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By Michelle Crean

A well attended fundraising event yesterday (Thursday) not only remembered a very special little Ballyhar girl but also raised vital funds for an important service.

Mothers gathered at the Royal Hotel for the coffee morning fundraiser in aid of the Irish Community Air Ambulance and to remember Lily Ellen a niece of school teacher Margaret Daly at Lissivigeen NS who passed last year. Pictured were: Irene Nash Danielle O'Shea Elaine Moynihan Carmel Nash Vourneen Nash Orla O'Leary and Noreen O'Sullivan. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

The Parents Council of Lissivigeen NS organisers of the Irish Community Air Ambulance coffee morning at the Royal Hotel in remembrance of Lily Ellen Daly a niece of school teacher Margaret Daly. From l-r were: Catherine Duggan Linda Dennehy and Mags O'Sullivan. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

A coffee morning was organised at the Royal Hotel by the Parents Council at Lissivigeen NS to help raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance and to remember Lily Ellen Daly. From l-r were: Michael Daly (Lily's dad) Donal Daly Caroline Daly (Lily's mom) Teacher Margaret Daly and School Principal Conor Gleeson. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Pictured at the Royal Hotel for the Lissivigeen NS coffee morning in aid of the Irish Community Air Ambulance a service Lily Ellen Daly availed of. From l-r were: Mick Long Kathleen Lynch Ellen Cagney and Miriam Long. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Staff and parents from Lissivigeen National School organised a coffee morning in the Royal Hotel to remember 20-month-old Lily Ellen Daly, daughter of Michael and Caroline Daly from Lisheenacanna, Ballyhar, who passed away in February last year from complications with Pulmonary Vein Stenosis (PVS).

Lily Ellen's final journey from home to Cork hospital was made using the Irish Community Air Ambulance (ICAA) so the event was to raise awareness and necessary funds for the charity service.

Initially the school was organising a non-uniform day to help the children understand the importance of the service, Lily Ellen's aunt Margaret Daly, a Senior Infant teacher at Lissivigeen NS, told the Killarney Advertiser.

"We've been teaching the children about the Irish Community Air Ambulance all week," she explained.
"They're the future paramedics and pilots and it's about teaching them about the service which is not Government funded. Initially it was going to be a non-uniform day but the Parents Association kindly decided to run a coffee morning alongside it."

She added that the support yesterday was "just phenomenal".

"The school community in Lissivigeen is remarkable, there's something very special there. People were dropping in things for the raffle and vouchers all week and donating. It's about creating awareness for the kids and to keep the memory of Lily very much alive."

She also thanked the staff at the Royal Hotel who were "amazing" on the day and added that Donie Lucey from ICAA will be at the school today (Friday) to speak to the children about the important service.

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Ring of Beara Cycle launches school programme

The Ring of Beara Cycle is for kids too! As part of its commitment to make a positive impact on the local community, the Ring of Beara Cycle are proud […]

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The Ring of Beara Cycle is for kids too! As part of its commitment to make a positive impact on the local community, the Ring of Beara Cycle are proud to continue to with two great initiatives: its Kids’ Cycle and its sponsorship of the School Cycle Safety Programme.

The Ring of Beara Cycle will take place on May 25 with over 4,000 cyclists taking part. The event starts and finishes in Kenmare town, Co Kerry to complete either a 110km or 140km route encompassing the magnificent mountains, valleys and the rugged coastline of the Beara Peninsula.

Kids’ Cycle
Adults are not the only ones getting on their bikes on May 25 for the Ring of Beara Cycle. The event also has its very own cycle for children around the town of Kenmare. Not only does this give kids a chance to join in the days’ activities with their parents, but it’s free and a great way for kids to get outdoors and exercise in a fun and safe environment.
Open to any child in national school between third and fifth class and following a 2km route around Kenmare and a slightly shorter route for tinier ones, registration is from 9.15am in Kenmare town square. Parents and guardians are welcome to cycle with their children. All participants should bring and wear a safety helmet for the cycle.
School Cycle Safety Programme
Another community initiative from the Ring of Beara Cycle is the Cycle Right Programme, working with local schools to get kids’ up to speed on road safety and cycle best practices.
The Ring of Beara Cycle is working with Cycle Sense and Wheely Good Cycling Academy to deliver this 4-week programme to local schools in and around Kenmare and the Beara Peninsula.
Some 250 students across 8 schools are participating in this initiative, and the schools involved are: St John’s National School, Realt Na Mara National School , Lauragh National School and Tulloha National School in Kenmare, and on the Beara Peninsula: Scoil Chaitigheirn in Eyeries, Oir Cheann iNational School in Eyeries, Cahermore National School in Allihies, Scoil An Croi Ro Naofa in Castletownbere, Mhichil Naofa in Castletownbere, Adrigole N S in Bantry, and Trafrask Mixed N S in Ardrigole.
This initiative is normally paid for by the schools themselves but is now free for all the children taking part thanks to a generous donation by the Ring of Beara Cycle Committee that covers the cost of delivering the programme to these schools.
Cycle Right is the National Standard for Cycle Training and provides practical cycle safety and skills training through Department of Transport, the Road Safety Authority and Cycling Ireland. The aim of the programme is to promote cycle confidence on the road in increasingly complex scenarios delivered by qualified, registered trainers.
No stranger to giving back to the local community, not only does the Ring of Beara Cycle make a significant, positive impact on the local economy, it also encourages kids to enjoy themselves on their bikes and to do this safely with confidence.

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Browne’s Agri Open Day is a must-attend event

Browne’s Agri Open Day is always one that was marked in  Agri calendars as a ‘must-attend event’. This year’s event is taking place on Wednesday May 22 on their site […]

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Browne’s Agri Open Day is always one that was marked in  Agri calendars as a ‘must-attend event’.

This year’s event is taking place on Wednesday May 22 on their site in Castleisland.

The event was always renowned for getting great advice on the Agri topics of the day as well as a window into modern developments taking place in all aspect of Agriculture and country living.

The extending of the yard area will allow more space to be given over to even more exhibitors, ensuring all areas of agriculture, and rural life will be showcased on the 22.

There will be experts on hand to advise on Calf Rearing, Grassland management, Weed control, Drainage, Fencing , Shed and Yard Layouts as well as bee keeping, and helpful health advice.

“As well as the great advice, you will be ensured of great deals, great food, great craic and free entry to the many spot prizes that will be available on the day,” said general manager Denis O’Connor.

“All that is asked is your attendance and if at all possible, to make a small contribution to our chosen charity Pieta House.”

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