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Date change for quiz and auction in aid of homelessness fundraiser

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Kate O'Leary, President of Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce. PICTURE: DON MACMONAGLE

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Councillor Niall Kelleher.

Councillor Niall Kelleher.

A BUMPER table quiz and charity auction has been planned to help in a fundraising initiative planned by two well-known Killarney business people.

The date of the event has been changed due to unforeseen circumstances and it will now take place in The Laurels Lounge on Wednesday, October 19, at 8.30pm sharp.

Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce President, Kate O’Leary, and Cllr Niall Kelleher will both spend a night sleeping out to help raise funds and awareness of the homelessness crisis that is sweeping the country.

Their involvement is part of Focus Ireland campaign which will see prominent business interests and public representatives sleeping out in either Cork or Dublin on October 21 to shine a light on the homelessness crisis.

They have both set a target of raising at least €5,000 for the cause and, to help them achieve that goal, they will host the fun quiz and auction.

In addition to some great prize for the winners, there will also be a super auction at which a number of valuable and impressive prizes will come under the auctioneer’s gavel.

“Family homelessness has reached historic proportions in Ireland with more than 2,100 children living in emergency homeless accommodation, often unable to get to school, rarely getting a home-cooked meal and sinking into darkness.

“I don’t want to accept this as today’s landscape so I’m joining my peers to make a difference,” Cllr Kelleher said.
 


 
Above: Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce president Kate O'Leary who along with Councillor Niall Kelleher is taking part in a sleeping outside initiative to raise funds for homelessness. PICTURE: DON MACMONAGLE

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Free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer

Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30). The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney. The workshop, which […]

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Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30).

The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney.

The workshop, which takes place via Zoom at 6.30pm, is aimed at children who have been impacted by cancer in any way and will also see Katie read from her debut children’s book, ‘‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’.

Workshop facilitator, Katie, has worked for many years as a child and young people’s therapist with the NHS, before returning to her native Killarney this year. Her background is in fine art and design and she has a Masters degree in Art Psychotherapy.

If you would like to register your child for this free online workshop, please contact Recovery Haven Kerry on 066 7192122 to book your place.

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Not to be for Killarney as Waterford named Best Place to Live in Ireland

While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021. While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, […]

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While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021.

While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, Co Cork, Galway city and the village of Glaslough in Co Monaghan.

Among the things which impressed the judges about Waterford were its beautiful buildings, its liveability, its pedestrian friendly public space, its weather, and its easy access to the Comeragh Mountains and the Copper Coast.

The Chair of the judging panel Conor Goodman congratulated Killarney on its fine showing in the competition.

“Given the level of entries and the extremely high standard of those entries, making it into the Best 5 Places to Live in Ireland really is a wonderful achievement which I’m sure everyone in Killarney and Kerry is really proud of. We were delighted with the level of interest in the competition and would like to thank everyone who nominated a place or who engaged with us on it.”

The Irish Times Best Place to Live in Ireland contest, which is supported by Randox Health, began in June.

In total 470 locations were nominated by more than 2,400 people from all 32 counties for the title of ‘Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021’.

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