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€13k donated to Kerry Hospice Foundation in memory of local woman

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DONATION: €13,000 has been donated to charity from the 'Margaret O'Connor Memorial Walk'. Pictured from l-r were: Marie O'Connell, Mary O'Donoghue, Pat Doolan, Tom O'Connor, and Paddy O'Sullivan.

By Michelle Crean

Given that restrictions are hampering fundraising at present €13k was a staggering amount which was donated in memory of a local woman last week.

Organisers of the ‘Margaret O’Connor Memorial Walk’ - who say they were blown away by people's generosity - handed over the funds to Kerry Hospice Foundation last week.

"It's testimony to the family who are very popular and the generosity of the people, especially as people may have lost jobs and businesses at this time," family friend Paddy O'Sullivan told the Killarney Advertiser.

Margaret, from Kilbrean, passed away on August 9 last year. She had been going through treatment for about a year, he explained.

"She was a very active woman in set dancing and she was a great woman for walking. She was very popular. Towards the end of her life she was very well cared for by Palliative Care. Her husband Tom wanted to do something in her memory."

Margaret has in the past taken part in the Old Kenmare Road New Year walk fundraiser but it couldn't go ahead this year because of the restrictions.

Instead they came up with the idea of setting a 10k target asking people to do it in their own family bubbles and to donate to a temporary account set up in Killarney Credit Union.

"Tom was delighted to be able to give something back," Paddy said.

"And without annual fundraisers like Daffodil Day and others it's vital people support these charities. We'd like to thank every for their generosity."

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Free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer

Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30). The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney. The workshop, which […]

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Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30).

The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney.

The workshop, which takes place via Zoom at 6.30pm, is aimed at children who have been impacted by cancer in any way and will also see Katie read from her debut children’s book, ‘‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’.

Workshop facilitator, Katie, has worked for many years as a child and young people’s therapist with the NHS, before returning to her native Killarney this year. Her background is in fine art and design and she has a Masters degree in Art Psychotherapy.

If you would like to register your child for this free online workshop, please contact Recovery Haven Kerry on 066 7192122 to book your place.

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Not to be for Killarney as Waterford named Best Place to Live in Ireland

While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021. While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, […]

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While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021.

While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, Co Cork, Galway city and the village of Glaslough in Co Monaghan.

Among the things which impressed the judges about Waterford were its beautiful buildings, its liveability, its pedestrian friendly public space, its weather, and its easy access to the Comeragh Mountains and the Copper Coast.

The Chair of the judging panel Conor Goodman congratulated Killarney on its fine showing in the competition.

“Given the level of entries and the extremely high standard of those entries, making it into the Best 5 Places to Live in Ireland really is a wonderful achievement which I’m sure everyone in Killarney and Kerry is really proud of. We were delighted with the level of interest in the competition and would like to thank everyone who nominated a place or who engaged with us on it.”

The Irish Times Best Place to Live in Ireland contest, which is supported by Randox Health, began in June.

In total 470 locations were nominated by more than 2,400 people from all 32 counties for the title of ‘Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021’.

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