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Elaine and Aoife off to Uganda

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On Sunday, June 10, Killarney locals Elaine Doonan and Aoife Cooper will host a coffee morning in the Muckross Community centre from 10am to 12.30pm. Aoife (a physiotherapist) and Elaine (a nurse) will be volunteering this coming October in Uganda with the wonderful organisation Nurture Africa.

Nurture Africa is an Irish-founded non-government organisation that works in Uganda with a focus on healthcare, education, child protection, gender equality and economic empowerment.

95 cent of every euro raised goes directly towards project costs in Uganda.

This allows for the free treatment and care of HIV infected children and their parents. They also provide free primary healthcare treatment to vulnerable children for deadly but curable illnesses such as malaria, pneumonia, TB and measles. Sustainable livelihood projects provide financial management and business training and micro-finance loans to allow families work their way out of poverty. The Child rights project, meanwhile, ensures any child that is verbally, physically or sexually abused has the right to justice.

It will be a morning of delicious coffee, cakes, raffle prizes, along with entertainment from the Killarney School of Music. All money raised will go directly towards fundraising efforts for the charity. Your support will be greatly appreciated on the day!

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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