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Coffee morning remembers Denis P Counihan

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By Michelle Crean

A much loved member of the community, businessman Denis P Counihan was remembered last week during a fundraiser in his memory.

TEA TIME: Ready for a cuppa at the Comfort for Chemo coffee morning in the International Hotel from l-r were: Doireann O'Connor Emma McCarthy and Seoidín O'Connor. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Emily Cusack and Lucas McCarthy had a cupán tae at the Comfort for Chemo coffee morning at the International Hotel. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Pictured at the Comfort for Chemo coffee morning at the International Hotel in remembrance of Denis P Counihan from l-r were: Seoidín O'Connor Mary Foley Doireann O'Connor and Donal O'Grady. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

COFFEE MORNING: Pictured at the International Hotel for the Comfort for Chemo coffee morning in remembrance of late Denis P Counihan from l-r were: Teresa Cronin Mary O'Leary Mabel Counihan Gobnait Carmody and Angela Griffin. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Enjoying the Comfort for Chemo coffee morning at the International Hotel in remembrance of Denis P Counihan from l-r were: Tom O'Regan with his mom Lysa Madeline Griffin with her daughter Emily Cusack. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Family, neighbours, friends, as well as those from the business community joined his wife Mabel and children Michelle, Kieran and Mike, in the International Hotel.

Support was immense as so far the Riverside Drive family have raised €4,700 for Comfort for Chemo Kerry.

Denis, who along with his wife and son Kieran ran Fine Designs in Park Road, sadly passed away on May 20 last year after being diagnosed with stage 4 esophageal cancer. He was aged 64.

His family wanted to do something to honour his memory and help a local charity at the same time.

"It was the first coffee morning we held in his memory and we said we'd do it for a local charity," Mabel told the Killarney Advertiser.

"It was incredibly busy. Thanks to the International Hotel for hosting the event. They have been absolutely wonderful to us, they couldn't have been nicer to us. We really appreciate everything. Everyone, friends, family, neighbours and business people we have dealt with over the years, were absolutely wonderful. Thank you also to Killarney Cardiac Response Unit for their support especially to me personally. Without everyone's help it wouldn't have happened."

She added a huge thank you also to Colin Baker and The Trustees of Muckross House who donated a whole array of beautiful cakes, scones, and pastries for the coffee morning.

"We, as a family, are delighted that all the funds raised will now stay in the county, and patients and families of Kerry will benefit from them."

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Sam Maguire to feature at next week’s AugustFest

Killarney Racecourse is set to host the exciting three-day summer horse-racing festival from Thursday August 18 to Saturday 20 inclusive. The festival also marks 200 years of racing at Killarney Races […]

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Killarney Racecourse is set to host the exciting three-day summer horse-racing festival from Thursday August 18 to Saturday 20 inclusive. The festival also marks 200 years of racing at Killarney Races offering patrons great racing, history, socialising, entertainment and so much more at Ireland’s most scenic racecourse.

With lots of ticket levels and packages including food and beverage options to choose from, whether it is close to the action general admission tickets or silver service fine dining, there is something for everyone at Killarney Races. Live music, fashion, and fun for all the family complement the best of summer racing at the track this August.

Thursday and Friday are evening meetings and Saturday is an afternoon event with all race cards offering seven thrilling races for spectators to enjoy each day.

Thursday is Sam Maguire evening. And to mark Kerry’s recent success and Killarney Races bi-centenary celebration, Killarney Races are offering an amazing deal on the opening day of their three-day event. On Thursday August 18 patrons will enjoy admission, a racecard and a €5 free bet all for €20! The first race is approximately 5pm with gates open from 3pm. Come early, bring along your jersey and camera, it’s going to be a great evening.

Friday will see the new entrance officially open, as racing officials and elected representatives unlock the gate to the next 200 years at the popular Killarney track, first race at approximately 5pm with gates open from 3pm. With music on the lawn from Donal Lucey and from Tom Cats in the Jim Culloty bar after racing the après racing party is sure to be a ‘winner alright’!

Saturday is AYU Ladies Day and all about the glamour as fashionistas bring the curtain down on AugustFest in fine style. AYU is an Irish based and Irish owned cosmetics company set up by renowned make-up artist Suzie O’Neill. With over €1,500 in prizes for the most stylish ladies to dress up for, what’s not to love! Gates open from 12 noon with the first off at approximately 2pm.

“At AugustFest we will be celebrating a major milestone here at Killarney Races, 200 years of racing in Killarney which is amazing,” Killarney Racecourse Chairman, Gerard Coughlan said.

“I would like to take this opportunity to encourage all locals and visitors to Killarney to come along and be part of the 200 year celebrations and share in this historic moment with us as we officially open the gates on the next 200 years! It’s a rare opportunity to be able to say ‘I was there the day they celebrated the bi-centenary’ anywhere and what a great story to share with the grandchildren in years to come. On that note, we are looking forward to welcoming multiple generations of families during AugustFest, so make a plan and come along and join us for what will be a most remarkable festival at our beautiful boutique racecourse this August!”

The feature race on the opening day of AugustFest is the Vincent O’Brien Ruby Stakes (listed), the Kingdom Gold Cup Handicap of €50,000 and the Gain Advantage Race Series. On Friday, the day two feature is the Grade B Handicap Hurdle of €50,000 and the EBF Novice Hurdle, with four competitive chase races. The final day of the festival the feature is the Grade B Handicap Chase of €50,000.

Adult tickets are available from €20 and children under 14 go free ensuring a great day out for all the family. For those who love a deal, the “Punter’s Pack” is a great value-added option and if you want to live it up check out the Maurice O’Donoghue Suite and Panoramic Restaurant options.

For all ticket details and festival programme information visit killarneyraces.com.

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Jessie Buckley’s album shortlisted for prestigious award

Killarney superstar Jessie Buckley has been shortlisted for the 2022 Mercury Prize Album of the Year. Her collaboration with Bernard Butler ‘For All Our Days That Tear the Heart’ is […]

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Killarney superstar Jessie Buckley has been shortlisted for the 2022 Mercury Prize Album of the Year.

Her collaboration with Bernard Butler ‘For All Our Days That Tear the Heart’ is one of 12 albums shortlisted for the prestigious award which will be revealed in London on September 8.

“Neither of us really knew each other and it was actually a blessing in disguise because we met each other in the moment and trusted each other, took a leap of faith and in a way come in just the way we were and not because of who we are,” she told a press conference at the awards announcement in London last week.

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