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€19k donated to St Francis Special School

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CHEQUE THIS OUT: A cheque for €19,000 was presented to SFSS Autism Parent Support Group from the Autism Golf Classic 2019 held in Beaufort Golf Club. From left: Breeda Cronin, Sonny Looney, Mossie Walsh, Tim Buckley (Parknasilla Bar Manager), Brigitta Looney and Madeleine Murphy.

 

By Michelle Crean

Storm Hanna had little effect on one local fundraiser in April – as €19k was raised for a local charity!

The Autism Golf Classic, held at Beaufort Golf Club on April 26, raised the staggering amount with the cheque handed over to SFSS Autism Parent Support Group in St Francis Special School.

“This year’s golf classic was phenomenal, raising little over €19,000. Even Storm Hannah didn't take effect,” Brigitta Looney, one of the organisers said.

“Over 44 teams went out on the day. We are ever so grateful to all our golfers. Only for them we wouldn't have a classic. Thanks to all our sponsors we had 39 greens, 31 tees, over 31 fabulous prizes for our live raffle that took place that evening.

First prize in the golf classic went to Beaufort Golf Club, second John Cogan, Cork, and

third Donie Broderick, Kilcummin. The top prize in the live raffle for two nights in the Parknasilla Resort and Spa went to John Donovan, Tureencahill, Gneeveguilla.

“All funds raised go to SFSS Autism Parent Support group, to help children in St Francis Special School gain private therapies such as speech and language therapy, music therapy resources etc. Each year we’re able to add children to our group, it's great to see our group growing each year and watch the children thrive. Us parents and our children from SFSS Autism Parent Support Group would like to give huge thanks to all our sponsors and businesses that supported us, and have continually supported us annually. To our ticket sellers and those who supported the raffle, thank you. Without your continuous help and support this would not happen so thank you all kindly.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Katie celebrates 20 years in business

If you enjoy what you do, sure it’s not work at all – and that has been the case for Katie Hickey who has been in business locally for two decades. For the past 20 years Katie has been successfully running Sheer Beauty which is now located at 1 Hogans Lane (Hillary’s Lane). 

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If you enjoy what you do, sure it’s not work at all – and that has been the case for Katie Hickey who has been in business locally for two decades.

For the past 20 years Katie has been successfully running Sheer Beauty which is now located at 1 Hogans Lane (Hillary’s Lane).



She said that it was a milestone she felt she may not reach on more than one occasion after coming through a pandemic, a recession, a re-location, and three maternity leaves.

However, she said that the loyalty of her clients over the years have given her great encouragement.

“Sincere thanks to my clients past and present who, without doubt, have been the reason I kept going,” Katie said.

Originally located in Fleming’s Lane for 19 years, Katie then re-located her business to Hogan’s Lane in Norma’s Flair for Hair.

“The beauty industry has evolved so drastically over the past 20 years. For me it is keeping things simple and enjoyable. Realising a client’s needs may not be the treatment itself but the time you give to them. Through the years you get to know your clients so well and some beautiful friendships have developed. I hope my clients have gained from me what I have from them. I have so many people I would like to thank and I will personally, but without doubt my husband Andrew and my family, 20 years in business would not have been achieved.

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She has remained loyal to the brands she has carried over the years including Lycon Waxing, Aviva Tanning, Shellac and Jessica Manicure and Pedicure.

“I was also delighted to bring on board the fabulous facial range that is Killarney Organic. Killarney has been incredibly kind to me. I’m so proud to be part of such a wonderful community. If the past 19 months have proved anything for business it is together we are stronger.”

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County Board open to GAA museum proposals

By Sean Moriarty The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county. There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county.

There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built in their home town.

Before he retired from politics in April, Michael Gleeson was campaigning to build a GAA and cultural museum on the grounds of Fitzgerald Stadium.

His campaign goes back several years before the recession set in, with a €0.5 million bridging loan secured from Croke Park along with funding from Fáilte Ireland. That funding was lost with the onset of the recession before 2010.

Tim Murphy, the outgoing chairman of the Kerry County Board, has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser that no approaches have been made to the County Board at executive level during his five year stint at the helm.

However, he said the Board would be open to such approaches provided there is sound financial planning behind the project in place.

“The first and most important aspect is the capital funding and my understanding is there needs to be Fáilte Ireland funding in place first,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “If it gets up and running, there needs to be very clear talks with all stakeholders so everyone knows each others expectations. A museum attracts footfall, but it costs a lot of money to run. We would offer an open door policy to all proposals but funding, first from a capital point of view and then from an operational point of view, will need to be in place.”

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