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Close shave nets €10k for Kerry Parents and Friends

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By Sean Moriarty

Two Currans men who were looking a lot different after a charity shave have this week presented a €10,340 cheque to charity.

BEFORE: Luke Fitzgerald and Brian O’Shea before their charity shave.

Luke Fitzgerald and Brian O’Shea raised the staggering amount by having their hair and beards shaved in aid of the Kerry Parents and Friends Association (KPFA).

The Killarney-based special education charity has suffered, like all organisations, over the last two years and the two friends decided to do something to help the association.

Last October they organised a hair and beard shave at Jamsie's Pub in Currans.

Earlier this week the pair presented a cheque for €10,340 to the Kerry Parents and Friends Association at its headquarters, at the Old Monastery on Port Road.

“The big shave took place on October 2. There was an abundance of music, food and drink on the night and from all accounts, it was a showstopper,” Marie Linehan, the Chief Executive of Kerry Parents and Friends Association, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I thank them for this phenomenal donation. It will help enormously in getting KPFA back on its feet after a very difficult two years.”

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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