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€350k house raffle postponed due to current restrictions

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POSTPONED: The draw for a €350k house in Killarney by Ardfert Community Council has been postponed. Pictured at the launch last summer were committee members Sean Ryan, Declan Raggett and Sean Dineen. Photo: Grigoriy Geniyevskiy

By Sean Moriarty

 

The draw to win a Killarney house worth a staggering €350k planned for March 17 will not be able to go ahead for now - as it would be classed an 'organised outdoor event' under the current restrictions. The team behind the ‘Win a House Killarney’, know that participants will be disappointed to hear the news but say they had no other option after consulting with solicitors as well as the Gardaí.

Organised by Ardfert Community Centre, the group have, for the past year, been selling tickets for the mega prize to raise funds for a community centre in the North Kerry village.

Tickets were sold for €100 each and limited to the first 10k people. The draw was due to take place on March 17 and all tickets have been sold since December 21. There is also a total of 10 prizes ranging from a €5k cash to very generous hotel vouchers.

The plan for the funds raised includes the construction of an All-Weather astro pitch, a full size grass pitch, an athletics compound, wall ball area, multi-discipline sports and community hall, and a public perimeter jogging and walking track.

“Our draw will be taking place outdoors at the community centre in Ardfert. It requires people from multiple households to be present. This includes the MC, those working the camera, sound, the independent adjudicator and more. By having it outside, this means it is classified as an 'organised outdoor event' which is currently against Level 5 restrictions,” a spokesperson said.

“We are extremely disappointed not to be having our draw. It was not a decision that was made lightly and one that we finally came to after seeking advice from our solicitors as well as the Gardaí.”

A new date for the draw will be announced in coming weeks.

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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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