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Dundag Dippers feature on RTE

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By Sean Moriarty

Members of the Dundag Dippers swimming group found themselves at the centre of national attention last week after they featured on both RTE’s main news bulletins.

Nollaig na mBan or Women’s Little Christmas is a tradition that is kept alive in Kerry and is enjoying a re-birth across the country.
It is a day for the women of Ireland to take a well-earned rest after spending Christmas week preparing meals for the rest of their households.

It is also the official day to take down the Christmas decorations – doing so before this date is considered unlucky.

While traditionally considered a day of rest for the woman of Ireland these day the more adventurous take part in various outdoor activities too.

The Dundag Dippers marked Nollaig na mBan with their traditional January 6 swim in Muckross Lake.

Their annual swim earned the attention of the national broadcaster who sent reporter Jenny O’Sullivan to the lakeshore.

“It is all about tradition,” she told viewers as the news camera captured a large group braving the elements and taking a swim in the lake.

The newsreel also featured the Dromhall Hotel where Susan Randles spoke of the influence her mother Kay has had on the Killarney hotel industry.

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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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Caring group craft charity blankets

By Michelle Crean One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity. Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members […]

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By Michelle Crean

One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity.

Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members of Kilcummin Community Care worked together to make blankets for service users on the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus.

“Each blanket is assigned as a personal gift to the clients using the Cancer Link Bus and is kept by them,” Kate Fleming, Chairperson of Kilcummin Community Care, said.

The knitting of the squares to make the blankets began at a gathering in the Rose Hotel in 2018. It was a gathering of different volunteer groups.

The Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus were requesting knitted squares to make blankets for the clients who were using their facilities, she explained.

“Kilcummin Community Care were knitting at the time, so it was decided to help out this worthy cause. We received donations of wool from people in the parish and surrounding areas. Kilcummin ICA also got involved in the efforts.”

During the two years of COVID-19, members of both organisations continued to knit and are still knitting to the present day.

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