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€6k floods in for Alexis during live rowing fundraiser

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Padraig Monsoon supported by his son Eoin rowing for Alexis.

'Old dog for the hard road' Ger Sweeney rowing for Alexis.

Colm O Súilleabháin, Flesk Valley Treasurer and underage coach rowing for Alexis.

Peter O'Sullivan, Flesk Valley, Rowing for Alexis.

Michael O'Sullivan, Flesk Valley Rowing for Alexis.

adhg Kelly, Flesk Valley Senior Coach and Rowing for Alexis organiser, pictured with Cuán and Carolena.

Donal Kelly Flesk Valley Rowing for Alexis organiser and underage coach.

Tom McGillicuddy having completed the 21km row for Alexis.

Conor O'Callaghan Flesk Valley showing his support for Alexis having completed the 21km row.

Mike Fleming Flesk Valley having completed the 21km row for Alexis.

Pat O'Sullivan Flesk Valley having completed a 21km row for Alexis.

'Row row row your boat, quickly in your room' Alan O'Sullivan Flesk Valley supporting the fundraiser for Alexis.

Paul Burke, part of Flesk Valley's Cork contingent rowing 21km for Alexis.

Neil Horgan Flesk Valley Committee Member and Underage Coach Rowing for Alexis

Timmy O'Donoghue and his wife Nicola having completed 21k row for Alexis.

By Michelle Crean

 

The people of Killarney and surrounds stepped up and showed their sheer generosity last Friday by donating a whopping €5,900 to help a local little girl. In what was a unique first for Flesk Valley Rowing Club, the senior men each rowed a virtual half-marathon on rowing machines together on Zoom and livestreamed on Facebook for a total of more than 300km for their ‘Rowing 300km for Alexis’ fundraiser.

Originally they had set a target of €2,000 and had managed to raise €1,800 before the event had even begun. However, after going live on Facebook during the event more came flooding in.

[caption id="attachment_36911" align="alignleft" width="258"] Neil Horgan Flesk Valley Committee Member and Underage Coach Rowing for Alexis[/caption]

"The club would like to sincerely thank everyone who donated so generously to our ‘Rowing 300km for Alexis’ event last weekend in aid of the Alexis O’Mahony fund," Karol Kelly told the Killarney Advertiser.

"The event proved a great success. This money will be used by the ‘Let’s Help Alexis’ fund to purchase a physio bench for Alexis and support her ongoing physiotherapy needs. Thanks to Steve, Teresa and Alexis O’Mahony and everyone involved in the 'Let's Help Alexis' committee for your encouragement and assistance."

The lads have been training together online twice a week since before Christmas and decided to target an Easter half-marathon to bring focus to their training and to raise money for a very worthy local cause.

"Many thanks to senior coach Tadhg Kelly, the club committee and all those who helped in any way to organise and support the event. Finally, thanks to the 16 lads who allowed us into their homes, gardens and sheds to watch them row and suffer; although it wasn’t supposed to be a race, we all know ‘everything is a race’!"

Check out the Flesk Valley Rowing Club Facebook and Instagram pages to see pictures and video of the event. The GoFundMe page 'Rowing 300km for Alexis' remains open for the rest of the week if anyone would still like to donate. For more about Alexis see Facebook: Lets Help Alexis.

 

 

[caption id="attachment_36910" align="alignleft" width="395"] Paul Burke, part of Flesk Valley's Cork contingent rowing 21km for Alexis.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_36909" align="alignleft" width="452"] 'Row row row your boat, quickly in your room' Alan O'Sullivan Flesk Valley supporting the fundraiser for Alexis.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_36908" align="alignleft" width="335"] Pat O'Sullivan Flesk Valley having completed a 21km row for Alexis.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_36907" align="alignleft" width="394"] Mike Fleming Flesk Valley having completed the 21km row for Alexis.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_36905" align="alignleft" width="639"] Tom McGillicuddy having completed the 21km row for Alexis.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_36940" align="alignleft" width="262"] Timmy O'Donoghue and his wife Nicola having completed 21k row for Alexis.    [/caption]

[caption id="attachment_36901" align="alignleft" width="207"] Tadhg Kelly, Flesk Valley Senior Coach and Rowing for Alexis organiser, pictured with Cuán and Carolena.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_36900" align="alignleft" width="469"] Michael O'Sullivan, Flesk Valley Rowing for Alexis.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_36899" align="alignleft" width="375"] Peter O'Sullivan, Flesk Valley, Rowing for Alexis.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_36898" align="alignleft" width="359"] Colm O Súilleabháin, Flesk Valley Treasurer and underage coach rowing for Alexis. [/caption]

[caption id="attachment_36897" align="alignleft" width="375"] 'Old dog for the hard road' Ger Sweeney rowing for Alexis.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_36896" align="alignleft" width="432"] Padraig Monsoon supported by his son Eoin rowing for Alexis. [/caption]

[caption id="attachment_36902" align="alignleft" width="323"] Donal Kelly Flesk Valley Rowing for Alexis organiser and underage coach. [/caption]

[caption id="attachment_36906" align="alignleft" width="430"] Conor O'Callaghan Flesk Valley showing his support for Alexis having completed the 21km row.[/caption]

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Therapy dog begins first day of school

By Michelle Crean A four-month-old puppy is the latest addition to school life at one local secondary school and his homework is to help students and staff. On Wednesday, there was great excitement as therapy dog Zoomer joined the school community at St Brigid’s on New Road – the second post primary school in the county […]

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By Michelle Crean

A four-month-old puppy is the latest addition to school life at one local secondary school and his homework is to help students and staff.

On Wednesday, there was great excitement as therapy dog Zoomer joined the school community at St Brigid’s on New Road – the second post primary school in the county to welcome such a dog.

It’s part of the My Canine Companion (MCC) charity which has a number of therapy dogs in schools across the country.

Deirdre Horgan from MCC paid a visit to schools looking for families for the charity’s socialisation programme. ​​​​​​

Zoomer is a mix of a sheepdog and a poodle and Deirdre’s dog Fifi is his mother.

In May Fifi had 10 puppies all named with the letter ‘z’. Just recently Fossa National School welcomed Zoomer’s sister Zazu to their classrooms, and puppy Zoro went to the CBS in Tralee.

The dogs not only provide comfort and support to pupils and students with Autism but to all in the school.

“There is an increasing body of research to support the benefit of a dog in school,” Ber O’Connor, a teacher in St Brigid’s, said.

Zoomer will be under the guidance of Ms O’Connor and some Transition Year students who will undertake a specific training programme for the therapy dog.

“The dog will be based in different rooms around the school but will have a timetable of interactions. We hope Zoomer settles in well and brings joy to many of our students lives. You can follow all the updates of Zoomer’s life on Instagram by following @zoomersbk or his TikTok account ‘zoomerthepuppy’.

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Brian James secures much sought after award

A local business is celebrating receiving a very special accolade – beating off stiff competition from UK and Irish retailers – by taking home the title of ‘Menswear Independent of the Year 2021’. Brian James, whose business is located on Main Street, secured the award at the internationally acclaimed Drapers Independents Awards in London last […]

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A local business is celebrating receiving a very special accolade – beating off stiff competition from UK and Irish retailers – by taking home the title of ‘Menswear Independent of the Year 2021’.

Brian James, whose business is located on Main Street, secured the award at the internationally acclaimed Drapers Independents Awards in London last week.

The highly respected and sought after Drapers Awards celebrate the very best of independent fashion retail and Brian James saw off exceptionally tough competition from other menswear stores to bring home this much coveted award.

Brian James were announced the winners at a celebratory luncheon in The Hilton London Bankside amongst fashion industry leaders and were presented with the iconic Drapers mannequin bust to much applause.

Commenting that Brian James has been a destination for fashion-conscious shoppers for more than 15 years, the judges praised Brian James’ strong “roster of brands” and said that it “offers an aspirational experience in Killarney”.

“Killarney is an incredible town to trade in – it is a brand in itself, offers the best of everything to those that are lucky to live here and an unbeatable experience for those that visit,” Brian O’Shea, who founded and runs Brian James for the last 15 years, said. “This award recognises Brian James and Killarney as a superior shopping destination town. Brian James and the other superb retailers in Killarney are an important piece of the jigsaw – the Park, the lakes and mountains, the hotels, restaurants and bars… it is the whole picture which guarantees the experience is first class.”

He added that his team are a key element of the experience at Brian James.

“My sincere thanks go to each of the team as without them we could not provide the customer experience and service we aim to ensure each and every time. Brian James’ success is also down to the partnerships we have developed over time with key international brands. On the store itself, of course we have relocated to our new super store on Main Street and more than doubled our floor space. Although it has been great to be able to design and create this stunning space to enhance the customer experience, it also allowed us to add more brands to our menswear mix. This year we will have added Hugo Boss and Eden Park to our familiar brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Gant, Barbour, Bugatti and Farah. The new space also plays host to ladies collections from Tommy Jeans, Calvin Klein, Diesel and Superdry and this is an exciting new element we are really enjoying too!”

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