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HELPING: Photographer Evelyn Woodard didn’t hesitate to help raise funds for Dublin mother Holly Kennedy who is going through an aggressive form of cancer. Photo: Michelle Crean

 

This week, Editor of the Killarney Advertiser Michelle Crean is ‘In Conversation’ with local photographer Evelyn Woodard who, after coming through her own breast cancer battle, continues to help others on a similar journey.

Five years ago Evelyn was diagnosed with breast cancer, and now recovered from her journey, she’s inspiring and helping others.

Upon hearing the news that Dublin mother Holly Kennedy who previously overcame breast cancer has relapsed and is at stage four with the cancer now in her liver, lungs and bones – Evelyn decided to get involved in a GoFundMe campaign to help raise some funds for the €70,000 needed to get her to America for specialist treatment.

With the fundraiser currently at over €44,000, there’s still a long way to go, and to help Evelyn is donating a €200 voucher for a portrait sitting.

Five years ago Evelyn (45) herself found a lump but initially ignored it. However, after eventually seeking advice from her GP she was referred to Cork for a triple assessment which includes touch, mammogram and a biopsy, and was almost immediately told it was in fact breast cancer.

“Ignorance of how the whole process works and how long you have to wait for results is a lot of it,” Evelyn said. “I was pretty much told that day that it was breast cancer – it was July 31.”

Evelyn explained that going through an experience like that changes you.

“When you have cancer you become very much aware of other people going through it. I’ve found that people are afraid of their life to talk about it.”

Last year, as a way of giving back, Evelyn from Faha, arranged a beautiful photoshoot with women from all over Ireland, including two best friends, who have or have had breast cancer. She said that it was a very emotional experience to go through.

Now, after hearing Holly’s own story of how her cancer has returned even more aggressively, Evelyn didn’t hesitate to help. As a new mum of a little boy, Holly found her lump whilst breast feeding and was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, a very aggressive and fast growing breast cancer in December 2016, at the age 32. Holly set up the free ‘Happy Magazine’ a publication dedicated to positivity and inspiration for those who have survived or are going through cancer. Now the cancer has returned and she’s been accepted on a pharmaceutical drug trial through Cytodyn in the USA.

Now using her skills and talent, Evelyn is hoping that by offering a voucher for a photoshoot it will help raise some much needed funds for Holly’s treatment.

“I don’t know Holly but I have chatted to her online,” Evelyn said. “I would be quite friendly with Olive who set up the GoFundMe page for Holly and I saw it when she shared it out on social media. Holly is at stage four and you’d do anything to help a mother through that.”

The competition is being run through @browtique_cork_official_nurse Instagram page. All you have to do is donate €5 and comment #hollystrail. The draw will take place on August 6 at 7pm. Also see GoFundMe: Keep Holly Healthy And “HAPPY”( USA drug trial).

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Green light for teen accommodation

By Michelle Crean  Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead. An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment. The teens living within the premises […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead.

An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment.

The teens living within the premises will be supervised by applicant Eileen O’Brien who will live on the ground floor of the premises.

The two one-bed apartments on the second floor would either be rented out or used for independent living for the teenagers as they reach adulthood.

The two-bed apartment will be on the third floor. There are also plans for balconies at second and third floor levels.

The proposed apartment building is contemporary in design with a mix of stone and render finish on the lower floors and synthetic burned timber finish on the upper floors. The second floor is recessed at the front and the third floor is recessed at the front and the rear with a decorative feature on the front elevation comprising dark grey timber steel poles. The building will also have a flat roof.

Planning permission was granted subject to 14 conditions including a two-metre high boundary wall to be constructed on south, south-western boundaries of the site and there’s to be no overnight commercial guest accommodation.

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Fans return to Fitzgerald Stadium after eight months

By Sean Moriarty Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game. Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the […]

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Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game.

Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.

Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.

“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”

She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.

“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”

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Garda appeal to park legally at beaches and public amenities

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An Garda Siochana is appealing to the public to park legally in designated car parks and spaces when visiting beaches, beauty spots and other public amenities. 

The good weather has seen an increase in dangerous illegal parking at these locations across the country in recent weeks. An Garda Siochana wants people to enjoy the summer but do so safely.

Parking illegally can lead to unnecessary risk and dangers such as pedestrians being forced to walk along dangerous roads. It can also prevent emergency services from gaining access to these amenities a seaside locations which could lead to the loss of life. 

“We encourage the public to plan their journeys and think safety first when parking your vehicle,” the Gardai said in a statement. 

“The outcome of parking illegally could be far more serious than a FCPN or vehicle towing and puts others and your own life at risk. 

An Garda Siochana reminds and encourages the public to social distance and follow public health guidelines when attending these locations this Summer.

An Garda Siochana is also supporting National Water Safety Awareness Week (June 14th – 20th). Information on this campaign and general water safety can be found on Water Safety Irelands Website – www.watersafety.ie/national-water-safety-awareness-week/

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