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Couple dash to Ukraine to meet newborn son

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But their ordeal is far from over as risk of war remains

By Sean Moriarty

A Killorglin couple have this week experienced the most intense emotions - as they entered a potential warzone - to meet their baby son for the very first time.

Yesterday (Thursday), parents Dermot and Dorothy Moynihan were awestruck and overcome with relief to finally meet their newborn son Luke - who was born by surrogacy in Ukraine this week.

His parents travelled from Kerry to the city of Lviv on Wednesday despite the Irish Government warning against travel to the country that is on the brink of an invasion by the Russian Army.

Yesterday the surrogate mother and baby Luke were discharged from the maternity hospital and Dermot and Dorothy are now caring for their baby in a Lviv hotel - but their ordeal is far from over.

Lviv is about 100km east of the Polish border and a four hour drive from Krakow where they need to get to as soon as they can overcome the red-tape they face.

The Moynihans needed to get an Irish passport for the baby and are awaiting the results of a DNA test to prove that Dermot is the father, before they can bring baby Luke home.

Tralee-born and Dublin-based solicitor Tracy Horan is handling the situation for the family.

She was able to secure a passport for Luke. It was initially anticipated that the family would have to travel to the Irish Embassy in Kiev to get the paperwork and the situation there is quite volatile at the moment.

Ukraine’s capital city lies about 300km from the Russian border – an area that is heavily occupied by Russian troops.

“This is a victory – we won,” Ms Horan told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The DNA test is standard procedure, it could be back anytime between Sunday and next Wednesday. Once they have that they are free to leave Ukraine, get to Poland and get home as quick as possible.”

The city of Kiev sits on the banks of the River Dnieper which allows direct access from Russia to the Black Sea and Asian shipping routes. If the war threat escalates Kiev will be one of the first cities in the country to come under attack adding to the risk for the Moynihans or the possibility of not being allowed into the city at all. There were reports of military shelling in rural areas north of the city yesterday afternoon (Thursday) as the Killarney Advertiser closed for press.

Without the passport for the baby they could not bring him home – and the Irish Government is advising all Irish citizens to leave the country.

Instead they face an anxious few days as they await the DNA results and prepare for their journey home.

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Wine, art and lots of catching up at popular fundraiser

By Michelle Crean Spirits were high and the atmosphere electric at this year’s Wine & Art Night which had a huge attendance on Wednesday night. Over 50 exhibitors gathered in […]

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By Michelle Crean

Spirits were high and the atmosphere electric at this year’s Wine & Art Night which had a huge attendance on Wednesday night.

Over 50 exhibitors gathered in the Great Southern Killarney as the Killarney Rotary Club’s fundraising event – which is one of the biggest in the town each year – was back after a COVID break.

During the afternoon the artists and crafters, many who travelled from all over Kerry, Clare, Cork and even Waterford this year, organised their display for the event. Later that evening there were a lot of familiar faces but also some new people who absolutely loved the evening.

There were many wines available to taste as well as cheese and breads at the event which is run in conjunction with Daly’s SuperValu, Killarney and Killarney Brewing Company.

“There was a huge attendance and everybody was in good spirits to be back to normal,” President of Rotary, Rayla Tadjimatova, said.

“Many of the patrons were buying some art as Christmas presents and the members of Rotary were delighted to be kept busy packing these. A portion of all art sales goes to the fundraiser. One local young man, who is only 16, exhibited his beautiful photographs of local scenic areas. There was an auction of donated works of art and a Kerry Jersey. All one hundred percent of the proceeds from this auction goes to the fundraiser.”

Mike Neeson entertained the crowd on arrival and right until the end of the night.

“Mike is a great supporter of our events and we would like to thank him for keeping everybody entertained.”

The Irish Pilgrimage Trust ran the raffle and they had some wonderful hampers and gifts to be won.

Beneficiaries from this year’s event are: Coolick NS, Gaelscoil Faithleann NS, Knockanes NS, Holy Cross Mercy NS, St Francis Special School, Kerry Stars, Killarney Athletic AFC, and Killarney Cougars Basketball Club.

She thanked everybody for attending and everyone for their help organising the event.

Some, she added, had never been before and said they did not know what exactly the night involved but will definitely be back again next time as it was “so enjoyable”.

“We hope the money raised will help the beneficiaries to proceed with projects,” she said.

“We are delighted for Rotary to be able to help these charities, community groups and schools through our fundraising event.”

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Comedy drama ready for the stage

By Michelle Crean Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage. What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy […]

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By Michelle Crean

Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage.

What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy father and a confused visitor to the dentist, all have in common? You’ll have to come along to the Killarney Avenue Hotel on Monday, December 12, Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 at 8pm to find out.

The popular drama group will present their three new comedies featuring the work of playwrights Brian Bowler, Ger Madden and Mary Quirke.Come along for a night filled with fun and laughter. Just the right beginning to the festive season. Doors open at 7.15pm and tickets are available at the door. All tickets; adults, seniors, students and children are €10. Don’t miss a great night out.

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