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Christmas miracle as kind stranger comes to stranded women’s aid

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By Sean Moriarty

When a relatively straightforward rail journey from Galway to Killarney turned to a nightmare, three strangers experienced a Christmas miracle and got home in time for the holidays.

Cara Ní Chofaigh, a NUI Galway student and an employee of a Galway-based citizens support agency, urgently needed to get home to Kells this week as she is back working over the weekend.

She left Céannt Station Galway on Tuesday, and expected to arrive in Killarney at 10.15pm later that evening where her mother was waiting to bring her on the final leg of her journey.

She made it to Colbert Limerick Station a little later than planned due to signalling issues.

That meant she missed her connecting train to Limerick Junction and onward connection to Killarney via Mallow.

At this point Irish Rail staff advised her not to travel to Limerick Junction as she would have been stranded there.

Two more young women, strangers to Cara, found themselves in the same predicament on a lonely platform in Limerick.

Cara admitted that she knew one of the women to see but did not know her personally, and that the third woman was a Limerick-based tourist on the way to Killarney to visit friends.

Irish Rail staff were trying desperately to find solutions, the three women were offered a bus to Tralee and an onward connection to Killarney by taxi but that would mean they would not arrive at their final destination until well after 1am.

“A man called Tony stepped up and said he would drive us to Killarney, it was all very surreal,” Cara told the Killarney Advertiser.

“He went out of his way. He was supposed to collect his son from the cinema at 11.30pm but, instead he was driving us to Killarney, it was just amazing.”

The three women eventually arrived in Killarney at 11pm, 45 minutes later than planned. In an ironic twist, they met their Mallow train in Farranfore after that was also delayed due to the same signalling issues.

“All in all we were about 15 minutes late,” added Cara. “I was able to tell my mother the whole story on the drive down to Kells, she was laughing and kept saying ‘only something like this could happen to you’.”

Cara is only home for Christmas for a few days. She is due back in Galway tomorrow (Friday) as she is scheduled to work for the citizens support agency over the weekend.

“At one point I really thought I would not get home for Christmas,” she said. “It is a lot easier to get connections back to Galway late at night and I was considering going back up.”

Instead, thanks to the Irish Rail employee, she was able to spend Wednesday and Thursday with family in South Kerry.

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The actor to play Michael Collins revealed

Killarney Musical Society has revealed that the renowned Keith Dwyer Greene will take the lead role in ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’. The society is in the final stages of […]

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Killarney Musical Society has revealed that the renowned Keith Dwyer Greene will take the lead role in ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’.

The society is in the final stages of preparation  for  its March 5 to 7 performances at the INEC.

Final rehearsals are in full flight at the Heights Hotel and earlier this week Keith Dwyer Greene arrived in full costume.

He had spent the day with the army’s The Band 1 Brigade of The Irish Defence Forces, where he is a full-time flautist.

He is also co-owner and founder of The Bellevue Academy of Performing Arts.

Keith trained in music and musical theatre in University College Cork and The Cork School Of Music.

“He has performed with many musical societies and had many great leading roles. He worked with the late Bryan Flynn who wrote the book, music and lyrics of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’. He has great admiration for him and says what he did with this show is genius. Keith says he adores the role of Michael Collins,” explained PRO Linda O’Donoghue.

Flynn’s book, music and lyrics can only be secured by two musical society’s each year.
Michael Collins A Musical Drama is a moving, dynamic, resonant piece of musical theatre.

It is the dramatization of a changing period of Irelands history. It brings to life The 1916 Rising, The War Of Independence and The Civil War.

“At the same time it is telling an intimate, human love story and how love and politics inflamed the period. This musical drama has war, heroism, love, villainy, tragedy and triumph all wrapped up. It has a distinctly Irish voice. Such numbers as ‘Fly the flag of Freedom ‘ will have the hairs standing on the back of your neck and ‘Every Heart Awaken ‘ will bring tears to your eyes,” added Linda.

Tickets available at The INEC box office and from a pop-up box office at The Laurels Bar, Market Cross from 12 noon to 4pm on Friday and Saturday this week.

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Gleeson Dental now offering facial aesthetics

Gleeson Dental, located on St Anthony’s Place, is now offering facial aesthetics. It is the latest offering from the town centre practice. Dr Susan Gleeson graduated as a general dental […]

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Gleeson Dental, located on St Anthony’s Place, is now offering facial aesthetics.

It is the latest offering from the town centre practice.

Dr Susan Gleeson graduated as a general dental surgeon 27 years ago.

She previously worked in England and Cork before returning home to Killarney in 2009 to take over her father’s dental practice with her sister Katie.

“More recently, I decided to pursue my keen interest in facial aesthetics. Hence, I embarked on an intensive training course,” she told the Killareny Advertiser.
“This mentorship is under the guidance of Dr Sheila Li, a Harley Street based dentist with over 10 years’ experience in facial aesthetics. Every year following an interview process, Sheila takes on six trainees and I was lucky enough to get this amazing training opportunity.”
The course is a year-long process involving in-depth learning and hands-on clinical training days in Dr Sheila’s Harley Street clinic.
The course, also, extends to treatment planning cases with Dr Sheila, thus allowing access to her vast knowledge when planning treatments for Dr Gleeson’s patients.
“Therefore, I am now able to offer a vast array of facial aesthetic treatments at Gleeson Dental. These treatments include the use of Botox to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In addition to this, Botox has a wide range of additional applications, including the treatment of tooth grinding, headaches, gummy smiles, neck bands and excessive underarm sweating,” she added.
Dermal filler treatments are, also, available to treat issues related to volume loss while skin booster treatments such as Sunekos and Profhilo can be used to regenerate and rehydrate tired looking skin.
Facial aesthetics may conjure up images of over-filled expressionless people but Susan hopes to change people’s view of it.

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