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SPECIAL DELIVERY: Postman Denis Cronin from Woodlawn pictured on his daily rounds delivering the Killarney Advertiser to Alice and Pat O'Sullivan at Valley Farmhouse, Minish.

By Michelle Crean

Cocooning at home is the safest option for the older members of the community – however local postmen and women are making it a little bit easier by providing extra services.

One such worker is Woodlawn resident and postman Denis Cronin who says he’s more than happy to check-in or drop in messages along his daily route.

Up at 5.30am to sort the post, Denis is then on the road from 8am until about 1.30pm, and it’s not just typical letters or parcels that he’s delivering.

As part of An Post’s latest ‘Request a Check-In’ strategy to help an older or vulnerable person who is feeling isolated during the COVID-19 crisis, Denis and his colleagues are more than happy to help – even dropping off the Killarney Advertiser to peoples’ homes every week.

His route includes Pike Hill, Clash, Lissivigeen, Minish, Old Forge, Iron Mills, Tullaha, Gortahoosh, Crosstown and Ballagh.

“They’re thrilled to get the Killarney Advertiser to see what’s happening around the town,” Denis said this week.

“They’re used to getting it in town every week and when they don’t get it, they miss it.”

He said many of those isolated really miss their trips out but understand why it’s better and safer to stay at home. This means they cannot get out to do shopping and pick up other items such as prescriptions.

Denis, who has worked for An Post for 37 years, explained how some have his mobile number and often message him in the evening so that he can have the shopping ready for his next day deliveries.

“At the moment I’m delivering messages and we’re delighted to do it. They send a text the day before if they’re stuck for something. I bring the newspaper to one person every day. We stand a distance apart and have a chat, usually about the same things, either Coronavirus or the GAA! For some it’s their only contact with someone. I’m delighted to do it.”

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Yulia Liventsova: I am happy because I do what I love

By Natalya Krasnenkova In her 47 years Yulia Liventsova has twice fled from war. Living in Europe in the 21st century, she was again forced to leave her home, hastily […]

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By Natalya Krasnenkova

In her 47 years Yulia Liventsova has twice fled from war. Living in Europe in the 21st century, she was again forced to leave her home, hastily collect things, go into the unknown and start her life over.

Yulia comes from Donetsk, the east of Ukraine. In 2014, when the city was taken over by pro-Russian militants, who set up the Donetsk People’s Republic there, she urgently left for Odessa with her husband and pregnant daughter.

The whole life of the family fit in the trunk of a small car.

In the southern city near the Black Sea, Yulia began a new life. She is a cook by profession and in Odessa, she worked in a restaurant as a chef.

From February 24, since the beginning of Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine, her restaurant has started preparing free lunches for the Ukrainian military. Yulia Liventsova spent many hours in the kitchen to feed our soldiers.

And when the Russian army occupied the neighbouring city of Kherson (now under Russian occupation), Russia began firing rockets from their ships located in the Black Sea, targeting Odessa. Yulia’s husband made an important decision; he put his wife, daughter and granddaughter in the car to take them to the border with Moldova.

“You have to go to save the child and the granddaughter, and I will stay here to help your old mother,” he said.

And Yulia left. For a month they lived with acquaintances in the vineyard, and then moved to Ireland.
Not knowing a word of English, with two T-shirts and two pants in a suitcase – this was the beginning of a new chapter for her life in Ireland.

Yulia is a bright, small and strong woman. She laughs a lot and does a lot for people. There were not enough cooks at the Eviston Hotel where she stayed. Yulia offered her help. Now she is a sous-chef in the restaurant.

“I was ready to work as a volunteer, but in Ireland, everyone who wants to work has this opportunity, even without a good knowledge of the language,” Yulia said.

HARD WORKING

Her working day is from 9am to noon in the kitchen, then she has a three-hour break. What is she doing at this time? She attends English language courses daily then returns to the kitchen in the afternoon and works until 10pm.

When Julia has a day off, she goes to the pool.

Yes, Yulia is in great physical shape and recently got a new tattoo – the national symbol of Ukraine – a huge trident on her shoulder.

Recently, for the Ukrainian Day at the K-Fest in Killorglin, Yulia organised a day of Ukrainian cuisine. To do this, she gathered a team and spent more than 10 hours in the kitchen to prepare traditional Ukrainian borsch, dumplings and compote. The next day, she welcomed Irish guests with a smile on her face. She really wanted to introduce the Irish to our gastronomic culture. She succeeded.

“How are you feeling now?” I ask Yulia.

“I’m happy. Despite all the difficulties, I can still do what I really love. And I am surrounded by very good people. So yes, I’m happy.”

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Gaelscoil pupils compete in Fleadh for the first time

By Michelle Crean It was their first time entering Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí but Gaelscoil Faithleann pupils proved they’ve got talent as they made it to the next stage of the […]

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By Michelle Crean

It was their first time entering Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí but Gaelscoil Faithleann pupils proved they’ve got talent as they made it to the next stage of the competition.

Muinteoir Treasa Uí Scannláin and Muinteoir Lisa Ni Iarlaithe prepared the children over the last two months on Thursday evenings after school.

For the competition 22 kids were entered in the Under 11 and 13 categories in the Comhra Gaeilge competition in Tralee.

Three of the Under 11s and three of the school’s Under 13s are now going forward to represent Chiarraí the Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan in Newcastle West on July 15.

“The standard was very high and it was our first time entering this competition. All of the children were representing Cill Airne Comhaltas,” Lisa said.

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