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Drink Tea to raise funds for MND




In the past Drink Tea for MND was held during the month of June but this year it has moved to March.

TEA TIME: Christy Lehane Chairman of Kerry Friends of Motor Neurone will Drink Tea for MND during the month of March.

There is no special day to hold the event during the month of March for Motor Neurone Disease (MND) so you can host an event any time.

It has proved to be one of the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association's (IMNDA) most popular event of the year.

"Since 2018 the IMNDA has hosted the very popular Drink Tea initiative for MND and in doing so has raised the phenomenal sum of €941,654.74 - so this year the Association has high hopes of reaching the €1 million mark," Christy Lehane, Chairman of Kerry Friends of Motor Neurone, said.

This year's Ambassador is Chinese woman Lily Chen in Termonfeckin County Louth where she lives with her family and runs a tea business, Lily’s Tea.

"Lily was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease three years ago. I urge you to read Lily Chen’s incredible story on the IMNDA website where she describes MND heartbreakingly as “an invisible hand turning down my power gradually". It is titled 'Living with MND - Lily Chen'.

As IMNDA CEO Lilian McGovern puts it well when she said that MND is such an unforgiving disease, but with your support for Drink Tea for MND will help people like Lily get the simple, life-changing supports they need, including specialised beds, air mattresses and comfort wheelchairs and for some communication aids for people deprived of their speaking voices, he added.

"I have decided this year that the supporting photograph with this article will be Lily Chen Drinking Tea for MND."


IMNDA now employs six specialist nurses nationwide providing services for MND sufferers, their families and the need for fundraising is even greater.

"I will Drink Tea for MND again this year. Will you host a Drink Tea for MND during the month of March? In doing so you are supporting everyone impacted with MND. The need for fundraising is now even greater. Over 85% of IMNDA services are funded by events like Drink Tea for MND.

If you cannot organise a tea day, all is not lost. You can text 50300 and donate €2."

For more details go to the IMNDA website where you can register and fundraise online.

You can contact head office on 01 6703552 to order tea packs for your tea day or for any other advice.

"Finally on behalf of Kerry Friends of Motor Neurone I again say thanks all our loyal friends and supporters who have never left us down in the past and hopefully this year’s event will be your cup of tea."

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Three Peaks Challenge to raise funds for Down Syndrome Kerry

This year’s Three Peaks Challenge, organised by Killarney Cycling Club will raise funds for Down Syndrome Kerry. The June 15 event,  the only one day cycle event Down Syndrome Kerry […]




This year’s Three Peaks Challenge, organised by Killarney Cycling Club will raise funds for Down Syndrome Kerry.

The June 15 event,  the only one day cycle event Down Syndrome Kerry is associated with this year, promises to be a fabulous day of cycling and fun!.

The 100km route challenges the stronger cyclists and the 75km route gives cyclists the chance to become familiar with Moll’s Gap which is part of the Ring of Kerry route.
The cycle sets out from Killarney, heading out the Cork Road. The 75km route (one peak) turns right at Loo Bridge for Kilgarvan and onto Kenmare, while the 100km route, (three peaks) heads over the county bounds to Ballyvourney, onto The Top of Coom and then Kenmare. Both routes continue on over Moll’s Gap, passing through the picturesque Ladies’ View and back into Killarney, where all participants will be treated to a burger and drink at the finish line.

“We will guarantee plenty of laughs and refreshments along the way, there are two routes available; 100km or 75km, to meet all abilities, covering some of the most beautiful landscapes in Ireland. This is the perfect warm-up for anyone thinking of doing the Ring of Kerry cycle this year or anybody looking for a really well run sportive with great craic compulsory,” Chairperson of Killarney Cycling Club, Kevin Murphy.

All cyclists who register online will be entered into a raffle for some great spot prizes kindly donated by our sponsors, winners collecting their prize at the finish line.

Down Syndrome Kerry’s goal is to help people with down syndrome to make their own futures as bright and independent as possible by providing them with education, support and friendship every step of the way.
Funds raised from this cycle will help Down Syndrome to continue to provide vital services such as speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and job coaching to their members.
As Down Syndrome Kerry do not receive any government funding, they are totally dependent on your support to continue to make these services available to those who need them.
You can register for the cycle which is €40 for Cycling Ireland members, €20 for accompanied under 16’s on event master:-

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BAR 1661 is teaming up with Pig’s Lane for a night of cocktail mastery

BAR 1661, the winners of Ireland’s Bar of the Year 2022, are taking up temporary residency in Killarney’s first underground hotspot, Pig’s Lane for one night only on May 21. […]




BAR 1661, the winners of Ireland’s Bar of the Year 2022, are taking up temporary residency in Killarney’s first underground hotspot, Pig’s Lane for one night only on May 21.

The dynamic team at Dublin’s BAR 1661, who have recently taken their talents to venues in Sweden, London, and the famous Dead Rabbit Bar in New York, are now hitting the road to Killarney for an epic takeover event.

Staunchly Irish and fiercely independent, BAR 1661 have two goals in mind; to introduce the world to Poitín and lift Irish cocktail culture to fresh heights.
Headed up by their founder Dave Mulligan, the Dublin team will transform Pig’s Lane on College Street for one night only. Since opening just a few months ago, Pig’s Lane has been raising the bar in Kerry with its cocktails, whiskey and wine offering. Kicking off at 6pm, experience a curated selection of Poitín-infused cocktails, featuring a bespoke rendition of BAR 1661’s drinks menu.

The crew will also serve up their unique take on the classic Irish Coffee with their Belfast Coffee, steeped with cold brew coffee, top-quality Irish Poitín, and rich demerara syrup. Guests will be able to chat with the team, get some insider knowledge on how to elevate their own cocktail-making skills, as well as learn insider tips on how to blend flavours to satisfy their own palette.

Two-time World Championship Mixologist and Drinks Development Manager for the O’Donoghue Ring Collection and Pig’s Lane, Ariel Sanecki said of the upcoming takeover: 

“We are very excited to welcome one of Ireland’s leading bars, BAR 1661, for an exclusive collaboration with us here at Pig’s Lane. This takeover is a great opportunity for people to meet with innovative mixologists who will be crafting bespoke creations right in front of them! We look forward to welcoming guests on the night, to what promises to be an epic event, featuring premium drink producers and unforgettable flavours.”

Before the takeover starts, drinks aficionados can join Dave for an intimate Poitín Masterclass. Attendees are invited to explore the diverse landscape of Poitín, accompanied by fascinating insights into its vibrant history and contemporary revival.


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