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Councillor to donate portion of wages to cancer bus

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Newly co-opted councillor Martin Grady will donate a portion of his Kerry County Council salary to the Kerry Cancer Support Group – Health Link bus service.

Grady replaced his father Donal on Kerry County Council and Killarney Municipal District earlier this month.

He will serve out the remainder of the current council’s term ahead of next summer local elections.

Grady, a member of the Killarney Fire and Rescue team is entitled to a wage, as are all other elected public representatives, for his work as a councillor.

He will donate a portion of his political wages to the Kerry Cancer Support Group’s Health Link bus service for the remainder of this term and if elected next summer will continue to do so.

Kerry Cancer Support Group Health Link Transport in run by a voluntary board and two paid employees.

Since its foundation 14 years ago the bus service has relied on voluntary dontations and fundraising efforts by local supporters.

“I want to give back to the people and the local community,” he said. “This is a great service to the people of Kerry. 75% of people diagnosed with cancer avail of this service , it’s up and running 14 years, it deserves ever bit of recognition and funding it gets to ensure it’s there into the future. With the rising running costs of fuel etc I felt I had to do something to help.”

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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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