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€30,000 prize bonanza for Killarney Credit Union members

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Mairead Courtney from Beaufort got a great surprise when she received a call from Killarney Credit Union to find out she had won a brand new Toyota Yaris in the Killarney Credit Union Members' Draw.

Mairead picked up the keys of her new car from Karena McCarthy, Marketing Officer, at a prize giving ceremony at the credit union on Thursday, July 9 at the credit union headquarters.

“We currently have just over 2,300 members in the draw which is held twice a year," Karena said.

"Our prizes include a new car and cash ranging from €250 to €5,000 cash. Our next draw will take place in January 2021.”

Members can apply for the Members Draw at any of the branches or apply online on www.killarneycu.ie. €12 will be taken from the members' account twice a year as an entry fee for the members draw.

The 13 cash prize winners in no particular order were: Paul McCarthy, Margaret Kelliher, Karina Mulchinock, Dermot Tuohy, Denise McSweeney, Tim Moriarty, Delores O'Callaghan, Mary O'Sullivan, Josephine Cronin, Anthony McGuiness, Julie Payne, Miriam O'Sullivan, Michael O'Keeffe.

The draw was adjudicated by Garda Twiss and Griffin from Killarney Garda Station and KCU Risk and Compliance Manager Shane Foley in the credit union offices.

“The draw is limited to members of Killarney Credit Union and anyone over the age of 18 can apply to join, so for €2 a month, you can be entered into the draw. You are over six thousand times more likely to win the car than win the national lotto jackpot for just €2 per month! We would encourage members to sign up, if they haven’t already, as the saying goes,"if you’re not in, you can’t win",” she concluded.

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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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Caring group craft charity blankets

By Michelle Crean One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity. Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members […]

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By Michelle Crean

One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity.

Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members of Kilcummin Community Care worked together to make blankets for service users on the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus.

“Each blanket is assigned as a personal gift to the clients using the Cancer Link Bus and is kept by them,” Kate Fleming, Chairperson of Kilcummin Community Care, said.

The knitting of the squares to make the blankets began at a gathering in the Rose Hotel in 2018. It was a gathering of different volunteer groups.

The Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus were requesting knitted squares to make blankets for the clients who were using their facilities, she explained.

“Kilcummin Community Care were knitting at the time, so it was decided to help out this worthy cause. We received donations of wool from people in the parish and surrounding areas. Kilcummin ICA also got involved in the efforts.”

During the two years of COVID-19, members of both organisations continued to knit and are still knitting to the present day.

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