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Cycle and coffee raises €13k for palliative care

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CYCLE: Paschal Dower, Bill Lyne, Gar Spollen, Mary O'Shea, Peggy Daly, John Kelly and Marian Lyne who completed an 80km charity cycle for palliative care on Saturday. Picture: Eamonn Keogh

 

The family of the late Breeda McCarthy from Milltown, who organised an 80km cycle through Kenmare and Kilgarvan, have raised almost €13,000 for charity.

Up to 30 friends and family set off last Saturday in an event organised by her brother Bill Lyne for the palliative care unit in Tralee.

After the cycle the group hosted a coffee morning, sponsored by Daly’s SuperValu and Sheahan’s Centra, at the Killarney Avenue Hotel to raise additional funds.

“We are so grateful to all of the staff of the centre and are now hoping to help ensure they never have to close their doors to families who may need them in the future,” Bill said.

“This centre does not receive Government funding and therefore relies on fundraising and public donations. I hope to make it an annual event and continue to support the centre as long as we can. I still have a few cards to collect but it is looking like €13,000 at the moment.”

 

[caption id="attachment_26388" align="aligncenter" width="2471"] Triona Casey, Bill Lyne and Philomena Lyne at a coffee morning fundraiser for palliative care, in The Killarney Avenue Hotel on Saturday. Picture: Eamonn Keogh[/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_26387" align="aligncenter" width="2674"] Paschal Dower, Cara and Bill Lyne and Martina Dower at a coffee morning fundraiser for palliative care, in The Killarney Avenue Hotel on Saturday. Picture: Eamonn Keogh[/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_26386" align="aligncenter" width="3000"] Kay O'Leary, Kathleen Fitzgerald and Mary Lyne at a coffee morning fundraiser for palliative care, in The Killarney Avenue Hotel on Saturday. Picture: Eamonn Keogh[/caption]

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Local author’s debut book makes Late Late Toy Show

Killarney art psychotherapist Katie O’Donoghue was delighted to spot her first children’s book on last Friday’s Late Late Toy Show! ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ was written and illustrated by Katie, and published by Gill Books in July. With almost every eye in Ireland on the Toy Show every year, children’s authors, illustrators and publishers […]

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Killarney art psychotherapist Katie O’Donoghue was delighted to spot her first children’s book on last Friday’s Late Late Toy Show!

‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ was written and illustrated by Katie, and published by Gill Books in July.

With almost every eye in Ireland on the Toy Show every year, children’s authors, illustrators and publishers compete for a much-coveted spot on the set. Aware that her book had been sent to Ryan, but not having heard anything from RTÉ, Katie was thrilled to see it in a prominent position. It was a wonderful surprise to discover ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ had been placed in the front row of the book corner. There, it had a little chair of its own and was even embraced by a cuddly toy.

It was visible many times over the course of the evening, particularly during the book discussion, an incredibly proud moment for first-time author Katie.

“I have to admit, when I saw ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ cradled in the teddy’s arms, I may have jumped up and down with excitement,” Katie told the Killarney Advertiser.

What began as a lockdown project while Katie was living in London and missing her family in Kerry, is providing comfort to children around the world.

Using a gentle story with gorgeous illustrations, Little Squirrel and his forest friends teach young people a variety of simple coping techniques.

“These skills will benefit children their entire lives and the book is even helpful for adults who are prone to worrying and overthinking,” she added.

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No 2021 return for Killarney on Ice

By Michelle Crean Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year. Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year. […]

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By Michelle Crean

Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year.

Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year.

Rising case numbers, uncertain COVID-19 restrictions, and insurance challenges have been the main drivers behind the decision not to open, according to the company.

As Kerry’s only festive ice rink, the facility has brought much fun and life to the town over the years, attracting thousands of people from all over the county, and indeed the whole country, with many families coming to stay overnight in Killarney and enjoying all that this great town has to offer.

As well as friends and families coming to skate, schools, youth clubs, sports teams and employees of local companies use the group booking discount rate to plan sessions on the ice, and Killarney on Ice would like to thank them all for their continuing loyalty.

“We sincerely hope to be back better and stronger in 2022, and we look forward to welcoming all of our valued customers,” Tim O’Donoghue, the promoter of the rink, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“In the meantime, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.”

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