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David on target to reach palliative care goal

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By Sean Moriarty

David Looney is on target to complete his 170-mile run in November.

In doing so he has well exceeded his goal of €2,000 and is likely to break the €9,000 barrier by the time he finishes in the middle of next week.

The well-known manager of the Tatler Jack Bar on Plunkett St set the target in memory of his sister-in-law Geraldine O'Connor, who passed away on November 30 last year after a five year battle with cancer.

David ran at least eight miles every day to raise funds for the Palliative Care Unit in University Hospital Kerry.

As the Killarney Advertiser closed for press on Thursday night David had completed 150 miles.

With just 20 left to run he will scale back his distances over the weekend so he can reach the 170-mile target on Geraldine’s anniversary next Wednesday. Geraldine was a patient of Palliative Care Unit in her final days and the family experienced first hand the level of care that goes on there. 

"A huge thanks to everyone that has supported me. I will take a bit of a rest Monday and Tuesday so I can finish it on the correct day,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I have had great help and support, even my seven-year-old son Jack has come and ran two miles with me a few times, he just wanted to help. But it just shows, unfortunately, how many people know about the first-class facilities at the palliative care."

David started his run on November 1 and despite the horrendous weather during the month he has never missed a day.

“I don’t mind the weather,” he added. “Once it is not torrential when I set off, you don’t be long building up a sweat.”

Updates can be seen on Tatler Jack's social media pages and donations can be made via the GoFundMe page by searching '170 Miles in November in memory of Geraldine’.

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Rebel lights delight for Killarney star

By Con Dennehy The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in East Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Cork hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball […]

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By Con Dennehy

The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in East Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Cork hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball championships.

Attracting all the leading players in Ireland, it was Sarah Dineen, the Spa/Killarney player who shot out the Rebel lights in Conna with a phenomenal display of handball.

Competing in the highly competitive Ladies Challenger championship, the Killarney player, who took up the sport just 18 months ago, had the perfect start in the competition defeating the home town favourite Agnes Hurley from Conna on a 21-20 scoreline following an energy sapping and close encounter that hung in the balance to the final ace.

In her second game she took on the challenge of Nolwenn Even from St Brigids where her skill, superior fitness and movement on the court resulted in the 21-12 victory and a place in the prestigious final.

“The final was always going to be a difficult game not least playing local girl Kate O’Riordan from Conna. I concentrated on my serve and kill shots which ensured we shared the aces early in the game. It was a difficult game with the home supporters out in force to cheer on their local hero. However, I played well and secured a 21-11 victory. This was the second time this title came to Spa Killarney following the 2022 win by Aoife Walsh in Northern Ireland,” said Sarah, who is currently chairperson of the Killarney Camogie Club.

A native of Westmeath, Sarah (46) runs a jewellery business in Killarney and lives in Rathmore. No stranger to competitive sport she played camogie for Westmeath and Leinster and also won an Intermediate championship Gaelic football medal in Westmeath.

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STEM Scholarship for outstanding female student

By Michelle Crean A Killarney student attending University College Cork has received a STEM scholarship. Annie O’Donoghue (22) who is in her final year of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Data Science […]

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By Michelle Crean

A Killarney student attending University College Cork has received a STEM scholarship.

Annie O’Donoghue (22) who is in her final year of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Data Science and Analytics in University College Cork, was recognised as an outstanding female student in STEM2D disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Manufacturing and Design at a ceremony held at Janssen Sciences site in Ringaskiddy.

Annie, from Muckross, will receive a student award, a bursary of €1,500, industry mentoring and leadership training, along with the opportunity to attend career workshops, visit Johnson & Johnson sites and participate in WiSTEM2D events designed to support students with pursuing future STEM careers.

The Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2D programme fuels the development of the female STEM2D talent pipeline by awarding and sponsoring girls and women at critical points in their educational experience and their careers, in STEM disciplines. The Undergraduate programme was first introduced at University of Limerick in 2016. Since then, it has expanded to include University College Cork in 2018, University of Galway in 2021, and Munster Technological University in 2022, supporting more than 400 female students over the last six years.

“It’s an honour to be a recipient of this award,” Annie, who is a former St Brigid’s Presentation Secondary School student, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It’s great to see the number of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Manufacturing and Design, increase over the years.”

She added that the goal of the award is “to inspire women to pursue their career path in their respective STEM2D field of work”.  
 

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