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HELPING OTHERS: Killarney artists John Sheahan and Olivia O'Carra have donated some of their work towards Enable Ireland Kerry's 'Wild Atlantic Art' fundraiser. Photo: Michelle Crean

By Michelle Crean

Artists from Killarney have generously gifted some of their creative work to help a Kerry charity which is struggling with funding due to the year that's passed.

Enable Ireland Kerry Services, have, like most charities, felt the brunt of COVID through their fundraising this year. And like so many, Enable Ireland, who are based in Tralee but have clients of all ages across Kerry who avail of their services, have felt the pinch.

Community fundraiser for the service, Sean Scally, asked many artists across the county for their support, and without hesitation received a tranche of replies.

Amongst them were Killarney artists John Sheahan from Tiernaboul, Olivia O'Carra from Park Drive, and Mark Eldred, who have each donated some of their work towards Enable Ireland Kerry's 'Wild Atlantic Art' art sale fundraiser. The pottery department at Muckross House also donated a bowl, while photographer Peter Cox also gave a print of his work.

“Lots of our fundraising events and activities have been cancelled due to COVID so we came up with an online fundraiser for our services,” Sean told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The response has been amazing and we have secured donations from artists from Cork and Donegal, including quite a few from Kerry. Without the support of the artists we wouldn't be able to do this. The arts sector is also struggling this year and we were very conscious of that and didn't want to put them under pressure. We'd like to say a huge thanks to them all for supporting Enable."

John, who runs web company Egg Design and is an artist on the side, said he was delighted to participate.

"A friend of mine saw it online and sent me the link. I donated two pieces and one sold straight away. I donate to charity every year through Egg Design but I never donated my art before."

Olivia took up art after retiring as a Science teacher from Presentation 18 years ago.

She said she was more than happy to help.

"I just think it's a good cause."

To view the art simply click here.

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NPWS survey to find out impact of fires

By Michelle Crean The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April. The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find […]

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By Michelle Crean

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April.

The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find out the biological impacts of the fires in the 26,000 acre park.

The fires in April burned from Friday night on April 23 until around 12pm the following Monday when they were finally brought under control.

Parts of the Park were scorched resulting in flora and fauna being wiped out. Some fires came as close as 10 metres to a church and school in the Black Valley area.

Fires raged near Tomies Wood and fire crews from five different districts quenched fires near the properties under threat. A real threat was for The Oak Woods but fire fighters managed to avert danger.

The fire is believed to have begun on the Kenmare Road area escalated by the strong winds.

“The purpose of this tender is to commission a comprehensive survey of the impacts, and the chrono-sequence of fire recovery or otherwise, on lands burned over the past four decades, as well as surveys in unburned areas, in order to assess the biological impacts of the fires, in particular the fire of April 2021, on the biodiversity of Killarney National Park,” an NPWS spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Killarney spin will bring comfort to patients

By Michelle Crean Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town. Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22. This year due to COVID […]

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By Michelle Crean

Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town.

Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22.

This year due to COVID restrictions the 54321 team will run with two teams of five people, all female – who are raising funds for one single charity – Comfort for Chemo Kerry.

Their four day challenge will include a cycle the Ring of Kerry on day one (Thursday 19), a climb up Carrantuohil on day two (Friday 20), a cycle from Killarney to the foot of Cnoc Na Tobair and then climb Cnoc Na Tobair on day three (Saturday 21) finishing off with a cycle of the Skellig Ring on day four (Sunday 22).

In advance of the ninth annual challenge they will first participate in the spinathons at various locations to help raise much needed funds for this year’s chosen charity.

The first of the spinathons will take place on Saturday, July 31 in Listowel, Killorglin, Dingle, Cahersiveen. On the day volunteers will take to the spinning bikes from 10am to 5pm in different locations around these towns.
This will be followed by Killarney on Sunday, August 15, and Tralee on Saturday, August 28.

When choosing this year’s charity, organisers contacted a past participant and a dear friend, Mairead Dunphy from Glencar who is currently on her own journey with cancer.

“We wanted to show our support to Mairead and knowing that she would like to support those who have supported her on her journey so far, she had already being looking at ideas to raise much needed funds for Comfort for Chemo Kerry,” TJ O’Connor said.

“Please support Comfort for Chemo Kerry by giving what you can.”

For more information about the spinathons go to www.54321challenge.org or the Comfort for Chemo Kerry Facebook page for online donation information.

There’s also a GoFundMe page: ‘Comfort for Chemo Kerry – 54321 Challenge 2021’ which has a €20,000 target set up.

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