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Buddy struts his stuff to be in the frame for national title

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Buddy with owner Jackie Toner.

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A KILLARNEY pooch is in the frame to be crowned with a prestigious national award. Buddy has won the title Munster finalist in the Face of Brandy 2016.
Should he win, the super-cute Jack Russell cross breed will see his portrait on thousands of dog food packs across Ireland as part of a competition run by leading dog food brand Brandy.

Family dog Buddy from Killarney was chosen from hundreds of entries to represent Munster in the grand final and will now face stiff competition from the champion dogs of Ulster, Leinster and Connaught in a bid to be named Face of Brandy 2016.

The overall winner will star on selected packs of Brandy Dog Food for three months with all four finalists winning a dedicated photo-shoot with their prize pet, a printed photo in presentation box and, of course, a supply of Brandy Dog Food.

Owner Jackie Toner says that Buddy is now a bone-a-fido member of the family which also consists of daughters Margaret, Fiona, Shannon and Grainne, and two more dogs, Sam and Lucy.

“We’re so proud that Buddy has been chosen as the top dog in Munster and we’re keeping our fingers - and paws - crossed that he wins the overall title,” said Jackie. “He loves the kids, even if they can be a little rough with him sometimes. When he was just six weeks old, they were playing with him in their arms and dropped him, and he twisted his paw – but he hasn’t let that get the better of him and he does everything that an able bodied dog would do.

“Buddy is a very placid, friendly dog and he really is one of the family. He gets loads of kisses and cuddles and he makes us very happy. We really wouldn’t be without him,” added Jackie.
 


 
Above: Buddy with owner Jackie Toner.

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Free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer

Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30). The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney. The workshop, which […]

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Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30).

The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney.

The workshop, which takes place via Zoom at 6.30pm, is aimed at children who have been impacted by cancer in any way and will also see Katie read from her debut children’s book, ‘‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’.

Workshop facilitator, Katie, has worked for many years as a child and young people’s therapist with the NHS, before returning to her native Killarney this year. Her background is in fine art and design and she has a Masters degree in Art Psychotherapy.

If you would like to register your child for this free online workshop, please contact Recovery Haven Kerry on 066 7192122 to book your place.

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Not to be for Killarney as Waterford named Best Place to Live in Ireland

While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021. While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, […]

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While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021.

While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, Co Cork, Galway city and the village of Glaslough in Co Monaghan.

Among the things which impressed the judges about Waterford were its beautiful buildings, its liveability, its pedestrian friendly public space, its weather, and its easy access to the Comeragh Mountains and the Copper Coast.

The Chair of the judging panel Conor Goodman congratulated Killarney on its fine showing in the competition.

“Given the level of entries and the extremely high standard of those entries, making it into the Best 5 Places to Live in Ireland really is a wonderful achievement which I’m sure everyone in Killarney and Kerry is really proud of. We were delighted with the level of interest in the competition and would like to thank everyone who nominated a place or who engaged with us on it.”

The Irish Times Best Place to Live in Ireland contest, which is supported by Randox Health, began in June.

In total 470 locations were nominated by more than 2,400 people from all 32 counties for the title of ‘Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021’.

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