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Cute Christmas crafts go on sale for hospice

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By Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Crafting away at the International Hotel, Killarney Crafty Ladies were spotted creating a new batch of bears in aid of Kerry Hospice.

CRAFTY LADIES: Killarney Crafty Ladies can be found selling their revamped pre-loved bears for Kerry Hospice at the Killarney Outlet Centre over the next few weeks. From l-r were: Eilish O'Sullivan Bríd O'Donoghue and Peg Coffey. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

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Established in 2013 by Margaret McCarthy, the group have raised over €23,000 to date.

Two of the crafty ladies, Kate O’Connor and Betty Benson, boarded the train to Dublin to attend a stitch and knitting show, there they casually met with Peg Coffey and Margaret McCarthy - and Killarney Crafty Ladies was born!

Since then, the ladies meet up once a month - excluding the summer months. They have travelled to different charity shops nationwide to carefully select their adopted Killarney bears, giving these pre-loved bears a complete makeover into unique Christmas gifts, ready to take up residence in their homes this festive season.

Organiser, Margaret McCarthy, Countess Road, who is missing from the photo and hence taking up residence in the International Hotel, is usually host of these monthly meetings and chose the Kerry Hospice as a sole beneficiary, having lost her husband Oliver to cancer in 2011.

Ranging in price from €5 - €70, the Killarney Crafty Ladies can be found selling their creatively revamped pre-loved bears, at the Killarney Outlet Centre on the three Saturdays coming up to Christmas - tomorrow (Saturday), and December 3 and 10.

You can also support the Kerry Hospice this Christmas by popping by the Brícín Restaurant and picking up a bear of your choice at their shop between 10am - 6pm.

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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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