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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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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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