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Community steps up to give gifts to elderly for Christmas

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APPEAL: Garda Brendan O'Donovan says they've received huge support for the 'Christmas Together' campaign but more can be dropped off at Killarney Garda Station. Photo: Michelle Crean

 

By Michelle Crean

 

There was a massive outpouring of kindness for the first ever 'Christmas Together' Garda campaign which will see gifts given to 270 older residents in the Killarney community.

After a public appeal, which was featured in the Killarney Advertiser in late November, members of the community stepped up and generously donated gifts which will be given to a number of local nursing homes including St Columbanus Home, Killarney Community Hospital, Killarney Nursing Home on Rock Road and Our Lady of Lourdes Nursing Home in Kilcummin, as well as Heather Lee Nursing Home at Lawlor’s Cross and residents in Holy Cross Gardens Day Care Centre and Oakwood, and Cheshire Home.

However, Garda Brendan O'Donovan is hoping that over the next few days more gifts will be donated to give a little something to healthcare staff also, especially this, the year of COVID.

"People have been ringing, emailing and coming in asking what they can do to help," Garda O’Donovan, who set up the initiative, told the Killarney Advertiser.

"People have been fantastic from businesses to the public. We also have 19 schools involved and will be collecting them next week."

Items they're looking for include non-perishable goods including books, puzzles, personal care products, sweets and products. Donations will be sterilised and isolated for a number of days prior to being distributed on December 22 or 23, he added.

"I'd like to thank everyone for their generosity, and all my Garda colleagues for their support."

All donations can be dropped to Killarney Garda Station or collection can be arranged before December 14 to allow sufficient time to ensure all goods are properly sorted and sanitised – in keeping with COVID-19 guidelines. Gifts should not be wrapped but instead placed in gift bags.

For more information or to contact Brendan with a donation ring 064 6631222 or by email brendan.j.odonovan@garda.ie.

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Shock at the death of “wonderful community activist”

There was a great sense of shock over the weekend when new of the death of Yvonne Quill, a Tidy Towns champion and wonderful community activist, became known. Yvonne, from […]

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There was a great sense of shock over the weekend when new of the death of Yvonne Quill, a Tidy Towns champion and wonderful community activist, became known.

Yvonne, from Barleymount and formerly of the Cafe, College Street, passed away following a short illness on Friday. Requiem Mass takes place this morning (Monday) at 11am in The Prince of Peace Church, Fossa, followed by burial in Aghadoe Lawn Cemetery.

Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce President Niall Kelleher said she will be very fondly remembered as an incredibly dedicated woman, a strong personality who led by example and spearheaded the town’s Tidy Towns committee with such passion for over 25 years.

He recalled that her proudest day was when, as chairperson of the Killarney Looking Good Committee, she inspired Killarney to the prestigious overall national award in 2011 which had proved so elusive prior to that.

“Yvonne led by example and she never asked anyone to do something she wouldn’t do herself. You would seldom see her without the yellow bib, playing her part and showing us all what needed to be done to give Killarney the edge,” Mr Kelleher said.

“While winning the overall prize was something special, Killarney has never been far from the top and it has won a gold medal almost every year which is testament to Yvonne’s great ability to organise, her steely determination and her unrivalled ability to rally the troops,” he added.

The Chamber President also remembered her as a great businesswoman, a master baker and confectioner whose café on College Street was a must-visit for a whole generation of Killarney people and visitors.

“Yvonne Quill has left a great legacy in her home town. We thank her for what she has done, we’ll remember her incredible work ethic and we’ll ensure her name will live on in Killarney by continuing the commitment to the Tidy Towns initiative.”

Johnny McGuire, a member of the executive of Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, who worked alongside Yvonne at the helm of the Tidy Towns committee, said she was a born leader who inspired the whole community and always led by example.

“Killarney would never have won the All-Ireland Tidy Towns award without her. She was the inspirational captain of the winning team. Yvonne worked night and day and, when it came to Tidy Towns, there was no downtime for her,” Mr McGuire said.

“Her commitment to the cause brought her into every school and every housing estate in Killarney. Working closely with the late Fr Michael Murphy, her great friend, Kathleen Foley, and others, they really put Killarney in contention for the top awards every year. The name Yvonne Quill was known and respected in Tidy Towns circles throughout the entire country – she really was a legend and everything she turned her hand to,
she succeeded. Killarney will miss her,” he added.

She will be deeply missed by her husband John, children Peter, Sandra and Sean, her son-in-law Peter, daughter-in-law Mairéad, grandchildren Anna, Jake, Ted, Abby and Luke, sister Angela Mulvey, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, and extended family, friends, neighbours and the community.

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Jim awarded for life-long service to the community

By Michelle Crean Listry local Jim O’Shea was honoured last week as members of the community council presented him with an award for his life-long service to the community. Jim […]

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By Michelle Crean

Listry local Jim O’Shea was honoured last week as members of the community council presented him with an award for his life-long service to the community.

Jim received the O’Shea Award for 2022 at a meeting of Directors of Listry Community Council held on September 21.

Jim has been involved in Athletics from a very early age both as a competitor and administrator.

He was very much involved with Community Games in Milltown/Listry as organiser and coach. He was also involved with the Farranfore Maine Valley Athletic Club since its foundation.

Over the years Jim has competed in athletic events, mainly high jump and long jump, both in Ireland and abroad.

Recently he travelled to Derby in the UK in the British Masters Championship and won Gold in the 100 metres and Long Jump and finished second in the High Jump.

Jim, who is a very modest man, was actively involved with Listry Community Council as a volunteer driver for Meals on Wheels and for his commitment to keeping our community litter free by organising a number of litter picking days each year.

Always interested in fitness, Jim often came along to the Listry Seniors Social day and led the group in gentle exercises.

“Jim is a very worthy recipient of the O’Shea Award 2022 and we thank him for a lifetime of service to others,” Tony Darmody, Chairman, said.

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