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Defibrillator raffle to benefit brave Miriam

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A young mother-of-two who is battling with a devastating form of cancer is to benefit from an innovative fundraising initiative to help finance her very expensive treatment.

Primary school teacher Miriam Joy is undergoing a hugely expensive new treatment to help in her battle with triple negative breast cancer. She was diagnosed in May 2017 but the treatment she received was not successful and the cancer has now spread to her brain and lungs.

Medical professionals have told the young mother that her only chance of survival is a change of direction with her treatment, but the required immunotherapy will cost a staggering €7,000, every three weeks, for an indefinite length of time.

Now the team behind a groundbreaking and lifesaving defibrillator in a phone kiosk project has come to Miriam’s aid with a very unique raffle proposal.

The prize is a custom-made traditional telephone kiosk and an AED with all donations generated going to support Miriam who lives with her husband, Pat, and two young children, Noah (10) and Joshua (5), in Castleisland.

Tradesman Tommy Hassett, who manufactures the €3,500 phone kiosks that house the AEDs, is a friend of the Joy family and he has teamed up with the Killarney-based Heart of Ireland crew and Ce-Tek Medical to donate a kiosk and a defibrillator to raise funds.

The AED kiosks are proving in huge demand all over the country since a pilot scheme was introduced in Killarney some years ago.

Heart of Ireland Project official, Damien Baker, said the organisation is glad to be able to help Miriam and her family.

“It is being made possible by the generosity of Tommy donating a phone box and Ce-Tek Medical donating an AED and cabinet,” he said. “We would like to wish Miriam and her family the best during this difficult time and we hope that this small act of generosity makes a difference”.

Miriam’s brother, Eoin, said the family is hugely grateful to all involved for the remarkable gesture of generosity.

“Their incredible generosity, work and vision in the development of this project has given great support to Miriam as well as providing a lifesaving device to a community. Their efforts and goodwill have blown us away,” he stated.

The raffle will run until October 17 and tickets, priced at €20, are available on the raffle link on the Heart of Ireland Facebook page.

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Promoting Killarney as a business and conference destination

Two prominent Killarney businesses were in Frankfurt this week to promote Ireland and Kerry as an ideal place to host business conferences. The Europe Hotel and Resort and Killarney Convention […]

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Two prominent Killarney businesses were in Frankfurt this week to promote Ireland and Kerry as an ideal place to host business conferences.

The Europe Hotel and Resort and Killarney Convention Centre attended IMEX Frankfurt 2024 in Germany this week to promote the island of Ireland for corporate meetings and incentive travel ~

Tourism Ireland – together with Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Northern Ireland, as part of the ‘Meet in Ireland’ team – is showcasing Ireland as a world-class Business Events destination to thousands of buyers who organise international meetings and incentive travel.

IMEX Frankfurt is one of the leading global exhibitions for Business Events i.e., the corporate meetings, events and incentive travel industry. Thirty-five tourism companies specialising in Business Events from around the island of Ireland – including The Europe Hotel & Resort and Killarney Convention Centre were on the ‘Meet in Ireland’ stand at IMEX.

Around 1,900 commercial meetings will be conducted with global meeting and incentive travel planners this week, which will, in turn, deliver Business Events for Ireland from around the world worth millions of euro in 2024 and beyond. Tourism Ireland’s goal is to enable thousands of commercial Business Events meetings this year – connecting our tourism partners from Ireland with overseas buyers to grow Business Events and support businesses across the island.
According to the latest CSO figures for overseas tourism, Ireland welcomed almost 1 million Business Tourists, for the 12 months from April 2023 to March 2024.

“IMEX Frankfurt is a key event in the industry calendar and an extremely important platform for us to promote the island of Ireland as a premier destination for Business Events. Business travel is high value and often midweek and off season by its nature, thereby aligning with Tourism Ireland’s strategy to grow overseas tourism revenue outside of the peak summer season,” said, Siobhan McManamy, Tourism Ireland’s Director of Markets, said:

“We are delighted to have 35 tourism companies from across the island of Ireland with us at this year’s IMEX Frankfurt. They’re engaging in almost 1,900 commercial meetings and showcasing the best of Ireland to influential meeting and incentive travel planners from around the world.”

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One way traffic system mooted for St Oliver’s National School

The Killarney Advertiser understands that a one-way traffic management system will be introduced at St Oliver’s National School. The plan remains subject to confirmation by Kerry County Council and other […]

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The Killarney Advertiser understands that a one-way traffic management system will be introduced at St Oliver’s National School.

The plan remains subject to confirmation by Kerry County Council and other statutory bodie. It is  understood that the system will be trialled at the beginning of the new school year in September.

The area is subject to serious traffic congestion during school drop-off and pick-up times every day.

Over 650 pupils and 80 staff attend the school every day. New housing developments in the area have added to traffic congestion.

Cllr Martin Grady has being pushing for enhanced road safety measures at the school since his co-option to the council in September 2023.

“The issue has worsened in recent years with Woodlawn, Rookery Road and Ballycasheen having more domestic property developments which brings with it more road activity,” Grady told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I’ve seen first-hand several accidents occur when dropping and collecting my children from the school. It needs a safe solution by means of a drop off- pick up point or a traffic management system put in place.

“It is unfair on all stakeholders involved. I will keep working on this until results are achieved in the interest of everyone’s safety. “

The lack of urban school bus services, not just at St Oliver’s but at all schools is adding to Killarney’s traffic woes.

“I would like to see school bus services return for all students, in both urban and rural schools, this service was a massive loss, it would greatly reduce the volume of traffic on our roads and mitigate the risk of accidents and near misses,” added Cllr Grady.

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