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Cancer survivor calls on community to support Daffodil Day

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A Killarney grandmother and cancer survivor has urged the public to support Daffodil Day on Friday March 25.

Anne Dolan (59), who lost two brothers to cancer before coming through her own diagnosis, says she is glad to be able to spend time with her grandchildren after receiving treatment for breast cancer in 2016.

“It was an awful worry after losing my brothers to cancer – Tommy in 1997 and then Donie in 2004 – when my own mammogram picked up a lump,” she said.

“My daughter was expecting our first grandchild during my chemotherapy treatment. It was such a terrifying time, not knowing if I’d be around to see the little child grow up.

“Thankfully it was a good outcome for me. She is nearly five now, and is the love of my life. We also had our second grandchild last July, and it was so different this time. I’m determined to see both my grandchildren grow up.”

During her illness she reached out for support from the Irish Cancer Society’s Daffodil Centre in Cork University Hospital during her time there.

“I was always one of the first to get my daffodil every year and wear it with pride. Especially after the experience with my brothers, we’ve always been very supportive of it,” she added.

“The Daffodil Centre nurses referred me for the 'Look Good Feel Better' programme and it was amazing. At the time you have no hair and you’re feeling like crap, but it makes you feel like a million dollars, it’s a fabulous service.”

Daffodil Day returns to the streets for the first time since 2019 on March 25.

The Irish Cancer Society is calling on the public to take part in any way they can to show solidarity and support for anyone affected by cancer.

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International day was a recipe for success

By Michelle CreanSpicy dishes and sweet treats were part of the experience in Killarney Community College as students took time out on Monday to celebrate a variety of different cultures. […]

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By Michelle CreanSpicy dishes and sweet treats were part of the experience in Killarney Community College as students took time out on Monday to celebrate a variety of different cultures.

The Modern Foreign Languages Department organised many events throughout the week but activity that took centre stage place was MasterChef for International Culture Day.

60 students from different countries took part by cooking dishes from their native countries. The judges had their work cut out for them but they finally agreed on a deserving winner.

First place went to Greece with a classic but simple Greek salad which was unbelievably well received by all. In second place was the Polish representatives who made mouth-watering pierogi dumplings while students from Germany produced a sweet cake from their own specific region and took third place.

First Year students got the opportunity to sample the food and learn about the dishes and cultures.

Stickers were worn on students’ jumpers from European Day of Languages and allowed students to speak with other students from their country and make new friends.

“It’s important to recognise and celebrate the ever-growing variety of different cultures within our society and our school setting,” Principal Stella Loughnane said.

“These opportunities provide a great scope for our students to learn and have a better understanding of these cultures while creating a greater respect for everyone’s backgrounds. I also got to taste a few of the dishes and even managed to snag a couple of recipes, they were that good.”

BREWING UP

Meanwhile it was a feel-good morning last Thursday at the school as students and staff brewed up for the Kerry Hospice Foundation.

They enjoyed many delicious treats kindly donated by staff all for an amazing cause. The Bewley’s Big Coffee Morning in aid of Kerry Hospice raised a whopping €650, this will no doubt be put to great use in supporting people in difficult times. This charity has an extra special meaning for Killarney Community College as they have had members of staff, who in challenging times, were supported by this outstanding service.

Ms Loughnane commended the efforts of staff involved adding that it was such a worthwhile cause.

“The college was delighted to host this event to raise funds for Kerry Hospice who provide so much support to our community at times of need, it is so important to give a little back.”

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Godley fourth in National Ploughing competition

By Sean Moriarty Four years on from his last appearance at the National Ploughing Championships, Shane Godley continues to move up the ranks in his age group. The Killarney Ploughing […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Four years on from his last appearance at the National Ploughing Championships, Shane Godley continues to move up the ranks in his age group.

The Killarney Ploughing Association member last represented Kerry in the Under 21s in 2018 when he placed sixth in the two-furrow conventional class in the national competition.

Last week at the 2022 National Ploughing Championships at Rathinaska, County Laois he placed fourth in the under 28 age group for the same category.

“Weather conditions for both the ploughing days was very good but the ground was very hard,” he said.

Club mate Mike Brosnan from Gortalea, finished 20th in the ‘Vintage Mounted’ class. They were the only two members of Killarney Ploughing Association to compete at the event.

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