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David’s joy as over €15k raised for Kerry Hospice

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By Michelle Crean

The original fundraising target was €2,000 - but local man David Looney smashed that by raising over a whopping €15,000!

PROCEEDS: David Looney pictured handing over the funds from his charity run to Cathal Walshe PRO of Kerry Hospice in the Tatler Jack.

David set up a GoFundMe page '170 Miles in November in memory of Geraldine' as a thank you to Kerry Hospice for the care his sister-in-law Geraldine O'Connor (49) received during her illness. She sadly passed away in November 2021.

He timed the run to conclude on the anniversary of Geraldine's death, and went out in all kinds of weather.

For his efforts he managed to raise €15,445. David, who is manager of the popular pub Tatler Jack invited all the O'Connor clan to the presentation function at the pub before Christmas.

There, Cathal Walshe, PRO of Kerry Hospice, thanked David and everyone who contributed to the venture.

"It means a lot to the Foundation and as the late Ted Moynihan said "you hope you will never need the Hospice, but the Hospice will always need you"," Cathal said.

"I am absolutely delighted and overwhelmed with the amount raised," David told the Killarney Advertiser.

"We had donors from nearly every corner of the world, from Australia to China to America and Canada. I would like to sincerely thank every single donor. Their generosity helped us give a huge thank you to Kerry Hospice and the wonderful staff in the Palliative Care Unit UHK for the amazing care Geraldine received. I would also like to thank local media including Killarney Advertiser and my workplace Tatler Jack (social media) for the support in publicising the fundraiser.

"Also a huge thank you to Chris Davies from Reboot Recovery for the use of his facilities during the month - I don’t think I would have made it without that place!"

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Massive increase in numbers using local bus services

Passenger numbers on local link buses across Kerry have increased by 1727% from 2020 to 2023 according to local Green Party Candidate for Killarney Diarmaid Griffin. This is the highest […]

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Passenger numbers on local link buses across Kerry have increased by 1727% from 2020 to 2023 according to local Green Party Candidate for Killarney Diarmaid Griffin.

This is the highest increase nationally and is due to the investment by the Department of Transport during this government term.

“This service was lacking in former times, especially in rural areas and is a welcome addition to the countryside and villages of Kerry.’ says Green Party Candidate for Killarney,” said Griffin.

“While in the past, a taxi was the only option for those not cycling or driving. Now a service to Killarney is available every Friday morning from my townland of Barleymount. This is just one example of the network of bus routes criss-crossing the county thanks to local link.”

“This project is a notable success as the figures show. Investment in public transport helps alleviate congestion, increases community cohesion and reduces rural isolation. This is all welcome news for the locality,”

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Two weeks to go to Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’There is less than two weeks to show time for the cast of Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’

Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena. The launch was […]

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Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena.

The launch was followed by a full rehearsal and director Oliver Hurley was also there to lend a hand.

“We were delighted to introduce our lead characters to you. We had Abbey Theatre players Brigid Delia and Michael, who are the narrators throughout the musical drama. Eamonn De Valera , Harry Boland, Joe Emmett, Arthur Griffith, Cathal Brugha, volunteers and of course the beautiful Kitty Kieran were in full costume,” said KMS PRO Linda O’Donoghue.

“Mother Ireland and her five graceful dancers were fabulous. Our director and choreographer Oliver, our musical director Michael Young and the full cast of 64 were there. The singing was powerful. The music in ‘Michael Collins – A Musical Drama’ is distinctly Irish. People will definitely enjoy it.”

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