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€10k raised for children’s hospital

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KIND-HEARTED: Antoinette Kelly (Children's Medical and Research Foundation CMRF Crumlin) accepting a cheque for €5000 from AIB representatives Joe Shannon (AIB Branch Manager), Colin Hunt (CEO of AIB), Colm Cooper (Assistant Manager, Killarney) and Barry O'Shea (AIB Finance & Leasing). Picture: Eamonn Keogh

 

By Michelle Crean

 

Banking staff rallied together to help raise funds for Crumlin Children’s Hospital and raised a staggering €10k.

Over the past number of months staff in AIB Kerry, Limerick and Clare came together for the worthy cause to support a colleague, who has a child undergoing treatment in Crumlin.

Together they raised €5,000 with a further €5,000 matched by AIB CEO Colin Hunt.

“Everybody is aware of the amazing work done in Crumlin so we were delighted to do our bit to support such a worthy cause,” Colm Cooper, Assistant Manager of the AIB Killarney branch, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Our staff engaged in various activities including coffee mornings in our branches, wellness events, sponsored walks and raffles.

“In addition to this we were very appreciative of the support from our customers who made generous donations and sponsored and supported our various fund raising initiatives.”

He added that they were thrilled to be joined by AIB CEO Colin Hunt for the presentation last Friday.

“Colin congratulated everybody on the fundraising efforts for such a worthy cause and very kindly committed to AIB matching the amount raised. This brought the total funds donated to Crumlin Children’s Hospital on the day to €10,000.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]

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The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.

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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]

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The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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