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CHEQUE: John Dineen and Ann Mangan hand over a cheque to Pat Doolan (Chair of the Killarney branch of the Kerry Hospice Foundation). Also pictured were: Dermot O'Reilly and Angela Curran. Photo: Michelle Crean

By Michelle Crean

The Killarney branch of the Kerry Hospice Foundation were this week delighted to receive a cheque from a recent ceili fundraiser.
On Monday, Ann Mangan and John Dineen from Torc Set Dancing Classes donated €700 which was raised at a ceili they organised on Monday, March 11 in the Torc Hotel.
And choosing the charity came from the heart, Ann explained to the Killarney Advertiser this week.
“It’s very close to my heart,” she said. “I’ve had personal experience with the local branch of palliative care. Their professionalism and kindness was superb, which was why I chose them.”
Pat Doolan, Chair of the Killarney branch of the Kerry Hospice Foundation, added that he and the Killarney branch are delighted to receive the funds.
“I’d like to thank Ann for her donation,” Pat said.
“She’s been a big supporter of the Killarney branch, especially during our fashion show when she modelled. I also want to thank all our supporters.”
And he added there are many more events coming up to support the Killarney branch of the Kerry Hospice Foundation, including the Vivien O'Shea/Sheila McGillycuddy Annual Good Friday Memorial Walk on Friday April 19, Sunflower Day on Friday June 7, the Bewley's sponsored Hospice Coffee Morning on Thursday September 19, and the ‘Models in Recovery’ annual fashion show in the INEC on Wednesday, September 25.

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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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Corcoran’s Furniture walk raises €12k for autism charity

Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland There were 37 participants in the event, which included […]

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Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland

There were 37 participants in the event, which included AADI families, dogs, and representatives, as well as fundraisers, supporters, and members of the Corcoran’s team. The stars of the day were the three life-changing super-hero dogs, Buzz, Baron and Hank.

Former Kerry Footballer, James O’ Donoghue, was the ambassador for the event
Those taking part left Ross Castle and were treated to a phenomenal boat ride in the expert hands of Diarmuid ‘Dux’ O’Donoghue of Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours. The O’Donoghue family entertained the entire group with a range of fascinating stories outlining the history of the lakes of Killarney and Killarney National Park.

The group set out from Lord Brandon’s Cottage and walked the 11K through the iconic Gap of Dunloe, with two AADI families and their dogs taking part in the full walk. This was followed by a well-deserved meal and some rest and relaxation at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. Flemings Taxi’s Killarney brought the group back to Ross Castle, Killarney upon completion of the event.

“On behalf of everybody at Corcoran’s Furniture, we would like to thank everybody who participated in our Gap of Dunloe charity event on behalf of AADI,” said Shane O’ Callaghan, Financial Controller atCorcoran’s.

“Collectively we have raised almost €12,000 for this incredible charity and monies are still coming in. We are extremely grateful to all who supported our walk, and also to James O’ Donoghue, Christina Tagney, the Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours, the fantastic support of Noel Lucey and Donal McCarthy from the Order Of Malta, Killarney branch, and to Killarney National Park, Kate Kearney’s Cottage and Fleming’s Taxi’s. All funds raised will go toward the expert training and maintenance of the upcoming AADI dogs who will make a dramatic difference to so many children with Autism and their families.”

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