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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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Massive increase in numbers using local bus services

Passenger numbers on local link buses across Kerry have increased by 1727% from 2020 to 2023 according to local Green Party Candidate for Killarney Diarmaid Griffin. This is the highest […]

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Passenger numbers on local link buses across Kerry have increased by 1727% from 2020 to 2023 according to local Green Party Candidate for Killarney Diarmaid Griffin.

This is the highest increase nationally and is due to the investment by the Department of Transport during this government term.

“This service was lacking in former times, especially in rural areas and is a welcome addition to the countryside and villages of Kerry.’ says Green Party Candidate for Killarney,” said Griffin.

“While in the past, a taxi was the only option for those not cycling or driving. Now a service to Killarney is available every Friday morning from my townland of Barleymount. This is just one example of the network of bus routes criss-crossing the county thanks to local link.”

“This project is a notable success as the figures show. Investment in public transport helps alleviate congestion, increases community cohesion and reduces rural isolation. This is all welcome news for the locality,”

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Two weeks to go to Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’There is less than two weeks to show time for the cast of Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’

Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena. The launch was […]

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Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena.

The launch was followed by a full rehearsal and director Oliver Hurley was also there to lend a hand.

“We were delighted to introduce our lead characters to you. We had Abbey Theatre players Brigid Delia and Michael, who are the narrators throughout the musical drama. Eamonn De Valera , Harry Boland, Joe Emmett, Arthur Griffith, Cathal Brugha, volunteers and of course the beautiful Kitty Kieran were in full costume,” said KMS PRO Linda O’Donoghue.

“Mother Ireland and her five graceful dancers were fabulous. Our director and choreographer Oliver, our musical director Michael Young and the full cast of 64 were there. The singing was powerful. The music in ‘Michael Collins – A Musical Drama’ is distinctly Irish. People will definitely enjoy it.”

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Get your tickets in the INEC box office, online at universe.com or at the pop-up ticket office in the Laurel’s Pub, Market Cross from 12 pm to 4 pm between February 29 and March 2.

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