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REMEMBERING NIALL: Four Killarney schools have plans to join forces next week for a fundraiser in memory the much loved Killarney teen Niall McGillicuddy. Photo: Michelle Crean

By Michelle Crean

Four Killarney schools have plans to join forces next week for a fundraiser in memory the much loved Killarney teen Niall McGillicuddy, who passed away last year.

Niall, of Cloonteens, Kilcummin, passed away last October after a short illness.

The entire Killarney community was deeply affected by Niall's passing and his closest friends Ryan O’Grady, Ruairí Doyle, Eoghan O’Sullivan, Evan Looney, Neil O’Shea, Emmett O’Shea, Mike Lenihan and Padraic Looney have decided to organise a fundraiser for Ward 2D, where Niall spent much of his time while in Cork University Hospital.

Next Thursday, December 5, St Brendan's College, Killarney Community College, Presentation Monastery, and Holy Cross Mercy will participate in a Christmas Jumper day ‘A Gift for Niall’ with the total amount raised going towards the renovation of this ward.

This is the first time that these schools have engaged in a fundraiser of this manner - testament to Niall and the impact of his passing on Killarney town.

Niall's friends, Ryan O’Grady and Eoghan O’Sullivan, two of the boys behind the event, explained that they are very grateful to the four schools and their willingness to participate in this event.

“It’s acknowledgement of Niall and the McGillicuddys and how highly thought of they are in the community and also of the incredible work of the staff of ward 2D in the CUH,” Ryan said.

“This day means so much to us and we really appreciate the efforts of everybody involved. Events like this will ensure that Niall will never be forgotten,” Eoghan added.

Teacher Elaine Moynihan said that Niall's passing had a massive impact on the entire Killarney community.

“The objective of this day is, not only to celebrate this fantastic young man, but also to raise as much money as possible for this worthy ward. Niall's friends would therefore like to invite anyone within the wider community who would like to make a donation to do so. All donations, big or small, will be gratefully accepted and can be dropped into St Brendan's College over the next week.”

Niall's closest friends will travel to Cork in the New Year to present a cheque for the total amount raised to the ward when a picture and plaque, acknowledging  Niall and his memory, will be erected in his honour.

 

 

 

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By Sean Moriarty The question of pedestrianisation in the town centre has divided Killarney for years but a survey by the Killarney Advertiser this week shows the town slightly more in favour of it. A total of 37.14 percent of respondents want the pedestrianisation of Plunkett St to remain as it is – closed to […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The question of pedestrianisation in the town centre has divided Killarney for years but a survey by the Killarney Advertiser this week shows the town slightly more in favour of it.

A total of 37.14 percent of respondents want the pedestrianisation of Plunkett St to remain as it is – closed to traffic on a permanent basis while 24.76 want it to go back to its pre-pandemic arrangement where the street was only closed to vehicular traffic between 7pm and 7am each night.

An additional 34.29 percent want to see an increase in pedestrianisation in town centre by extending the Main St arrangement that was in place during the summer. In that period the town’s main thoroughfare was closed to traffic, day and night, during the weekend.

Only 20 percent of the respondents want to abolish pedestrianisation altogether, but that is still a significant number ensuring that this debate will linger on for a long time yet.

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National television exposure for local campaign

By Michelle Crean A local group hosting a life-saving information day tomorrow (Saturday) are to receive huge exposure on national TV after a crew came down to interview them about their campaign. Members of Killarney Cardiac Response Unit (KCRU) – who are planning a ‘Restart a Heart Day’ to raise awareness about life-saving techniques – […]

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By Michelle Crean

A local group hosting a life-saving information day tomorrow (Saturday) are to receive huge exposure on national TV after a crew came down to interview them about their campaign.

Members of Killarney Cardiac Response Unit (KCRU) – who are planning a ‘Restart a Heart Day’ to raise awareness about life-saving techniques – invited journalist Paul Byrne and Virgin Media TV crew to town this week.

It’s hoped their campaign will be broadcast tonight (Friday) or tomorrow (Saturday).

The KCRU event takes place tomorrow in ANAM Arts and Cultural Centre between 10.30am and 4pm as part of the European Restart a Heart Day. It’ll include CPR demos, public information, an art display, a video launch w️ith many prizes to be won.

“The crew interviewed Community Responder Helen Duggan who explained the events taking place on Saturday,” Kevin O’Leary from KCRU told the Killarney Advertiser.

“European Restart a Heart Day was founded with the support of the European parliament and takes place on October 16 every year. We’re spreading the message that 20 minutes of your time could make all the difference saving a life.”

In 2021, the focus of the event is on survivors with the hashtag #CPRSavedMyLife.

“With this campaign we want to create awareness that everyone can learn CPR and facilitate BLS courses in schools and public locations.”

He said they hope that Kerry TDs Danny Healy-Rae, Brendan Griffin and Minister for Education Norma Foley will be in attendance throughout the day, and the public are invited to attend.

“Find out how simple actions can save lives. Prizes include a three day First Aid course valued at €300, two First Aid kits, and a voucher for a local business.”

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