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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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Kerry v Cork match day parking

  Kerry take on Cork in the first round of the Munster Championship at Fitzgerald Stadium on Saturday. This glamour tie always attracts a huge crowd and Cork fans will […]

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Kerry take on Cork in the first round of the Munster Championship at Fitzgerald Stadium on Saturday.

This glamour tie always attracts a huge crowd and Cork fans will travel in their droves from the Rebel County.

As a result there will be parking restrictions and traffic disruptions in the town on Saturday afternoon.

“Please be aware that the town will be bustling with activity, and traffic congestion is expected. Some parking areas may reach capacity, so we recommend allowing extra time for your journey,” said a Garda spokesperson.

Parking will be available in the following areas near the stadium: New Street, The Glebe car park, Fair Hill car park, High Street, Rock Road car park and the Lewis Road car park.

Parking in the vicinity of Fitzgerald Stadium is reserved for residents with parking passes only.

For a full preview of the match turn to our Sports section on page 54

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Win tickets for Taylor Swift and support Palestine

Killarney For Palestine is raffling two tickets to a Taylor Swift concert in Edinburgh. The group is raising funds for the Halaq family who are known to Kerry Friends of […]

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Killarney For Palestine is raffling two tickets to a Taylor Swift concert in Edinburgh.

The group is raising funds for the Halaq family who are known to Kerry Friends of Palestine and who are currently displaced in tents in the Gaza Strip.

Their homes were destroyed in the city of Khan Younis by Israeli airstrikes.

“It currently costs between €5,000 and €6,000 per person to be evacuated from Gaza,” said Susan Larkin of Killarney For Palestine.

To be in with a chance of winning the tickets for the June 8 concert all you have to do is make a donation via the gofundme link below.

A minimum €5.00 donation ensures entry to the draw which will be made on April 24.

Link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/hx5ahx-help-my-children

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