'The Lost Daughter'.

Ariana Debose won the Best Supporting Actress award on Sunday night, but Jessie’s loss is no cause for disappointment.

“She has a massive road ahead of her,” Orna told the Killarney Advertiser. “It is only the beginning, I believe she is still in the early part of her career. Look at what she has achieved in the last four or five years, the movies she has starred in, the people she has performed with, she is only in the infancy of her journey.”

Meanwhile, Mayor Marie Moloney hopes to organise a Civic Reception for Jessie the next time she is at home in Killarney. There is a Kerry County Council protocol in place for such receptions.

Mayor Moloney, a close friend of the Buckley family, confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser that she is to write to the powers that be and apply for the Civic Reception.

“Of course we are all a little disappointed that she did not win, but the nomination itself is a huge achievement,” the Mayor told the Killarney Advertiser.

“This is only the first of many Oscar nominations for this very talented young lady. The whole of Killarney is very proud of her.”

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Volunteers wanted for street collection

By Michelle Crean October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and local volunteers are keen to not only raise awareness but also funds. Kathrina Breen, Eleanor O’Doherty and Kathleen O’Shea who […]

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By Michelle Crean

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and local volunteers are keen to not only raise awareness but also funds.

Kathrina Breen, Eleanor O’Doherty and Kathleen O’Shea who have been supporting the Irish Cancer Society for many years are delighted to be able to get back to their Pink Ribbon street collection in Killarney town next Friday (October 7).

They are the only group in the country doing the collection as many fundraisers have moved online since the pandemic struck.

“We’re the only town in Ireland doing it this year,” Kathrina, who feels it’s important to keep a street collection going, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We haven’t done it in two years since before COVID. I pushed to do it as it raises a lot of money. People have been supporting this for years, this money goes towards breast detection equipment, information leaflets in doctors surgeries and towards cancer grants.”

In 2021, donations helped 254 breast cancer patients with free transport to and from 2,380 chemotherapy appointments by volunteer drivers, 154 patients received 514 nights of end-of-life care from Night Nurses and 3,430 enquiries were made about breast cancer through the Freephone Support Line 1800 200 700 and at 13 Daffodil Centres across the country.

And she added that they’re looking for a few volunteers to help out on the day.

“If anyone would like to help they can contact me on 087 2612992.”

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Calls for Council to acquire vacant Rock Road properties

By Sean Moriarty There are calls to make two vacant properties on Rock Road available to Kerry County Council’s housing inventory. The two cottages, one either side of the entrance […]

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By Sean Moriarty

There are calls to make two vacant properties on Rock Road available to Kerry County Council’s housing inventory.

The two cottages, one either side of the entrance to St Finan’s Hospital, are vacant for some time.
Cllr Maura Healy-Rae raised the issue at a recent Killarney Municipal District meeting.

“Regarding two vacant houses at the entrance to St Finan’s on Rock Road which appear to be vacant for a significant period of time. One of the properties is in the ownership of the HSE. I requested that Kerry County Council would liaise with the HSE with a view to potentially acquiring this house,” she told the Killarney Advertiser after the meeting.

“I stressed that it is important that the local authority exhaust all possibilities when it comes to providing more houses, particularly properties located within the town of Killarney where the need and demand for housing is critical.”

Kerry County Council said it would get the Vacant Homes Officer to contact the owner of the privately owned bungalow.

“They will inform the property owner that there is funding available under various schemes and grants to aid the return of this property to habitable use. Such schemes include the Repair and Lease Scheme and the recently launched Croí Cónaithe vacant property grant,” said a Council official.

Cllr Healy-Rae added: “I requested that KCC would liaise with the HSE with a view to potentially acquiring this house.”

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