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David and Aidan to swap pitch for catwalk

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TWO legends of Kerry GAA, Aidan O’Mahony and David Clifford will be doing a star turn on the catwalk in Fossa on Tuesday, October 10. Dedicated followers of fashion will be hotfooting it to the five-star Europe Hotel & Resort for the 28th annual Fossa Fashion Show, which takes place at 8pm.

Always an excellent fundraiser for a variety of organisations in the parish, it is organised by a team including husband and wife James and Claire Houlihan and Tim Kissane, who have been involved in the event since its beginning.

James and Tim came up with the idea when they were youth leaders in Fossa Youth Club. “The first fashion show took place in the old church in Fossa and the funds raised that year were for the youth club,” said James.

Subsequent fashion show benefited the new church, local historical society, community centre, playschool, new school and new community centre.

Expect to see the latest fashion from Dunnes Stores, MacBee’s Weardrobe, Scarlett, Jasmine, The Pillbox, Fashion World/Joi Boutique, Ela Maria and Brian James.

The best-dressed lady prize will be sponsored by Keane’s Jewellers, Killarney, while a number of raffle prizes and a door prize will also be up for grabs.

There are two prizes of weekend away, sponsored by the Rose Hotel in Tralee and Hayfield Manor in Cork. The enticing door and raffle prizes include dinner for two at the Dunloe Castle Hotel, which is due to reopen in May 2018. “The committee is very grateful for the ongoing support to maintain the existing community centre and plans are afoot to refurbish the old church and develop it into a cultural centre with café facilities and to provide a state-of the-art gymnasium for our rowing club and for all the sporting organisations in the parish,” said James Houlihan.

The event commences with a cheese and wine reception at 7.30pm and tickets are available from committee members, participating shops and on the door on the night.

 


 
Above: Aidan O'Mahony, Sarah Griffin, Frank Anderton, Tim Kissane, Claire Houlihan, Eileen Green, Sean O'Donoghue and Elizabeth O'Connor.
Pic: Dylan Clifford

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No spare change – no problem, as charity embraces new technology

By Sean Moriarty With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier. For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank […]

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By Sean Moriarty

With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier.

For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank card to make a donation.

The Society’s annual churchgate collection will be held on the weekend of December 11/12 at places of worship in the town and surrounding areas. This year’s collection has be renamed as ‘Giving Sunday’ and makes a return after the pandemic forced the cancellation of last year’s fundraiser.

“We are moving towards a cashless society,” explained Killarney Conference President Breda O’Dwyer. “You can tap and swipe your card to make a donation.”

Breda added that they are hoping to have the buckets ready by next week in time for the collection.

She said the local conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society has seen a marked increase in the number of families it is helping mainly caused by the increase in the cost of fuel and home heating products.

The annual St Vincent De Paul Society’s Christmas Jumper Day, in association with Radio Kerry is scheduled for December 10.

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SURVEY: Locals are reducing their social contacts

It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week. An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their […]

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It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week.

An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their level of contacts with people.

Interestingly, 37.10% of people had made no change to their lifestyle, but they could have been extra cautious already.

A tiny minority – just 1.61% – said they increased their social contacts over the last week.

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