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€15,000 GoFundMe set up for Killarney biker

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By Sean Moriarty

Neighbours, work colleagues and bikers have launched a €15,000 GoFundMe drive in an effort to re-home the Lissigiveen man whose house was destroyed by a fire last month.

Willie Herlihy, a well-known Killarney man and avid biker, recently suffered a devastating loss when his home was gutted by a fire. He lost everything in the blaze and is currently living in temporary Council accommodation.

His friends are trying to help him get re-established and have set up a fund, which has so far raised just over €2,000 with the aim of getting him back to his home.

“For those of you who know Willie you will know that he is a humble, honest, quiet and hardworking man and will probably kill us for setting up this fund but he has nothing and we cannot stand by and let him struggle at this stage of his life,” a spokesperson for Killarney Bikers told the Killarney Advertiser.

Willie is a fitter/welder at O’Carroll’s Engineering in Tiernaboul. He has helped many bikers purchase their first bike and is a regular supporter of events like BikeFest Killarney.

Donations can be made on GoFundMe: Rebuilding fund for Killarney Biker.

 

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No spare change – no problem, as charity embraces new technology

By Sean Moriarty With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier. For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank […]

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By Sean Moriarty

With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier.

For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank card to make a donation.

The Society’s annual churchgate collection will be held on the weekend of December 11/12 at places of worship in the town and surrounding areas. This year’s collection has be renamed as ‘Giving Sunday’ and makes a return after the pandemic forced the cancellation of last year’s fundraiser.

“We are moving towards a cashless society,” explained Killarney Conference President Breda O’Dwyer. “You can tap and swipe your card to make a donation.”

Breda added that they are hoping to have the buckets ready by next week in time for the collection.

She said the local conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society has seen a marked increase in the number of families it is helping mainly caused by the increase in the cost of fuel and home heating products.

The annual St Vincent De Paul Society’s Christmas Jumper Day, in association with Radio Kerry is scheduled for December 10.

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SURVEY: Locals are reducing their social contacts

It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week. An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their […]

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It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week.

An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their level of contacts with people.

Interestingly, 37.10% of people had made no change to their lifestyle, but they could have been extra cautious already.

A tiny minority – just 1.61% – said they increased their social contacts over the last week.

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