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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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Dancing classes set to unite communities

By Michelle Crean There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities. KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities.

KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, has teamed up with dance instructor John Moriarty to teach both Ukrainians and multiple cultures living in Kerry Irish set dancing steps from next week.

The first class will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting next week (September 27) at St Mary’s Parish Hall at 6.30pm and all are welcome to join.

The idea is to help Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry to come and have fun and get to know locals better, KASI coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have a women’s group for all ages where we do crochet, sewing and art and crafts, where they can talk which is good. I had the music on and they were dancing. I asked if they would like to do dancing classes so I organised it with John Moriarty who is well known in Killarney.”

She added that the women are very excited to learn set dancing and get to know other people from the area.

“Sometimes when you meet new people the language can be a barrier and when you’re dancing everybody is moving. He will open it to everyone so there’ll be integration, it’s fun as well. They are all very excited.”

To find out more contact John on 086 1579381.

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Multiple Sclerosis Walk celebrates 20 years

By Sean Moriarty The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers. On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers.

On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk takes place over the Old Kenmare Road.

First run in 2002, this year’s event will celebrate 20 years since its foundation but two years were lost as a result of the pandemic.

This year’s walk will be limited to 150 people – three coach loads – so event organisers can cut back on running costs.

It will only be possible to participate in this year’s event if walkers pre-register.

“Walkers must raise at least €40 to make it worthwhile,” organiser John O’Shea told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Spaces are limited, 150 people equals three coaches and we need smaller coaches to get into the start of the Old Kenmare Road as that is just a bog road. We have limited numbers for cost and operational reasons.”

Mr O’Shea thanked event sponsors O’Callaghan Coaches and The Gleneagle Hotel for their support of the event.

Registration forms can be obtained by calling John on 087 2348824.

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